Spain, an exotic country in Europe, is known for its relaxed attitude towards life, world-famous festivities, friendly inhabitants, and vibrant nightlife. Besides, its position as the third country having the maximum number of UNESCO World Heritage sites has made it a traveller’s favourite destination. Did you know that the nation is divided into seventeen autonomous communities? Whether you go on a holiday in Andalucía or windsurf in the Canary Islands, check out the list below to soak in the excitement of the Spanish lifestyle.
Valencia is an autonomous region in the eastern part of Spain and has a capital of the same name. It offers its visitors loads of diversity. When it comes to food, the local paella is a must-try. It is a Valencian item, and you get the original version of the food here. Besides, whether you want historical sights, sandy beaches, arts, fashion, or culture, Valencia delivers it all with finesse and style.
Another autonomous place in Spain, Galicia, sports a surface area of 29,574 square kilometres and has Santiago de Compostela as its capital city. If you can speak Spanish and Galician, you can easily interact with the simple people living here. Boosted by its climate and rolling green hills, the place gets its nickname Green Galicia and boasts lower temperatures than other communities in the southern and eastern part of the country. Housing some of the most beautiful and scenic beaches in Spain, the region also allows its visitors to taste divine seafood preparations. If you love to explore the outdoors, Galicia is indeed tempting.
An archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands features the perfect beach climate. The island collection includes Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, amongst others. Owing to its topographical location, it is a well-known winter getaway. Each island in the archipelago has something to offer. Mount Teide in Tenerife and the windsurfing hotspot of Fuerteventura are examples.
Andalucia is an autonomous region in southern Spain, with Seville as its capital city. The natives speak in the Spanish dialect of Andalusia. This part of Spain has two popular cities.
Granada – When you holiday in Andalucia, do not forget to taste and relish tapas in Granada. At bars, you get tapas free with a drink, encouraging an ambience of drinking, eating and bar hopping.
Seville – The typical Spanish city, Seville has everything you expect from a city in the country – bullfighting, flamenco dresses, tapas and one of the most impressive and most extensive cathedrals in the world – just name it.
The Balearic Islands is an autonomous area with five large islands and many small islands. Apart from Spanish, the natives also speak Catalan.
Nestled in the famous Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands gather fame because of their properties and holiday hotspots like Menorca, Ibiza and Mallorca. While Menorca is reputed for its quiet, slow life, Ibiza opts for a non-stop partying atmosphere. The coastal cuisine is so delicious that you cannot stay away from it for long. The time-honoured local dishes will enthral you for as many times as you have them.
Basque Country is an autonomous place in the northern part of Spain, and its capital city is Vitoria-Gasteiz. The most well-known city in the region is San Sebastian, famous for its excellent gastronomy scene.
Bilbao – The city is home to the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, which is more famous for its architecture than its exhibits.
Then, you cannot ignore the coastline, which is excellent for surfing and the local wines like Txakoli, ready to charm you with their slight sparkle and little sourness. The closeness to the Rioja wine region and France render an intoxicating beauty to the region.
The Principality of Asturias sits on the coast of the Cantabrian Sea, in the northern part of Spain. The capital city is Oviedo, and the official language is Spanish though the local language is Asturian, and on the region’s western border, a Galician dialect is spoken.
Owing to its geographical location, Asturias has a delightful climate and lower temperatures than most regions. The area of Costa Verde is growing in popularity amongst property buyers from across the ocean and holidaymakers. The scenic landscape of the region acts as an attraction to travellers and tourists worldwide.
La Rioja is the place for the best wine in Spain. This region enchants you with clouds rolling over the hills. Once here, you cannot say no to sipping wine and losing yourself in a world of unknown bliss.
The autonomous regions of Spain have a charisma of their own. When you visit the country, experience the various areas and cities to bask in the glory of Spanish culture, art, geography and more.