A Guide to Spain's Coastal Cities
Spain has long been a popular destination for British holidaymakers seeking sun, sea and sand. It is fair to say that is certainly the destination of choice for those looking for an affordable family getaway during the summer.
And what’s more, Spain offers so much variety in each town and city that you really are spoilt for choice. You could experience the cultural and artistic delight that is Barcelona on the eastern coast or, alternatively, sample some of the finest cuisine in the world in Bilbao, situated in northern Spain. Pullmantur Cruises offer a perfect option, with a range of itineraries that can take you to a series of Spanish towns and cities within a short period of time. This week, we take a look at just some of the destination you may able to visit on selected itineraries.
Whilst many people will be familiar with tapas, which appears in bars up and down the country, the city of Bilbao has a more refined version. Known as pintxos, these bar snacks reflect the gastronomy of the Basque region and are often more elaborate than tapas. They are often made up of fresh ingredients and held together with a toothpick. Bilbao is a cultural delight, with many museums such as the iconic Guggenheim which are well worth visiting. Alternatively, a gentle stroll along the river will allow you to soak in your surroundings.
Upon arrival into the city of Vigo, which is the largest city in the region of Galicia, you will be wowed by the sheer scale of the port. Walking along the main port will provide an opportunity to sample Mediterranean seafood, whilst a walk into the city will provide a cultural insight. The Santa Maria Church Cathedral was built between the 12th and 13th centuries by pilgrims from a range of backgrounds and is well worth a visit.
Located in the Andalucía region of Spain, Cadiz is thought to be one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. The city is thought to have been founded by Phoenician sailors around 3,000 years ago, when it was a commercial stronghold. A wander through Cadiz will take you past many archaeological remains, whilst the Archaeological Museum houses many interesting exhibits including two Phoenician stone sarcophagi.
Located just south of Barcelona, Tarragona offers an array of cultural landmarks which are connected via cobbled streets. One of the most notable landmarks is Tarraco – a UNESCO World Heritage site which consists of many Roman ruins including a huge colosseum. If you would rather spend time soaking up the sun, head to the north of the city where you will find a beautiful coastline which forms the backdrop for the five main beaches.
Whether you want to relax on the golden beach or admire some of the most iconic landmarks on the world, Barcelona has something for everyone. The beach, which is regarded as one of the best in the world, is connected to the city and it may seem strange to see the juxtaposition of the contrasting relaxed and busy attitudes. The towering Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudi over 100 years ago and this intricately designed structure remains under construction to this day.
Wherever you enjoy visiting and whatever you decide to do on your holidays, Pullmantur Cruises operate ships with elegant interiors, modern amenities and comfortable places to rest your head. Whilst on board, guests can take advantage of an all-inclusive package which includes all drinks and meals throughout your cruise.
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