The Village of Sotres, Asturias

The Village of Sotres, Asturias

photo by Mick Stephenson (wikimedia commons)

Spain Geography

Photo by P. B. Obregón (wikimedia commons)Islets "Urros" near Liencres, Cantabria Photo by P. B. Obregón (wikimedia commons)

Bordering France, Andorra and the magnificent Pyrenees to the north, Portugal to the west, and surrounded on three sides by the Bay of Biscay, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, Spain and its islands really have some fascinating geography and some great driving experiences in your campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicle.  

Starting from the north coast down to Barcelona. The north coast is quite different to the rest of the country, the areas known as Asturias, Cantabria and Galacia also have their own languages Catalan, Basque and Galacian; amongst others.  The area has green valleys and beautiful fishing ports, this is also where you will encounter bagpipes and cider; thanks to the Basque people, descendents of the Celts, wonderful seafood and a little more rain fall than the rest of the country.  Don’t let that put you off the area is also home to two of Europe’s greatest cities Bilbao and Barcelona.  Bilbao is very cool with modern buildings mixing with traditional architecture; if you love art then you will already know that the Guggenheim Museum is here. Barcelona is style and perfection, situated right on the coast it’s a city with everything, fantastic buildings, museums, shops, food and a great beach, it’s perfect! Finally for the north there is Santiago de Compostela, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The city’s Romanesque and Baroque cathedral was once a place of pilgrimage during the medieval period.

The central region of Spain south of Barcelona to Alicante.  Of course the very centre of Spain is where you will find its capital Madrid.  The third largest city in Europe, Madrid’s historic centre is best explored on foot.  The city’s best features are the grand boulevards of the 18th and 19th centuries and the small street of medieval quarter packed with shops bars and restaurants.  Valencia is another of Spain’s beautiful cities and the cathedral is claimed to be where the Holy Grail is stored (amongst other places) as well as the hemispheric glass structure of the Arts and Science Park.

The beautiful south, totally different, with reminders of its European history alongside Moroccan influences.  White washed mountain villages’ mix with cities such as Cordoba with its winding streets and the Mezquita or great mosque built inside the cathedral, Granada with the Alhambra Palace and Seville famous for flamenco, Carmen and Don Juan as well as a fantastic cathedral. The area around Cadiz, Gibraltar and the area to the south west is somewhere you could spend weeks exploring before relaxing in Jerez, home of sherry for those who like a little tipple.

Spain is an incredibly diverse and a beautiful country to explore, you could spend weeks with a campervan hire or motorhome rental, ideal if you like to relax and go at your own pace, or as the locals say mañana mañana.

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