If you are planning to visit Spain, you probably know the range of city destinations can be overwhelming. Here at Totally Spain, we’ve decided to highlight 10 Spanish cities on the mainland that are 100% deserving of your hard-earned time. In addition to visiting them ourselves frequently, we’ve been scheduling client trips to each of these locations since we set up in the year 2000 so they are well and truly road-tested. Scroll down for our Seven Suggested Itineraries that can streamline your journey from city to city!
At Totally Spain, we have been planning client trips on Spain’s network of high-speed trains since the year 2000. It’s a wonderful way to get around this large country quickly, safely and affordably and we always encourage new clients to take the train and sit back and enjoy the amazing views!
To understand Spain, you need to taste its food, walk its streets and step inside its amazing churches and cathedrals. Being neither architects not clerics, our eclectic shortlist of eight “cathedrals” features the heavy hitters but we have a few surprises too. One is a combination of a palace and monastery, another is a former mosque and we also include Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia – Spain’s most famous church – which is often presumed to be a cathedral but in fact, isn’t. All our choices are located inside UNESCO World Heritage sites so there’s plenty to see and do both inside and outside the walls of these religious monuments.
With the help of one of our knowledgeable guides, it really is possible to peel back the layers and the centuries to find Jewish street names, Jewish architecture, the old Juderias or Jewish neighbourhoods, former synagogues and Jewish places of businesses that give a sense of how the Sephardi community lived, worked and worshipped before eviction from Spain in 1492. Here at Totally Spain – the Spain based travel agent and specialists in custom travel to Spain since 2000 – we have organised numerous custom trips for Jewish travelers in Spain and in Portugal and have built up a network of experienced local guides with a deep knowledge of the history of the Jewish community in Spain.
With an over-whelming number of UNESCO-listed monuments and world-class museums in Spain to choose from, one of our primary tasks when engaged by a client is to shortlist what they see and do. How does that work and where do we recommend?
Spurred on by the re-opening of the vertigo-inducing Caminito del Rey walking route complete with bridge, we’ve decided here at Totally Spain to pull together our favourite Spanish ‘puentes’ or bridges. We’ve got a bit of everything in here – Roman bridges, foot bridges, hanging bridges, toll bridges, bridges designed by starchitects and bridges that just have great personality or meaning. Some we’ve crossed this year – others we’re not sure we’ll ever cross (would that be the Caminito??) but they are all spectacular in their own special way.