By Leslie Brown
Spain is a vast county, stretching from the heights of the Pyrenees in the north, to the sun baked plains of Andalucia in the South, and from the bright blue of the Mediterranean Sea in the east to the borders of Portugal. Travel to the wild and beautiful Atlantic coast of the North, enjoy fantastic drives and visit cultureal jewels like Santiago de Compostela where the Camino routes terminate from northern Europe.
The Balearic Islands are nestled offshore in the Mediterranean while the autonomous Canary Islands are to be found off the cost of Morocco on the north African coast.
Spanish cuisine is known around the world for it's colour and vibrancy. Try paella (a rice dish with chicken, seafood and vegetables), tortilla (omelette with potatoes) and sangria (red wine served with fruit). The Spanish cook with the freshest of ingredients, fresh fish caught from the surrounding seas, artisanally prepared dried and cured meats, wines, fresh vegetables and fruit. Tapas may be enjoyed early in the evening with a drink of wine or beer in a local bar.
Spain is a favourite as a year round destination due to its ideal climate. During the Winter (December to February), the weather along the south and southeast Mediterranean coasts is mild, while in the height of summer (June to August), you can retreat to the northwest, or high location like Grenada where there is snow in the winter months.
Where to Go
Malaga on the Costa del Sol is a great location to pick up a Motorhome on the south coast and you can do a one way trip to Barcelona over 10 to 14 days or longer and visit all the cities and resorts on the east coast of Spain.
Visit Murcia, or Valencia which is often forgotten and is Spain's fourth largest City. Barcelona is the Catalonian capital with it's own language and is an important tourist and business centre with the major International airport called El Prat.
It is also possible to take a Motorhome from Barcelona and make a one way trip to Spain's capital in Madrid which is on the plateau of Castile. There is a huge amount to see and do there, as well as excellent nightlife in terms of bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment.
Suggested excursions include Toledo, former capital of the country and a medieval city full of charm, and Segovia with its extraordinary castle.
A must is El Escorial is a vast building complex located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, in central Spain. The building is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance. Construction of El Escorial began in 1563 and ended in 1584.
You can also visit the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) nearby.