Delicious wines and fertile vineyards make Alava a good place to go wine tasting and the reds here are gutsy and delicious. Enjoy a gorgeous landscape which is punctuated the Ebro River and the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains.
Almeria is a relatively barren place which contains the only desert in Europe. It is one of two provinces in which you can have access to the Sierra Nevada national park. This is one of the hottest provinces in Spain.
Alicante is also known as Alacant and is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Spain. Alicante is part of the autonomous Valencian community and has some of Spain's finest beaches including San Juan and Postiguet beaches.
Andalucia has everything a tourist could want - fantastic beaches, beautiful world heritage sites and the most southerly ski resort in Europe. With a vehicle you can explore the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz as well as cities such as Granada.
Located in the central north east of Spain, Aragon is a gateway to the stunning Pyrenees Mountains. From Aragon you can drive to the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido where the highest peak in the Pyrenees can be found.
Asturias has it own language as an autonomous community of Spain and culturally it is unique. There are also areas of great natural beauty worth seeing like the Picos de Europa national park. Oviedo has a lively and diverse nightlife too.
Off the east coast of Spain lies an archipelago of heavenly islands. The most famous of them, Ibiza is one of the world's biggest party destinations. Mallorca, or Majorca, is also popular with celebrities and is the home of tennis star Rafael Nadal.
Spain's second largest city Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region and in terms of culture this is one of the world's great cities. You can also see secluded beaches and marvellous coastlines across the Costa Brava.
Most of the residents of the Basque country live in and around Bilbao and the city stretches towards the Bay of Biscay. With snow in winter and beaches and vineyards which are at their best in the summer, this is a rewarding place to visit.
Cantabria is an autonomous region in the north of Spain which is bordered by the Cantabrian Sea. Buffeted by the winds of the Atlantic Ocean, this is a fresh and blustery region to visit which has lots of greenery.
Castile and Leon:
One of Spain's 17 autonomous regions, Castile and Leon is full of beautiful cities with amazing landmarks including the Douro in Zamora and the Tormes in Salamanca. Valladolid is the capital and the region is roughly in the north west of Spain.
|Castile la Mancha:
Castile la Mancha is an autonomous community which contains the province of Albacete. It is famous for being the area where legendary Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes wrote his novel about Don Quixote. This is an area of windmills of olive groves.
Cadiz is the most southerly part of the continent of Western Europe. More than half a million people live in the Bay of Cadiz area. The most exciting way to see Cadiz is to arrive in spring when a huge carnival takes place.
Encompasses the Badajoz province and Badajoz city. It is located in the west of Spain near the border with Portugal. The River Guadiana runs through the region and Badajoz was built along its banks. There are numerous wildlife reserves in Extremadura.
Located in the north west of Spain, Galicia is an autonomous community which has been given the status of a historic nationality. Bordered by the Atlantic to the west, Galicia also has a border with Portugal to the south.
The province of Granada contains this famous city of the same name which is home to the spectacular Alhambra Moorish palace. Granada is surrounded by mountains including the tallest one in mainland Spain, Mulhacen, and it has easy access to the Mediterranean Sea.
Malaga is perhaps the most popular province of Spain with tourists. It has so much to see and do, from visiting the birthplace and museum of artist Pablo Picasso to playing golf on one of the many courses. There are marinas galore for sailors and plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Home to the capital of Spain and located slap-bang in the centre of the country, Madrid is a rich and powerful province. Nevertheless the autonomous community of Madrid is small compared to some of the other autonomous communities. It has a continental Mediterranean climate.
Murcia is an autonomous region and community of Southern Spain. Its capital is the city of Murcia which was founded by the Moors centuries before Christ. The city is known for its Holy Week processions and fabulous local cuisine.
Formerly known as the kingdom of Navarre, Navarre is an autonomous community in Northern Spain. Pamplona is its capital and Ernest Hemmingway wrote about it in The Sun Also Rises. Although Spanish is spoken there the official language is Basque.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife:
Santa Cruz de Tenerife encompasses the Canary Islands which are among Europe's most popular holiday destinations. Tenerife, Fuerteventura, La Palma and other islands make up this archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Water sports, a great nightlife and cheap shopping make for fun in the sun.
There are two hundred and sixty five municipalities in the province of Valencia on the east coast of Spain. Valencia City is the capital of the province and is a great place to visit sights, go to the beach and to eat.