Spanish Towns and Regions

Spanish Regions

Andalucia - Capital - Seville - Andalucia is at the very bottom of Spain and has numerous examples of Moorish architecture. Aragon - Capital - Zaragoza - A mountainous region in northeast Spain and a haven for Skiers.

Asturias - Capital - Oviedo - Asturias has both beautiful mountains and enchanting coastlines.

Balearic Islands - Capital - Majorca (Mallorca) - This is Spain's largest island and it has been inhabited for up to eight thousand years.

Basque Country - Capital - Vitoria-Gasteiz - Despite notable expressions of revolt from Spanish rule, the Basque Country remains one of the wealthiest regions in the country.

Canary Islands - Capitals - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Cantabria - Capital - Santander - Consisting of coastal areas and mountains, Cantabria has a moderate climate due to the warm waters off its coast.

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Castile and Leon - Capital - Valladolid - This is a beautiful, less travelled path in Spain.

Castilla La Mancha - Capital - Toledo - The capital, Toledo, actually is holy. It has long been a place where Christians, Jews and Muslims mingled freely.

Catalonia - Capital city - Barcelona - Catalonia has played host to a number of conquering nations including Carthage and Rome. The second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is a focal point for the arts and culture.

Extremadura - Capital - Merida - Bucked up between Portugal and the rest of Spain, Extremadura is the birthplace of many Spanish explorers. It seems they couldn't wait to get out of the region.

Galicia - Capital - Santiago de Compostela - The shape of this region is roughly the same as the shape of Ireland. The name, however, comes from the people who once inhabited both places.

La Rioja - Capital - Logrono - This region is known for its artistic heritage, great food and good wine.

Madrid - Madrid is the capital of Spain and it is also the name of the region where it resides. Long known for being low-key and a bit stuffy by Spanish standards, it has had a rebirth in recent years and now commands respect among the hip crowd.

Murcia - Capital - Murica - Much like New York City, Murica is both the name of the region and the town but unlike Madrid, other cities lie within the region's borders.

Navarre - Capital - Pamplona - Navarre is a delicious mixture of Basque and Mediterranean cultures.

Valencian Community - Capital - > Valencia - Beautiful beaches, beautiful towns and beautiful people all conspire to make the Valencian Community one to experience.

Spanish Towns

Alicante - Located in Costa Blanca, Alicante is one of Spain's most treasured tourism spots. Because of its mild climate, Alicante is a year-round holiday spot.

Barcelona - Although Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, it is more Mediterranean than Spanish. For art, culture, cuisine and a general good time, Barcelona ranks second to none in world-class cities.

Bilbao - Balbao is the main city in the Basque region of Spain. It is well known for being an art centre and boasts the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a delightful of ill-defined shapes and curves designed by Frank Gehry.

Benidorm - With beaches stretching for miles and miles, Benidorm is one of Spain's most important holiday destinations. Benidorm has everything needed for an enjoyable family vacation, from a summer song festival to three theme parks.

Cordoba (Cordova) - Once the capital of the second Islamic caliphate, The summers can be quite hot but the winters are mild. A visit to Cordoba offers a peek into Spain's past, where tolerance of philosophical difference made the city one of the greatest in the world.

Fuerteventura - The second largest Canary Island, Fuerteventura is a favourite holiday spot for families.

Granada - Granada is filled with historical buildings and ancient spas.

Ibiza - Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands and is located off the coast of Valencia. The capital city, also called Ibiza, is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe.

Lanzarote - Located in the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. The island has been continuously inhabited for over 3,000 years. White beaches and brilliant weather year round help guarantee a perfect holiday in Lanzarote.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) - This is the largest city in the Canary Islands. Las Palmas has a subtropical climate with dry summers. The city is filled with art museums, cultural exhibits and legendary nightlife.

Logrono - Famous for its Rioja wine, Logrono is a city in northern Spain. It is also known for its restaurants and tapas bars. In the Plaza del Mercado you will normally find a festival going on in the evening.

Lloret de Mar - Lloret de Mar is located in Costa Brava, approximately 70 km from Barcelona. It has a number of important archeological sites as well as popular beaches.

Madrid - Madrid is the capital of Spain. Located in the centre of the country, Madrid is also the financial centre of the Iberian Peninsula. The city is flush with monuments, museums and excellent restaurants so, if you are touring Spain, you might wish to spend a few days here.

Malaga - Situated at the bottom of Spain in Andalucia, Malaga is a harbour town with plenty of music, wine and merriment. Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and is close to Casta del Sol.

Marbella - Another town in Andalucia and close to Malaga, Marbella was home to prehistoric people. Today it is on the map for the jet set and is ripe with Ferraris and Rolls Royces.

Majorca - Largest of the Balearic Islands, Majorca has been inhabited for approximately 7,000 years. Although the winters are mild and the summers are hot, the island still commands its share of the tourist trade.

Menorca - Menorca is the smaller of the major Balleric Islands off the coast of Spain.

Merida - Merida is the largest city in Extremadura and has ancient Roman beginnings. The city holds true to its past with a number of cultural events including a summer festival of classical theatre.

Oviedo - The capital city of Asturias in northern Spain, Oviedo is replete with museums and other culture centres. It also has a feast for practically everything.

Pamploma - Although it is known worldwide for the Running of the Bulls, Pamploma has much more to offer than the San Fermin Festival. It is an archeological treasure trove and boast numerous parks.

Palma de Mallorca (Palma) - This is the major city and port on Majorca. Officially named simply, "Palma," the more verbose name distinguishes it from Las Plamas, the largest city in the Canary Islands. With more than 20 million visitors passing through Palma a year, this ancient port has become one of the top travel spots in the world.

Puerto de la Cruz - This is a city on the north coast of Tenerife island in the Canary Islands. Puerto de la Cruz celebrates a number of festivals each year including El Carnaval. This festival has become knows as La Fiesta del Agua (festival of the water) because you are likely to get wet if you attend.

Salamanca - Salamanca, an ancient Celtic town, is also a Renaissance city with striking architecture. Its sandstones buildings have a beautiful lustre giving the city the nickname, La Ciudad Dorado.

>San Sebastian - This northern Spanish city is part of the Basque Country and is on the southern coast of the Bay of Biscay. It is home to the Spanish international film festival and the oldest jazz festival in Europe.

>Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Santa Cruz is another beautiful city in the Canary Islands . The city has a number of cultural attractions including numerous pieces of public art. It also hold half a dozen festivals each year.

Santander - The northern port city of Santander is the capital of Cantabria . Santander is a popular tourist destination because of its mild weather.

Santiago de Compostela - The capital of Galicia , Spain's most northwest region, Santiago de Compostela was named a European City of Culture in 2000. It is also a pilgrimage city for those who wish to honour St. James.

Seville - Ah, the famed Seville oranges. The city, itself, is certainly more sweet with its mild weather, museums, monuments and many lovely gardens. Although Seville oranges can be seen throughout the city, the fruit is normally made into marmalade. Not to worry, there are plenty of other delicacies to titillate the palate in Old Seville.

Tarragona - Tarragona is both a town and a province in Catalonia . The town is rich with historical buildings and artifacts including the remains of a Roman aqueduct.

Toledo - One of the most open-minded cities in medieval Europe, Toledo was a gathering place for those seeking freedom of religion.

Tossa de Mar - This holiday town in Catalonia is midway between Barcelona and France. Located on Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar has beautiful beaches, one framed by a medieval castle.

Valencia - Sporting the largest port on the Mediterranean's western coast, Valencia is a major import/export centre of Spain. Valencia is known for its museums and an annual tomato fight.

>Valladolid - Located in the centre of Castile and Leon , Valladolid is the capital of the region. The area surrounding the city produces some of the best wine in Spain and local delicacies include fish and lamb dishes.

>Vigo - Surrounded by mountains, Vigo is the largest city in Galicia . Located just north of Portugal, Vigo is a coastal town renown for its sailing events.

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Vitoria) - Vitoria is the capital of the Basque Country . It is rich in cathedrals, museums and convents, and is one of the few well-planned cities in Europe. Parks and gardens can be found throughout Vitoria.