The Best of Spain

Exciting cities, delicious food, fascinating artwork, and gorgeous islands keep luring you back to the Iberian Peninsula. Here’s one old favorite to revisit, plus four more destinations that will quickly become new favorites.

Photo: Vintagecapsasal
Photo: Vintagecapsasal

Begur: Drive up the coast, find a hidden cove and a perfect ocean view, follow stone steps to a little hotel and an al fresco restaurant, sip Grenache, eat fresh seafood, watch sailboats bob in the water, and decide to stay a while on the Costa Brava.

Photo: Mikel Arrazola (http://argazki.irekia.euskadi.net/eu/photos/2602) [CC BY 3.0 es (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Mikel Arrazola (http://argazki.irekia.euskadi.net/eu/photos/2602) [CC BY 3.0 es (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/deed.en)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Getaria: Find a medieval fishing town with green hills and vineyards on one side and the deep blue sea on the other, stroll along golden beaches, visit a church shaped like a ship’s deck, admire the gowns of a beloved fashion designer, and settle into a hillside hotel in Basque Country.

Photo: I, Vriullop [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: I, Vriullop [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

El Pilar de la Mola: Discover a wild and unspoiled island, a chill vibe, low-key hotels, a family atmosphere, and rocky beaches on the smallest of the Balearic Islands.

Photo: Grand Hotel Central
Photo: Grand Hotel Central

Barcelona: Return to capital of Catalonia for its location, its architecture, its culture, and its cool hotels.

Photo: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
Photo: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

Majorca: Sit at a waterfront cafe with fresh seafood and a glass of white wine, watch boats glide into a horseshoe-shaped harbor, find a rugged coastline and breathtaking sea views, smell bougainvillea and honeysuckle in the air, and watch orange and lemon trees sway in the breeze in Port de Soller.

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