Spain defines the word passion. From flamenco and bullfights, to pintxos and paella, life is embraced with gusto. The country’s long, rich history is evident in its art, architecture, cuisine, and the daily lives of its people.
Centuries of rule by Romans, Visigoths, and Moors left indelible marks on Spain, as did the Christian Reconquest to regain control of their country. But, this complex and turbulent past created sights and destinations guaranteed to interest everyone.
Today’s religious pilgrims trek through a string of medieval towns along the Camino de Santiago while walking over limestone caves once home to some of the first humans in Europe. In sharp contrast, the northern Basque stronghold of Bilbao sports a gleaming, titanium-clad icon of modernism: the Guggenheim Museum.
Madrid’s big-city vibe makes it the energetic heart of the country. Its world-class museums, serene gardens, and cafe-lined plazas are perfect places to experience today’s Spain.
Since Spain is one of our favorite destinations, we just spent the month of March there exploring old favorites and discovering new, must-see places
One of the delights of our trip was visiting the superbly preserved old towns of Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca, and Burgos. Their lavish cathedrals, narrow cobblestone streets, and reconquista castles are the quintessential image of Spain.
So over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some of our experiences, and we hope that you’ll follow along.
James & Terri