Hotels in Spain
A magical stay in charming Spain
Amongst enchanting landscapes, vibrant traditions and multi-cultural contemporary cities, Spain offers travellers a unique and extraordinary experience. A trip to Spain is a chance to immerse yourself in its multi-faceted culture, which is always welcoming. From the green Basque coast in the north of the peninsular to the rich cultural heritage of the arid south, each of the various cities you could visit has a distinctive character. Start your journey in the heart of Spain by heading for Madrid, the political and cultural capital. To explore the Spanish capital, there is nothing better than staying in a hotel located right in the city centre. By doing this you can be within walking distance of the Prado museum, one of the most wonderful museums in Europe, as well as some of the capital’s other main attractions. To continue your journey throughout Spain, head to Catalonia and visit Barcelona. A vibrant city full of colour, where artist Gaudí has left his trademark stunning architecture. In the north-west, the Basque Country awaits, notably Bilbao, famous for its Guggenheim museum and gastronomy. The Basque Country also has a wonderfully preserved natural environment, perfect for relaxing walks in the countryside. To discover the multi-cultural side of Spain, head to Andalusia. Seville, Grenada and Córdoba will take you on an astounding journey between historical monuments, local traditions and modern festivities. Finally, anyone who loves the ultimate in leisure and relaxation is bound to have a great time in the Canary Islands, for a beach and sunshine holiday. Whether it be with your family, partner or with friends, you will find just what you need for a change of scenery. Get ready to create some unforgettable memories during your trip to Spain.
The Spanish capital has become of one of the most popular destinations in Europe and for good reason. It combines a rich historical heritage with several exceptional museums, whilst offering a gentle way of life visitors are particularly fond of. One of the iconic landmarks you should visit during your trip to Spain is the Royal Palace. It makes a spectacular day out or for a day of relaxation, head for Retiro park. Also visit Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol square to get a feel for the city and admire the Santa María La Real de La Almudena cathedral.
The city is also renowned for its museums. These are not to be missed as they are amongst some of the best in all of Europe. By staying at the Radisson Blu Madrid Prado Hotel, you will be a stone’s throw away from the capital’s most famous museum, the Prado. There you can find incredible collections, in particular works of art by great Spanish and European masters. The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum (which houses superb paintings from the 18th to the 20th century) and the Reina Sofía museum are two of the city’s other major establishments, both in close proximity to the Prado museum.
Where to eat and drink
When looking for somewhere to eat in the Spanish capital, you have a wide selection of restaurants, from small tapas bars and restaurants with international specialities, to shops where you can sample local cooked meats. The many squares which structure the city’s urban fabric are often surrounded by friendly establishments where it is fun to have a few tapas or fried calamari, coupled with a beer or sangria. Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol or Santa Ana are among some of the most popular, but feel free to venture down the small side streets to discover some great little places.
Having fun in Madrid
Both cosmopolitan and festive, Madrid offers a wide range of entertainment to cater for everyone’s needs, both during the day and at night. Among the most popular places for visitors are ‘tablao’ bars where you can see Flamenco dancing. It’s quite possible to find authentic tablaos, where regulars will take you into the passionate and moving world of real flamenco, as opposed to touristy establishments where you are much less likely to experience the true spirit of the dance.
An archipelago situated off the coast of western Africa but belonging to Spain, these idyllic islands are a very popular destination for those who love sunshine and heavenly beaches, varied landscapes and a lively nightlife. When in the Canaries, stay at the Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria to enjoy a time of real relaxation in a magnificent setting. From here you will also be able to discover the island, notably its largest city Las Palmas. You can also visit Tenerife, where its enchanting landscapes and friendly atmosphere make it highly popular.
Gran Canaria’s best beaches
During your stay in the Canaries, you will be able to visit at leisure some of the most beautiful beaches on the archipelago. Las Canteras in Las Palmas is without doubt one of the most famous, with its magnificent urban beach. In close proximity to your Radisson Blu Resort, you will find Amadores beach, surrounded by a variety of shops and restaurants. In Tenerife, explore the superb Playa del Duque, on Costa Adeje, as well as Benijo beach in Almaciga.
Where to eat and drink
Gran Canaria, often referred to as a ‘mini-continent’, provides you with a highly diverse panorama of natural landscapes, but also a whole range of modern establishments where you can shop and dine. Las Palmas, the island’s biggest city, has a large number of restaurants and bars, notably around the port and along the seafront of Las Canteras beach. The south of the island also has many restaurants which serve Canarian and international specialities, in particular at the seaside resorts of Maspalomas, Meloneras and Puerto Rico.
A lively nightlife
Gran Canaria’s rich and welcoming nightlife attracts groups of friends and people who enjoy lively nights out. You can find establishments where lots of young people congregate, as well as bars with dance floors or casinos which attract a more exclusive clientele. For example, you could head to Meloneras for a drink in an upmarket atmosphere.
Barcelona, the largest city in Catalonia, is situated on the East coast of Spain. During your stay, you will quickly discover the indelible mark surrealism has left on the city, in particular from the landmarks created by Antoni Gaudí. One of the most impressive is the Sagrada Familia, a spectacular cathedral which is still unfinished and which shows off an abundance of styles and details which defy indifference. Then visit Park Güell, where you can find architecture in bold unrestrictive lines designed by the artist enjoy a beautiful panoramic view as well. Then visit Casa Batlló, another sight not to be missed.
Other places to explore
During your stay in Barcelona, don’t miss out on taking a stroll around the heart of the Gothic Quarter with its little winding streets, friendly bars and Barcelona’s cathedral (The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia). Then head towards the sea to explore Las Ramblas, a festive and lively pedestrianised street where you can try out local specialities such as cooked meats or seafood. You will then arrive at the port which you can walk along until you reach the beach. For art lovers, go to the national museum of Catalonian art (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), where the building itself is as remarkable as its collections.
Gastronomy in Barcelona
Barcelona is packed with various little restaurants and bars. To immerse yourself in the local culture, you can’t beat going to a tapas bar. Leaning on the bar or sitting at a high table, you can try small tasters of food whilst having a drink, traditionally in a friendly atmosphere. You can generally choose between two sizes: a ‘tapa’ is a mini-portion, (more or less equivalent to an amuse-bouche), whereas a ‘racío’ is a full dish. On the menu: peppers, anchovies, bombes (stuffed potato balls), olives, fried calamari etc. Other local specialities you can try include paella and crème catalane.
A city punctuated by festivities
At nightfall, Barcelona is just as full of life as it is during the day with several lively establishments and clubs. Amongst the most popular places to go are ‘coctelerías’ (cocktail bars), pubs and ‘xampanyerias’, where you can sample Catalan champagne. Las Ramblas attracts all kinds of visitors at night, but although there is a vast choice of bars, the ambience is not always all that authentic. To find bars where many of the locals go, head to the Gothic Quarter or El Born, close to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar.
This fascinating city illustrates how different cultures have lived in harmony throughout Spanish history. This lively city has a vast historical heritage, and it is a must-see destination during your trip to Spain. Visit the Alcazar of Seville Palace with its exceptional gardens and architecture, then explore Seville Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede) where Christopher Columbus is buried. Also, take time to meander around the historical centre of the city with its timeless atmosphere, in particular the heart of Santa Cruz and its charming authentic little streets.
Grenada, another must-see city
Going to Andalusia wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Grenada. It is particularly renowned for its festive and genuine atmosphere, and its mix of cultures and famous landmarks. The most famous is the Alhambra, a magnificent palace full of history, which takes you back through time. At the heart of the city, pay a visit to the Generalife, the summer palace of the Nasrid Emirs with its superb elevated gardens. Finally, to get a feel for the city, wander through the picturesque and ancient streets of the Albayzín, district.
Traditions and local customs
Visiting Grenada, Seville, or Córdoba, you will without doubt get a clear impression that Andalusia has its own character, very different to that of Madrid or Barcelona. Its mix of cultures gives it an exotic and distinctive charm. Andalusia is also the birthplace of flamenco and you will find several authentic tablaos (flamenco bars), where you can listen and watch performances of this emotive dance. The most famous popular festivals are the Feria de Abril (Seville April Fair) during Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week), the El Rocío Pilgrimage at Pentecost, (Spain’s most important pilgrimage) and Jerez Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera.
One of the dishes you should try during your stay in Andalusia is gazpacho, a cold soup made from mixed vegetables, generally tomatoes, onions, cucumber, pepper and bread. You can sample other typical Andalusian cold soups such as ajoblanco made from almonds or salmorejo which combines bread with tomatoes. You should also try some fried Andalusian delicacies and some of the various hams available, notably the famous ‘Iberian ham’.