Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Spain travel informationBelow are stories about some of Spain's popular destinations to help you decide where to visit on your Spanish holiday - I hope you enjoy them!

If you are seeking a sunny holiday option in Europe but want to avoid the summer hordes, remember the weather is good in the south in the less-crowded shoulder seasons – try Cadiz, Spain in March or October/November.

My husband, Jason, and I love to take tours when we travel.  We’ve found that a well-informed tour guide can help introduce us to a city while also providing great tips about what to see and where to eat in the subsequent days.  

For years I've been hearing how wonderful Barcelona is but it wasn't until this year that I visited the capital of Catalan Spain for myself. I had three days in the city and was determined to make the most of my time there. These are my recommendations of the essential things to see and do in Barcelona.

If you only visit one church in Europe, make sure it’s the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Whilst the church still isn’t finished, 130 years after work commenced, it is truly an amazing piece of architecture that has to be seen to be believed. Designed by the famous Spanish architect, and one of Barcelona’s favourite sons, Antoni Gaudi, the work continues today based on his original designs and scale models.

Whilst my husband and I were in Europe this year our sons flew over to spend a few weeks with us.  Before they caught up with us, though, they headed to Barcelona for a brief look at a city they had heard so much about.  Here is Josh's story....

Heading to Europe in winter doesn’t have to be a cold affair. Several of the southerly parts of Europe still have very pleasant weather in December and January, including Malaga in the south of Spain.

hiker150The Pyrenees is the large mountain range which separates northern Spain from the rest of Europe, and is fascinating for its stunning natural landscapes. The range is 450 km long, reaching from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean. It is a natural frontier where water, forests and valleys dominate the landscape, and where many an exciting sensation awaits you, because the Pyrenees is synonymous with excitement and adventure.

Are you ready to discover it?

FitomatinaThe “Tomatina” is held on the last Wednesday in August in the town of Buñol.

This unusual fiesta brings together crowds of people every year, ready to have a great time of laugher and fun, hurling tomatoes at each other. Participants at this joyful pitched battle have a wonderful time throwing tomatoes at anything that moves.

What’s the best way to glimpse all that Barcelona has to offer when you’ve only got one day to do it? The open-top, hop-on hop-off Bus Turistic, a version of which it seems every large city has these days, is a cheap, easy, and fun way of getting yourself around the must-sees of Barcelona.