Northern Spain

You haven’t experienced Spain if you’ve never been to Barcelona or Madrid. Barcelona, the fun-loving capital of the Catalan region, has its own distinct way of life. Intriguing architecture adorns the city, and it’s easy to stumble on Gaudi’s dream-like creations down an unassuming street. Set your body clock to local time and head out for a late night dinner, before making your way to a wine bar. Madrid, the nation's capital, doesn’t boast the beaches of Barcelona, but it does have beautiful mountains and some of Europe’s most prestigious museums – the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía.

The very north of Spain may fly under the travel radar if you compare it to the sizzling sound, but it shouldn’t. In Basque country you’ll find spectacularly wild mountains sliding into lush green valleys, medieval villages, wine country and culinary delights that will make your palate sing. Visit the vineyards in La Rioja to the east, then journey west to the Galicia region where the scent of pine and eucalyptus fills the air and a strong Celtic influence makes its mark on the towns, particularly Santiago de Compostela, there's no better way to spend an afternoon than wandering the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city.