The southwest corner of Europe claims two of the most relaxing, cultural and beautiful European countries, Portugal and Spain, and it’s fair to say these two have a lot going for them. Trips to Spain and Portugal will see you visiting some of the most picturesque and sophisticated cities around, including the likes of Lisbon, Segovia, Seville, San Sebastián, Valencia, Bilbao, Barcelona and Granada. And the best bit? Every single one of these cities is entirely unique and different to the next, so you’ll always feel like you’re discovering something new.
Visiting the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, you’ll be instantly romanced by the architecture of the city, the colourful tiles and doors the crowning glory of this European favourite. The Alfama district or the iconic Cristo Rei are both favourites, but this is a city best explored by foot or tram and our best advice? Just get lost. By night, the city transforms into one of the greatest party capitals on the continent, with bohemian bars, trendy rooftops and beach clubs all offering after dark fun. If you fancy travelling a little out of the city, the towns of Cascais and Sintra have plenty to offer and are just a short train ride from the city centre.
Spain more your scene? Barcelona is renowned for its Gaudi architectural excellence and buzzing nightlife, whilst Bilbao is all about sophistication, fine dining and incredible landscapes. If it’s epic palaces you’re looking to explore, we imagine the fusion of cultural architecture at Granada’s Alhambra Palace will do just the job, or maybe head on over to Segovia where one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts of all time awaits. Wherever you travel in Spain, there’s one thing all of these cities have in common - dishing u[ some of the most incredible food your tastebuds will ever experience. For a serving of traditional paella, a Valencia tour is your go to. Looking to lounge out on the streets whilst feasting on tapas with your friends? With some of the best tapas spots around, Seville is always your answer. More of a sweet tooth? Hop the border to Portugal for a taste of their iconic sweet treat, the pastel de natas.
Whether you're looking for a coastal retreat to lay back and relax, a city brimming with culture to get stuck into, some of the best party spots and festivals around or some iconic sights to tick off your bucket list, a tour of the Iberia region offers it all and more.
Seville, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, is renowned for legendary tapas, the Alcázar castle, the Plaza de Espana and the Metropol Parasol - a wooden structure which you can find in La Encarnación square, the old quarter of Seville. This quirky shaped structure towers over the surrounding area, with 6 parasols and 4 levels offering some pretty incredible views of the city and nearby Jewish Quarter. Be sure to check this out at sunset to guarantee the most gorgeous golden light, and give yourself some time to explore the museum which came about thanks to the outstanding archaeological remains that were found during the early excavations of the Metropol Parasol.
Into your rock music? Rock in Rio-Lisbon is a 4-day jam packed event held in Bela Vista Park. The festival has various stages providing over 12 hours of performances per day. Head to the “World Stage” for leading artists and international musicians, the “Electronic Tent” for national and international DJ’s and VJ’s, or the “Hot Stage” for alternative concerts by top artists and up and coming bands.
Benicassim on the east coast of Spain comes to life with a 4-day festival which takes place every July. Muse, Major Lazer, The Chemical Brothers, Liam Gallagher and The Killers are all artists and bands who have or will soon be gracing these sunny stages. With big time headliners from all around the world and an incredible beachside venue, there really is no better place to enjoy the music.
Now approaching its fourteenth edition, this festival was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Founded in 2003, Surfilm Festibal is a celebration of cinema and independent-minded surf culture, combining art and music with surfing and activism with the aim of showcasing the best representations of surf culture, helping to get credit for artists telling surf stories.
Located in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, the Coach Museum contains one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world. Boasting a collection of royal vehicles from the 17th to 19th centuries you can expect to see coaches, carriages, chaises, litters and sedan-chairs, all perfectly restored and ready to impress. The museum itself, located in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace, is also worth a visit.
Where to begin? Paella, pintxos, tapas, chicken piri piri, pastel de nata - nowhere quite compares to the food Portugal and Spain has to offer. The Mediterranean lifestyle, fresh food and sociable dining style makes the Iberian Peninsular one of the yummiest places to explore. So, let’s tuck in…