I could ramble on about the beauties of Spain, about its tasty national food
dishes, it's refreshing wines and liquors, the sleepy whitewashed villages, the busy coastal holiday resorts
and not forgetting a country that is steeped in colourful history.
But this may go on for rather a long time.
So here is a little taster of helpful information about the 17 regions of Spain:
( Click on the region below to view holiday properties in the area ).
Andalusia is a largely autonomous region of hills, rivers, and farmland bordering Spain’s
southern coast. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as
Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace.
landlocked region in northeastern Spain comprising the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza and Tuel. It's bisected by the Ebro River, with the Pyrenees Mountains in its north. Aragon is known for its
ornate, Moorish-influenced Mudéjar architecture, represented in the 1686 Basilica of Nuestra Senora del Pilar in Zaragoza. The regional capital, Zaragoza is a commercial city of wide boulevards and
a region of northwest Spain, is known for its rugged coast, mountains, religious
sites and medieval architecture. Regional capital Oviedo’s San Salvador Cathedral houses religious relic the Shroud of Oviedo. Nearby on Mt. Naranco stands the 9th-century churches of San Miguel de
Lillo and Santa María del Naranco, the latter originally built as a palace for King Ramiro I of Asturias.
The Balearic Islands
are an archipelago off eastern Spain, in the Mediterranean. Mallorca,
the largest island, is known for its beaches, scenic coastline and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to the north. Palma, the capital city, is known for its Gothic cathedral with an altar canopy by
modern architect Antoni Gaudí, and Almudaina, a Moorish royal palace.
The Basque Country
(Euskadi) is an autonomous community in northern Spain with strong
cultural traditions, a celebrated cuisine and a distinct language that pre-dates the Romance languages. The vibrant riverside city of Bilbao is a hub of architecture and design, where gritty
factories and shipyards give way to cutting-edge landmarks such as the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum, along a revitalized waterfront.
The Canary Islands
a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are rugged
volcanic isles known for their black- and white-sand beaches. Tenerife, the largest island, is dominated by the sometimes-snowy active volcano Mt. Teide, which has its own astronomical observatory
and is part of Teide National Park. Tenerife hosts a huge pre-Lent Carnival in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
is an autonomous region on Spain’s north coast. Santander, the capital, is a port
on the Bay of Biscay, known for its long, curving El Sardinero Beach, and Cabo Mayor lighthouse. In the forested Cantabrian Mountains, Picos de Europa National Park has hiking trails and ski areas.
The thousands of caves in Cantabria include El Soplao, with unusual stalactites and sheets of calcite hanging from the roof.
Castile and León
is a region of northwestern Spain, consisting predominantly of a high
plateau ringed by mountains. Salamanca is known for its 12th-century university, Renaissance churches and baroque Plaza Mayor. Segovia’s ancient Roman aqueduct has more than 160 arches,
and the hilltop Alcázar castle overlooks the city. Ávila is encircled by an 11th-century fortification wall with 82 semicircular towers.
is a region in central Spain to the south and east of Madrid.
Setting of 17th-century novel "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes, it encompasses plains dotted with vineyards, castles and windmills, plus mountain ranges. Towering
over the regional capital Toledo is the Alcázar de Toledo, a former fortress housing a military museum. Paintings by Renaissance artist El Greco grace Toledo Cathedral.
in northeastern Spain, is known for the lively beach resorts of Costa
Brava as well as the Pyrenees Mountains. Barcelona, the regional capital, has a historic Gothic Quarter, La Rambla pedestrian mall, museums and several beaches. Antoni Gaudí’s distinctive modern art
and architecture can be seen at the Sagrada Família Basilica and in the colorful outdoor mosaics of Park Güell.
Extremadura a western Spanish
region bordering Portugal comprises the provinces of Cáceres and Badajoz. It’s a remote area of mountains, forests, lakes and reserves,
notably Monfragüe National Park and Cornalvo Natural Park, both sheltering diverse birdlife. The capital, Mérida, is known for Roman ruins of the colony of Augusta Emerita, including aqueducts,
theaters, a circus and a bridge over the Guadiana River.
an autonomous community in Spain’s northwest, is a verdant region with an Atlantic
coastline. The cathedral of regional capital Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial place of the biblical apostle Saint James the Great, and the destination for those following the
Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. The western cliffs of Cape Finisterre were considered by the Romans to be the end of the known world.
is a province and autonomous community in northern Spain with a renowned local wine
industry. Below the Cantabrian Mountains, vineyards occupy the Ebro valley and surround the old town of Haro. There, the summer festival features the messy Batalla de Vino (wine battle), and the
Museo del Vino showcases the history of wine. Local wineries range from small, traditional cellars to major commercial producers.
Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive,
manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old
Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
is a university city in southeastern Spain and the capital of a region also named Murcia.
Plaza Cardinal Belluga is the city’s architectural showpiece, where the ornate cathedral, with its mash-up of styles from Gothic to baroque, and the colorful 18th-century Palacio Episcopal stand in
striking contrast to the modern 1990s Ayuntamiento (city hall) annex by architect Rafael Moneo.
(Navarre) is a geographically diverse region in northern Spain. A medieval Basque
kingdom, it was annexed by Castile in the 16th century. Dotted with remote villages, its capital and largest city is Pamplona, famous for its annual running of the bulls. Pamplona has
16th-century fortifications, the Gothic Santa María la Real Cathedral and the Museo de Navarra, with archaeological and art collections.
lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea.
It’s known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium and a, interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within
nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
But by far the best way to learn about the regions of Spain and the holiday properties advertised
in that region is from the owners of the holiday properties.