Jan 15, 2016

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Exploring Inland Spain

Exploring Inland Spain

Head Off The Beaten Track To Discover The Best Of Spain

Head away from the coast to discover some of Spain’s finest cultural and historic attractions. Experience fantastic food, fine wine and great weather.

Spain is a vast country that is blessed with a wonderfully warm climate that makes it a fantastic location for a short break, holiday or even a longer tour. It is a crying shame that when travellers think of Spain, images of beaches and coastal resorts spring to mind, when in fact inland Spain also has a great deal to offer.

Getting Around Inland Spain

Travelling around Spain is relatively easy thanks to a generally efficient public transport system. Many of the provincial towns are well connected by bus and rail networks. However, hiring a car will ensure that you’re able to travel at your own pace and perhaps discover those little gems that aren’t on a train or bus route.

If you’re tempted to venture on a Spanish adventure of your own, taking in the breadth of culture, gastronomy and history that this fantastic country has to offer, then take out some Spanish travel insurance and book your trip now. Here are our favourite inland destinations.

Salamanca

This UNESCO World Heritage city lies in the Western region of Castilla y León, towards the border of Portugal, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Salamanca was founded in the 4th Century BC by the Celts. It was then subsequently conquered by the Romans who incorporated it into their Ruta de la Plata, or Road of Silver, which runs from north to south. Tourists will love visiting ancient buildings such as the Cathedral and the monuments in the central square of Plaza Mayor.

Salamanca is lively and enjoys a vibrant street café and bar scene, whilst the food is known to be outstanding. The local delicacy of cured guijuelo ham is a particular favourite in the area.

La Rioja

This underrated province in Spain is famous for its production of Rioja red wine. The area possesses over five hundred wineries and vineyards, many of which are open to the public to visit. One of the best cultural attractions in the vicinity of La Rioja’s capital of Logroño, is San Millán de la Cogolla. It is here that you will find the UNESCO-listed Suso and Yuso monasteries and it is also the birthplace of the first written words in the Spanish language.

For spectacular scenery, visit the Sierra de Cebollera Nature Reserve, which is surrounded by the Northern Iberian Mountain range. You can expect to see lime trees, wild pine and even mountain cats in the forest.

Cordóba 

Located in Andalusia in Southern Spain, this city has bags of atmosphere. It is a bustling, lively place which boasts a number of interesting sights such as the Great Mosque, which was once one of the largest in the whole of Islam. When the Christians conquered the city in 1236, they considered the Mosque to be so magnificent that they left it standing and built their own cathedral in amongst it to create the unusual Mosque-Cathedral that is still present today.

Cordóba has a rich tradition of bull-fighting, so it is quite common to see dishes such as Bull’s Tail being offered. Other typical local dishes include Pickled Whitebait and Salmorejo Cordobés, which is a creamy tomato-based paste to spread onto bread.

Spain is so much more beaches and holiday resorts, so explore everything that this wonderful country has to offer.

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