Spain's icons are known across the world: paella, sangria, flamenco and Picasso. But beyond its siestas and popular beaches, Spain offers up art, world class gastronomy and centuries and centuries of culture. We're on a mission to track down the best places to visit in Spain.
Either city hop from Barcelona to Madrid, Cordoba, Granada and Seville or base yourself in one of Spain's regions. Costa Brava, Andalucia and Galicia show three very different sides of the mainland, while the Canary and Balearic Islands have a different vibe again.
Build on the city list from the one week itinerary and make time to explore smaller places along the way by car. Seek gold in the Alpujarras of Andalucia, for example or travel back in time on the Transcantabrico train in Asturias.
Spain suffers when it comes to its image in my homeland. All sun, sea and sangria, the general perception misses the miles and miles of greenery, rich history, architecture, art, gastronomy and just about anything else that makes up a country's culture.
My time spent living in the south showed me an entirely different side. But so, too, did my numerous trips across the length and breadth of the country.
Delve in deep - and be surprised time and time again.
"Art washes the dust of daily life from our souls," Pablo Picasso
For my general recommendations on equipment, tour operators and more, visit the Travel Resources page. For tips specific to Spain, read on below.
As ever, with any advice you find on the web, this is meant for help and guidance only. Always check with your own doctor, embassy, lawyer and spouse before making any irreversible plans...