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Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with the cultural and design sophistication of almost any city in the northern hemisphere. Its patchwork of architectural styles displays dark, Gothic façades next to the harlequin buildings of the Modernistas and the skyline-piercing constructions of Jean Nouvel or Herzog and de Meuron, and a day spent admiring them can be topped off with a sun-downer on one of the city’s seven beaches before dinner at any number of Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or humble, family-run tapas bars.
Cadiz. Positioned on a narrow spit of land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cadiz has been the home of the Spanish navy since the 18th century. Founded 3000 years ago by the Phoenicians, Cadiz is the oldest city in Western Europe. The beautiful Gothic Cathedral of La Giralda can be found in the Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz which is renowned for its array of whitewashed house and scented Bougainvillea which seems to grow everywhere. In the new town can be found the ultra-modern “City of Arts and Sciences” which is certainly worth a visit.
Le Verdon, Bordeaux
Forget the tourism-website hype.... Provence is not all olive groves, vineyards, swimming pools, Mediterranean pine forests and lavender fields. The region, whose name is often shortened to Provence, is actually known as Provence - Alpes - Côte d'Azur, or in English Provence Alps and the Riviera. Moving east from Avignon, or north from Nice, one soon gets into hill country and very soon after that into the limestone massifs of the Alpine foothills. The land is arid and in places barren and fairly inhospitable; but though the climate here is generally dry, this is an area crossed by rivers flowing down from the snowy peaks of the Alps,. Over millions of years, they have carved deep valleys in the limestone, none of them longer and deeper than that of the Verdon.
From its source near the Italian Border, the Verdon runs south as far as Castellane, then west to join the Durance near Manosque. While much of the valley is spectacular, it in is the section between Castellane and Manosque that the river has carved its impressive canyon.
Lisbon. The wonderful city of Lisbon is simply full of Neoclassical buildings and wide plazas. Famed as the port from which the ships departed on their discovery of the Americas and the New World. Lisbon's magnificent harbour is spanned by the longest suspension bridge in Europe. Other landmarks include the World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both built in Lisbon's native Manueline architectural style.
Malaga. Gateway to Andalucian and the famed Costa del Sol resorts the Spanish port of Malaga stands out as a bustling destination with its own unique character. Rising high above the city with spectacular views, are the ruins of the 14th century Moorish castle, and of course its most famous son Pablo Picasso is recognised with a history of the artist’s life at the city’s fascinating Picasso Foundation.
Porto sits by the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal. A charming, historic city surrounded by narrow winding cobbled streets. Visit the historic area of Ribera, classified as a World Heritage Site in 1996. for an insight into the local history by walking through ‘a living museum’ featuring architectural contrasts, traditional cafes, beautiful buildings, bars and restaurants.
Southampton is a port city on England’s south coast. It’s home to the SeaCity Museum, with an interactive model of the Titanic, which departed from Southampton in 1912. Nearby, Southampton City Art Gallery specialises in modern British art. Solent Sky Museum features vintage aircraft like the iconic Spitfire. Tudor House & Garden displays artifacts covering over 800 years of history, including a penny-farthing bike