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Boundaries sometimes overlap when categorizing Southern Europe as many of the countries listed in this part of the continent are also listed in other broader regions. However, the one unifying factor in this group of sixteen countries that make up this part of Europe in the Mediterranean Sea. Quite predictably, the food and culture are influenced by the climatic conditions of the region, as is the landscape. Visitors head to Greece’s Santorini or Croatia’s coastline in droves to experience first-hand the wonders of the Mediterranean lands. While Spain and Italy are the most industrialized countries in Southern Europe, the rest of the countries in the region rely greatly on agriculture.
Southern Europe too is dipped in history, and the remnants of great civilizations and cultures are visible in the ancient ruins and great monuments. The grand Colosseum of Rome, the Alhambra in Granada, and the San Giovanni Fortress in Montenegro are a testament to the region’s glorious past. Southern Europe’s fascinating present is reflected in the well-heeled cities of Milan and Barcelona and in the gastronomic centers of San Sebastian and Bilbao.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Sitges

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Sitges

For LGBT travelers, Sitges is the perfect place for a great beach getaway, and it’s easy to see why. In the first place, there are gorgeous beaches all around and sunny weather most days of the year. Just as important is the fact that Sitges is super-open to LGBT people. Indeed, it’s so welcoming that…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Valencia

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Valencia

The seaside Spanish town of Valencia sees tons of LGBTQ travelers heading its way. Lovely beaches, superb Pride celebrations, and a great gay scene make it a fantastic destination. As a result, you’re bound to find a gay hotel in Valencia as accommodation also increased. Today, gay accommodation in Valencia ranges from designer options to fun…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Ibiza

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Ibiza

Sun-kissed Ibiza with its turquoise-blue waters and white-sand beaches is pretty much Spain’s all-time-favorite gay hotspot. Notwithstanding the season, the Spanish island is one of Europe’s most popular beach getaways. About an hour’s flight from Madrid, the island really never sleeps. There are plenty of gay hotels in Ibiza which has accommodation for all kinds…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Gran Canaria

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Gran Canaria

Considered as a continent in miniature, Gran Canaria’s been a gay destination for decades. So, not surprisingly, quite a few gay hotels sprang up. While all hotels aren’t exclusively gay, they’re all gay-friendly. So, finding accommodation is pretty simple. In fact, Gran Canaria boats more gay hotels than any other place in the world. One of…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Madrid

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Madrid

Madrid is one of the friendliest cities for gays in the world and is home to Spain and Europe’s largest gay population. Madrid’s native annual gay parade MADO, or Orgullo Gay de Madrid, is one of the world’s biggest pride parades today. Gay neighborhoods in Madrid like Chueca is where the LGBT community has lived…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Barcelona - by Robson90 / Shutterstock.com

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Barcelona

Spain has some of the top gay destinations in Europe such as Madrid, Sitges, and Ibiza but Barcelona is not far behind. With its gay friendly spaces, Barcelona is also a  popular destination for the gay community. Eixample fondly referred to as Gaixample or Gayxample is where most of the LGBT community head to in…

Top 10 Things To Do In Salamanca

Top 10 Things To Do In Salamanca

Perched on the hills of northwestern Spain, Salamanca is a feast for the eyes and soul. It’s home to stunning sandstone buildings, a lively arts and culture scene, and an indomitable nightlife. And as a university city since the 13th century, it isn’t surprising that Salamanca exudes an intellectual vibe. More than 180,000 people call…

Top 12 Things To Do In Avila

Top 12 Things To Do In Avila

Sometimes referred to as the ‘City of Stones and Saints,’ the spiritual city of Ávila located in the Autonomous Community of Castile and León about 111km north-west of Madrid, boasts of having the highest number of Romanesque and Gothic churches per capita in the country. Founded in the 11th century to defend the Spanish territories…

Top 12 Things To Do In Girona

Top 12 Things To Do In Girona

Less than a hundred kilometers from the northeast of Barcelona is the Catalan city of Girona. It is an ancient city, having originated during the time of the Iberians and later known as the Roman city of Gerunda. In the 12th century, the city had a flourishing Jewish community and had one of the most…

Top 12 Things To Do In Benidorm

Top 12 Things To Do In Benidorm

The city of Benidorm located in the province of Alicante in eastern Spain has been a popular tourist destination since the 1950s. This coastal resort attracts many visitors throughout the year. Besides the various attractions that make up Benidorm, it has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and clubs. What sets Benidorm apart from the…

Top 12 Things To Do In Vigo

Top 12 Things To Do In Vigo

The westernmost tip of the Spanish landmass is grand, with lush green vegetation, picturesque mountains, and an electrifying coast. Vigo, in the Galician landmass, used to be a village whose mainstay was fishing! But now, it is one of the most populous cities in Spain owing to the large area it covers. This city has…

Top 12 Things To Do In San Sebastian

Top 12 Things To Do In San Sebastian

The elegant city of San Sebastian or Donostia (Basque) is one of Spain‘s most sought after beach resorts. Located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, the beautiful beaches coupled with the lovely sunny weather attract people from all over. A stroll through the Old Town (Parte Vieja), a lazy day at the beach,…

Top 12 Things To Do In Sitges

Top 12 Things To Do In Sitges

The popular coastal town of Sitges referred to as the Saint-Tropez of Spain is located about 35 km southwest of Barcelona. This former fishing village has grown in popularity because of its natural beauty and also because of its world-renowned Film Festival and Carnival. The climate in Sitges is also another key factor in drawing…

Top 12 Things To Do In Bilbao

Top 12 Things To Do In Bilbao

Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque region in northern Spain was once a main industrial hub and a minor beach destination. However, the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997, brought the tourists flocking to this part of Spain. The deindustrialization of Bilbao began in the 1990s when many of the industrial areas were…

World's first Smurf Village- Júzcar

World’s first Smurf Village: Juzcar

For hundreds of years the houses of the tiny village of Júzcar in the Spanish province of Andalucía, were whitewashed. Nowadays it is the World’s first Smurf Village. In 2010, Júzcar was chosen by Sony Pictures as the setting for the premiere of their new film “The Smurfs 3D”. Sony Pictures made a terrible movie, but did one good thing. To gain…

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Andalucia

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Andalucía

One of the many wonderful things about southern Spain is that there are so many little villages to discover. Andalucía, a rocky, sun-baked region on Spain’s southern coast, has its own character and its own specialties, which makes every trip an authentic experience. Instead of visiting only Málaga, Granada, Córdoba or Seville, try exploring the…

Top 10 Things To Do In Tenerife

Top 10 Things To Do In Tenerife

The natural beauty of Tenerife is known worldwide. People from every corner of the globe come here almost like a pilgrimage to enjoy the sun, luxury hotels, the cold and refreshing Atlantic Ocean, stunning scenery and eternal spring climate. Dreamy sunsets and black sand beaches are the best natural relaxant there is in life according…

Ibiza

Top 11 Things To Do In Ibiza

Although Ibiza has a reputation for being the party capital of the planet, host of the best nightlife in the world and home to the best super-clubs on the globe, the island owns as well an absolutely beautiful coastline with dozens of tiny coves to discover, crystal clear seas for snorkeling, hidden bays, pine forests,…

Top 10 Things To Do In Toledo

Top 10 Things To Do In Toledo

Standing on a hill high above the Tagus River, Toledo is a historic walled city in central Spain as well as the former capital of Spain. It has been an important center of culture to the Romans, Catholics, Jews and Muslims for nearly 3,000 years. Behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy…

Top 9 Things To Do In Palma de Mallorca

Top 10 Things To Do In Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is the largest of the four Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, in the Western Mediterranean and the capital, Palma de Mallorca, is a vibrant, stylish, sophisticated city that bursts with life and a lovely place to spend most of your time. From beautiful beaches and old city with fascinating history to great restaurants and nightlife. Check…

Top 10 Things To Do In Granada

Top 10 Things To Do In Granada

Granada, one of the pearls of Spain, is home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzin), all of which are exceptional reminders of Moorish Spain. Many visitors come here just to see the extraordinary Alhambra Palace, one of the most spectaculars of all European monuments, but once they arrive they realize there…

Top 10 Things To Do In Málaga

Top 10 Things To Do In Malaga

Located just 129 km (80 miles) north of Africa, Malaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol and the largest southernmost city in Europe. Its rare combination of tropical heaven right next to an urban oasis, hot beaches, mountains, historic monuments, a charming old town and a lively nightlife make of this city a…

Top 10 Things To Do In Seville

Top 10 Things To Do In Seville

Seville is located in Andalucia, a rocky, sun-baked region on Spain’s southern coast, and it is probably the most underrated city in Spain. Many visitors tend to focus on Madrid and Barcelona while leaving Seville behind. Seville is vibrant city that has a distinctive, historic grandeur, with over a thousand years of impressive architectural styles from Moorish palaces,…

Top 7 Things To Do In Valencia

Top 7 Things To Do In Valencia

Sits on the East coast of the Iberian Peninsula along the Mediterranean, Spain’s third-largest city is not getting the attention it deserves, and it is still a bit of a hidden gem with a wealth of things to see and do. From cutting-edge architecture and some of the most innovative and avant-garde buildings to excellent…