Choosing Your Journey in Spain
Choosing Your Spain Journey

Madrid (above) is one of the great cities of the world. The museums are not to be missed!

When considering a trip to Spain think about how active you would like to be. As a destination Spain offers it all! If you are a history buff and enjoy museums and art galleries, Spain has a rich patrimony. If on the other hand, you would like to have an adventure holiday, there are numerous nature reserves and hiking regions where you can explore for 7-10 days and still enjoy a cultural experience.

Or it may be that it is your first time to Spain and you would like an overview. If that is the case, the Highlights of Spain tour will be the right tour for you. Perhaps you have been to Spain before and went to the main sights in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Granada and want to see the a different side of Spain? Then our tour of the North West including Galicia, the famous city, Santiago de Compostela, Cantabria and Asturias might be a good place to start. Our tour of the North West also offers an option to explore Portugal and Morocco as add-ons.

When planning your trip to Spain, bear in mind that the differences between Andalucia in the south and Galicia and Asturias in the north are vast. It is like going from Ireland (in the green, misty north-west of Spain) to Greece (in the dry, rocky south). The extremes of temperature can be as varied as well. The south of Spain will bake in glorious sun from April to October, but if you want relief from the intense heat in the main summer months of June to August, you can find cooler climes and even summer rain in the misty, lush green of the north-west of the country.

Spain features an incredible diversity of landscapes – ranging from the deserts of Almeria in the south to the lush green of Galicia and Asturias, to the sunbaked plains of Castilla La Mancha, from the wilds of Extremadura to the fabulously rugged mountains of Picos de Europa. More than half of Spain is made up of enormous elevated tablelands called the mesetas. Five major mountain ranges stretch across the country linking these mesetas – the Pyrenees bordering France; the Cordillera Cantabrica along the Atlantic coast; the Cordillera Central; the Cordillera Iberica and the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia. In Granada in Andalucia, the locals like to brag that in April you could go skiing in the morning in the Sierra Nevada and to the beach in the afternoon! 

Madrid lies smack bang in the middle of this vast country in a fairly rugged, inhospitable area. The dry landscape is reminiscent of vast tracts of Australia. Travelling around Castilla La Mancha and Madrid almost feels familiar at times!

For the purposes of this website and our tours, Spain is divided into these main regions:  

  • Madrid & Toledo
  • the North-West (including Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Cantabria and Asturias)
  • the Basque Country, Navarra & La Rioja
  • Barcelona & Catalonia
  • Castile
  • Extremadura
  • Valencia & Murcia
  • Andalucia
  • the Balearic Islands (Islas Balearicas).

Around the Sun currently runs tours to most of these regions and can organise customised tours to any corner of the country you fancy.




 If you have any queries, or want to bounce around some ideas, please contact us!

Spain Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

Barcelona to Santiago De Compostela

This tour provides an overview of four stunning regions in Spain's north - Catalunya (Catalonia); Euskadi, which is the name the Basque people give to their own land; Asturias, which begins in Unquera; and Galicia and the Atlantic Coast.

Luxury:medium to high
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Culture by car
Challenge: Easy to Moderate
Cost: from $4,995

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All ATS itineraries can be run for private groups or adapted to meet your interests.

Spain Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

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Around The Sun trips are based on the expertise and knowledge of Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore – and the expertise and services of a select group of friends who operate the best tour companies in the world.

Around The Sun showcases a careful selection of small group trips (with guides and expert leaders), and we design customised private journeys (both guided and self-guided).

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised, so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently. See Create Your Own Journey.