Spectacularly rugged mountain ranges, fascinating volcanic landscapes, desert plains, undulating countryside, beautiful beaches and cities erupting with art and architecture, are some of the many things that draw travellers to Spain and Portugal. Both lands are also buzzing bastions of food and wine, with Spain’s San Sebastian asserting itself as a mecca of world-leading food and restaurants. Spain is also home to some of the most extraordinary Islamic architecture in the world, not to mention a showcase for surreal, medieval and Moorish architecture.
The best time to travel through Spain and Portugal is spring and autumn, from April to June and September to October when the weather is the best. Summer can get very hot, especially in inland cities and the coastal areas very crowded.