WESTERN EUROPE – Spain, Portugal and Morocco

SPAIN:
Spain is one of the most diverse and visually stunning nations of Europe. The misty evergreen hills of Asturias and Galicia could hardly be more different to the sun-baked plains of Castile. The vibrant, cosmopolitan cities contrast with sleepy villages, lost in time. In fact, spend a little time here and you’ll discover that Spain is more an amalgam of fiercely independent regions, each with their own culture, gastronomy, folklore and language. As the people from Bilbao or Barcelona will attest; they are Basque and Catalonian respectively, not Spanish

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PORTUGAL:
The small kingdom on the edge of the Iberian Peninsula blossomed in the 16th Century to become one of the world’s great seafaring nations. During the great Age of Discovery, Portugal was at the vanguard of world exploration, which brought vast wealth and riches. This is evidenced in the Manueline architecture – the palaces, monasteries and churches that were filled with gold from the new world. Nowadays, modern explorers will find colourful fishing villages and small, fortified towns, glorious sun-kissed beaches, sacred sites, heavily cultivated hills, neat terraced vineyards and vast flat plains.

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MOROCCO:
Morocco has fascinated travellers for centuries. The labyrinths of the imperial cities of Meknes, Fes and Marrakesh contrast with the dramatic gorges and oases of the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains and the solitude of the Saharan desert that lies beyond.

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