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European city breaks: immerse yourself in the culture of Spain’s cities


The Prado Museum in Madrid, the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and the Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) are just some of Spain’s cultural highlights. The spaces for art and culture in many cities in Spain make them ideal locations for a European city break. Are you in?

If culture is a priority for you when choosing a European city to visit, Spain may well be your next holiday destination. There are hundreds of different museums and art galleries with activities to make your weekend getaway both enriching and enjoyable.So, if you fancy taking a city break in Europe and getting away from your daily routine, read on to discover some of Spain’s cities and cultural treasures. Whether you enjoy visiting a photography exhibition or contemplating artworks in different styles: 

Gallery in the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

- Madrid has more than 40 art galleries and museums of various kinds. The Reina Sofía National Art Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum are two of the best. - Barcelona is iconic for its contemporary art and culture and its history museums. The Joan Miró Foundation and the Maritime Museum form part of its cultural offering. - In Valencia, you can visit both the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) and the Fallero Museum, which is dedicated to the city’s famous Fallas festival. - Málaga has cultural icons like the Picasso Museum and the Pompidou Centre, the first foreign outpost of the Pompidou in Paris.

IVAM, Valencia

Granada, Zaragoza, Seville and Bilbao are other Spanish cities that are also perfect for a city break. They are less than three hours by plane from many other European capitals and offer a variety of cultural events throughout the year. When are you planning your next city break in Europe?

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