After nightfall is one of the best times to discover Spain's monuments and cities. Illuminated by night they take on an almost magical appearance. In summer, don't miss the chance to go on the nocturnal guided tours organised in each destination. This is a unique and enchanting way to discover Spain's heritage.

Summer is a very special time to discover Spain's cities and enjoy all they have to offer, particularly by night. During the summer months you'll find tourist programmes featuring nocturnal visits and activities in monuments and emblematic locations available in a number of destinations. If they are stunning by day, then imagine them illuminated under the stars. Come and see for yourself –this will be the best souvenir you could possibly take home.

The season for nocturnal routes starts when the hot weather arrives, normally in May or June through to September. Nevertheless, there are places that extend this season by a couple of months or where they are available all year round. You'll find a range of different options, from excursions on foot or by bus to dramatised itineraries where actors in period dress recreate historical legends and events. Some also include tasting sessions of typical drinks and fare in traditional taverns. For information on the different options, contact the tourist offices, where you can also book the activities you choose in advance.

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These are generally guided tours lasting around two hours, with reasonable prices. Be sure to sign up because they offer a genuinely interesting experience. You can use these activities to discover cities like Santiago de Compostela, Toledo or Valencia from a different perspective. In Avila, for example, you can enjoy dramatised tours in the area around the old city walls. In Palma de Mallorca, guides will recount you strange stories and legends of the city while you explore the old town. Meanwhile, in Barcelona you have the chance to take the sightseeing night bus or go around the Gothic Quarter and see it lit up on a guided tour.

Are you planning a trip to southern Spain? In Cordoba there are dramatised tours of the historic centre, a water, light and sound show in the gardens of Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos Palace and the chance to visit the spectacular Mosque-Cathedral at night. Still in Andalusia, the amazing Alhambra palace in Granada is another ancient building you can see by moonlight.

Another option is to admire the most important monuments in Saragossa in the comfort of the city sightseeing bus on its nocturnal route. The city of Madrid also has its own guided tour programme in summer, with some routes offering you the chance to discover the city's legends and haunted houses.

These are just a few of the options you'll find in Spain for summer nights. An unbeatable way to experience history, to enjoy art and culture, to savour local gastronomy… Are you coming?

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