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The sun doesn’t just shine on Spain’s beaches. It illuminates cathedrals and churches, towns and cities

Think of Spain and you automatically conjure up images of glorious sunshine, warm seas and hot beaches. But talk to Spain expert Richard French and you’ll discover much more about this fascinating country.

Sunny days spent lazing on the beach with gentle waves lapping at your feet? Yes certainly. Evenings spent enjoying local sangria and huge bowls of seafood and chorizo paella? Definitely.

But talk to Richard French and he’ll use his country-wide insight to introduce you to a Spain you might not have considered before. After all, the country has a unique and fascinating history and today its culture reflects strong Moorish, Basque and Catalan – as well as traditional Spanish – influences. All of which has produced an unrivalled diversity.

You could, for example, find yourself standing open-mouthed and astonished in Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral in Barcelona. You could be similarly inspired by the architecture of mediaeval Girona, or the paintings of native artists like Dali, Picasso, Goya, Velazquez and El Greco. You could photograph the amazing coastal scenery of Catalonia, listen to opera in Valencia, drink wine in Rioja and cider in Asturias. You could learn the flamenco in Seville, or immerse yourself in the Moorish atmosphere of Andalucia, Granada, Malaga and Cordoba.

You could even hop over to explore the magnificent harbour at Palma, on Mallorca, one of the beautiful Balearic islands. It’s a huge choice, and it’s all yours.

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