drive alive holidays
Driving holidays in Europe - Plan your self-drive motoring holiday

Tourist information for central Spain

Central Spain contains some of the last great unexplored areas in Western Europe, as well as some of its most glorious architectural and historic treasures. It's a paradise for motorists, as long as you're armed with a good and up-to-date map. Mile upon mile of empty road through spectacular scenery and forgotten villages, leads you from one to another of the great cities. This Spanish heartland is a mountainous and often wild region, where wild-life flourishes and the mid-summer sun bakes the land.

Towns and places of interest in central Spain with links to book hotels and self-catering:

cordobaCordoba has inherited some astonishing monuments from its time as the largest city in Roman Spain, heart and capital of the Western Islamic Empire. The Mezquita is the greatest of the Spanish mosques, and is grandly situated right in the centre of the town. The mosque is breathtaking in its splendour, and is somewhere you'll want to visit again and again.

Self-catering apartments in Cordoba

Madrid, capital city of Spain, is situated in the very heart of the country. It is one of the great storehouses of European art, with the famous Prado museum being now joined bymadrid two galleries of modern art, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Although much of modern Madrid is functional and uninspiring, the town's centre is a pleasant area of old streets and quirky buildings. Madrid's nightlife is world famous, with a multitude of bars, clubs and restaurants starting late in the evening and staying open pretty much till dawn. Other sights of note in the centre are the Palacio Real, the gardens of El Retiro and the beautiful arcades of Plaza Mayor.

Hotels in Madrid
Self-catering apartments in Madrid
Madrid shopping
Madrid nightlife

seville sevilla cathedralSeville is a vibrant city, very hot in mid-summer, and best visited outside this period, especially if you can make it in April. This is when the city's two great festivals take place, the Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril, both extremely lively events with many parades and carnivals. The remarkable Moorish Giralda, or bell tower, is alone worth the visit. Add to this the great Gothic cathedral, the Alcazar Palace, and the ancient streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, and it's easy to understand why this city is one of Spain's major attractions.

Hotels in Seville
Self-catering apartments in Seville

Toledo sits astride a craggy landscape in a loop of the river Tagus. These inhospitabletoledo surroundings have forced the city to build upon every available piece of land and give it a twisted, bewildering, almost fairy-tale appearance. They also make it a most spectacular setting for astonishing buildings from every phase of Spain's long and complex past. This is a city to wander in and get lost, until you suddenly chance on one of its architectural marvels; its magnificent cathedral, its palaces, the mosque-like synagogue, the Alcazar fortress, or one of the El Greco masterpieces housed in the place where he spent most of his life.

Hotels in Toledo