- 1 Why is Spain In My Heart?
- 188.8.131.52 Barcelona is super cool but nearby Girona is a real historical time capsule of Spain.
- 184.108.40.206 The sightseeing myriad of Menorca certainly keeps you occupied on this quieter island, and exploring the historical harbour cities of Mahon and Ciutadella are a highlight.
- 220.127.116.11 The Spanish coastline is undoubtedly a draw, but Spain is a haven for nature and adventure enthusiasts. While I have yet to complete the El Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, I did start with hiking part of the famed Camí de Cavalls trail.
- 18.104.22.168 Back to those azure blue and rugged Spanish coastlines, though.
- 22.214.171.124 Then there’s the Basque Country, and it’s beautiful capital of San Sebastian (the 2016 European Capital of Culture).
- 126.96.36.199 But first, you have to eat your way through the Pinxtos bars and truly experience Spain miniature food culture like no other.
- 2 #SpaininMYheart competition
- 3 Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera: Terms & Conditions
The Spanish Tourist Office want to know everything you love about Spain with their #SpaininMYheart campaign. By sharing your best images across social media, you can win a Canon G7 X digital camera. Competition details below.
Why is Spain In My Heart?
Spain was the location of my first sunny holiday abroad to Majorca aged 16, and the subject of many other cultural quests and travel adventures ever since. A country far removed from its coastal resort clichés, Spain boasts thousands year-old history, beautiful old town architecture, unspoilt nature, urbanite cool and endless culinary indulgence.
I still have so much more to explore, but I’ve stored up a few experiences already that makes Spain one of my favourite European destinations…
Barcelona is super cool but nearby Girona is a real historical time capsule of Spain.
90 minutes away from Catalonia’s brimming capital is the old city of Girona, whose deep-rooted historical charm and culture dating back more than 2,000 years. It’s also the gateway to the surrounding patchwork of countryside of Gironés.
The sightseeing myriad of Menorca certainly keeps you occupied on this quieter island, and exploring the historical harbour cities of Mahon and Ciutadella are a highlight.
The western Mediterranean cluster of the Balearic Islands may be a well-visited area of Spain, but the northernmost island amongst them, Menorca, is lesser known and prides itself on tranquillity. Here you can mix scenic historical cities and calm harbours with nature reserves and protected trails, ancient megalithic sites and pristine coastline.
The Spanish coastline is undoubtedly a draw, but Spain is a haven for nature and adventure enthusiasts. While I have yet to complete the El Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, I did start with hiking part of the famed Camí de Cavalls trail.
Menorca’s entire island perimeter is connected by a continuous 185km trail-loop called the Camí de Cavalls. It’s perfect for trekking, mountain biking and even horse riding, connecting you to over 130 secluded coves and sandy bays, rocky hills and viewpoints.
Back to those azure blue and rugged Spanish coastlines, though.
Then there’s the Basque Country, and it’s beautiful capital of San Sebastian (the 2016 European Capital of Culture).
Here are five reasons to visit the northern Spanish city by the sea, from food to fashion and sightseeing to sport, and a cultural list of four must-see areas. It is said to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities, whose language and traditions are some of the oldest in Europe, and still thriving today.
But first, you have to eat your way through the Pinxtos bars and truly experience Spain miniature food culture like no other.
They are as culturally significant in San Sebastian as the landmarks, monuments and the very old Basque language. Making Pintxos is an art form; eating them is a social event. And it’s criminal to call these exquisite bites layered on top of a small piece of bread and held together by a single cocktail stick tapas.
Where are your favourite areas of Spain? Now is the chance to show them off!
Not only can you submit images via the competition below, but you can also do so during our Twitter chat that takes place on Thursday 6th April at 3:30pm GMT, contribute your Spain travel insights or ask any questions you have about travel here.
By sharing your favourite photos of Spain before April 30th on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the #SpaininMYheart hashtag, you can be in with the chance of winning a compact Canon G7 X digital camera, worth £500. It’s the perfect excuse to head back and snap even more memories.
Each single image you upload will count as one entry into the competition, which means the more of Spain you share, the better your chances of winning. So, what are you waiting for?
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera: Terms & Conditions
The promoter of this competition is the Spanish Tourist Office whose registered office is at 64 North Row – 6th Floor London, W1K 7DE. Users will need to post their images of Spain and use the hashtag #SpaininMYheart to enter the competition. Entrants must be 18 or over and be based in the UK to be eligible to win. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. Closing date for entry is 23:59, 30 April 2017. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. The winner will be chosen by a panel appointed by the Spanish Tourist Office. The winner will be informed via DM on Social Media by the Spanish Tourist Office by Friday 19th May 2017. If a winner does not accept the prize within 14 days of being notified of winning, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Spanish Tourist Office shall be entitled to select another winner. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent . No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
Disclaimer: The #SpaininMyheart competition is in conjunction with the Spanish Tourist office and iAmbassador. My love of Spain can also measured by the hundreds of photos I have on file.