A Tale Of Two Cities

Magnificent Madrid, Beautiful Barcelona

Well into an elaborate tapas spread and a glass – make that two – of cava in a dimly lit restaurant bustling with conversation and laughter, it became apparent just how the Spaniards view meals as social occasions, reports Ann Ruppenstein in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.

Whether it’s marinated olives, seafood paella, cured meats or cheese, the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona have it all – along with vibrant culture, arts, architecture and the list goes on.

“Clients looking for a big European city, a seaside escape, a destination with a rich cultural past, amazing food and wine, or breathtaking scenery will find all of this in Spain,” says Denise Heffron, Vice-President, National Sales & Commercial at Transat.

While some European countries faced challenges growing arrivals last year, tourism to Spain was booming, notably so among Canadians, with 407,000 visitors – a 40.9% increase from 2015 to 2016.

“Barcelona is very popular for its art scene, tapas and numerous Gaudi buildings,” Heffron says. “Madrid is a city that never sleeps. It’s a vibrant and electric capital that attracts a lot of travellers with its delicious food, renowned museums, lively markets, beautiful parks, boutiques and so much more.”

With Spain and most Mediterranean countries becoming increasingly popular for short and long stays, as well as cruises, Air Transat is increasing its flight frequency from Toronto to five flights a week to Barcelona during the high season, as well as two flights a week to Madrid.

“Spain can be explored in so many different ways,” she says. “Our multi-destination option allows travellers to land in one city and return from another at no extra charge, increasing the itinerary possibilities.”

For the full story, check out this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier by clicking here.


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