What are the best places to visit in Spain? | Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi

/ 15 March 2017

Spain is a land rich in history, tradition, culture and natural beauty, with a wide-ranging cuisine based on fresh local produce.  Join Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi as she embarks on a personal tour, sharing her passion for the country, culture and people, and making some new discoveries along the way.

Alex explores all it has to offer region by region, from its remote villages to its cosmopolitan cities, seeking out its best-kept secrets.

Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain
She begins in the north east, a region often ignored by Brits. Alex visits an amazing hotel designed by Frank Gehry, the architect responsible for the Guggenheim museum in Bilbão, enjoys a luxurious cabernet grape body scrub, and is shown around an astonishing cellar full of ancient wines. She also experiences the craziness of the San Fermin fiesta, including the legendary running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona famously described by Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises.

Like the Basques, the Catalans have their own language and strong local identity. Alex visits Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city— a vibrant, cosmopolitan coastal metropolis, famous for its football team and architecture. One of its most visited attractions is the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s fairytale basilica, still under construction and years away from completion. To inspect its towers, Alex conquers her fear of heights and takes the rickety lift to the top, where she is rewarded with the best views across Barcelona.

Alex Polizzi's Secret Spain Ep 1 - Alex Polizzi and guide Esteve stood at the top of Sagrada Familia.
She also explores the city’s thriving art and café scene. Picasso and Joan Miro are long gone, but there is no shortage of new art in the back alleys of the barrios. She samples absinthe, the drink of choice of artists and writers.

Finally, Alex takes part in the Human Towers, and is visibly moved by the spirit of the Catalan community as they support one another to erect an extraordinary human tower nine storeys high!

Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi starts on Friday 31st March at 9pm on Channel 5.