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Mary-Ann Gallagher

Mary-Ann Gallagher

Mary-Ann Gallagher is an experienced author, guidebook writer and journalist who has written for Time Out, The Independent and more. She has also written a number of guidebooks for DK Eyewitness Travel and Footprint on Valencia, Sicily, Catania and more.

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The 12 best things to do in Seville

The 12 best things to do in Seville

Sometimes all you need is a scorching hot city break, right? We’ve got just the place. The best thing about one of Spain's hottest cities is that just three days is enough to get the most out of this beautiful city, without getting FOMO about all the things you haven’t ticked off your list. Seville is a city full of beautiful architecture, old palaces and seriously good tapas, and you could certainly spend your days exploring without a plan. But there are certain things you absolutely cannot miss when you’re in this Spanish haven, and that’s where we come in. From brilliant bars to the Royal Alcázar itself, here are the best things to do in Seville right now, selected by us. Looking for somewhere to stay? Check out Seville's best Airbnbs. RECOMMENDED:📍 Our guide to essential Seville🏛️ The best things to do in Granada🎨 The best things to do in Malaga🧳 The best places to visit in Spain🇪🇸 The best things to do in Spain Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts. 

The 12 best things to do in Majorca

The 12 best things to do in Majorca

Majorca seems to have earned itself a reputation for being a bit of a ‘Brits abroad’ destination. But don’t believe the hype. Majorca, the largest of the beautiful Balearic Islands, is home to some of the best beaches you’ll ever see, and there’s more than three hundred of them to explore. If that doesn’t sway ya, we don’t know what will. And it’s not just the many, many beaches that bring people flocking there in their millions. You’ll find dinky train rides through quaint old towns, dazzling mountain hikes, ancient ruins and lots and lots of fresh fish, sobrasada (cured sausage) and coca de trempó (vegetable flatbread). From flea markets to hidden coves, here are the best things to do in Majorca.  RECOMMENDED:🏨 The best hotels in Majorca📍 The best places to visit in Spain🇪🇸 Our ultimate guide to Spain Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts.

The 13 best things to do in Málaga

The 13 best things to do in Málaga

A look at the usual lists compiling the best things to do in Málaga makes one thing clear: the capital of the Costa del Sol has long been overlooked in the race for top cultural destinations in Spain. That has slowly been changing since 2003, when the long-awaited Museo Picasso finally opened, kick-starting a cultural resurgence that has led to a whole flew of fancy new museums, including the only outpost of the Centre Pompidou outside of France. Add a couple of cliff-top Moorish castles, a pocket-sized Roman Theatre, a winsome little old town full of tapas bars and quirky boutiques, plus a newly primped-up port and fabulous beaches, and this exuberant little city on Spain's stretch of the Med can truly boast it’s got the whole package. Without further ado, here are the best things to do in Málaga right now. Recommended: the best Airbnbs in MalagaRecommended: the best hotels in Malaga Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 13 best things to do in Valencia

The 13 best things to do in Valencia

Valencia sometimes gets overlooked in favour of its more famous Spanish neighbours, but make no mistake: this is one of the best cities in Spain. And in our opinion, it’s underrated as hell. Criminally so. For starters, the food is incredible (this is the true birthplace of paella after all), and the cocktails are always flowin’. But that’s not all. This is the kind of city where you can do it in three days, but even after a week you wouldn’t run out of things to do. You can spend your days roaming beautiful cathedrals and discovering hidden gems, but wandering the streets for hours will bless you with street art, people-watching spots, tapas and more. Our complete guide to Valencia has everything from parks to markets, and we guarantee you’ll fall in love. Here are the very best things to do in Valencia.  RECOMMENDED:🏖 The best beaches in Valencia🛏 The best Airbnbs in Valencia🇪🇸 The best places to visit in Spain Planning your next trip? Check out our latest travel guides, written by local experts. 

11 fun things to do in Alicante

11 fun things to do in Alicante

It might sound strange (or read strangely, in this case), but Alicante feels like an underrated gem. The mad dash to the resorts of the Costa Blanca means it can be overlooked, but that just means more magic for those who visit. The best things to do in Alicante are a microcosm of the best things to do in Spain, from gorgeous beaches to fascinating cultural attractions via electric nightlife and more. The city also has an excellent festival calendar, and we are happy to get behind that. Throw in a fabulously diverse population, and you’ve got a marvellous city. 

The 13 best things to do in Granada

The 13 best things to do in Granada

Consult our list of best things to do in Granada if you want to experience one of Spain’s most captivating cities, which oozes both the languid sensuality of Al-Andalus and the brooding darkness of the Christian conquerors. The showstopping attraction is the Alhambra palace, which dominates the whole city from the top of a cliff. Below it, the modern town is crowned by a dazzling cathedral where the Catholic Kings, who brought about the fall of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain, lie in splendour. Pick your way through the medieval warren of the Albaícin to the cave dwellings of Sacromonte, where flamenco is at its purest, and linger in the city’s renowned tapas bars, mostly offering free tapas with drinks. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.