Spain

 

Spain, the place to be!

You will visit cities bearing the marks of a mixture of cultures, monuments and natural spaces, some of the world's most important museums, about 8,000 km of beautiful beaches, and you will enjoy the healthy Mediterranean diet, Spanish traditions such as flamenco and bullfighting... Spain features one of the most pleasant climate in Europe, and has over 2,800 hours of sunshine a year.

 

Spain is located on the Iberica Peninsula, and has also two archipelagos (the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands) as well as  two cities, Ceuta and Melilla, on the  African Coast.

All these areas are perfectly connected through a wide-ranging and comprehensive transport network allowing, to get to major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada, Saragossa, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, in a short time.

Centuries of history have left behind a spectacular array of monuments. It's no coincidence that Spain is the country with the third greatest number of UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites.  In its over 1,400 museums you'll find masterpieces by great artists such as Goya, Picasso and Velázquez, genuine symbols of Spanish culture.

All major cities offer cultural sites not to be missed. In Madrid, you should make a point of heading for what is known as the 'Paseo del Arte' or 'art walk', an itinerary starting at one of the world's most important art venues: the Prado Museum.

Barcelona is a paradise of Modernism thanks to some of the works created here by the famous architect Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia cathedral and Güell Park.

You will be captivated by the great Mosque of Cordoba, major Islamic work in the Western world, and by the gardens and palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, one of the most visited sites in Spain.

Sevilla and its cathedral, Valencia and its City of Arts and Sciences, Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum… these are just a few other examples of places to amaze you. And  for cultural events,  don't miss key occasions such as  Theater festivals held in Mérida and Almagro, and film festivals such as the one in San Sebastián.

 

Spain is famous for it's round-the-clock entertainment due to the lively atmosphere to be found in its streets at any time of the day or night. During the day you can choose between enjoying a drink or snack at  the numerous terrace-cafes and bars, going shopping and strolling through amazing open air markets. 

And all year round, if you enjoy being part of traditional events and experiencing typical celebrations, Spain is the place to be: the carnival celebrations in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Cadiz,, Easter Week, the Fallas bonfire festival and the bull-running in San Fermín are just a few of the festivities. 

 

Eating in Spain is a genuine privilege, as it is home to products of unbeatable quality, many of which have been awarded their own designation of origin. You can also visit wineries and learn all about wine producing.

When ordering food, you can either opt for innovative new creations or typical dishes such as paella, gazpacho, Spanish omelette, octopus, cocido (chickpea stew) or tapas or pintxos. In fact 'going out for tapas' is a very common custom in Spain, and involves strolling from bar to bar sampling delicious canapés and the house 'small plates' in each place.

 

Spain is also home of thousands of pilgrims or lovers of new travel paths, walking every year to set out on the famous pilgrim route known as the Way of Saint James - El Camino de Santiago de Compostella.

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