Spain is one of the world’s most desired travelling destinations, a beautiful country with a diverse culture and a very interesting people.
With a land surface of 504,782 square kilometers and a population of 47 million, Spain is an old colonial empire, with off shore territories which include Ceuta, Canaries, Balearics and Melilla.
If you will choose to travel to Spain this year, in the heart of the old world that is Europe, you’ll imbibe into Spain’s sizzling cuisine, its flamboyant fiestas, world class museums and impressive art galleries.
Spain has it all, and that’s one of the main reasons why Spain still remains the Holy Grail of tourists everywhere, don’t you think?
Spain is a very interesting melange of sunny islands, perfect for spending this long and hot summer ahead, scenic countryside and vivid cities, where visitors can enjoy the local traditions and excellent local cuisine, Spain being one appetizing nation, if there was one.
However, despite Spain’s multitude of attractions, most of its visitors are coming here to enjoy its beautiful and sunny islands and beaches, not to mention the self indulgence inspired by the relaxed and chill-out atmosphere, flocking in hundreds and thousands to Costa Brava and Costa del Sol, where days and nights flow seamlessly, both on the beaches during the day and in the night clubs after the Sun sets.
Truth be told, Spain is not just a sprawling tourist trap, filled with stat of the art resorts and hotel complexes. There are also numerous quaint villages to visit, or secluded beaches, if that’s your cup of tea, not to mention Spain’s signature bijoux retreats, if you don’t want to follow the tourist trail.
Also, Spain is not just the perfect place where you can spend your holiday lying in the Sun on the beach. Aside from its beautiful and sunny beaches, there’s a variety of things to see and do here, from hiking the old pilgrimage route of Saint James’s Way, to diving into the crystal clear waters of the Medes Islands or to experience Spain’s many fiestas or festivals.
TO enumerate just a few, just think about La Tomatina, the Running of the Bulls (a national sport in Spain, corridas I mean), or the Baby Jumping Festival, all of these being madder than an English hatter from the Victorian England.
And then there are Spain’s beautiful and flabbergasting cities, like Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Bilbao or Valencia, all of them being vibrant metropolises, each one with its own and distinctive aroma. Let me tell you about the sweeping beaches of Barcelona, the Dali architecture or the soaring skyscrapers and the wide boulevards of Madrid, the country’s capital, all these beautiful cities and places are filled with Spain’s remarkable culture and history, and they’re all proudly displaying Spain’s galleries, museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
If you arrive in Spain, make sure you are captivated by Madrid’s culture, as any culture aficionado should explore the Spanish capital, where Museu del Prado is a must-see.
This place boasts one of the old continent’s finest and rarest art collection, together with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, which puts an emphasis on modern art and harbors Picasso’s world-famous Guernica. Also, try not to miss, while you’re at it, Madrid’s Royal Palace,the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the historic Plaza Mayor.
Spain also has a rich culture when it comes to food and drinking, as Spanish cuisine is one of its main attractions, with thousands of tourists rubbing shoulders in cafes and tapas bars. Specialties include paella, croquetas, cocido, tortilla Espaniola, Gazpacho, Jamon, Chorizo, Pulpo a feira and many, many other. Regional drinks include Albondigas, Cava, Rioja and sherry.
Spain is a member of the European Union and it signed the Schengen treaty, hence if you’re an EU citizen, you’ll not require a passport, just an ID card for visiting the country. For USA/Canadian tourists, a passport is required (no Visa though).