Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Along with France and Morocco, it is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Spain’s 1,214 km (754 mi) border with Portugal is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.
Spain is a surprise to those who have the image of having to fight for towel space at one of its crowded beaches or sipping sangria while watching a bull fight or flamenco. From the ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors, the medieval castles of the interior, the white villages in inland Andalucía or the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain.
The landscape varies just as widely. The evergreen estuaries of Galicia could hardly be more different from the deserts of Almería or the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And then there are the countless glittering beaches that dot the Spanish coast. Although busy in summer even along the coast of the big tourist Costas some enjoyable beaches can easily be found.
Barcelona is one of the nicest of the Spanish cities. There are a plethora of museums, theaters and art galleries to visit, as well as hundreds of beautiful architectural buildings such as Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia. Watch the world go by in Las Ramblas, a pedestrian street with dozens of cafes, restaurants and markets as well as singers, dancers, puppeteers and living statues. Night owls will also find plenty of cool spots to entertain themselves.
There are more bars per capita than any other European city – proof that the people of Madrid love to party! Let’s hope you can keep up, the Madrileños are known to stay up till 5 or even 7 am. After a sleep-in get up and explore the streets from the narrow labyrinths of the medieval quarter to the grand boulevards of the 18th and 19th centuries. 2,800 hours of annual sunshine will surely put a smile on your dial and some color in your skin.
One of the largest and most important cities in Spain, Valencia is located in the eastern part of the country in the region of Valencia. After several years of major construction and renovation, Valencia today is famous for its Fallas Festival and the City of Arts and Sciences architectural masterpiece.
The Balearic Islands consist of Mallorca/Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca. All have great beaches and pumping nightlife, Ibiza in particular is known as the club capital of the world. Get out your glow sticks! Take time to discover the churches, monuments and caves on the islands as well.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During summer, the island’s population doubles as tourists flock to Ibiza to enjoy the night clubs, beach bars and restaurants.
Ibiza is considered to be a popular tourist destination, especially due to its legendary and at times riotous nightlife centred on two areas: Ibiza Town, the island’s capital on the southern shore and Sant Antoni to the West.
Well-known nightclubs are Privilege, Amnesia, Space, Pacha, Es Paradís and DC10. During the summer, the top producers and DJs in dance come to the island and play at the various clubs, in between touring to other international destinations. Some of the most famous DJs run their own weekly nights around the island.
The Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, and one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions. It’s a design by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who worked on this project for almost 40 years until his death in 1926. The construction of the basilica began in 1882 and still as yet not finished.