Destination Overview

Spain

Located at the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest of Europe, Spain is – and has been for thousands of years – one of the cultural centres of Europe. Spain’s landscapes are extremely varied. It has beautiful cities and towns, offering ancient monuments as well as futuristic architecture. It has countless World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and Picturesque mosques, and cathedrals can be found throughout. Gastronomic delights are also a highlight of a visit to Spain.

Capital

Madrid

Time

GMT +1

Currency

Euro

Language

Spanish

Religion

Catholicism

Population

47 Million

International Airports

Madrid, Barcelona, Ibiza, San Sebastian, Seville, Valencia

Weather

When it comes to the weather in Spain, where you are in the country can play a big part in the forecast—it doesn't just depend on the time of year. Generally speaking, the north is home to milder summers and wet, chilly winters, while down south, it's the opposite: scorching summers are the norm, but winters are generally quite pleasant. That being said, Spain is one of Europe's warmest and sunniest destinations throughout the year, with its alluring climate shaped by the country's location between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Top Highlights

Artistic Wonders

Discovering Spain means travelling back and forth in time and being surprised by a whole host of monuments ranging from an ancient Roman aqueduct to medieval castles and the most avant-garde, futuristic architecture. Centuries and mixed cultures have left their fascinating mark on Spain with some of the most amazing artistic heritage in the world. When you visit you will be enchanted with the stories behind every work of art and remember them forever.

Coasts and Beaches

Spain boasts almost 8,000 kilometres of coastline where travellers can discover quaint little fishing villages or the grand seaside towns of the north. It is also home to the pristine coves lapped with turquoise water nestled between forests, like the ones in the Balearic Islands, and unspoilt, volcanic beaches in the Canary Islands or the fine sand beaches of the Mediterranean. With thousands of hours of sunshine every year, what’s not to love?

Spanish Gastronomy

Spanish cuisine is famous the world over because not only is it flavoursome, healthy, traditional, creative, and varied, but also due to its popular restaurants and fine dining, as demonstrated by the international recognition of its chefs. An example of how healthy it is can be seen in its famed Mediterranean diet. Top ingredients include olive oil, Iberian ham –a source of national pride– and the Spanish wine, the perfect accompaniment for toasting.

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Top Places to Visit

Barcelona

Located on the Mediterranean coast one can follow the traces of history and diversity while walking through the city. The Gothic Quarter, built over the Roman ruins, and the Eixample district with its Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings, which is a showcase for Gaudí’s dazzling architecture are just two stops one shouldn’t miss.

Ibiza

The official name of the island is Eivissa, altough the most popular way to noun it is Ibiza. The island has become famous because of its legendary and at times riotous nightlife. Though large parts of the island are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Bilbao

One of the largest cities in Northern Spain and home to the famous Guggenheim Museum. Don’t miss out a walk through the charming medieval quarter Casco Viejo and the panoramic view over the city from the top of Artxanda.

Madrid

The capital and cultural centre of Spain houses one of Europe’s largest royal palaces but also other ancient sights are waiting to be discovered. For those interested in art, the famous Paseo del Arte (or Art Walk) links the three top art museums of the city.

Girona

The secret beauty of Catalonia at the confluence of the rivers Ter, Onyar, Galligants, and Güell. For the best views, walk on the medieval walls and enjoy the views as far as the Pyrenees.

Malaga

Known as “the capital of the Costa del Sol”. One can find here the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, the Museo Picasso Málaga, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the old town, and beautiful beaches.

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