Destination Overview Spain…
Located at the Iberian Peninsula in the southwest of Europe. In the north Spain borders on France and Andorra, with the Pyrenees as a natural frontier. There are five big mountain ranges crossing the country, and about 50% of it are located at an elevated plain. Additionally, the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) in the Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands in Atlantic Ocean, and Ceuta and Melilla, located in northern Africa, are Spanish territory. Landscapes are extremely varied, some almost desert-like, others green and fertile, and of course there are the long coasts, in the east along Mediterranean Sea from Pyrenees to Gibraltar, and in the west along the Atlantic Ocean and Cantabrian Sea. Widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, Spain has to offer much more than that. It is – and has been for thousands of years – one of the cultural centres of Europe.
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.
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.
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.