The unique Galicia region in Northwestern Spain boasts stunning beaches, small fishing towns, plunging cliffs, wide sweeping bays, rich heritage, and a distinctive culture. The region is home to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of more than quarter of a million visitors that travel each year along the Camino de Santiago trail. Given its coastal location, Galicia is known for having some of the best seafood in the country. Inland is a maze of lush valleys, sprinkled with stone villages, medieval monasteries, and well-established vineyards.
Lively, energetic, and vibrant, you probably won`t find any other place in the world like Madrid. Capital of Spain since 1562, Madrid's museums host, among others, works by Dali, Miro, and Picasso`s Guernica. Madrid is a city of great contrasts: the Old City, the Madrid of the Hapsburgs, the Royal Palace, the Puerta de Alcala, the Retiro Park.
The Green Coast (called España Verde in Spanish, `Green Spain`) is the beautifully lush area in the extreme north of Spain, consisting of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, and the northern part of the Basque Country, which all receive more rain than the rest of the country.
Andalucia comprises much of southwestern and southern Spain, making it the second-largest autonomous community in the country. The Moors ruled this region for seven centuries, and their influence can be seen everywhere from its architecture to its culinary traditions.
Tens of millions of people visit Spain each year, and many of them combine its picturesque and historic cities, such as the capital, Madrid, with some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you`re going to sun yourself on the Mediterranean Costas, the Bay of Biscay shoreline, or off the mainland and on one of Spain`s gorgeous islands, you will find a Spanish city and beach holiday best suited to your needs and wants.
Spanish cuisine is very flavorful, and is a quintessential Mediterranean diet, befitting the world`s largest olive oil producer and second-largest wine producer. Spain`s former colonies all over the world influenced the cuisine at home, in everything from tomato sauce to saffron. Today, the various regional staple delicacies represent history and tradition.
Spain has the third most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any country in the world. From Iberian Peninsula’s most antique villages and old towns to cobblestoned Romanesque streets and breathtaking architecture, there are 48 impressive UNESCO sites to visit in Spain. Countless cultures have passed through this country leaving their incredible influences and making Spain a cultural paradise.
With one of the most extensive systems of roads and highways in the world, clocking in at over 10,000 miles, Spain is very easy to traverse by car. Major highways connect all of Spain`s 45 mainland provinces with one another, and they can be found in the Balearic and Canary Islands as well.
Situated just off the southwestern coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a Spanish autonomous community that have been popular vacation destinations for decades. The archipelago includes eight major islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, and La Graciosa) plus many smaller islets.
The Balearic Islands (Illes Balears in Catalan) consist of the four islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, all of which offer ideal warm year-round weather. Collectively they are the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, if not the world.