Package Name: Where to go and what to do in Spain..
Spain is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Contrary to popular belief that it is only a beach destination, Spain has a lot to offer to the visitor. It is rich in history, culture, traditions, gastronomy and also geography, with very different landscapes. Some of its most beautiful spots still remain undiscovered.
To the Northeast of Spain lie France and the tiny principality of Andorra. To the West Spain is defined by the Balearic Islands located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Its Southern most territories are the picturesque Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean and the cities of Ceutaand Melilla located in the North of Africa. This wide variety of landscape offers tourists diverse destinations and activities to do. Spain is the third most popular travel destination in Europe. Madrid is the capital city of Spain and home to the Spanish government and to the Royal Palace where the kings of Spain usually live. Barcelona is probably one of the favourite destinations for tourists, a worldwide known city colored and characterized by the art of architectGaudi and the celebration of the 1992 Olympic games. Tourism in the city offers also the possibility of enjoying its beaches and water sports. During winter, Spain has the possibility of both sunbathing on the beaches and skiing in the mountains. The Spanish coasts have plenty resources for water sports such as surfing, scuba-diving, sailing, etc. Further for the mountain lovers there are great places for trekking and discovering more traditional and authentic side of the country.
While in Spain one must try to participate in Spain’s traditions and fiestas like bull-running in Pamplona, setting fire to the huge paper constructions in the “Fallas” of Valencia, religious parades for Easter celebrations, the famous “Semana Santa”, tomato fights on the streets of Buñol (Valencia), etc. Don’t miss out on Flamenco, Spain’s dance and music characterized by guitars, clapping, expressive lyrics, colourful long dresses in women and sober black costumes in men. Gastronomy of Spainish culture is world famous and one must try its excellent wines such as Rioja, Jerez (sherry),and Ribera del Duero. Spanish cuisine is very healthy and tasty. It is a Mediterranean diet and the exquisite dishes not to be missed include the paella, Fish dishes, seafood preparations from the north of the country, potato and onion omelette (tortilla), and cured ham with its different varieties: Serrano, Iberico, etc.
Sightseeing gives you the opportunity of finding ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors, the medieval castles of the interior, the white villages in inland Andalucía , the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid, world heritage cities, and amazing parks and gardens, among others.
The top tourist attractions in Spain:
Palacio Real in Madrid: residence of the King of SpainLa Tomatina in Valencia is one of the craziest festivals in the world held in the last Wednesday of August where people throw tomatoes at each other in the streets.
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona from July 6th- 14th, an activity in which men run in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose.
La Concha in San Sebastian is one of the best beaches in Europe. It is protected from strong winds by high cliffs and islands.
Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Spain.
Hanging Houses of Cuenca is situated between Valencia and Madrid. Cuenca is an excellent example of a medieval town built on the edge of high cliffs.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most popular party destinations of Europe.
Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona designed by the famous Gaudiwho worked on the design for 40 years before he died in 1962. The construction has still not been completed.
Alhambra Fortress in Granada is situated on a plateau in South of Spain and is a major tourist destination. It is part palace, part fortress and part garden.