Your stay in Spain
Your stay in Spain will be under the sign of sunshine and joy of living – it isn’t by chance that Spain is the world’s second tourist destination after France. You may choose to discover the monuments and experience the nightlife in the country’s two largest cities, Barcelona and Madrid, or set off on a tour of the provinces of Galicia (Santiago de Compostela, Corunna, Vigo), Andalusia (Almería, Córdoba, Granada, Seville, Málaga) or the Basque Country (Bilbao, Guernica, San Sebastián).
If you prefer beaches and spending nights in trendy clubs, we advise you to head for Salou, Benidorm or Ibiza.
Just succumb to your feelings of discovery.
Staying in Spain: a rich, varied cultural heritage at the crossroads of Europe and the Arab World
Your stay in Spain will be under the sign of sunshine within an ambience all music and flamenco.
The Roman, Arab and Persian invasions have left architectural treasures and enchanting sites. This country at the crossroads of European and Arab civilisation is rich in culture and naturally open to the outside. Flamenco stands as a perfect illustration of this mix of the different cultures that thrived in Spain over the centuries.
You can visit the Cathedrals in Burgos, Barcelona and Granada, as well as the Córdoba Mosque and the Moorish Palaces of Andalusia. You will be spellbound by the Alhambra Gardens and the Alcázar.
Art enthusiasts will follow in the footsteps of the major classical and contemporary Spanish painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Miró, Picasso and Dalí.
Madrid is renowned for its extraordinary museums: the Prado Museum, the Queen Sofia Museum, the Thyssen Museum. Beyond those outstanding cultural assets, Madrid also offers up all of the attractions of a major capital city.
Barcelona, the cradle of Catalonia, is a city with a more modern, cosmopolitan architecture, standing between land and sea, between quiet and hustle-bustle.
A host of Ferias (street festivals featuring bull runs) are held all over throughout the summer, showing that Spain remains bullfighting country.
Spain and its seaside resorts
Spain’scoastline stretches some 7,883 km along two different seas (the Atlantic and the Mediterranean). Seaside tourism has mostly grown in the archipelagos and the Mediterranean seafront.
There are no less than 20 “Costas” listed in Spain. Suffice it here to mention the Costa Del Sol and the Costa Brava. Of course, we should not forget the Canary Islands, an Atlantic island chain located north-west of the Western Sahara.
In Spain, while sun lovers and farniente buffs are rather fond of Mediterranean beaches, surf enthusiasts will find what they are looking for on the Basque Atlantic coast.
Your gourmet stay in Spain
During your stay in Spain, you will quickly come to understand why this country is so famous for its party spirit. Good fare is part of this lifestyle and the traditional gastronomic culture is substantial.
Meal times are much later than in the United Kingdom. Lunch (el almuerzo) usually begins at 2 pm, and dinner (la cena) does not start before 10 pm. Spaniards are fond of eating out.
Spain is the world’s leading producer of olive oil. Cold cuts (Serrano ham, chorizo, etc.), cheese (ewe’s and goat’s cheese) and seafood represent a significant part of the diet. As is the case all around the Mediterranean, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and onions make up the basic ingredients of most dishes.
Every region has its traditional recipes. Yet some have established themselves as national dishes: paella, fabada asturiana, cocido.
Besides the inevitable paella, you can enjoy tapas. They are an important part of Iberian culinary tradition. Every café, bar or pub sells those delicious little platters containing fresh seafood, spicy chorizo, marinated olives and a variety of local specialties served with a glass of frozen sangria, fino, tinto, or just simply a beer. Depending on their content, tapas may be served cold, at room temperature or straight from the oven.
It is easy to understand why Spaniards just love meeting up in bars to chat among friends, listen to music or try out a few dance steps.