WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM Spain?
Spain have long been one of the most visited European destinations on the list. Not only the sun, friendly people and fantastic beaches attract thousands of tourists to the Iberian Peninsula every year.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN Spain
- Barcelona – a paradise for artists
- Wild Pyrenees
- Tenerife island
- Ancient Seville
- Muslim fortress Alhambra
- Mallorca island
- Santiago de Compostela
- Córdoba founded by the Phoenicians
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT Spain
Sea – The Spanish shores are washed by the waters of three seas – the Bay of Biscay in the north, the Mediterranean Sea in the south and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. The coldest waters are undoubtedly offered by the Atlantic, whose average temperature reaches 20 ° C.
Islands – The Spanish islands will delight you with their diversity and beautiful nature. They are suitable both for a peaceful holiday by the sea and for an active holiday full of hiking and water sports. The Canary Islands are dominated by the island of Tenerife, which boasts the highest Spanish mountain, the Pico del Teide. While there is snow on top of it until the summer months, on the coast you will be able to enjoy the sun-drenched days almost all year round. The southern part of the island is also suitable for surfing, thanks to its weather conditions.
Furteventura will be ideal for all lovers of sandy beaches and dunes. Gran Canaria is popular for its cultural activities as well as beautiful beaches. It is also home to the largest city in the Canary Islands – Las Palmas and the popular beach area of Maspalomas.
Another important archipelago is the Balearic Islands, where you will find popular islands such as Mallorca, which is the largest of all Spanish islands, lively Ibiza, popular especially for its nightlife, or Menorca, which will enchant you with its beautiful green landscape.
Beaches – You will find all kinds of beaches that you can only remember. Romantic wild beaches, volcanic beaches with black sand in the Canary Islands, wide Valencian and Catalan beaches full of colorful umbrellas, turquoise bays of the Balearic Islands, noisy beaches of the Andalusian Costa del Sol, La Manga del Mar Menor in Murcia, where you can roll in a small European the Dead Sea or the rugged coast of Galicia.
Nature – The country forms a bridge between Europe and Africa. Spain is characterized by a tremendous diversity of landscapes. The alpine region is represented by the Pyrenees in the north and the Sierra Nevada in the south. However, the highest mountain in Spain, Pico de Teide (3,717 m), can be found off the continent, on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
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Historical monuments and tourist attractions – Spanish history has been influenced by many cultures, which are reflected not only in culture and architecture, but also in art, music and dance. In the south of Spain, you will find breathtaking Andalusia, an area that largely reflects the Muslim religion and culture. Andalusia is the cradle of the unique Flamenco and the seat of the most impressive Moorish buildings. In Granada you will find the vast Alhambra Castle, with the Sierra Nevada Mountains towering majestically in the background. Seville has the famous Plaza Espana or the beautiful gardens around the Alcazar.
However, the north of Spain does not remain in the background. The famous Park Guell in Barcelona, by the world-famous artist and architect Gaudí, is one of the most popular tourist destinations. At the same time, Barcelona is the main cultural center of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.
Of course, we must not forget the capital Madrid, the second largest city in the European Union. Infinite energy pulsates through his street all day and night. This is where tourists go for culture, nightlife and especially sports – the Spanish football club Real Madrid is simply a local pearl.
Gastronomy – One of the biggest specialties of Spanish cuisine is paella – a spicy mixture of different types of meat and vegetables. Then we come across an unusual cold vegetable soup gazpacho, which is a great refreshment on hot Spanish days. The national dish is tortilla – a baked pancake made of potatoes, eggs and onions. Spanish tapas – a kind of canapé – go well with wine.
MAY BE USEFUL
Official language: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Gaelic
Telephone prefix: +34
Speed limits: in the city 50 km/h, outside the village 90 km/h, long-distance road 100 km/h, highway 120 km/h
Time zone: UTC +1
HOW TO SPEND TIME ACTIVELY IN Spain?
Spain is an ideal destination for an active holiday. The mountainous mainland and islands provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports, the clear sea attracts diving and water sports, architectural monuments, galleries and museums attract lovers of art and history.
Water sports include surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing; surfers will find ideal waves, for example, in the Canary Islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote or in the south of the island of Gran Canaria in Maspalomas.
The Spanish coast offers wonderful diving, snorkelling and freediving sites. It boasts underwater caves, diverse underwater life and sunken wrecks.
You can try rafting, canyoning or paragliding, for example, in the Pyrenees in northern Catalonia. Cyclists and hikers can set out on many marked hiking and cycling trails in the mountains and along the coast.