Spain Mainland

Spain lies on the Iberian Peninsula on the far southwestern edge of Europe. Occupying an area of 504,788 square kilometres, it is home to 39.2 million people. Situated at the crossroads between Europe and Africa The glorious sunshine in which the country basks has long made it an ideal destination for sun seekers. Widely known for Flamenco, bullfights and fiesta, or sun, sea and sand. There’s a dream holiday for everyone in Spain, from the perfect family beach holiday on the Costa del Sol, to the thrill of the village fiesta in Andalucia, and the cultural highlights of Madrid, Seville, and Granada. The sheer variety of this huge country, which in the north can look like Ireland and in the south like Morocco, cannot fail to impress. More than 45 million tourists come to Spain every year, making it the third most visited country in the world The sophisticated, elegant and exciting cities of Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia are well worth a visit. Take in a bullfight, see a fiesta, dine late into the night as is the Spanish custom, enjoy glasses of Rioja accompanied by the great Spanish invention tapas. It’s almost impossible to summarize Spain as a single country. Catalunya is lively and energetic, Galicia rural and unspoiled; the Basque country offering spectacular new city initiatives; Castile and the south still, quintessentially “Spanish”. There are definite highlights to Spanish travel: the three great cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville; the Moorish monuments of Andalusia and the Christian ones of Old Castile; beach-life in Ibiza or on the more deserted sands around Cadiz and in the north; and, for some of the best trekking in Europe, the Pyrenees and the Asturian Picos de Europa. Costa Blanca Costa Brava Costa del Sol Balearic Islands Costa Almeria Holidays Costa Almeria offers the visitor a choice of beaches and inland retreats. Visit the popular beach resorts of Mojacar, Almerimar, Roquetas de mar and Garraucha. Head inland to the Parque National de Sierra Nevada or to the beautiful white town of La Turre high above the sea at the back of Mojacar it is the perfect Spanish town with winding streets and white washed buildings.

Essential information about Spain

Capital City – Madrid Language – Spanish (cstilian) Catalan, Galician, Basque, English Currency – Euro Electricity – 220V Flight time – On average from London 2 to 3 hours Time Difference – 27 March to 30 October GMT +2 otherwise GMT +1 For more information see the Spanish Tourist Board

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