Stretching from the sun-baked beaches of the southern Costas to the majestic Pyrenees Mountains in the north, Spain is a passionate and spirited nation whose people are almost as diverse as its landscapes. And thanks to its glittering beaches, its trance-inducing flamenco dancers and its colorful toreros (bullfighters), it’s also a pretty awesome tourist destination too.

 

View of Albayzín from Alhambra palace in Granada

 

To begin with, Spain is first and foremost a place to come and have fun and soak up the sun. The nation is home to one of the biggest party capitals in Europe, which also incidentally possess some of its best beaches. That’s right, we’re talking of Ibiza. Considered as one of the leading summertime party capitals of the world, this magical island has been blessed with stunning sunsets, powdery sand, clear-blue water, and a relaxing ambience.

 

FlamencoWith approximately 62 beaches, travelers can choose to shake-off stress with the help of first-rate DJ’s during the night, or move away from the hypnotic lights and sounds, and kickback at more peaceful serene spots.

 

Sticking with entertainment and sun, the Spanish Costas (Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, Costa de la Luz et al) have long been favorite beach vacation spots for the Brits and the Germans, and thanks to the staggering number of world class resorts and the beautiful warm weather throughout the year, will continue to do so for many years to come.

 

But it’s not all about beaches and parties in Spain. The interior of the country has much to offer those interested in Spanish culture. Aside from being the most stereotypical Spanish region with the best bullfighting, flamencos, and tapas, Andalusia is also home to three of the most famous cities in all of Spain - Seville, Cordoba, and Granada.

 

And of course, how could we forget Catalonia, home of the Catalans? Almost a nation within a nation, Catalonia is known for its distinct culture and language, and has long occupied a spot at the top of the list of Spain’s most visited regions, due in a large part to its magnificent capital city, Barcelona.

Barcelona

 

It’s not without good reason that Barcelona is Spain’s most famous city. With its Gaudi-esque architecture, pleasant climate, ancient cathedrals, the buzzing atmosphere of La Rambla, the Picasso Museum and its fanatical football fans, few cities in the world have so much widespread appeal.

 

IbizaLastly, we have Castilla y Leon, the biggest region in all of Spain – here, there are no less than eight fascinating cities to visit, including Segovia, Leon, Burgos, Avila, while the area borders the administrative region of the nation’s capital, Madrid.

 

There are plenty of significant attractions to visit here, such as the Plaza Mayor located in Salamanca. Getting in touch with the historical roots of Spain is best done within Castilla y Leon.

 

Main attractions: Ibiza, Andalusia, Catalonia, Barcelona, Castilla y Leon, Segovia, Leon, Burgos, Avila, Madrid, Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, Canary Islands

Budget for one week: €1,200

Currency: Euros

Taxes and gratuity: Tipping is recommended

Official language: Spanish

Area: 195,364 sq mi

Population: 46,030,109

Electricity:

    • Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
    • Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko
    • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
    • 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
    • Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter

Images courtesy: Mihael Grmek© sonyazhuravetc - Fotolia.comDavid Sim



Travel destinations in regions of Spain