What comes to mind when you think of Spain? Beaches? There's so much more to this nation, and you'll get so much more out of your holiday that just a walk on the beach. From our Spain hotels you will, of course, enjoy beaches, but you'll also enjoy mountains, creeks and grassy meadows, as well as great food, delicious wine, incredible architecture, lively flamenco music and lots of soccer. You don't need to give the locals a Spanish inquisition to find out about this fascinating country, rich in history and culture. They'll gladly share their heritage with you. Just in case you forget to ask them, the story goes a little something like this: in the 16th century, Spain was the most powerful nation in Europe. During that time, it had a large effect on the colonisation of America, as well as the growth of the Catholic Church. However, Spain suffered in multiple wars and lost much of its territory over the years. However, the Spanish regions that remain are true treasures for tourists.
Throughout Spain, you'll find many similarities from region to region. For example, many of the country's museums and art galleries display works from Picasso, Goya and Dali. However, each of the regions is a holiday destination unto itself. The Canary Islands are famous for their black sand, wild parties, and laid back tropical atmosphere. Madrid, Spain's capital city, is the bullfighting capital of the world. Here, you can also visit 50 of the 2,000 rooms in the Royal Palace, where the Spanish Royal Family officially lives. Seville, in the south, is the resting place of Christopher Columbus' tomb, and is also home to the Alcaza Islamic Palace and Giralda Tower, as well as the Semana Santa Easter Festival. In Barcelona, you'll find the Picasso Museum, La Segrada Familia Cathedral, Ciutat Vella (the old town) and plenty of famous architecture by Gaudi. Soccer fans will also love visiting Santiago Bernabeau, home of many famous footballers, including Ronaldo and David Beckham. If you're in Barcelona in May, you can attend the Spanish Grand Prix. If you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, aim to be in Pamplona in July for the world-famous Running of the Bulls Festival, or in Valencia for the Tomato Battle in August. Just like the scenery, Spanish cuisine varies from region to region, so depending on where you are you might be enjoying regional wine, tapas, fresh seafood and paella.
The best way to see Spain is by car. There are coach buses available, but their destinations are limited, and the trains are quite slow, which is why it's probably best to hire a car at the airport. So, check out our cheap flights to Spain, book your Spain accommodation and say ‘Adios’ to the daily grind.
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