Spain really does have it all, with just about everything one looks for in a travel destination, with diverse and spectacular landscapes, including white sandy beaches. With over 5,000 miles of coast, this country is blessed with practically an endless array of them.
From the exquisite dunes of Tarifa and the celebrity-filled beach clubs in Ibiza to the Costa del Sol and fabulously undeveloped Costa Blanca, there are many opportunities to spend your days soaking up the sun and the sand.
But this country isn’t only about the great outdoors, it has a rich history, fascinating cultural traditions that include lively fiestas all year long, and plenty of magnificent art and architecture to explore.
Spain’s fascinating history is well-preserved in many of its museums and buildings. From its rich Moorish past and the Spanish Golden Age with its position as a world superpower to the more recent horrors of the Spanish Civil War and its return to democracy, there’s plenty to explore.
You’ll find one of the best examples of Moorish architecture in the world in Cordoba – UNESCO-listed Mezquita is a Mosque-Cathedral that reveals its historic position as the greatest Moorish city in all of Europe, with some sections that date as far back as the 8th-century.
Spain is also a gastronomic delight. You’ll have to experience tapas here as there is no place like it, probably much different than what you’d find at any tapas eatery you have at home. If you order a drink at nearly any bar, you’ll even get a free tapas plate.
The pintxo scene in San Sebastian is famous worldwide, a good spot to go for sampling those incredible bite-sized portions, alongside a glass of the local txakoli, the holy grail of wines to order here.