Spain is the land of Don Quixote, El Cid and Gaudí. It offers its visitors beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, natural parks, medieval towns, Arab and Roman ruins and a delicious regional cuisine. What more can you desire?
Its capital Madrid is located in the heart of the country, making it Spain's most important city. However, other cities also are of very great importance, such as: Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Granada.
The first settlers of the Iberian Peninsula were the Celts and Iberians then, later the Peninsula was dominated by Phoenicians and Greeks, because of its excellent geographical position to the Mediterranean Sea. After this period, it was dominated by Carthaginians and Romans before finally being taken over by the Arabs who had their domain between centuries VIII and XV. After this period, the Catholic kings began to reconquer the Iberian peninsula, resulting in the expulsion of the Arabs.
Spanish culture has been influenced by many people who have left an extraordinary cultural legacy. It boasts over 20,000 important monuments, and the largest number of World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO.
It is the host country of world-renowned monuments such as Aqueduct of Segovia in Segovia Mosque of Cordoba, Alhambra in Granada, Roman Theatre in Cartagena and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
Spanish theatre and cinema also have great importance to the rest of Europe. Within the world of arts, we find very important museums such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. In these museums, you can contemplate works by Picasso, Miro, Velazquez, Goya, among others.
Popular festivals take place throughout the year, the best known being: Las Fallas in Valencia, Los Sanfermines in Pamplona, Feria de Abril in Sevilla, San Isidro in Madrid, El Carnaval in several locations, among others. Spanish music is very vibrant and known worldwide. Flamenco, a traditional dance is very characteristic of the region of Andalusia, and is the musical style that best represents the country.
As it is known worldwide for its olive oil and wine, Spanish gastronomy has carved a permanent place in the world, with well-known dishes like paella and gazpacho, as well as the famous Spanish tapa. Spain is definitely a place to have unique and unforgettable experiences to indulge all your senses.