Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula of Europe, with two autonomous regions off the coast of Africa (the Canary Islands and the North African Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta). It is bordered by France, Portugal, Andorra, and the Mediterranean Sea. It also has a diverse landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to rolling plains in the north.
History buffs will be delighted to explore the country's various historical sites such as the Alhambra palace in Granada, the Prado Museum in Madrid, and the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona. History lovers can also venture into Spain's many old towns and cities such as Toledo, Seville, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Ronda and Cádiz to view ancient monuments and wonderful architecture.
Madrid and Barcelona are the two largest cities in Spain. Madrid has its famous art galleries such as el Prado, one of the world’s top museums; a large selection of parks within the city; exciting nightclubs; boutique shops; and a fantastic food scene with incredible tapas and bars. Barcelona is what many consider the heart of Catalunya. The city boasts breathtaking Gaudí architecture, beautiful seaside views from Montjuic castle, some of the best fish markets in Europe; world-renowned art galleries; incredible beach life; luxurious spas; and vibrant nightlife.
If you're looking to explore some smaller towns in Spain, there are plenty of options! From Basque Country’s Bilbao to Andalusia’s Granada or Seville—Spain is bursting with unique cultures. Tarragona offers Roman ruins while Cuenca is surrounded by stunning canyons. And if you want to venture further off the beaten path — Asturias, Cantabria and La Rioja are begging to be explored!
When it comes to tourist activities in Spain, they range from sporting events (from Madrid’s renowned football matches to journeying on a Camino de Santiago pilgrimage) to festivals such as La Tomatina in Valencia or San Fermín in Pamplona — where locals (and brave tourists!) dash with raging bulls down cobbled streets. Travellers can also explore some of Spain’s most scenic hiking trails like those found alongside lush countryside settings in Andalusia or along storied pathways in northern Spain.
When it comes to Spain’s local cuisine and drinks - whether you find yourself dining at an outdoor terraza or touring through Michelin-star restaurants - you won’t be disappointed! There are regional delicacies galore – all wonderfully accompanied by farmhouse cheese or cured meats like jamón ibérico. You simply must try paella – made entirely with fresh seafood and saffron rice – cafes con leche (coffee with milk), wine varietals like Rioja or vermouth classics like Pio Javarote.
The cost of visiting Spain will vary depending on what type of traveller you are — but it is generally considered an affordable destination. Public transport is generally inexpensive compared to other parts of Europe — hotels may range from budget hostels to luxurious 5-star stays — while meals can range from more casual eateries to upscale gourmet restaurants. Overall, most visitors find that Spain is well worth their money!