With some of the most storied cities and regions in all of Europe, Spain is a destination for travelers who want to walk in the footsteps of history. This… Read More »
Exploring The Beauty Of Spain
With some of the most storied cities and regions in all of Europe, Spain is a destination for travelers who want to walk in the footsteps of history. This country is home to miles of beautiful beaches, stately historic sites and more cultural activities than a visitor could possibly keep up with. There's always a new adventure just around the corner when Spain is on the itinerary.
Located in Europe's extreme southwest, Spain's 194,845 square miles are loaded with unique geographical features, as well. The country is bordered by France, Portugal, the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, the North Atlantic and the Straight of Gibraltar. Visitors here will find the country, although only about the size of the state of Oregon, offers some incredible landscapes. Between the coastal areas, snowcapped mountains, rich cultural influences and stone castles from centuries past, this destination is unlike any other in Europe. Visitors here will find themselves with no shortage of sights to see and things to do. They include:
- Mountain, desert: The countryside is filled with its share of natural wonders. Visitors will find the Cantabrian Mountains in the northwest and Sierra Nevada in the south, rising above the Guadalquivir River. The southern region is also noted for its desert landscapes, made famous in the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s. Visitors to these regions will find plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, climb and take in all the natural sights.
- Beaches: Spain is legendary not only for its castles, but also its beaches and coastal waters. From Costa del Sol and the beaches of Cadiz, the country's coastal areas find themselves playing host to visitors from all over the world. Visitors will find some areas are perfect for sunbathing, while others open up the doors for diving, sailing, fishing, jet skiing and more.
- Natural tours: Many visitors find themselves in Spain strictly to see some of the natural preserves. The country's wildlife is protected in areas such as Parque Nacional de Donana, Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel and the Cinco Villas region is loved by those who want to see the countryside of Aragon and take in rolling hills and cobbled streets.
- Festivals: Spain's festivals are something to behold. From the constant hustle and bustle of Barcelona and Madrid to the International Classic Music Festival of Majorca and Cordoba's Noches de Embrujo, the country and its people make it easy for visitors to take in the sights, sounds and full flavor of the culture that awaits them.
Beyond the natural wonders, visitors will find a few cities tend to provide enough to see and do that visitors are loath to leave their boundaries during a visit. The capital city of Madrid, for example, is a major metropolitan area that has long served as the country's heart. It is home to many breathtaking sights, including the Royal Palace, 73 museums, ancient sites and a modern undertone that is evidenced in nightclubs, restaurants and shops. Barcelona is also a major stop for many visitors. This capital of Catalonia has a history that dates back centuries. The city's beaches are a major attraction, as are its many historic landmarks, festivals and modern conveniences.
From idyllic countryside villages to the bustle of big city life, Spain is a modern country with very ancient roots. With a history that has been influenced through the centuries by cultures as diverse as Roman, Germanic, French, Muslim and more, the historic sites, beaches and beautiful landscapes call to visitors from all over the world.