Snowy mountains, sunny beaches, lush meadows, rocky deserts, historic cities, and impressive architecture defines what makes a country diverse and stunning. If you add super friendly and laid-back people, vibrant nightlife, never-ending folklore, exquisite cuisine, impressive works of art, and much more then you will find yourself in Spain, the third most-visited country in the world. From the thriving cities of Madrid and Barcelona to the peaceful millennia-old olive groves and vineyards, Spain offers something for everyone, no matter what their interests are.
Similar to other Romance languages, Spanish developed from Latin plus the influence of local cultures, in addition to a 700-year long Arab presence. Even up to present times, different varieties and separate languages survive within Spain, including Catalan, Galician, Basque, amongst others.
Therefore, Spain combines the richness of a varied language with all its land has to offer, allowing the traveler to absorb the language while enjoying one or two-day trips to everywhere in the country.
It doesn’t get closer than this to the purest version of the language.
Super well-developed touristic infrastructure.
Easy connections from all-around the world.
Rather cheap living conditions (compared to Northern Europe).
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• visiting breathtaking historic walled cities like Segovia and Toledo.
• discovering impressive Moorish palaces in Seville and Granada.
• partying in Ibiza, the party capital of the world.
• marveling with Gaudi’s and other Catalan Modernists creations in Barcelona.
• drinking your way through Rioja and the central regions.
• breathing art in museum-filled Madrid.
• walking along the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela.
• cheering for your favorite team during El Clásico: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona.
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Madrid, is both the capital and the most populated city, which is conveniently located in the center of the country, from where roads and high-speed railways radiate. If world-class museums, legendary street and nightlife, picture-worthy palaces, churches, and squares are not enough, you will always be less than 2 hours away from mostly anywhere in the country.
Barcelona, Madrid’s big rival, has a name of its own, thanks to the legacy of its builders: Gaudi’s mastermind left jewels like Park Güell and Sagrada Familia; the Romans and Middle Ages left behind the winding Ciutat Vella (Old Town); urban planners left the lively (and touristy) Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya; and the list goes on. And if you feel overwhelmed, beautiful, sandy beaches extend North and South of Barcelona’s port.
Salamanca, as the home of the oldest university in Spain and fourth oldest in the world, has been THE college town of the country since 1218. Therefore, the city boasts grandiose architectural masterpieces that range from Romanesque churches to Art Nouveau palaces.
Málaga, the birthplace of painter Pablo Picasso, is the sunniest place in Spain, something that works very well with all the beaches that surround it. If not a beachgoer, you can also indulge the art and history lover in you by visiting the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Moorish castles, the Roman Theater, or visit the world-famous painter’s birthplace and dedicated museum.
Valencia, Spain’s third largest city, has everything one would need from Spain: a historical and architecturally important core, the world-renowned and picturesque Falles festival, a signature dish like paella, nearby long and golden beaches, and a massive modern development by world-famed home architect Santiago Calatrava.
Granada, once the last stronghold of the Muslim Moors, is now one of the most culturally important cities of the country. Architecture is the star of the city, with the famous must-visit Alhambra complex being the city’s most important feature.
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