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It's always a good time to travel to Spain.

That's because this country in southern Europe has all the ingredients to make your visit an unforgettable experience. Cities which bear the marks of a rich mixture of cultures, monuments and natural spaces awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO, some of the world's most important museums, beaches to suit everybody, a pleasant climate all year round, the healthy Mediterranean diet, and typically Spanish traditions such as flamenco and bullfighting.

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Exceptional art and culture
Centuries of history have left behind a spectacular array of monuments. It's no coincidence that Spain is the country with the third greatest number of UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites. What's more, in its over 1,400 museums you'll find masterpieces by great artists such as Goya, Picasso and Velázquez, genuine symbols of Spanish culture.

There are numerous cultural sites in all the major cities which no visitor should miss. In Madrid, you should make a point of heading for what is known as the 'Paseo del Arte' or 'art walk, an itinerary which starts at one of the world's most important galleries: the Prado Museum. Barcelona (in the northeast of the country) is another key site – this city is a paradise of Modernism thanks to some of the works created here by the famous architect Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia cathedral and Güell Park. In southern Spain you'll be captivated by the great Mosque of Cordoba, considered the most important Islamic work in the Western world, and by the gardens and palaces of the Alhambra in Granada, one of the most visited monuments in Spain. Seville and its cathedral, Valencia and its City of Arts and Sciences, Bilbao and its Guggenheim Museum… these are just a few other examples of places to take your breath away. 

And if you enjoy attending top-flight cultural events, then don't miss key occasions such as the theatre festivals held in Mérida and Almagro, and film festivals such as the one in San Sebastián.

Round-the-clock entertainment
If there's one thing Spain is famous for, it's for the lively atmosphere to be found in its streets at any time of the day or night. During the day you can choose between enjoying a drink or snack at any of the numerous open-air cafes and bars, going shopping… The main shopping centres are open all day between approximately 10 am and 10 pm at night, and department stores and shopping centres also open on certain Sundays throughout the year. What's more, in coastal areas in the high season, most establishments usually stay open until after 10 pm. And remember, the official currency in Spain is the euro.

In this Mediterranean country, and particularly from Thursday to Sunday in cities, the nightlife is particularly intense. Pubs and clubs are open until three in the morning, and in some cases through till dawn. There are also numerous other options available, such as taking in a flamenco show or a musical…

And all year round, if you enjoy being part of traditional events and experiencing typical celebrations, Spain is the place to be: the carnival celebrations in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Cadiz (in February), Easter Week (in March-April), the Fallas bonfire festival (in March) and the bull-running in San Fermín (in July) are just a few of the festivities which are famous throughout the world.

Spectacular landscapes
Here you'll find almost 8,000 kilometres of coastline with some of the best beaches imaginable. You'll be able to bathe in transparent waters, whose quality is closely monitored and recognised all over the world. The coast will surprise you with its variety: from the peaceful sands of Andalusia and the Mediterranean, the coves of the Balearic and Canary Islands, to the natural landscapes and cliffs of the beaches in the north.

Spain is also one of the countries with the greatest number of spaces holding the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation, and is home to areas of great beauty and ecological value like its 14 national parks, all containing a wealth of treasures such as marshes, volcanoes…

Yes to sports
Spain as a country is completely dedicated to sports, and this is the reason it hosts several international sporting competitions such as the Madrid Tennis Open, the Grand Prix motorcycle racing events in Jerez (Andalusia), Catalonia, Region of Valencia and Aragon, and the Formula 1 prizes held in Catalonia and Region of Valencia. Spain's football league is known as the 'league of stars'. What's more, Spain is the birthplace of some world's top sportsmen such as Rafa Nadal, Fernando Alonso, Jorge Lorenzo, Alberto Contador... 
Thanks to its love of sports, Spain offers a whole range of spaces where you can pursue your favorite pastime: nautical activities, golf (it has over 400 golf courses), skiing (Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe), hiking…

Gastronomy
Eating in Spain is a genuine privilege, as it's home to products of unbeatable quality, many of which have been awarded their own designation of origin. This country is also the cradle of prestigious chefs such as Ferran Adrià, Arzak and Berasategui, so you can be sure you'll have no shortage of restaurants to choose from. You can also visit wineries and learn all about wine tasting as you sample some of Spain's best-known wines.

Remember that lunch is usually served between 1 pm and 3:30 pm, and dinner between 8:30 pm and midnight, although many establishments offer service all day long. When ordering, you can either opt for innovative new creations or typical dishes such as paellagazpacho, Spanish omelette, octopus a feiracocido (chickpea stew) or the famous tapas or pintxos. In fact 'going out for tapas' is a very common custom in Spain, and involves strolling from bar to bar sampling delicious canapés and the house specialities in each place.
 

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Spanish art constitutes one of the most important cultural heritages of the world. Spain's cultural richness is unique, brilliant and diverse. A luxury for the senses, in every respect. Where to begin? In Spain you'll find unique monuments, as well as outstanding museums and masterpieces of universal art. You can stroll around cities that will transport you back to past times, and choose from an exciting array of cultural events.

Beaches

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Costa Brava

Every year the Costa Brava, with its exceptional leisure and hotel infrastructure, attracts thousands of tourists. Places like Lloret de Mar offer the ideal place to spend a few days of sun and sand. The quality of its waters and coastline, with protected nature reserves, unspoiled coves, wide open beaches and paradise dive sites such as the Medes islands in L'Estartit, or the Formigues Islands in Palafrugell are a must for nature and water-sports lovers.

Costa Daurada

Amid the long, crystal-clear beaches that make up Costa Daurada is this important tourist center, where you can combine water sports with all kinds of leisure activities and accommodations. Scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, golf, bike riding and trekking are just a few of the many possibilities that can be enjoyed at the different facilities that make up this resort. They must add to the charm of towns like Cambrils, with a long seafaring tradition and a delicious cuisine of well-deserved fame, or Salou, the most active city in Costa Daurada.

Costa Blanca

Located in the Marina Baixa region in Alicante, Benidorm Beach is one of the top tourist destinations on the Costa Blanca, thanks to its excellent beaches and its wide range of accommodation, restaurants and leisure activities. Its historic center stands on a promontory, and contrasts with the broad avenues lined with buildings, shops and outdoor cafés which extend five kilometers along the coastline.Calpe Beach offers refreshment kiosks and equipment-hiring stands that offer windsurfing boards and jet-skis are located all along the beaches of La Fossa and Arenal, which have a beautiful promenade and offer all kinds of services. Jávea beach offers visitors twenty kilometers of beaches and coves, ideal to enjoy the sun, the sea and water sports. The beach of El Arenal is one of the most emblematic on the coast of Jávea. In this place, next to the Fontana Canal, sits the Parador de Turismo “Costa Blanca” (Inn), at a privileged location only a few meters away from the beach. San Juan Beach is a beach with lots of facilities: there are showers, volleyball nets, beach bars, pedal boat hire, parking, children's playground, etc. There are dozens of restaurants all along the promenade. The beach is enormous and the sand is good.

Costa del Sol

The perfect setting for leisure and relaxation where you can enjoy wide open beaches with warm waters, modern hotel facilities and exclusive golf courses, not forgetting the passion for life to be found in its towns and in its people. Forget your daily routine and spend a few magical days in one of the world’s most prized tourist destinations. Visit towns like Torremolinos, Marbella, Estepona and Fuengirola to enjoy some on the relaxing and beautiful beaches.

Costa de la Luz

The infinite beaches of Costa de la Luz, lined by pine groves, form an arch from Ayamonte to Tarifa, from the mouth of the Guadiana River to the Strait of Gibraltar. Enjoy beaches and towns including Chiclana, Chipiona, Mazagón, Punta Umbría, Zahara de los Atunas and Tarifa.

Costa de la Luz comprises sun and sand; the rivers flow in channels before reaching the sea; water and earth combine in the swamps, estuaries and salt mines. Its name comes from a bright, vivid light that highlights the comeliness of its streets, the whitewash of its walls, the golden hue of the dunes and the reflection of the silver sea, the only greyish tint in this land of color.

Northern Coast

Silgar Beach is probably one of the most tourist places in Galicia. It is the biggest beach of Sanxenxo. There is a long wall all the way along the beach with a promenade that ends at the Yacht Club. It has been awarded the blue flag.Ribadesella Beach is a big stretch of sand that runs alongside the town. The Sella River flows out onto this beach and every year hundreds of people participate in a competition canoeing down the Sella. The beach is surrounded by a promenade and by pretty villas and estates, formerly the summer residences of Ribadesella and also locals that live there all year round. A large mountain covered in vegetation closes the beach into a shell shape at one end and at the other the point of Caballo closes the beach even more. Opposite El Sardinero Beach is the lighthouse of the Mauro Island, to the right Concha Beach and Magadelana Peninsula, and behind is the famous stadium of Racing de Santander: El Sardinero. Equipped with all types of services and facilities, it also has a wide promenade that runs the length of the beaches in the area. There is a wide selection of hotels and gastronomy to choose from. A big park lies between this beach and the Concha. La Concha Beach is the beach of the provincial capital. It is a fantastic urban beach which has all the necessary services and infrastructures. For the little one, platforms have been set up in the sea with small aquatic attractions. Its pleasant, well-known promenade is always popular as is the bicycle lane which follows the same route. It extends along the whole length of the bay, travelling along the beaches of Ondarreta and La Concha. This beach has lovely views of Monte Igeldo and Santa Clara Island.

Balearic Islands

The archipelago has become a tourist emporium and the top tourist destination in the western Mediterranean. It hosts an excellent combination of elegant summer resorts, coves and beaches, without detracting from the beautiful spots hidden inland on each of the islands. The Balearic Islands include Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza, and Formentera, plus numerous isles like the ones that form the La Cabrera Archipelago, declared a Marine-Land National Park.

Canary Islands

Its beaches are its most outstanding attractions, and are perfect for relaxing in the sun or enjoying water sports such as windsurfing and scuba diving. In the interior you'll find amazing landscapes which are ideal for hiking, cycle touring, climbing and even caving. Some of the most spectacular include the volcanic scenery of Lanzarote, El Hierro, the beaches of Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria with their sand dunes, or the green forests of La Palma and La Gomera.

Culture

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Originating in its rich historical flux, the Spanish culture has played an important role throughout time.

Spain is, above all, a mosaic of cultures. Heterogeneous. Old and modern. Refined and popular. Holy and secular. Plural and diverse. The variety of its cultures attracts. The historic heritage dazzles. The vital power of its people fascinates. Spanish culture is extremely rich and touches upon all forms of artistic expression. From literature to painting, music to architecture, the theatre to sumptuary arts. In each of these aspects, at some time in history or other, Spanish culture has reached the highest artistic heights: from bygone times (with outstanding examples of cave art) until present day (a time in which Spanish architecture is universally avant-garde), culture and art in Spain are prominent features of the country.

Current Spanish culture is enjoying good health, as can be seen, for example, in a prosperous editorial industry that produces over 90,000 volumes per year. Cultural tourism is becoming an alternative to sun and beach tourism, as a result of the wealth and quality of the museums, monuments, fiestas and traditions, not to mention the expositions and various cultural displays. Just to give an example, Spain boasts one of the greatest collections of historical and architectural monuments in the world, as demonstrated by the fact that it is the country with the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage designations. An approximate inventory of the monuments in Spain would reveal over 20,000 important pieces.

Spanish theatre and cinema is becoming a reference point in Europe, thanks to events such as the Theatre Festivals of Mérida, Sagunto and Almagro and the San Sebastian and Valladolid cinema festivals. Spanish universities play a very important role in the diffusion of the national culture, and their summer courses, held in universities such as El Escorial, Salamanca, Santander and the International University of Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), with seats in Santander, Barcelona, Cuenca, Galicia, the Pyrenees, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia are of particular relevance. Scientific and cultural research is carried out by the state-dependent Superior Council of Scientific Research.

Events

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All year round in Spain you'll find a whole array of sporting and cultural events on offer. You'll be able to enjoy popular festivities, take part in major celebrations, attend top sporting events, visit exhibitions by world-class artists, and you'll be captivated by great music and works for the theatre.

Film Festivals

Every year there are a range of international film festivals held in Spain where you can enjoy the best new films before they go on general release. Some, like the San Sebastián Festival, are amongst Europe's most prestigious. You can really get involved in these events, which feature active audience participation.

For fans and mythomaniacs, the best is to opt for presentation passes - these generally feature the attendance of stars and film teams.

Sporting Events

In Barcelona you’ll be able to experience some unforgettable sporting moments, ranging from once-in-a-lifetime football matches to thrilling motor races. Barcelona is home to one of football's greatest teams, the FC Barcelona. Their game is a guarantee of a fantastic spectacle, and the team is a fixture at all the great competitions. You can also visit the largest stadium in Spain, and you’ll have the chance to get a close-up view of the club’s trophies in the museum.

Come and enjoy the biggest fixture in the Spanish football league: FC Barcelona – Real Madrid. Passion, entertainment and the continent's best players. Don’t miss it!

Valencia is in pole position for international motor racing with a spectacular new urban racetrack, the Valencia Street Circuit, which is the venue for the Formula 1 European Grand Prix. A total of 24 cars will race around the port area of Valencia at speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour. This is a unique opportunity to discover this avant-garde city and see this event, which will be followed on television by 500 million viewers.

The first World Championship Motorcycle Racing event in the Spanish calendar is the Spanish Grand Prix. It’s one of the most popular races in the whole championship and takes place on a legendary track: the Jerez Circuit, in the province of Cadiz. Up to 200,000 spectators come together over the course of the three competition days, although the main event is, without doubt, the Sunday race, which often sees over 120,000 fans fill the stands. This is a unique weekend, where you can savor true passion for motorbikes.

The Catalonia Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of the Region of Valencia and the Aragon Grand Prix are the three other events not to be missed in the Spanish world championship. The first is held at the Catalonia racetrack, in Montmeló, some 30 kilometers outside Barcelona. Don’t miss the chance to discover the cultural heritage and lively atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city. The second Grand Prix is the event which closes the world championship in the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in the Region of Valencia in Cheste. Take the chance to discover Valencia, just 28 kilometers away, a beautiful coastal city on the shores of the Mediterranean. Finally the Aragon Grand Prix is held in Alcañiz (Aragón), at the Ciudad del Motor racetrack, and has been part of the international circuit since 2010.

Bullfighting

Attend spectacular bullfights where you can discover the farms where these animals are raised, go on themed routes, and take part in enjoyable traditional fiestas.

In Spain, bullfighting is not just attending the impressive bullrings for the fights. It is also a key element of many fiestas in towns and villages. In some places you can take part in bull-running or just watch. At these events, crowds of people run with the bulls through the streets to the bullring. However, they always have some prior preparation and there are experts along the way who guide the bulls between the route's barriers.

Wine Harvest Festival

Take part in the numerous proposals included in the Wine Routes and feel like a wine expert for a few days as you help collect and tread grapes, or enjoy delicious tasting sessions.

The grape harvest is one of the most important moments in the production of a good wine. This is when the raw materials are gathered to prepare the wines of the year. It is a major celebration on all the Wine Routes to be found around Spain.

September and October mark the arrival of autumn, and also the period when grapes are picked. Every year, the harvest signals the end of the grape-growing season, and after the work is done, it's time to celebrate the good crop in style. The grape harvest festivals that are held in many places in Spain offer a sample of what the world of wine is like, and of its typical popular customs. You are sure to have a good time during these festivities, because the mood of merriment that prevails is contagious. You will also have the chance to see first-hand some of the tasks involved in the winemaking process. Enjoy many different wine harvest festivals in places such as La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Albariño.

Music Festivals

Music and entertainment to the rhythm of the best international artists, with the greatest following among the young. Plenty of decibels of the best music in all styles let you dance non-stop.

Rock, pop, electronic music, ethnic music, dance, singer-songwriters... Beaches, major cities, desert... Music during the day and at night under the stars... There are sounds for all ears and for all tastes in June, July and August throughout Spain.

Open-Air Theatre Festivals

In Spain, towns, gardens and historic locations undergo a summer transformation. They are decked out to host their annual theatre festivals, including some of Europe's most important programs. This is the chance to enjoy the great classics in an unusual way: outdoors and in very special settings.

Cervantes, Shakespeare, Homer, Sophocles… Spain's good weather means you can see their plays as they were staged originally. Summer festivals mean that Roman amphitheaters, cloisters and old theatres, now historic monuments, recover their original functions to bring all the magic of classical theatre to the public. You will see for yourself: when night falls on these unique stages, the most universal characters of theatre gain a special degree of life and intensity under the stars. Palaces, castles and squares are other places where you can see the adventures of heroes, heroines and gods.

Explore The Outdoors

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In Spain –home to the second most UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserves– you're guaranteed to find everything: lakes, mountains, volcanoes, marshes, forests, valleys, cliffs… Spain's wide diversity of landscapes will never cease to amaze you. Take a break from the daily grind, breathe deeply, and cast all your cares aside.

Family

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Spain is the ideal place for a holiday with all the family. Come and discover a warm, welcoming country with the best infrastructure for families, where the little ones will be looked after like nowhere else. The notion of family has a deep-rooted importance in the Spanish way of life, and you will feel right at home from the moment you arrive.

Whether in major cities or rural villages, Spain’s social traditions reserve a special place and special attention for children. This excellent treatment also extends to the rest of the family. You will find yourself well attended whether at the water park, museum, hotel or restaurant.

City leisure
Spanish cities are an oasis of leisure and fun for the whole family. They have so much to offer for your holidays. Zoos like the one in Córdoba, aquaria like the one in Barcelona, or theme parks that are an endless source of fun, light and colour, perfect to spend an unforgettable day as a family.

Nowadays, and more than ever before, there are a range of museums on offer that cater to all tastes, with a host of fun exhibitions. Workshops, painting and interactive areas where you can touch, discover and experience, make museums like the Guggenheim Bilao Museum, the Arts and Sciences Museum in Valencia, and the Science Park Museum in Granada, into dynamic, fun places to discover culture in the most appealing way.

Parks also offer a pleasant, attractive environment where children can relax in the open air, play on the slides, ride their bikes and even go rowing, as is the case in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid.

When the little ones are tired of walking, there are also original ways to discover cities, such as the calesas, typical horse-drawn carriages, which, in Seville let you discover the Giralda andthe Golden Tower, in the most enjoyable way.

Seaside fun
There are almost endless ways to enjoy the Spanish coast. Spanish beaches are some of the best in terms of cleanliness, safety and infrastructure. They are also some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. Swimming in warm, calm, clear waters, diving down to bright seabeds, teaming with life, building ditches and sandcastles, or exploring the coastline on a boat are unforgettable experiences for the whole family.

Learning with nature
Inland you will find a huge area, home to lakes, mountain ranges, rivers, valleys and plateaus. Hiking, skiing, sailing on calm, natural reservoirs, fishing, biking and horse riding… These activities are suitable for all ages, can be practised in groups, and are the perfect opportunity for adventurous fun in a safe environment.

Nature Reserves and National Parks such as Doñana, Garajonay and Ordesa and Monte Perdido, have environmental workshops that teach children about the mountains, wetlands, and the flora and fauna of the different ecosystems. Here you can enjoy watching eagles in flight and mountain goats’ fearless jumps. Unforgettable experiences for parents and children alike.

Cities, coast and interior, they all offer an endless source of entertainment, culture and fun for visitors. Spain is an ideal location for a unique holiday. Come and enjoy a country that abounds in ideas and adventures for the whole family.

Food

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You'll be able to discover the exquisite and typical dishes of each area, the famous miniature canapés known as 'pintxos', some of the best wines in the world, and an avant-garde cuisine.

Haute Cuisine
Cuisine as an artistic creation to delight the senses –this is the way gastronomy is seen in Spain. A range of five-star culinary attractions offering a world of tastes, presentation, aroma, textures, colour. Dishes by chefs such as Adrià, Arzak, Berasategui, Ruscalleda, Santamaría, Subijana and Roca have placed Spain at the forefront of international haute cuisine.

Tapas
A day spent sampling tapas is an unbeatable way to experience Spanish culture and savour the charms of its bars and taverns. Tapas are an exquisite, varied and choice example of popular gastronomy which allows you to share a variety of dishes and try a wide range of different products. All the tastes of Spain in a single meal, and generally at very reasonable prices.

Monuments

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Top Ten Monuments
Always topping the lists of the most visited sites in Spain, these are works of architecture that will take your breath away.

The Alhambra
This is perhaps the most famous monument in Spain. You'll find it in Granada, and you'll be amazed at its palaces and gardens. Don't miss the Courtyard of the Lions.

Basilica of La Sagrada Familia
Designed by the brilliant architect Gaudí, this is the most visited religious building in Barcelona. Are you ready to go up to the top of its curious towers?

Great Mosque of Cordoba
Like standing in a magical forest of columns – that's how you'll feel inside this ancient architectural wonder.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
This is the final destination of the pilgrims on the Way of Saint James. They recommend a guided tour of its rooftops.

Burgos Cathedral
This is the only cathedral in Spain to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Come and marvel at the light in this Gothic monument.

Alcázar fortress in Segovia
Together with the aqueduct, the Alcázar fortress is the symbol of the city. It looks like a fairytale castle, and offers the most spectacular views.

Majorca Cathedral
It's particularly worth noting its spectacular and colourful rose window and the chapel designed by Miquel Barceló. Are you planning a visit to the city of Palma?

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica
The perfect way to enjoy this treasure in Saragossa is by taking a walk over the Puente de Piedra bridge across the Ebro River.

Roman Theatre in Mérida
Although it was built in the year 16 or 15 B.C., it is still used as a theatre today, and can seat 3,000 people. Let the show begin!

La Giralda tower
One of the most charming places in Seville? Without a doubt, this tower (and former minaret), offering unforgettable views.

Museums

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Madrid's Golden Trio
When it comes to art, Spain is an absolute must. Its museums are home to some of the greatest collections in the world, and are chance to enjoy some of the great geniuses and masterpieces of universal painting. Starting with the Prado and moving on to the Guggenheim Bilbao, these are the museums you can't afford to miss if you're coming to Spain.


In the Spanish capital, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofía National Museum offer an opportunity to explore the history of universal painting through the works of the great masters. Located very close to one another in the very heart of the city, these three galleries comprise a truly unique cultural itinerary: the 'Paseo del Arte' (Art Walk) in Madrid.
Your visit should, of course, start with the Prado Museum. This is one of the world's finest art galleries, and its rooms are home to the best of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools, among other collections. Take your time, because here you'll find some of the most important works by remarkable artists such as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Titian, Tintoretto, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt. Next, head for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Its collection includes works from early 13th-century painting through to German Expressionism, with examples of Impressionism, the English School and the European and American avant-garde, with valuable pieces by their greatest exponents: Dürer, Van Dyck, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Kandinsky…
The Reina Sofía National Art Centre –recently extended and now among Europe's largest galleries– still awaits. Here you'll find Picasso's universal work Guernica, along with an outstanding collection of contemporary Spanish art including pieces by Miró, Dalí, Chillida and Tàpies.

The Genius of Picasso and Dalí
The work of these two Spanish artists revolutionised 20th-century art. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona will allow you to examine the work of this Cubist master in depth and follow his evolution. The pieces on display cover his formative years, the different stages of his artistic production, and his work as an engraver and ceramicist.Science and Charity, Harlequin and the Maids of Honour series are some of the emblematic canvasses by Pablo Picasso on display at the museum. If you want to enjoy the surrealist world of Salvador Dalí, then make for the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, in the province of Girona. Situated 139 kilometres from the city of Barcelona, a visit to the museum takes the form of a game as you try to make out the hidden images to be found within the creations on display.

Tribute to Contemporary Art
A trip to the famous Guggenheim Bilbao Museum is worthwhile just to see the building designed by prestigious architect Frank Gehry. This museum in northern Spain has a wide range of avant-garde and contemporary art in its permanent collection. It features outstanding international artists, and a stunning presentation of the works which is designed to harmonise with the museum building itself. If you like modern art and are on the Mediterranean coast, then be sure to visit the IVAM Museum in Valencia: its exhibition programme tends to focus on the classical avant-garde movements developed up to the 1960s.

And in inland Spain, specifically in the city of León, we recommend paying a visit to the Castile-León Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC), whose programme and its over 1,600 works pursue the relationship between art and social, political, cultural and aesthetic situations.
The important role played by these places within the Spanish museum panorama is clear, and this can be seen by their attendance figures. However, you'll find an extremely broad offer, and not only for lovers of fine art. There are also museums on science, archaeology, maritime themes… Using the search engine www.spain.info you can find information on the over 400 collections. The hard part will be choosing between them!

National Parks

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Sierra Nevada National Park
This park combines scenic beauty and ecological importance, as well as being home to the highest peaks on the peninsula. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1986.

Garajonay National Park
This national Park, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, contrasts with the rest of the Canary Islands. Here, instead of volcanic landscapes there are laurisilva forests, almost perpetually shrouded in mist.

Doñana National Park
The biodiversity to be found in Doñana is due to a combination of different ecosystems. It was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1980.

Caldera de Taburiente National Park
A number of streams criss-cross the palm-studded landscape of Caldera de Taburiente.

Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park
The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park presents the typical high mountain features of the Pyrenees, as well as its trademark: water.

Cabañeros National Park
Cabañeros National Park is outstanding because of its abundant fauna, including many endemic species.

Teide National Park
Its landscape revolves around the largest volcano in Spain: the Teide, which last erupted in 1798. The volcanic cones and the lava outcrops form an extraordinary conjunction of colours and shapes, and are home to a wide diversity of flora of great biological value.

Timanfaya National Park
Because of the spectacular fields of solidified lava that make up the island of Lanzarote, Timanfaya is the land of volcanoes.

Cabrera Archipelago National Park
Just over an hour by boat from Majorca, in the Balearic Islands, you will find this place with great natural beauty.

Picos de Europa National Park
The Picos de Europa National Park was the first one to be awarded that designation in Spain. Its history goes back to 1918, when don Pedro Pidal, Marquis of Villaviciosa, promoted the law to create the Montaña de Covadonga National Park, which was named Picos de Europa National Park on 30 May 1995. This natural area was awarded the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation in 2002.

Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park
The park is a unique and special ecosystem, with wetlands formed by the rivers overflowing in their middle sections, causing flooding. The highest ecological value is the presence of birds that come to spend the winter and nest here, creating an area full of water birds.

Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park
The National Park is part of the Pyrenees and Monte Perdido National Park which was declared a World Heritage site in 1997 by the UNESCO. Since 1977, a part of the park has also been inside the Ordesa-Viñamala Biosphere Reserve.

Islas Atlánticas National Park
Situated in the province of Pontevedra, the Islas Atlánticas National Park includes the Cíes islands and the islands of Ons, Cortegada and Sálvora, all of them in the Rías Baixas estuaries.

Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
The National Park extends over the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, whose highest peak is the Peñalara summit. Other outstanding features include the Puerto de Navafría pass and the La Morcuera and Siete Picos mountain ranges.

Monfragüe National Park
The largest and best preserved Mediterranean forest worldwide is in Monfragüe (Extremadura), surrounded by hills populated with oak forests and Mediterranean thicket and dotted with rocks and streams. Rivers and reservoirs irrigate the riverside areas of Monfragüe National Park. All this results in a rich and varied plant and animal life.

Places

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Valencia
A city that combines tradition and modernity beside the sea. And don't miss sampling its delicious rice dishes!

Madrid
Fun, culture, good food... whatever you're looking for, you're always guaranteed to find it in Madrid.

Barcelona
It's modern. It's cosmopolitan. It's Mediterranean. It's Barcelona, and it has a whole world to show you.

Bilbao
This famous avant-garde city is also a chance to enjoy the delicious gourmet canapés known as 'pintxos' so typical of the Basque Country.

Seville
Art, monuments with the World Heritage designation, popular festivities, and an abundance of fun and high spirits await you.

Palma
The cathedral, its modernist architecture, Bellver Castle and its courtyards are just a few of the attractions it has to offer.

Malaga
Overlooking the sea, it is home to spacious parks for strolling, charming squares and a pleasant climate all year round.

Zaragoza
Zaragoza the capital of the Region of Aragon is located on the banks of the Ebro River, halfway between Madrid and Barcelona. There are many reasons to come to this open, friendly city.

Salamanca
Salamanca is in the central area of Spain, 212 kilometres from the capital, Madrid. Universal, magnificent, wise, young and golden: this city is an inland destination well worth discovering for many reasons. Its historic centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Unique Towns And Villages
Small mediaeval towns, historic city centres steeped in history, lovely rural areas... Places with charm, with curious traditions, popular festivities and a delicious culinary fare. These are destinations where you can forget the stresses and strains of everyday life and immerse yourself in the pleasures of slow tourism.

Shopping

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It's time for a style statement. Top international labels and designers; trendy, creative, traditional and deluxe fashions; exclusive brands, major chains and the latest in cool design. Choose your style and enjoy a full day's shopping in Spain, thanks to the generous opening hours.

Enjoy your favourite fashions to the full with a day’s shopping in Spain. You will discover that there are many cities here with famous designer shops, major shopping areas and modern, attractive options. There are so many alternatives available that you will feel short of time to see them all. Don’t worry – in Spain these temples of fashion close very late.
Madridthe shop window with a thousand styles, where fans of glamour and alternative fashions come in equal parts. The so-called “golden mile” (Salamanca neighbourhood with Serrano and Ortega y Gasset streets) is home to the most prestigious Spanish brands, alongside world names in luxury fashion. Prefer the latest trends? Then visit Calle Fuencarral and time will fly as you explore its varied clothes shops and the authentic trends in Fuencarral Market. Is it Sunday? Then don’t forget to visit the “Rastro”, a street market in the centre of the city. You are sure to find something!

Barcelona, a more exclusive and bohemian fashion showcase running for five kilometres on the city’s most emblematic streets. These include the Ensanche area around Avenida Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia, home to the most prestigious boutiques. The most innovative, avant-garde trends can be found in the Gótico and El Born areas.

Santiago de Composteladesign and tradition to be found mainly between the Ensanche area and the old town, which has the UNESCO World Heritage designation and is also home to a host of crafts from the Galicia Region. After a day’s shopping, you will see that it is no accident that many of the biggest names in Spanish contemporary fashion come from Galicia.

Bilbaoshop surrounded by avant-garde architecture in the area around the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. Find exactly what you are looking for in the streets of the Ensanche area and the Gran Vía. To get your strength back afterwards, nothing better than sampling the traditional “pintxos”.

Valenciaa fashionable city where it is easy to find the latest trends. The Colón area and the streets around it bring together famous designers, but also stroll through the streets surrounding the City Hall and the Cathedral - here you will find shops with traditional flavor and the famous ceramics of Valencia.

Sevilleto dress in joy. This is the capital of Andalusia and a day’s shopping in the streets of this city is reason to bring out your smile. The old town is full of traditional shops where you can purchase craft items and typical clothing such as shawls and flamenco mantillas. Shopping centres, major franchises and exclusive brands await you in the Nervión area.

Shopping with sea views while you enjoy sun and sand. You can do this, for example, in the Canary Islands, renowned for their beach fashions, in the Balearic Islands or on the Costa del Sol, where special mention should be made of Puerto Banús (Marbella) with its exclusive brands.

Fashion in Spain and its major brands. If you want to get a good overview first hand, then we would recommend you experience Cibeles – Madrid Fashion Week (held every year in the months of February and September ). To get your hands on the latest fashions directly, then nothing better than visiting Spain’s most prestigious designers, such as Custo Barcelona, Roberto Verino, Victorio y Lucchino, Manolo Blahnik and Davidelfín, amongst others.
Christmas and the sales are two special times to enjoy the shops.

As you can see, a day’s shopping in Spain has a lot to offer. There are many options available in cities such as CordobaGranadaSalamanca and Zaragoza, amongst others.

Sports

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Mountains with the promise of adventure, golf courses overlooking the sea, thrilling competitive events… Tempted?

In Spain you'll be able to enjoy the thrills of sport in all its forms. There are almost 400 golf courses where you can practice your swing all year round. In winter you can glide over the snow in the sunshine. You'll be able to see the world's best athletes and sportsmen in action. And you can experience that rush of adrenaline in a range of adventure sports… And that's only the beginning.

Golf
If golf's your thing, then Spain's the place for you. Spain is the top European golf tourism destination. Every year thousands of people choose Spain to play this sport. Discover the key reasons for playing golf in Spain. You're guaranteed a wonderful experience you'll want to repeat.

Marine Resorts
On the coasts of Andalusia and Catalonia... From the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands to the coasts of Galicia, Murcia and the Region of Valencia. Here you’ll find Spain’s Marine Resorts, designed so you can make the most of your holiday by the sea all year round.

Ski Resorts
If skiing is your thing, then you should already be thinking of Spain as your next season's destination. It is the ideal place for this sport. There are a whole host of reasons to come to one of the many ski resorts to be found all over Spain.

Active and Adventure Sports
If you enjoy outdoor sports in the heart of nature, you'll have a great time in Spain. There are options for all levels of skill: everything from paths where you can enjoy contemplating the scenery as you walk, to thrill-seeking activities that are guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping.

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