Famed for its flamenco music, bull fights and beaches Spain also
offers visitors beautiful cities, historical monuments as well as
interesting modern architecture.
Spain is one of the cultural centres of the world. Spanish
history still lives in its many palaces and castles which reflect
the cultures that have passed through Spain. The Moor occupation
left stunning monuments particularly in Andalucia. The great mosque
of Cordoba and
Granada's Alhambra being two of the most visited.
The diversity is also reflected in the languages in use in
Spain. Although Castilian Spanish is spoken by the majority,
Catalan/Valencian (a blend of Spanish French and Italian) is spoken
on the eastern coast between Valencia and Gerona with the Galician
and Basque languages spoken in their respective provinces.
Language: Castilian Spanish
Time: GMT +1 hr
Tourist Board: Spain.info
Spain occupies approximately 80% of the Iberian Peninsular (the
remainder is occupied by Portugal) in the southwest of Europe.
Portugal lies to the west with France and Andorra, separated by the
Pyrenees, to the north.
Mainland Spain has varied landscapes; green and fertile plains
surrounded by rugged arid hills and of course there are the long
Mediterranean beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa
Blanca. Additionally the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca
and Ibiza) in the Mediterranean Sea and the seven Canary Islands in
Atlantic Ocean close to the Moroccan coast provide yet another
personality to Spain.
By day there are splendid museums, art galleries, historical
sites, superb beaches and magnificent snow-capped mountains.
Nightlife in Spain is provided by numerous lively nightclubs, tapas
bars, outdoor cafes as well as restaurants of world renown.
Folklore plays an important part in Spanish life and the
Spaniards are particularly fond of fiesta and carnival which
reflect the joy of living that you can feel in Spain.
Spanish Regions or Provinces (17)
Andalucia | Aragon | Asturias
(Principality) | Balearic Islands | Basque Country | Canary Islands
| Cantabria | Castilla - La Mancha
| Castilla y Leon | Catalonia &
Costa Brava | Extremadura | Galicia |
Madrid | Murcia | Navarra | La Rioja | Valencian
Community & Costa Blanca