momentous warmth and consistency of the weather has been attracting British and
other northern migrants for decades, but Spain is so much more than the
Costa del Sol, donkey souvenirs, castanets, Irish pubs and cheap beer. What? Your
okay with all that? Then Una Paloma Blanca!
Spain is steeped in the historical
pageantry of empire and conquistadors, the artistic legacy of Goya, Velázquez,
Picasso and Dalí, and the romance of Don Quijote, Papa Hemingway and the International
Brigadese than the Costa del Sol, donkey souvenirs, castanets, Irish pubs and
regions in Spain |
a population of 40.5 million (growth rate 0.1%) and covering an area of some 504,784
sq km, the Kingdom of Spain is populated by a complex of inhabitants: Spaniards,
Catalans and Basques – all displaying a unique and fierce independent spirit.
With Madrid (population 3 million) as it’s capital city language is predominantly
Castilian Spanish with Catalan, Galician & Basque as strong and disparate dialectics.
1 hour ahead of Britain in the winter and two hours in summer leading
industries in Spain include: textiles & apparel, food & beverages, metals, chemicals,
shipbuilding, tourism. Its major trading partners are the EU (esp. France, Germany,
Italy, Portugal, UK, Benelux).
Old mixes with new in cities such as Toledo, Barcelona, Salamanca,
and the capital Madrid, as celebrated museums, galleries and
Baroque churches rub shoulders with blaring bars and thumping
From the Mediterranean Sea to the Bay of Biscay, Spain enjoys
more than 450 kilometres of mountains and valleys, rivers,
lakes, rocky areas and trails. This area, known as the Pyrnees
Mountains, is an excellent location for active vacations
and water sports. Like climbing and walking? Between the Gulf
of Vizcaya and the Gulf of Roses, there are dozens
of dazzling peaks which in some areas reach 3,000 meters,
creating a natural border separating France, Spain and Andorra.
Today, this succession of mountains has become the meeting
point for lovers of hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, river
trips, bicycle routes, caving, canyoning, and other sporting
Not only important to Spain but also to the entire world,
the Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid) houses one of
the most pictorial collections of this artistic facet. The
acquisitions originate from purchases, donations, legacies,
and public subscriptions. Sites worth a visit: Museo Guggenheim
(Bilbao) Museo Nacional de Arte Romano de Mérida (Mérida)
Patio Herreriano". Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español (Valladolid)
Teatro Museo Dalí (Figueres)
Food & Wine
What will never change is the Spaniards’ passion for partying.
Snack on tapas as you skip from bar to bar, before heading
off to enjoy Spain’s infamous nightlife. Then revitalise the
senses – Spain’s cultural heritage brims with flamenco, painting,
opera, literature, sport, bullfighting and flamboyant, colourful
On the one hand there’s the natural treasures of the Galician
and Cantabrian coasts, then there are dazzling riches of northwestern
Spain, the Atlantic and Cantabrian coasts. With an unusual
maritime attractiveness, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and
the Basque Country possess the perfect combination of sea,
valley and mountain, intermingling again and again to create
an intoxicating show of contrasts. Sites and sounds include:
Parque nacional de las Islas Atlánticas , Parque Natural del
Monte Aloya, Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, Parque
Natural de Oyambre. Parque Natural de Peña Cabarga.
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