The very names of cities like Granada, Seville, Valencia, Segovia, Zaragoza, and regions such as La Mancha, Andalucia, Catalonia, ring with romance. Spain, Western Europe’s second largest country after France, is truly a world in one country. There are hundreds of miles of sandy beaches on the Mediterranean coast; many spectacular mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada and Pyrenees; high plains; rugged cliffs; national parks; wetlands; volcanic landscapes; woods and forests; vineyards, olive groves and sunflower plantations; and islands.
And there is history whichever way you glance - 10 000 castles can attest to that! Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews and Christians have all left their unique and indelible footprints on the architectural landscape.
Modern Spaniards are a flamboyant, vibrant people with so much energy that they have to get rid of it in their fiery dances like the flamenco! They are ever ready for a party, a feast, a carnival or festival. They burst with joie de vie. A two-hour siesta every day re-energises them for a frenetic nightlife which throbs well into the early hours of the morning.
Fountains, statues, leafy lanes, sidewalk cafes, plazas – not forgetting Gothic cathedrals! - are features of every city.
This explains why 14 million Britons visit Spain annually, making it the UK’s most popular holiday destination