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- 90%Art & Design Lovers
- 82%Nightlife Lovers
- 75%History Buffs
- 74%Family Travelers
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- SpainMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 16
Spain (Listeni/ˈspeɪn/; Spanish: España [esˈpaɲa] ( listen)), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España),[c][d] is a sovereign state located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Along with France and Morocco, it is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Spain's 1,214 km (754 mi) border with Portugal is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.
Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, three exclaves in North Africa, Ceuta, Melilla, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera that border Morocco, and the islands and peñones (rocks) of Alborán, Chafarinas, Alhucemas, and Perejil. With an area of 505,992 km2 (195,365 sq mi), Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the fifth largest country in Europe.
Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. It came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania. In the Middle Ages, the area was conquered by Germanic tribes and later by the Moors to the south. Spain emerged as a unified country in the 15th century, following the marriage of the Catholic Monarchs and the completion of the centuries-long reconquest, or Reconquista, of the peninsula from the Moors in 1492. In the early modern period, Spain became one of history's first global colonial empires, leaving a vast cultural and linguistic legacy that includes over 500 million Spanish speakers, making Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
Modern Spain is a democracy organized in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy. It is a developed country with the 13th largest economy in the world. It is a member of the United Nations, NATO, OECD, and WTO. Currently, the economic crisis became the major problem of the Spanish economy.Recommended for:
- SpainMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure Travelers
Spain can't be summed up in a short review like this, so I'll only talk about some of the most memorable places I saw when I traveled here: the architecture, markets, tapas bars and coffee shops of Barelona; the Salvador Dali Museum; the Spanish Moorish art and architecture down south; historic bullfighting rings; the museums and nightlife of Madrid. There's so much more to explore here - I hope to visit Galicia on my next trip.
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 9
Recovering its sparkle with renewed vigor, Mallorca is re-emerging as an exclusive destination for dramatic coastlines, romantic baby bays and parade of terracotta rooftops. Neighboring Ibiza refuses to let its guard down; now as renowned for its hedonism as its spectacular seascapes of pretty bays, hidden alcoves and sweeping sands. Cities Madrid and Barcelona are ever-evolving metropolises for Flamenco, food and array of colorful fiestas. Don’t miss the astounding restaurants in the Basque country, wilderness of the central plains and leading nouveau galleries in the north. Non-paella eaters are certain to warm to regional infusions and variations. Fussy eaters can pick their way through tapas of the freshest local ingredients. Besides, it’s good sustenance for museum indulgence, including the Guggenheim.Recommended for:
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6
Sunny Spain with it's warm nights and warm people truly lives up to it's reputation. Locals are incredibly welcoming and will not only take the time to explain how to get to your next destination in detail but will often take it upon themselves to guide you there personally. With a temperate climate pleasant days turn to pleasant nights alive with rich night life that in the cities quite naturally continues into the wee hours of the morning. Delicious food is in abundance, the cities are packed with restaurants and the restaurants are always packed with people. Spain is much more affordable than the countries in to the north so it is a great destination for budget travelers and backpackers alike. The history in Spain is rich and unique and varies greatly by region.Recommended for:
- SpainAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Out of all the European countries, I've traveled most extensively in Spain. Seville is still one of the top 3 trips I've ever been on and I never stop dreaming of returning to Barcelona. Spain compared to most of Western Europe is surprisingly affordable too!Recommended for:
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13
Spain may not be as popular with international tourists as France and Italy, but it can compete with both countries in terms of wealth of cultural, natural and historical sites. With 2 world class cities in Madrid and Barcelona, along with a wealth of history ranging from the Romans to the Islamic Conquest to later Catholic kingdoms, Spain is full of interesting places to visit. There are great beaches, beautiful mountain parks, and of course some of the best food in the world. What ever you want Spain has it.
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies
Spain is a very beautiful state with strong tradition and really charming and fascinating cities. I haven't visited it all yet, however I went I've visited the most important cities and had quite a long trip in Andalusia. The things I mostly aprreciate about Spain are the wide lanscapes of Andalusia, the great sense for music, dancing and traditions, the capability of innovating and the warmness of people.
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7
Spain is Italy's naughtier cousin. While both countries offer sun, warm, welcoming people, and great history, Spain has a sort of wildness that genteel Italy cannot approach. Tapas bars, smoky restaurants, late nights, and an atmosphere so relaxed that nothing seems to truly matter, plus the opportunity to take in some Picassos and flamenco dancing-that sums up Spain for me. A quirky, charming, creative and very very fun place to have a holiday.
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
Of the 53 countries I've traveled to, Spain is right up in there in the top 10, if not top 5. The Spanish lifestyle of work hard (well, kinda) and play hard (very), made for many a night that didn't end until the sun was peeking out from the horizon. And while I do love Barcelona, if I had to choose between north or south, I'd chose the cool, wet and green mountains of the north (the Basque country in particular holds a certain sway over me till this day), over the packed beaches of Cataluna with its captivating joie de vivre that seems to permeate even the most desolate corners of this fascinating European country.
- SpainMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
Spain is one of the most fascinating countries that I have ever been too. Of course, I'm biased given my maternal grandfather was born in LaCoruna, Galicia. The town was the launching point in 1588, of the great Spanish Armada, that sailed out of the LaCoruna harbor on to it eventual destiny with history. As many of you know, the Armada met the hated English in the English Channel, and the English won the day forcing the Armada to retreat. As it was heading back, it hit a storm and many ships were lost, with sailors swimming to the Irish shores never to return to Spain. These Spanish seaman were the black Irish of popular lore.
Whether you visit Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Granada, Toledo, et. al., you will be swept away by their majestic beauty, their history, and the friendliness of the Spanish people.
Boasting sunny climes, a range of championship golf courses, first class hotels and a number of historical excursions, Spain is far from your average bucket-and-spade holiday.
The sunny disposition of the locals is almost as warming as the weather, and the resort facilities are often in such abundance that to leave the grounds would be considered a crime.
With long golden beaches and delicious cuisine served in street-side cafes, Spain is an ideal luxury short haul destination.
Are you planning this trip soon? If so, the North is beautiful in the summer months. Andalucia (the southern provence), should not be missed on a trip to Spain, but it can be admired year-round. Galicia and A Coruña are arguably the prettiest parts of Spain and are much more enjoyable with a little sun.
"Si fuera tu..." If I were you, I would take advantage of the weather and see the northern coast and soak up the Gallego culture.
I think Spain is underrated by Americans. Most Americans think of Italy when they think about food. I think they should be thinking about Spain - tops Italian food by a mile. In addition, each of Spain's regions are markedly different with its distinct culture and cuisine. In my opinion, one of the best places in Europe to visit.
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