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Spain - apartfromtherest - Travel Guide
 
An Introduction to Spain

Spain is one of the most influential and laid-back countries in the world with a population of over 46 million inhabitants. Spain is also the second largest country in the European Union, just behind France with a land mass of 504,030 square kilometres. Tourism is the major industry in Spain and visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the culturally rich cities of Madrid and Barcelona, the famous beachside resorts of the Costa del Sol and Alicante, and the unbelievably relaxed people who call this formidable country home.

 

 

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Barcelona

 

 

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Plaza Mayor Square, Madrid

Places in Spain
 
Barcelona and Madrid are the two most visited Spanish cities, home to football teams that are more of an establishment than sporting outfits. The Spanish do not take many things seriously, but football is definitely one of them. Barcelona and Madrid are steeped in culture and historical buildings such as the towering La Sagrada Familia cathedral designed by Gaudi (Barcelona) and the famous Plaza Mayor square (Madrid). These two cities are not only the most formidable in Spain, but also two of the most visited in the world.

During the year 2000, over 48 billion people visited Spain, generating an estimated $31.5 billion dollars for the Spanish economy, and reinforcing its reputation as the third most visited country in the world, behind the USA and France. Most of the tourists arrive to touch up their suntans in the coastal regions of the Costa del Sol and the Costa Brava.

 

 

 

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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

 

 

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Costa del Sol

Things to do in Spain
 
Spain owns a wide variety of attractions and things to do that include eating at the tapas bars and restaurants on Las Rambles in Barcelona, relaxing on the beaches in the Costa del Sol or Cost Brava and visiting the wilderness and wetlands of Donana National Park in Andalucía. Golfing is incredibly popular with some world class courses, many in Murcia.

When to go to the Spain and Weather

The mild Spanish climate ensures you can visit the country at any time of the year, but the ideal months would be between April and November. The all round high temperatures of the south coast and the Mediterranean ensure you can enjoy a beach holiday in the usually cold European winter months.

 

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Traditional Tapas Bar

 

 

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World Class Golf, Murcia

Getting to Spain and Getting Around
 
All the major tourist regions and cities have international airports with daily flights from other European countries. The domestic flight options are also very cheap and good value for money. Well known and good cheap car hire.

Money

The Spanish currency is now the Euro, after converting from Pesetas in 2002. The country is famous for its affordability, and this is a major attraction for holidaymakers seeking a quality vacation for cheap prices.

Visas

The more developed European nations of the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia do not need to apply for a visa beforehand and can enter the country directly from immigration.

Useful information

Spain is a very safe place to visit, and the locals are warm and friendly, especially in the cities and rural areas of the nation. The Spanish are gracious hosts and welcome tourists with open arms. It’s easy to realise why Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. The Mediterranean beach resorts, the mountainous Pyrenees and the hotbed of cultural architecture and history weaves together to create an electric atmosphere in picturesque surroundings.

 
 
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