On your Spain trip, visit these 3 landscapes
Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. An American favorite, Spain welcomed over 2 million visitors from the U.S. last year. A beautiful destination situated largely on the Iberian peninsula in Europe, Spain puts up at the threshold of both Europe and Africa. The sun at Spain sets in the Mediterranean Sea, the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean which gives the country its two large archipelagoes, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands at the African- Atlantic coast.
With places such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao, and Málaga, Spain enchants you for life. This must be why it was the second most-visited country in 2017 with 82 million charmed tourists roaming its amazing destinations. Exotic coastlines, magnificent cities, momentous civilizations, distinct culture and top-of-the-world quality of life bewitches locals and visitors alike to visit the incredible landscapes of the Spanish land repeatedly. Let’s know more about them:
• The Islands Spain’s moderate climate blesses it with sprawling sandy beaches at its Mediterranean and Atlantic oceanic stretches. Mesmerizing and enthralling, the life at the coasts of Spain is an other-worldly experience. With the exquisite leisure of swimming, snorkeling, and scuba-diving in sparkly blue waters, the ecstatic thrill and adventure of partaking in various water sports, and the exciting life of enticing summer resorts and villas and after-dark beach parties, Spain binds you completely in its magic spell.
A splash at the Catalan coasts of Costa Brava, Costa Daurada, and Costa del Maresme is popular among beach-lust tourists. Costa Blanca and Costa del Azahar have numerable gems of beaches in Valencia. Costa Cálida in the Mediterranean and Costa de Almería, Costa Tropical, Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz are Andalusian attractions. Beaches of Ibiza, Palma, Cabrera Archipelago, Majorca/Mallorca, Menorca, and Formentera in the Balearic Islands and Corralejo, Playa Barca, Isla Graciosa in the Canary islands are also crowd-magnets.
• The Cities The cultural history of Spain is enormous. It’s evident from the fact that it has 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 13 UNESCO World Heritage Cities. While, Barcelona and Madrid are the epitome of enamouring cities, Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Cáceres, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Seville, Granada, Santander, Oviedo, Gijón, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona and Toledo are also popular for their cultural heritage and modern lifestyle.
Madrid is Spain’s capital and is significant enough to house UN World Tourism Organization’s headquarters. Attractions include the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theater and its Opera House, Buen Retiro Park, the National Library Building, many great Museums including Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and one of the landmarks of the city, Cibeles Palace, and Fountain.
Barcelona, a coastal city off the Mediterranean coast and the capital of the community of Catalonia, has attractions such as Park Güell, Palau Güell, and Casa Milà and is renowned for the works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Barcelona’s street La Rambla, beaches, palaces, and churches are astonishing pieces of art and architecture.
Places such as Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Santo Toribio de Liébana in Cantabria, Caravaca de la Cruz and the Region of Murcia have great religious significance in Catholicism. The Seville Fair (Feria de Abril), the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the Fallas in Valencia, the Tomatina in Buñol, the Romería de El Rocío in Huelva and the Fiestas del Pilar in Zaragoza are significant festivals of the country. The towns and cities of Castile and Leon are renowned for their rural heritage and architecture while the theme parks of PortAventura and Terra Mítica are a harbinger of fun for kids and adults alike.
• The Mountains Spain is surrounded by many mountain ranges including Cordillera Cantábrica, Sistema Ibérico, Sistema Central, Montes de Toledo, Sierra Morena and the Sistema Bético. Like in a kid’s painting, these mountains birth great life-giving rivers like the Tagus, Guadiana, Ebro, Douro, Júcar, Guadalquivir, Segura, Turia, and Minho.
Owing to such geographical virility, Spain hosts a number of ski resorts, especially in the Pyrenees, the Sistema Central, the Sistema Ibérico and the Sierra Nevada ranges. The Sierra Nevada, mainly, gets a lot of tourist-love for being the home to high peaks where one can ski while maintaining a warm Mediterranean climate at its foothills to please beach-lovers in Granada, Almería, and Málaga. About 15 national parks and 48 biosphere reserves, such as Sierra Nevada National Park and Teide National Park in the Canary Islands, populate the country.
So that’s about it! Spain has it all for you, the mountains, the rivers, the modernity, the history and the beaches. It’s a place not to be missed. When you return from your Spain trip, you probably still will be in the country’s awe and would want to take back many souvenirs. However, be vigilant and research the things which you can and can’t bring back home from across the borderas no one wants to leave their pretty trip memorabilia, collected and bought with all the heart in the world, with FAA and TSA agents.
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