With this country’s rich and varied history, it’s no surprise that a vacation in Spain offers a wealth of activities and experiences. The dynamic culture here embraces the passion of flamenco dancing and the intensity of Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. The terrain is equally impressive, from the golden sands of the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean Sea to the majestic peaks of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.
The capital city of Madrid is known for its nightlife, where sidewalk cafés transform into outdoor clubs after dark. La Sagrada Familia Basilica, an architectural masterpiece by Antonio Gaudí, is the most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona. And, the city of Grenada is home of the Alhambra Palace, the pinnacle of Moorish art and architecture in Spain.
Located in the western Mediterranean Sea, each of the Balearics features a distinct experience. Majorca holds a nice balance of beaches, upscale dining and shopping. Menorca also offers splendid beaches as well as prehistoric monuments, while Ibiza is an infamous party island.
Gran Canaria boasts some of Europe's best beaches, and Fuerteventura is a favorite of surfers. Tenerife is one of the best Canary destinations for rock climbing. The volcanic landscape of Lanzarote is beautiful and otherworldly, while the lovely La Palma is called "la Isla Bonita."
The architectural brilliance of Antoni Gaudi is on magnificent display in Barcelona, where his La Sagrada Familia basilica is the city's most recognizable landmark. Beaches on the Mediterranean coast and ski resorts in the Pyrenees are also popular for vacations in Northern Spain.
The Mediterranean beaches of the Costa del Sol are some of the most popular in Spain, and the Picasso Museum in the coastal town of Malaga proudly displays works by the city's most famous son. Other landmarks include the Alhambra in Granada and the Great Mosque in Cordoba.