Spain, a country in Europe and a member state of European Union, is located in south-western Europe. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the south and east, by France to the north and by Portugal and Atlantic Ocean to the northwest and west. The capital of Spain is the city of Madrid. The official language of Spain is Spanish with other recognized regional languages being Aranese, Basque, Catalan/Valencian and Galician. The peseta was the old currency in use in Spain. In 2002, it was replaced by the euro.
Spain is the world’s 51st-largest country, with an area of 504,782 square kilometers. The Teide is the highest peak in Spain and it is the third largest volcano in the world, as measured from its base. Tourism is one of Spain’s main national industries and a large source of stable employment and development. The climatic conditions of Spain, its historical and cultural monuments, and its geographic position, together with its top-notch facilities make Spain a wonderful tourist spot. Here are some of the wonderful places to visit in Spain.
The Valencia Cathedral is located in Valencia and was built in the Gothic style. It is Valencia’s largest church, and its Miguelete Tower is one of the emblems of the city and also one of its best tourist attractions. Also pay a visit to the City of Arts and Sciences. This complex is situated on the old river bed of Turia. It contains five buildings, each devoted to a specific branch of the arts or a particular type of science.
The Prado has the most detailed collection of Spanish art from the 11th-18th centuries. The collection of paintings in The Prado’s collection is renowned for its variety and quality. Thyssen-Bornemisza is one of the world’s finest museums. It is located in Madrid and is said to hold one of the best private collections of paintings in the world. For several generations the Thyssen-Bornemisza family gathered together this art collection which is today exhibited in this museum.
Madrid is a city known for its extensive musical culture. It has numerous bars, discos and cafes. Madrid is a shopper’s paradise. At Plaza Mayor Square you can get anything and everything that is available on earth.
It is the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona is a place under the amazing influence of the Mediterranean climate. This city has everything to impress both nature lovers and art lovers.
It is a city known for its peaceful environment, a city with soothing hues, the houses and the bougainvillea bushes with their profusions of pink flowers located all through the city adds more beauty to the entire area.
It is a city famous for the Guggenheim Museum which has a contemporary art collection dating back to the 20th century. The collection of paintings and sculptures exhibited here are of great cultural value.
There is literally so much to see in Spain! Where will you start?