Spain, the biggest country in Europe after France and once a very much unified nation, in more recent times seems more a country of countries; the separate kingdoms which made up the Spanish state are once again autonomous regions with their own distinct language, culture, tradition and even landscape. From the magnificent cityscapes of the capital Madrid to the breathtaking ‘modernista’ architecture of Barcelona, from the verdant lush green of the north to the wild rugged landscapes of the interior, from mighty rivers to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches,this is probably Europe’s most geographically diverse country and there really is something for everyone.
Culturally Spain is undeniably spectacular and diverse too; the country boasts a landscape strewn with ancient and stunning old buildings, from astounding Roman aqueducts to magnificent Gothic cathedrals, mystical Moorish palaces to perfectly preserved medieval castles. Home to some of the world’s greatest artists, there are world class art galleries and museums here too which will not disappoint. The Spanish love their food and drink and each region will have its own specialities and versions of traditional dishes such as paella and gazpacho, and of course the Rioja and Cava wines are well-known too but there is so much more to discover.
This is a vibrant exciting country where the people are warm and welcoming, with a passion for life that really is infectious and will bring you back again and again. Quite simply Spain is a fantastic and unique country and with so much to see, experience and discover, it really is the perfect holiday destination.
We have just returned from our first river cruise and I have to say we are hooked. The ship, MS Jane Austen, was superb, the mountains wonderful and the places visited very interesting, but what really made it special were the cre...
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