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Introduction and Information for Spain
A Brief Introduction to Spain
Spain is only about 2 hours flying time from the UK so is extremely popular with British holidaymakers. Visitors flock there for good reasons - the favourable warm climate, the stunning sandy beaches and plenty of affordable activities and attractions for families. From golden beaches to rugged mountain ranges and quaint white-washed villages to cosmopolitan cities, a myriad of sights and culture can be found in every corner of this passionate country. The Spanish Costas give you up to 300 days of sunshine a year whether you choose the sandy beaches of the Costa Blanca or the popular resorts in the Costa del Sol. The Costas have something for everyone, from bustling towns to traditional fishing villages and long stretches of welcoming, golden coastline.
A country of large geographic and cultural diversity, Spain may come as a surprise to those who only know of its reputation for great beach holidays and almost endless sunshine. There is everything from lush meadows and snowy mountains to huge marshes and deserts in the south east. While summer is the peak season, those who wish to avoid the crowds should consider visiting in the winter as not only is it normally mild and sunny, attractions such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada and La Gran Mezquita in Cordoba will not be overcrowded. However the ski resorts of Sierra Nevada do get very crowded. The Mediterranean climate that predominates in Southern and Central Spain is noted for its dry summers and (somewhat) wet(ter) winters, so visiting in the winter or spring brings the added benefit of the vegetation looking much more healthy.
Historically, Spain has been an important crossroads: between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, between North Africa and Europe, and as Europe beginning colonising the New World, between Europe and the Americas. As such, the country is blessed with a fantastic collection of historical landmarks - in fact, it has the 2nd largest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites and the largest number of World Heritage Cities of any nation in the world.
In the south of Spain, Andalusia holds many reminders of old Spain. Cadiz is regarded as one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in western Europe, with remnants of the Roman settlement that once stood here. Nearby, Ronda is a beautiful town situated atop steep cliffs and noted for its gorge-spanning bridge and the oldest bullring in Spain. Cordoba and Granada hold the most spectacular reminders of the nation's Muslim past, with the red-and-white striped arches of the Mezquita in Cordoba and the stunning Alhambra palace perched on a hill above Granada. Seville, the cultural center of Andalusia, has a dazzling collection of sights built when the city was the main port for goods from the Americas, the grandest of which being the city's cathedral, the largest in the country.
With its rich heritage, traditional customs and dramatic scenery, coupled with a welcoming atmosphere and an infectious, laid-back approach to life, Spain is the perfect family holiday destination.