Spain, a country of fiestas, bullfighting, brilliant sunshine, flamenco and tapas., and that's just for starters. The country has so much more to offer: golden beaches, crumbling Moorish ruins, rolling green countryside, Europe's only desert, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals and slick modern cities.
Madrid is the capital city and full of historic beauty. Must sees include the Museo del Prado, and the Palacio Rea. At night it takes on a lively and frenzied character as the cafes, bars and clubs are open to the wee small hours.
For a city that has transformed itself visit Bilbao in the north of the country. Once known for being an industrial heartland, it's now a tourist hot spot. The building of the titanium covered Guggenheim Museum started the city's renaissance.
To really get away from it all you could explore the desert region of Tabernas in Almeria. Many spaghetti westerns including ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly' were filmed around the rugged, barren landscapes.
The Costa del Sol has a reputation for being a concrete jungle and it's true that a lot of development has taken place here, but many come to sunbathe on its glorious beaches.
For a complete contrast, there's good skiing to be had in Spain in the ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
There are several international airports dotted around the country with good connections to the rest of the world. The ferry is another option if you are coming from the UK or Morocco. Inside the country TALGO and AVE high speed trains link many cities. There are major motorway networks, and though they are fast, they can be expensive as some are toll roads.
Generally expect a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It can be extremely hot in July and August.
Read about Barcelona, a very popular city to visit.
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