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It always seems there's a fiesta on, somewhere or other in Spain. As most of them are dedicated to one of the large list of Saints, mass usually precedes the processions and merriment.

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Countries neighbouring Spain are: Gibraltar, Portugal, France and Andorra. Algeciras is also the sailing point for Morocco.

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Spain has been a favourite playground of British, Dutch, and German tourists who escape the dreary climates of their own countries for some summer sun by the sea; with copious quantities of sex and sangria stirred in for good measure. Quite a cocktail for the 18-30 crowd.

For the culturally inclined there is plenty of that too. Hemingway made bullfighting popular in American literature, but these are all clich�s.

Of course you'll want to have paella on the coast, and Spain wouldn't be the same without a little flamenco dancing and intricate guitar. After a few days, you'll even be an expert on the castanets yourself.

Several regions in Spain have kept a separate identity, culturally and linguistically. These include the Basques, around the Bay of Biscay; the Galicians, in north-western Spain; and the Catalans, of north-eastern Spain.

The nomadic Spanish Gypsies, Gitanos, are a separate ethnic group.

Weather in Spain

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Hotels in Spain

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Hotels in Spain by City:

A Coru�a, Alicante, Barcelona, Benidorm, Bilbao, Cordoba, Granada, Ibiza, Lloret de Mar, Madrid, M�laga, Marbella, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Puerto de la Cruz, Salamanca, San Sebasti�n, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tarragona, Tossa de Mar, Valencia, Vigo, Zaragoza.

Around Spain

Andalusia, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Costa Blanca y Costa C�lida, Costa Brava, Costa de Almer�a y Tropical, Costa de la Luz, Costa del Azahar y Valencia, Costa del Sol, Costa Dorada, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Mallorca, Tenerife.

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Some of the most popular destinations in Spain

A Coruna, Albacete, Alcala de Henares, Alcudia, Algeciras, Alicante, Almeria, Almunecar, Aracena, Arcos de la Frontera, Arnuero, Avila, Barcelona, Benalmadena, Benidorm, Bilbao, Blanes, Burgos, Caceres, Cadiz, Calella, Calpe, Calvia, Cambrils, Cangas de Onis, Capdepera, Cartagena, Castelldefels, Chiclana de la Frontera, Ciudad Real, Conil de la Frontera, Cordoba, Cuenca, Denia, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Elche, Estepona, Fuengirola, Fuerteventura, Gandia, Getafe, Gijon, Girona, Gran Canaria, Granada, Guadalajara, Huelva, Ibiza, Irun, Jaca, Jerez de la Frontera, La Gomera, La Linea de la Concepcion, La Manga, La Palma, Lanzarote, Laredo, Leon, Llanes, Lleida, Lloret de Mar, Llucmajor, Logrono, Madrid, Malaga, Malgrat de Mar, Mallorca, Manacor, Marbella, Menorca, Merida, Mijas, Mojacar, Murcia, Muro, Nerja, Noja, O Grove, Osuna, Oviedo, Palma, Pamplona, Peniscola, Pineda de Mar, Platja d'Aro, Pollenca, Ribadesella, Ribes de Freser, Rincon de la Victoria, Ronda, Roquetas de Mar, Roses, Rota, Salamanca, Salou, San Sebastian, Sant Llorenc des Cardassar, Santa Margalida, Santa Susanna, Santander, Santanyi, Santiago de Compostela, Santillana del Mar, Sanxenxo, Segovia, Seville, Sitges, Soller, Son Servera, Suances, Tarifa, Tarragona, Tenerife, Toledo, Torremolinos, Torrevieja, Tossa de Mar, Ubeda, Valencia, Valladolid, Vera, Vielha, Vigo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Zaragoza.

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Spanish Culture

The Roman Catholic religion has played an important part in Spanish life and culture.

Spanish painters have contributed greatly to the global work on display in museums around the world. Among the most famous are El Greco, Diego Vel�zquez, Francisco Goya, Salvador Dal�, and the prolific Pablo Picasso.

Visit the Prado, in Madrid, for works by El Greco, Vel�zquez, Bartolom� Est�ban Murillo, Goya, Botticelli, Titian, and Rembrandt.

The National Museum of Modern Art, also in Madrid, concentrates on Spanish painting after 1800.

And of course the new Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao on October 18th, 1997. There are 19 galleries in the building; considered something of a work of art in itself.

Flamenco Tickets:
Based in Seville, the company provides tickets for Flamenco shows in Spain as well as organises Flamenco classes, workshops, and tours.


Madrid Travel Tips

Some of the best things to see in Madrid are either free or cheap - including a free 15-minute visit to the clock-tower observation deck of Madrid's city hall building 'Palacio de Cibeles' on the Plaza de Cibeles.

Sent in by MadridMan.

The capital of Spain lies in the middle of the Castillian plain, 646 metres above sea level.

Madrid Barajas Airport:
Transportation to and from Madrid/Barajas airport and other useful information about the terminal itself.

Passionate about Spain, an American writer shares his Madrid and Spain travel and tourism experiences with fellow travellers. Recommended by European travel expert, Rick Steves.

Walks of Madrid:
If you're looking for a long night of adventure in the capital of Spain this original tour premise will help you and your friends party in places that are hard to find, or difficult to get into.

Accommodation in Madrid

Hotels in Madrid:
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In Barcelona, the official languages are Catalan and Castilian with Catalan written, read and spoken by the majority of Barcelona's population.

Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, and the capital of the Catalonian Region.

Barcelona City Council:
Visit Barcelona City Council's tourism section for a presentation of the city and essential tourist information for visitors to Barcelona.

Getting Around Barcelona

Barcelona's main train station is called Estacio-Sants.

Barcelona City Map:
This interactive map of Barcelona helps locate streets and places of interest around the city. The information database is only available in Catalan though.

Barcelona - Public Transportation:
How to move around Barcelona by public transport and suggested tourist routes to take in major sights.

Dictionary of Barcelona Street Names: (With Maps)
These are names which not only guide us through the city but which also have gathered many memories which reflect a good part of our history. To delve into the memories of a city leads to a greater affinity with it, as much for those who live in it as for those who visit, virtually or not.

Las Golondrinas:
Take a boat trip around the port and coastal area of Barcelona to see the city from another angle.

Barcelona Attractions

Barcelona Aquarium:
Barcelona's Oceanarium is a synthesis of the Mediterranean sea. Despite being regarded as a poor ocean due to its lack of nutrients (oligotrophy), the Mediterranean harbours a wide range of ecosystems and species. Get up close to sharks, rays and sunfish, with over four million of litres of sea water over your head.
Buses: 14, 17, 19, 36, 38, 40, 45, 57, 59, 64, 91, 100.
Metro: L3 Drassanes station and L4 Barceloneta station.

Barcelona Experience:
Offers tailor-made personal Barcelona tours and city breaks by people actually living in Barcelona.

Barcelona Tour Guides:
Local regulations require a licence to practise as a tour guide in Barcelona. Only licensed guides may guide you openly at the sights and places of interest and even walk you past the waiting lines.

Barcelona Zoo:
Barcelona Zoo is set in a magnificent garden over 100 years old, covering 13 hectares of Ciutadella Park and containing a collection of some 7,500 individual animals belonging to more than 400 species from all over the world.
Buses: 14, 39, 41, 42, 141.
Metro: Barceloneta, Arc de Triomf, Ciutadells-Vila Olympica.

FC Barcelona:
A visit to the Nou Camp is a must for football (soccer) fans visiting Barcelona.

Fira de Barcelona:
Full list of tourist fairs, salons and forthcoming shows and exhibitions taking place in Barcelona.

Poble Espanyol:
The Poble Espanyol offers visitors the chance to get to know all seventeen autonomous communities of Spain through handicraft markets, cultural displays, samples of food and folk shows.

Barcelona Culture

Gaudi and Barcelona:
A place for people who love art, architecture, Barcelona, Spain, and the work of Catalan architect, Antonio Gaudi.

Accommodation in Barcelona

Hotels in Barcelona:
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Barcelona Hostels:
Budget accommodation in Barcelona.

Barcelona Apartments

For longer stays in Barcelona you may consider renting an apartment. They can often work out cheaper than hotels, especially if there are three of four of you in the apartment.

Barcelona Rentals:
Barcelona apartments for rent on a daily or weekly basis.

Happy Apartments Barcelona:
If you're looking for cheap accommodation in a great location, try this selection of self-catering, holiday apartments - very near to places of tourist interest in Barcelona and ideal for big groups and family travel.

Home in Barcelona:
Charming holiday apartments, fully equipped and centrally located. Perfect base for sight-seeing, just a short walk to major city attractions and the beach.


In 2007, Valencia hosted the America's Cup; making the Spanish port the first European venue since 1851 to stage sailing's oldest tournament. That was followed, in 2008, with a F1 Grand Prix racing event - Circuit Urbano - being staged on the streets around the port.

Valencia is Spain's third largest city; a city of some three hundred bell towers, medieval cathedral and former palaces.

According to legend, the Holy Grail is the chalice from which Jesus drank during the Last Supper and is presently kept in Valencia's Cathedral. Valencia's Holy Grail, one of a dozen claimed to be the original, was used by Pope John Paul II during the 1992 Papal visit to Valencia.

Just 350km from the two most important Spanish cities, Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is easily accessible from either of them... or you could base yourself at the centre of the Spanish Mediterranean coast, opposite the Balearic Islands, and easily travel to both of them.

Turis Valencia:
The Valencia Visitors and Conventions Bureau.

Valencia Online:
Packed with useful tourist information to help travellers get the most out of their visit to Valencia.

Valencian Institute of Modern Art:
Attached to the Council of Culture, Education and Sport of the Regional Government of Valencia, the IVAM presents over 25 exhibitions a year, in the Centre Julio Gonz�lez and the Sala de la Muralla.

Walks in Spain:
Travel to Valencia for a relaxing walking holiday. Each walk captures the essence of this varied part of Spain.

Accommodation in Valencia

Hotels in Valencia:
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Getting Around Valencia

Metro Valencia:
View the metro map of Valencia or plan the shortest route to your destination.


Andalucia, especially the coast area of Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz is a beautiful region for golf.

Andalucia has lots of historical places to visit like the Alhambra in Granada, or Cordoba and Seville. Tarifa is the best region for wind and kite surfing. Endless routes for mountain bikers and many other great possibilities.
Sent in by Costa Holidays.

Many different civilisations have made their mark in Andalucia over the centuries due to its outstanding natural beauty and agreeable climate. Fascinating historical sites are everywhere you look, the natural surroundings and breathtaking scenery will definitely leave you with fond memories and unique experiences of southern Spain.
Sent in by Phil Jones - Guis Andalucia.

Finca el Moro:
Unique riding and walking holidays in rural Andalucia.

Walking Holidays in Andalucia:
Joost Schepel is based in Competa and has decades of experience walking  in some of the most hidden and spectacular locations in Southern Spain. Enjoy some of the most beautiful walks around Competa with accommodation included.

Seville (Sevilla)

The historic city of Seville is located in the heart of Andalucia.

Expo 92 reinforced the image of Seville as a modern and dynamic city, but it has always been one of our favourite locations in Spain.

Explore Seville:
Jeff Spielvogel, originally from North Carolina, lives and breathes Seville. Of course there are more than ten things to do in Seville and Jeff can tell you all about them.

Sevilla 5:
Markus, Jeff, Sarai, Joao and Marie have many years of experience working, living and studying in Seville.

Turismo Sevilla:
Seville is a province full of surprises with stunning ideas for everyone who wants to discover it.

Accommodation in Seville

Hotels in Seville:
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Located on the South coast of Andalucia, the Phoenecians traders of the Mediterranean founded this city as far back as 1000 BC.

Cadiz Turismo:
The province of Cadiz is the southernmost of the Iberian Peninsula.


Cordoba was originally settled by the Romans thanks to its strategic position on the Guadalquivir River and became the capital of Al-Andalus, during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.

Turismo de Cordoba:
C/ Rey Heredia, 22.
Due to its exceptional geographical position Cordoba is extremely well connected with the north of Spain and the rest of Andalucia.


Granada, situated at the foot of the picturesque Sierra Nevada, has been inhabited since Roman times and was the last Moorish city to fall to the Christians.

Tur Granada:
The Provincial Tourism Board of Granada is located at Plaza de Mariana Pineda, 10.


Famous for its sherry, flamenco, and horses Jerez is just 20 kilometres from the coast.

The Jerez tourist office (Turismo Jerez) on Plaza del Arenal even provides a number of suggested routes to highlight this heritage.

Sherry Wine and Brandy de Jerez Routes:
To speak of Jerez de la Frontera is to speak of its sherry wines which have impregnated the whole of its culture, art forms and customs since 1100 BC.

Around Spain

The Basque region has plenty of surprises.

Canary Islands:
El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

Caos de Meca:
Located on the Southern coast of Spain, near the straight of Gibraltar. Close to the towns of Barbate and Zahara de los Atunes, the charm and magic of Los Caos is mostly concentrated in the area around the lighthouse and the cape of Trafalgar.

The tourist guide of Galicia is mainly in Spanish, though it does have some English sections.

La Manga Club Resort:
An exclusive resort in south-east Spain perfect for sports enthusiasts and family holidays.

Malaga Web:
Between the sea and the sierra, this part of Eastern Andalucia is well visited by tourists to the beaches of the Costa del Sol.

They call Mallorca the Island of tranquillity; or isle of light and beauty. I guess the lights are from the discos, and the beauty the half naked girls. Anyway, outside of rave season the island does get some of it's tranquillity back.

There is more to Pamplona than the running of the bulls. Located on the fertile plain of the river Arga, Pamplona is a city full of history and deep-rooted traditions. The streets and squares of its historic quarter still preserve a significant collection of monumental buildings dominated by its churches and medieval walls.

Santiago de Compostela:
The gateway to Galicia is popular with pilgrims.

Truly Travel Spain:
Months would be needed to travel Spain's diverse cultures and distinct regions. With more limited time, these fascinating destinations provide an intimate window into the authentic Spanish way of life.

Walking Holidays in Spain:
Walking and trekking holidays in south-east Spain for people looking for a professional service, outstanding scenery and authentic Spain at affordable prices.
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Costa Del Sol

Estepona, western Andalusia, lies in the SW. of the province of M�laga; on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Festivals in Estepona:
In Andalusia the "fiesta" forms an important part of one of its most deeply entrenched expressions, and nowhere is this more so than in Estepona.

Eating out in Esteopna:
Restaurants in and around Estepona.

Marbella has 27km of coastline divided into 24 beaches.

Brunos Car Rental:
24 hrs free service Malaga and Gibraltar airports.

Neptuno Car Hire:
A variety of cars to choose from if you're holidaying in or around Alicante.

Costa Blanca

Alicante Tourism:
The official site of the Alicante Municipal Tourism Board.

Costa Blanca Tourism:
The Provincial Tourist Board of the Costa Blanca is an autonomous organisation, part of the Alicante Provincial Council.

Balearic Islands

The main islands are Mallorca and Ibiza but the smaller Menorca and Formentera shouldn't be overlooked if you want something a little quieter.

Menorca Attractions

Menorca is a vast open-air museum with a wealth of diverse historical monuments. Of particular note are the Paleo-Christian basilicas and monuments from the Talayotic culture.

Formentera Attractions

Crystal clear waters and fine sands blend in with an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquillity to make a visit to Formentera an attractive option to get away from it all.


Ibiza is now world famous. What many don't know, is that beyond the glittering club scene and the never-ending parties, there is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean just waiting to be discovered. Our tip is to hire a car, arm yourself with a detailed island map, brush up on a few Spanish phrases and go out exploring! There is a great deal more to Ibiza than just what you have seen on the television.
Sent in by: Ibiza Spotlight.

One of the greatest benefits of living on a tiny island like Ibiza, with over 80 beaches to choose from, is that you can select the perfect beach for the moment. Be that a special occasion, putting yourself around, or simply attaining that serene tranquility that you seek.
Sent in by: Lee Conniff.

Ibiza Beaches:
If you've spent all night in the Ibiza clubs, these are some of the beaches you might want to chill out on in the late afternoon.

Ibiza Holidays:
Ibiza guide, to help you get the best out of your holiday in the sun.

Ibiza Restaurants:
This is the very first comprehensive Internet guide to the best restaurants on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza.

Ibiza Spotlight:
Colourful and informative guide to holidaying in Ibiza - in English, German and Spanish.

Where to Stay in Ibiza

Ibiza Hotels:
Listing hotels around Ibiza, with links to individual websites.

Miscellaneous Ibiza

Ibiza in Pictures:
Norbert is a German who has visited Ibiza at least 20 times and has a large gallery of nightlife pictures as well as information about the island, its beaches and club scene.

Ibiza Nautica:
Marine directory for Ibiza and Formentera.


Eating out in Mallorca can often be a frustrating experience.

While there are many fine restaurants that provide traditional style Mallorcan food, there are also many tourist traps.

CosyToes Babysitting Services:
If you're enjoying the sun with the children and want to enjoy the nightlife in Mallorca without them, this company provides uniformed nannies to keep an eye on the kids until you return.

Info Mallorca:
An initiative by the Mallorca Island Council and Local Information Technology Consortium of Mallorca to offer a cultural, procedural and tourist agenda for all Mallorca's institutions to visitors.

Magalluf and Palma Nova:
Magalluf and Palma Nova are two bustling resorts offering a wide choice of activities for holidaymakers of all ages ... it isn't just for the young as many people believe.

Mallorca For Brits:
For over 30 years Majorca has been the most popular holiday destination in the Mediterranean for the British tourist. A combination of both outstanding natural beauty and professional tourist care will ensure that it's popularity will continue well into the future.

Mallorca Web:
Mallorca's search engine with Mallorca news, web directory, Mallorca map, diary of exhibitions, forum, postcards, hotels, apartments, bars and restaurants.

Santa Ponsa:
Santa Ponsa, on the south-west coast of Mallorca, is a thriving and busy holiday resort. This site is dedicated exclusively to the resort.

Accommodation in Mallorca

Hotels in Mallorca:
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Posada de Lluc:
Originally a retreat for monks and their students, who went there to rest after visiting the monastery at Lluc, this medieval town house - offering eight different bedrooms and a pleasant garden with swimming pool - was transformed into a quality hotel in 2002. Located in Pollen�a; in the north east of Mallorca, 52 km from Palma.

Canary Islands


C�sar Manrique -- A Man And His Island:
Eric Gray looks at the life of Lanzarote's renowned painter, sculptor, architect, landscape artist, urban designer and campaigning environmentalist.

Lanzarote Island:
Lanzarote is the most eastern island of the Canarian archipelago, north of Fuerteventura and some 125km away from the African coast.

Playa Blanca:
A 9km bay, on the southern part of Lanzarote, shelters three bays which in turn contain smaller bays. Together, they stretch from the lighthouse at Pechiguera Point in the west to Papagayo Point in the east.


Located off the north coast of Africa, Tenerife is a sub-tropical paradise that offers something for everyone.

To the south of the island the ever popular resorts of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos are basked in year round sunshine, whilst the north of the island is a lush green tropical paradise of banana plantations, palm trees and flowers.

Tenerife Travel Tip

Try go get away from the tourist areas and experience the true Tenerife. Go in native Canarian bars - you'll be surprised how cheap the prices are!
Sent in by: John Greaney.

Spanish Fiestas

Very few people know that the most crazy street party in Madrid takes place on the 14th and 15th of August. It is "La Virgen de la Paloma" and the centre can be found at El Almendro St.
Sent in by: Walks of Madrid.

Si Spain:
Check out the Fiestas when you travel to Spain, and much more.

Spanish Language

Language Schools:
If you want to learn Spanish in Spain, or Latin America, then this directory might be of help.

Learning Spanish:
This free online tutorial includes written and oral exercises in some 50 separate topics.

Spain Travel Guides

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Barcelona, Madrid.

Travel to Spain:
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