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.
Spain Travel and
Tourist Information with links to official
travel and tourism websites and state
resources for visitors to Spain.
Spain, Balearic Islands,
Costa Del Sol,
Map of Spain,
Spain Travel Guides,
Y Viva Espana.
Driving From Barcelona,
Driving From Bilbao,
From Coruna, Driving From Madrid, Driving From Malaga,
From Seville, Driving From Zaragoza.
On Friday, 27th October 2017 the Cataluña
parliament in Barcelona voted overwhelmingly
to split from Spain; by 70 votes to 10.
Countries neighbouring Spain are:
Andorra. Algeciras is also the sailing point for
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 cliches.
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 Europe:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Europe.
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 Velazquez,
Francisco Goya, Salvador Dali, and the prolific Pablo Picasso.
Visit the Prado, in Madrid, for works by El Greco, Velazquez,
Bartolome Esteban 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
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.
The capital of Spain lies in the middle of the Castillian plain, 646 metres above sea
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.
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.
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
How to move around Barcelona by public transport and suggested tourist routes to take in
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.
Take a boat trip around the port and coastal area of Barcelona to see the city from
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.
Offers tailor-made personal Barcelona tours and city breaks by people actually living in
Barcelona Inside & Out:
Tailor-made holidays, honeymoons and
adventures to Catalonia that bring together
authentic local experiences with the very
best that this vibrant and beautiful part of
the world has to offer.
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 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.
A visit to the Nou Camp is a must for football (soccer) fans visiting Barcelona.
Full list of tourist fairs, salons and forthcoming shows and exhibitions taking place in
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
Gaudi and Barcelona:
A place for people who love art, architecture, Barcelona, Spain, and the work of Catalan
architect, Antonio Gaudi.
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 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.
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
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 -
- 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.
The Valencia Visitors and Conventions Bureau.
Packed with useful tourist information to help travellers get the most out of their visit
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 Gonzalez 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.
Getting Around 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.
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
By Phil Jones -
Finca el Moro:
Unique riding and walking holidays in rural Andalucia.
The historic city of Seville is located in the heart of
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.
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.
Markus, Jeff, Sarai, Joao and Marie have many years of experience working, living and
studying in Seville.
Seville is a province full of surprises with stunning ideas for everyone who wants to
Located on the South coast of Andalucia, the
Phoenicians traders of
the Mediterranean founded this city as far back as 1000 BC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Basque region has plenty of surprises.
El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
Canos 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 Canos 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
Manga Club Resort:
An exclusive resort in south-east Spain perfect for sports enthusiasts and
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
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.
Estepona, western Andalusia, lies in the SW. of the province of Malaga; on the shores of
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.
Marbella has 27km of coastline divided into 24 beaches.
Brunos Car Rental:
24 hrs free service Malaga and Gibraltar airports.
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.
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 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
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
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 tranquillity that you seek.
By Lee Conniff.
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 guide, to help you get the best out of your holiday in the sun.
This is the very first comprehensive Internet guide to the best restaurants on the
Mediterranean island of Ibiza.
Colourful and informative guide to holidaying in Ibiza - in English, German and Spanish.
Where to Stay in Ibiza
Listing hotels around Ibiza, with links to individual websites.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Mallorca Travel Tips
Climb the hills and look at the beautiful
Majorca mountain and sea landscapes.
- Vida Villas.
Mallorca's search engine with Mallorca news, web directory, Mallorca map, diary of
exhibitions, forum, postcards, hotels, apartments, bars and restaurants.
Santa Ponsa, on the south-west coast of Mallorca, is a thriving and busy holiday resort.
This site is dedicated exclusively to the resort.
Villas - Villa Rentals in Mallorca:
Whether you're looking for a townhouse to
rent in Pollensa or holiday villa in
Mallorca with swimming pool, holidaying in
accommodation that is also someone's home
creates an intimate and comforting
Lanzarote is the most eastern island of the Canarian archipelago, north of Fuerteventura
and some 125km away from the African coast.
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
Peter's mission is to convert as many people
as possible into Tenerife lovers and to
showcase all the good things the island
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.
By Walks of Madrid.
If you want to learn Spanish in Spain, or
America, then this directory might be of help.
This free online tutorial includes written and oral exercises in some 50 separate topics.
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