Where life is fiesta and food and wine are a natural obsession!
Like a grandpa playing with his grandson, Spain is a mix of old and new, modern and classical. For the traveler, Spain means bullfights, massive cathedrals, world-class art, Muslim palaces, lively folklife, whitewashed villages, and clear sunshine. You'll find all of the above, but the country's charm really lies in its people and their unique lifestyle. From the lively Sardana dance in Barcelona to the sizzling flamenco in Sevilla, this country creates its own rhythm amid the heat. Passionate bohemians and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both a stereotype come true and a place more diverse than you ever believed.
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The Balearic Islands, a sun-kissed archipelago of islands and islets east of the Spanish continental part, are dominated by four stunning sisters—Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. Ibiza, the party-loving wild kid of the bunch, has a shy side too, by way of hillside hamlets and a famous old town. Majorca, the biggest, offers different fun; both all-inclusive resorts and laidback, nature-oriented getaways. Menorca, a haven for the low-key explorer, entices with its archaeological surprises and a bevy of postcard-perfect shores. And then there's Formentera, the smallest sister, whose fragile beauty draws the boho-chic masses that prefer lazy lounging by soothing turquoise waters over glitzy soirees.
Costa Del Sol
No doubt, the Costa del Sol is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Stretching from Almeria to Tarifa, it caters for all tastes, ages, and nationalities; with such a wide range of amenities and attractions, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Miles of sandy beaches, an excellent all-year-round warm weather, and modern facilities keep visitors crowding year after year to resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona. East of Malaga is less commercial than west, but no less appealing, from Rincon de la Victoria, Torre del Mar, and Velez Malaga, to Nerja; the area combines stunning coastline, with white-washed villages and some of the most dramatic inland scenery of the Axarquía.
While Santiago de Compostela is Galicia's most popular city and one of the world's most notable international pilgrimage destinations, this terra de meigas (land of witches, as Galicia, is known) offers another unmissable stop: the great rías, sprawling estuaries along its 1200km of coast. The rías are divided into the Rías Baixas (Lower Rías) in the southern part of the region and facing the Atlantic Ocean, and the Rías Altas (Upper Rías), washed by the feisty Cantabrian Sea.
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