is not possible to see in one trip everything Spain
has to offer, the country part of Europe
but with very interesting unique features different from others countries of
the continent. There is something unique about Spanish cities and landscape.
Maybe it has to do with their age and the country’s location in the
southernmost west of
Europe surrounded by seas, or the contrast
of each region's culture and history.
The area has been a refuge for people since
prehistoric times and attracted different groups of
ethnicity and religion that built important centers of culture in different
parts of the peninsula.
Caves testify to the
country’s oldest inhabitants. The oldest piece of human bone in Europe has
been found in Spain,
an early testament to human cohabitation with Neanderthals. The Cave
with its sophisticated paintings of bisons, boar and horses give evidence to
an old Stone Age
In historic times the oldest
cities can trace their origins to enigmatic Phoenicians, Iberians and Celts,
and of course the powerful Romans. Later several kingdoms of Iberia
with their own distinctive culture, artistic traditions, cityscapes and
attitudes colorized the land.
Every region you visit has
its own favor, traditions and artistic excellence. Madrid, with its formal regal
splendors, medieval Castilian towns of the middle plains,
Barcelona with its
lively promenades of the Las Ramblas;
the Vibrant Levantine city with lively art scene and nightlife;
regions of green Spain with their maritime cultures, Celtic settlements and
elegant seaside promenaded bays. The white villages of Andalucía glitter in the
mid-day sun with fiery Seville
having given birth to
and its Moorish Mesquita and of course the
marvel of Spain,
Granada’s outstanding Moorish palace, the Alhambra and its
gardens of Generalife, once headquarters
Spain’s Moorish kingdom, are an absolute must to see for all visitors.
Andalusia is one of the most attractive areas within the Mediterranean
regions, due to its mild climate, environmental nature, its history and
culture. It was consecutively conquered by Phoenicians, Greeks,
Carthaginians and Romans, later Vandals and Suevians and the Arabs occupied
the region during five centuries.
Seville, Granada, Cordoba, cities of light and music, inspiration for many
poets, writers and great artists, gather the best monuments of a splendorous
past, the Giralda in Seville, the Alhambra in Granada, the Mosque in Cordoba
are, with many others, a delight for all visitors.
The Basque Country boasts one of the best gastronomies in the world,
beaches surrounded by nature, examples of avant-garde architecture. This
area of northern Spain is perfect for a visit of the most complete. If you
go to the Basque Country you have to taste its famous "pintxos": delights of
miniature cuisine that you will see exposed in many bars. In addition, you
will find several restaurants of some of the great chefs of the new Spanish
cuisine. And to taste delicious wines, try in the area known as Rioja
Alavesa. Also worthy of a place of honor is its beautiful coast
destinations, with places as well-known as San Sebastian, Zarautz or Getxo
and inland cities such as Vitoria and Bilbao. In the latter, buildings like
its newest Guggenheim Museum have achieved international fame. Do not miss
this or the spectacular Vizcaya Suspension Bridge, declared a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO. Add to all this a spectacular nature (the Basque Country
owns both Natural Parks and Biosphere Reserves) perfect for practicing sport
and an incentive to travel the popular Camino de Santiago, which passes
through this area of Spain.
Cantabria in what is known as Green Spain, you can look forward to
enjoying a trip full of natural landscapes, excellent gastronomy and a
unique artistic and architectural heritage. This northern part of Spain is
home to various prehistoric caves, of which the most famous of all is
Altamira, awarded the World Heritage designation and known as the "Sistine
Chapel of Prehistoric Art". Cantabria also lies on the famous Way of Saint
James pilgrim route, and its towns and villages contain a wealth of
beautiful monuments such as the Magdalena Palace in Santander, the monastery
of Santo Toribio de Liébana or Gaudí’s “Capricho” monument in Comillas.
Galicia with its capital of Santiago de Compostela is the final destination
on the Way of Saint James, the famous pilgrim route. For this reason alone
it is worth visiting this region in Green Spain. You'll love its landscapes
full of green wooded valleys, and its amazing beaches. All along the length
of its coastline, bathed by the Cantabrian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean,
you'll find areas of spectacular cliffs like those on A Costa da Morte, or
the incredible Islas Atlánticas National Park. You can visit its numerous
charming villages, both on the sea and inland, and cities such as Santiago
de Compostela, A Coruña, Ferrol, Lugo, Orense, Pontevedra and Vigo. You'll
marvel at its many monuments such as the Tower of Hercules or Lugo’s city
walls, both designated World Heritage sites by the UNESCO. Galicia’s
delicious gastronomy is one of its strong points, and features a variety of
typical produce and dishes, including its shellfish (Dublin Bay prawns, king
prawns, king scallops, mussels, scallops, lobsters, crabs), veal, octopus “a
feira” (with potatoes), gammon with turnip greens or the almond tart known
as “tarta de Santiago”. And to drink what could be better than two of its
most famous wines, Ribeiro and Albariño (which each have their own Wine
Route) or the popular “queimada” (alcoholic spirits set alight in an
earthenware bowl according to the typical ritual).
Independent since 1143, established its definite
continental borders in 1297, being one of the oldest European countries.
Located at the utmost southwest point of the Iberian Peninsula, its location
along the Atlantic coast has determinated, since the old times, its marine
Portugal has an extension of 91.985 Km2 including its archipelagos of the
Açores and Madeira Island within the Atlantic Ocean. Its population is just
above 11 million inhabitants.
Its richful monumental artistic and archaeological patrimony is a testimony
not only of those 850 years of history and encounters with far away
cultures, but also of the presence of previous civilizations, sample of all
can be found in its capital, Lisbon.
Morocco, a country of cultural, linguistic and climatic contrasts. It is
westernmost country in North Africa bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and the
Atlantic Ocean, it has an extension of over 700.000 Km2 and a population
over 30 millions inhabitants.
Its old and beautiful Imperial Cities, its artistic monuments and
picturesque streets, Kasbahs, Medinas and Souks, offer a fascinating view of
this country. Morocco the country of light and color melted within and
organized magic, the magic of its oasis, mountains, sky and sea.
Beyond the mountains and the walls of its towns and cities, the Berbers,
Arabs, Nomads and Highlanders hide out.