Spain is home to a fantastic blend of cultures and contrasts. Passionate, cosmopolitan, and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both everything everyone says about it and a country more diverse than you ever imagined.
Spain’s diverse landscapes stir the soul. From the beautiful Pyrenees and Picos de Europa mountain ranges to the snowcapped Sierra Nevada, improbably rising from the sunbaked plains of Andalucía; from the wildly beautiful cliffs of Spain’s Atlantic northwest to the charming coves of the Mediterranean. Everywhere you go, villages of timeless beauty perch on hilltops, cluster in valleys and cling to coastal hills as tiny but resilient outposts of Old Spain in a charming, enchanting way.
Food and wine are national obsessions in Spain, and is sure to be a highlight of your trip. The touchstones of Spanish cooking are deceptively simple: variety, tradition, and an innate willingness to experiment give birth to exceptional tapas and the most refined Michelin-starred dishes.
Windswept Roman ruins, Baroque cathedrals and incomparable jewels of Islamic architecture speak of a country where the great civilizations of history have risen, fallen, and left behind their mark. More recently, the rebellious and creative genius of masters like Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí offer art lovers a refuge and delight the eye.
For all the talk of Spain's history, though, this is a country that lives very much in the present: life is a fiesta here and everyone seems to be invited. You might sense it along a crowded, post-midnight street when all the world has come out to play. Or when a flamenco performer touches something deep in your soul.