Spain: It’s not all about siestas and fiestas, but if you were asked to sum up this colourful country in a nutshell, you can bet these would be high on your list. Along with castanets and the claps of flamenco dancers, of course. They capture the essence of Spain down to a T. Whether you want to discover buzzing cities or are seeking rustic Spain up close and personal, you'll fall in love in love with this lively, yet delightfully laid-back country.
Spain as a holiday destination
For most of us, holidays to Spain are all about beaches but increasingly; foreign visitors are being drawn by its rich cultural heritage and spectacular countryside. Andalucía is a heady mix of guitars and flamenco, matadors and fiesta, where whitewashed hill villages contrast with grand Moorish palaces. Madrid, Europe's highest capital city, is situated in Central Spain - a land of castles, mountains and rich rolling plains.
For many, the reason they come to Spain is because of the weather. Northern Europeans flock to Spain to lie on Spain's famous beaches with supposedly guaranteed sun all day, every day. Spain's weather isn't as simple as that. Spain is a big country, and the climate varies greatly. It is true that in the summer it will be sunny. The winter is a lot milder, yes, but contrary to popular belief, it does rain now and then.
With over 5000 miles of coastline, Spain is world-renowned for its beaches. It doesn`t matter whether you choose the mainland’s Costa Dorada, Costa Blanca, Almeria, Costa del Sol or the Balearics and the Canary Islands - the beaches are stunning.
Spanish culture is a European culture based on a variety of historical influences, primarily that of Ancient Rome, but also the pre-Roman Celtic and Iberian culture, and that of the Phoenicians and of the Moorish 900 year of rule. In the areas of language and religion, the Ancient Romans left a lasting legacy. The subsequent course of Spanish history added other elements to the country's culture and traditions. Spain has the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, with a total of 44.
Spanish cuisine is rich in seafood and cured meats, such as chorizo and Serrano hams. Paella is one of the most common dishes, and so is cocido, a meat and chick-pea stew. You must try tapas – a selection of small snacks served in social (often wine-drenched) situations.
Golf in Spain
If golf is your thing, then Spain is your destination. Spain is synonymous with golf. It is a top destination for lovers of the sport, whatever your level or handicap. Take note, get your clubs ready, and come to Spain as soon as you can - it is the ideal place for you to play your favourite sport for many different reasons.
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