It is the most southwestern country of Europe and due to its geographical location, popular and diverse landscapes, enjoys a very mild climate almost all year around. The Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
Its historic legacy, vibrant culture, excellent infrastructure and its warm and dry Mediterranean climate has made Spain an international tourist attraction.
With Its geographical and historical diversity, Spain is known for its vast artistic influence due to such great painters as El Greco, Velasquez, Goya and in the modern era Pablo Picasso, Salvator Dalí and Joan Miró.
Spanish cuisine reflects its deep Mediterranean roots, heavily influenced by seafood which is readily available from the waters that surround the country.
Madrid, the capital and its many beautiful parks, has numerous artistic attractions, thanks to the imprint left by many civilizations over the centuries. The Prado Museum in central Madrid features one of the world finest collection of European art from the 12th to the 19th century.
Barcelona, the second largest city of Spain, with La Rambla, its main avenue connecting the center of the city to the port, famous for the night life which includes live performances of human statues, artists drawing portraits, musicians and food vendors. It is also home to Antoní Gaudi’s famous modern art, the astonishing Sagrada Familia church, Parco Guell, and Casa Milá to name a few.
Other Cities in Spain famous for their artistic and historical legacies are Granada and the Alhambra, its Moorish citadel and gardens. Seville and the Alcazar Palace, Toledo with its extensive heritage of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures. Malaga with the warmest subtropical climate in Europe, Salamanca, Zaragoza all enjoy a diverse historical past.
The major Balearic Islands of Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza are notably famous for being the home of wealthy Europeans who reside there during the winter months.