Spain. The tuneful clicking of castanets in concert with the strumming strings of Spanish guitars and the dashing flair of Flamenco dancers serenade your welcome to the warm Mediterranean culture of Spain. Languish in tropical temperatures with the scent of palm trees gently floating along the white sandy beaches met by the bluest clear ocean views in Southern Spain’s coastal resorts like Marbella, Torremolinos, Alicante, Fuengirola and Malaga where you can almost reach out and touch the Rock Of Gibraltar!
Fall in love with the art and atmosphere of Spain’s capital city of Madrid where so many amazing attractions eagerly await you – The Palacio de Aranjuez, El Plaza Mayor, Puerta Del Sol and Museo Del Prado.
Reveling under Gaudi’s influence, Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, both modern and historical, and yet fiercely Catalan. Gaudi’s architecture is evident all over Barcelona in Park Guell near his home, in his whimsical buildings dotted throughout the city, and in his most famous work, the Sagrada Familia. This neo-Gothic style church is an architectural wonder of the world. The construction is so complicated, work began in 1886, he died in 1926, and the structure is slated for completion in 2030. A museum providing drawings and plaster models about the history from its early beginnings up until the present day, as well as insight into Antoni Gaudi himself, is a wonderful way to more fully appreciate his life’s work. Another famous site, St. Maria del Mar, is the only gothic church in Catalonia to ever be completely finished!
Connected by high speed trains and excellent air links, Barcelona is magnificently accessible. Sip Spain’s signature sangria as you enjoy the authentic taste of tapas – a most relaxing and friendly part of the Spanish lifestyle. The history of tapas can be traced back to the Moorish presence in Spain between the 7th and 15th centuries AD. The Moors had a love for small dishes with exotic ingredients such as peppers, almonds, garlic and saffron.
Tour the fascinating Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. American architect Frank O. Gehry designed this impressive structure in the heart of the city and has become a major icon. The structure is an unusual amalgamation of blocks and curves covered by titanium scales. The vast La Salve Bridge actually passes directly through the building. Little wonder that Spain has become one of Europe’s favorite tourist resorts proudly declaring “Viva Espana”!