With an area covering more than half a million km2, Spain constitutes the main part of the Iberian peninsula. The landscape varies a lot; from the Pyrenees in the north, to the wonderful beaches along the shores of Spain. Besides the mainland, Spain consists of the cities of Ceuta and Mellilla in North Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. For several decades Spain has been among the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
One of the main attractions when going on holiday in Spain is that you are almost 100% sure that the weather will be warm and sunny. Combine this fact with thousands of kilometres of excellent beaches, palm trees and easy access to warm and azure water and you will know why Spain makes such a great holiday country. On the Spanish mainland, the best known beaches are situated along Costa del Sol, Costa Brava and Costa Blanca. All of them are located along the Mediterranean, so if you are looking for a holiday on the beach, these are definitely worth considering.
The same goes for Spain’s famous holiday islands in the Atlantic, the Canaries. These volcanic islands are so popular that, in spite of the islands’ relatively small size, their airports belong among the busiest in all of Europe. It is no wonder, though, that all of these visitors wish to enjoy the wonderful climate and the beaches along Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, which also offer trips through a landscape, which is distinctly characterized by volcanic activity. In fact, the highest point in Spain, and the third largest volcano in the world, Mount Teide, is located in the middle of Tenerife.
In the Mediterranean, the islands of Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera constitute the most important part of the Balearic Islands. Majorca is particularly popular among tourists, and has in fact been so since the beginning of package tourism in the 1950’s. Several bays along the shoreline, notably in the north eastern part of the islands offer excellent beaches. The geographic conditions means that the water is quite placid, as it is shielded by the island itself as well as by isthmuses, stretching into the sea.
Back on the Spanish mainland, the southernmost province of Andalusia, is also a popular destination. Its capital city, Seville, is a financial and cultural centre, which offers a lot of opportunities. Visitors can easily spend several days in the city centre, which features an exciting mixture of buildings. The “Adriática”, completed in 1922 and the Alamillo Bridge which was finished in time for the 1992 World Expo, are just a couple of examples.
The Alhambra Palace in the city of Granada was once the capital of the Muslim rulers of southern Spain. Nowadays, the red palace ranks as one of Spain’s major attractions, as the centuries old Islamic architecture have been preserved. The Alhambra Palace, The Generalife Palace and the city district of Albazín have been declared a World Heritage Site – and you should really go there to see for yourself, if you’re spending your holiday nearby.