'Fiesta in the sun'
Mediterranean beaches, sangria in the sun and paella by the plateful.
Southern Spain has long been a popular place, but tourists are
increasingly turning to the fascinations of another Spain, far removed
from the high-rise developments lining the Costa del Sol.
Spain is a treasure chest of unforgettable scenery. Separating Spain
from France, the snow-capped Pyrenees, as well as breathtaking views,
offer resorts like La Molina and Panticosa with plenty of opportunities
for skiing. In the north, the winding rivers and lush, green forests of
Galicia present a picture not usually associated with Spain, and in
complete contrast to the Moorish influenced south, Galician culture
traces its routes to a Celtic origin. Everywhere are reminders of
Spain's rich and varied past, from the Alhambra in Granada to Don
Quixote's windmills in La Mancha.
Old mixes with new in cities such as Toledo, Barcelona, Salamanca, and
the capital Madrid, as celebrated museums, galleries and Baroque
churches rub shoulders with blaring bars and thumping discos.
What will never change is the Spaniards' passion for partying. Snack on
tapas as you skip from bar to bar, before heading off to enjoy Spain's
infamous nightlife. Then revitalise the senses - Spain's cultural
heritage brims with flamenco, painting, opera, literature, sport,
bullfighting and flamboyant, colourful fiestas.
Bargains abound amid intense airline competition, so there has never
been a better time to visit Spain. Just soak up the atmosphere - you
won't be disappointed.