People in Spain know how to live the good life. On this Mediterranean part of the world people live their life full of passion, or pasión, as Spaniards would say themselves. Whether they are busy relaxing on terraces with the best wine and the tastiest tapas. Or siesta and live tranquilo during the hottest hours of the day. Spain makes its clichés true, but has many surprises in store as well.
The Spanish Cities
Squares with terraces where the Moorish and Renaissance architectural delights make your heart beat faster. Narrow alleys where flamingo music flows out of the bars together with the scent of of chorizo and tetilla cheese. And wide boulevards where the palmtrees are perfectly aligned and where Spanish elderly people sit on benches just to fulfill their time. Spanish cities are both lively and friendly, both cozy and grande. The love that Spaniards feel for the sun and sea is evident from the fact that many large and medium-sized cities are located by the sea, such as Barcelona, Valencia or San Sebastian. But also in the inland cities as Madrid, Seville and Granada people know how to celebrate life. In every city you will find overwhelming old buildings, simple but tasteful tapas bars, and extremely fun flamingo dancebars. There is no Spanish city where that typical Spanish stamp isn’t printed, and yet most of the Spanish cities have an international feel as well. Spaniards love fiesta, and everyone is invited.
Food en drinks in Spain
In Spain they know as the best that food and drinks are primary goods, and they are pretty serious about this. Glass vitrines filled with pink Spanish Pata negra, toasted baguettes witch creamy sheep cheeses and fleshy olives in terra cotta trays. You will find the tapas bars packed with shouting Spaniards on espadrilles at almost every corner of the street. Are you planning a fancy dinner? Then you can choose to visit one of Spain’s many top culinary restaurants awarded with the well-known Michelin star. One way or another, during a trip to Spain, food and drinks will take a central place and your taste buds will celebrate.
Culture and Nature in Spain
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If you just drive by the big cities it’s not hard to surround yourself with the beautiful nature Spain has to offer. Wether these are the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the cinematic green hilly landscapes of the Basque Country, or the stretched beaches on the Costa del Sol. Hikers, cyclists and watersport enthusiasts enjoy the best views anywhere in this country. Nature in Spain lends itself to lazy nature lovers - read: lying on the beach - and for advanced outdoor sporters. Take the breathtaking beaches that both serve people going for a picnic- or lazy day, but also surfers, beach volleybal players and other sport enthusiasts. Those who are looking for a mix between culture and nature travel to Andalusia where beautiful, flat sun-drenched landscapes mix with idyllic small villages and imposing cities where Moorish and Arab influences predominate.