“Hola Amigos …Cómo estás“. Well, that’s Spanish meaning Hello Friends…How are you? In this blog, we will cover some interesting facts, tourist destinations, culture and much more. So let’s get started with our trip to Spain.
Spain is located in Southern Europe with Spanish as the official language. The official name of the country is the Kingdom of Spain. It has a population of 46 million and around 75 million tourists visited Spain last year making it the 3rd most visited country in the world. Madrid is the capital of Spain and is located at the physical center of the country. Popular tourist destination in Madrid includes Palacio Real, Prado Museum, Retiro Park, Gran Via and much more. Apart from Madrid, other famous tourist cities include Barcelona, Seville, Valencia & Granada.
Spain is home to the world´s largest tomato fight: La Tomatina, which is celebrated every year in Buniol. More than 50 thousand kgs of tomatoes are used during this festival with around 20 thousand people taking part in this event. Another world-famous event in Spain is Running Of Bulls held in Pampelona. A unique event to witness which is held every year in July.
Spain has a coastline of more than 7000 km and has several beach destinations to explore. Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s well known for the lively nightlife, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts.
Canary Islands: Looming volcanoes, prehistoric sites, lush pine forests, lunar landscapes, sandy coves and miles of Sahara-style dunes. Yes, there is much more beyond the Canaries’ seafront.
San Sebastien: It’s impossible to lay eyes on stunning San Sebastián and not fall madly in love. This city is cool and happening by night, charming and well-mannered by day.
The primary religion of the country is roman catholic and if you are in for a religious tour you simply must see: Sagrada Familia, Great Mosque of Cordoba, Santiago de Compostela and the Leon Cathedral
Spain has a rich cultural history. So, if you are a history buff do not miss – The Alhambra, El Escorial and Alcazar of Segovia to name a few.
Football is the country´s most important sport. Spain won its first World Cup football title in 2010. The number one producer of olive oil in the world is Spain producing 44% of the world’s total olive oil production. Spain also has the oldest working lighthouse in the world – the Tower of Hercules also referred as the Corunna Lighthouse.
Euro is the currency of Spain similar to other European countries. You will need a Schengen Visa to enter Spain if you are a non-European citizen.
Accommodation in Spain is pretty cheap when compared to other Western European countries. In hostels, it typically ranges between 15 to 40 Euros per night. Free Wi-Fi is standard and you may also find hostels with free breakfast. Budget hotels begin around 45 Euros per night and there are also good camping sites to explore within Spain.
Food is important in Spain and often a topic of conversation. Spanish cuisine consists of a great variety of dishes which stem from differences in geography, culture, and climate. It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country. Food such as McDonald’s cost around 7 EUR whereas sandwich meals range between 3 to 7 EURs. A good restaurant meal will cost you around 13 EUR. If you plan to cook, a week’s groceries will cost around 25-30 EUR. Spain has the second highest number of bars per inhabitants, the only country that has more bars than Spain is Cyprus.
City metro and bus lines cost 1-3 EUR per trip. Overnight buses are the cheapest inter-city option and cost around 18 EUR. Museums and attractions in Spain cost between 2-14 EUR. Diving on the islands will cost around 45 Euros per dive.So, on an average, a daily budget of 50-70 Euros will keep you well in Spain.
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