Spain

Country Facts

Hot-blooded Spain has produced some of the world's greatest painters, sculptors and architects. Blessed with immense natural beauty, the beaches, islands, sierras, mountains and fjord-like rias, offer nature enthusiasts as much as the festivals, tapas bars, museums, medieval castles and discos offer the hedonist. Witness a fiery Flamenco, get splattered at the tomato festival, luxuriate in a languid siesta, sip sangria by the beach, go bargain-hunting at a flea market or party the night away at a disco. To get under Spanish skin read Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', watch movies by director Pedro Almodovar and listen to the sounds of Paco de Lucia's guitar.

  • Capital: Madrid
  • Official Languages: Spanish
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: +1:00 GMT (4 ½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0034

When To Go

Best time to visit: May, June and September all over, and April and October in the south. The highest monthly average high in Spain is 33°C in July and lowest monthly average is 0°C in January. July and August is hottest, when temperatures can climb to 45°C. Though it is mostly sunny all over, there are huge contrasts in weather throughout, depending on altitude and proximity to the sea. Coastal areas are mild but the interior gets cold and snowy.

What To Do

Seafood along the coast and meatier dishes in the interiors, Spaniards love their tapas with beer or wine. The variety comes from regional, cultural and climatic variations. And the healthy, fresh ingredients added to a make-over by revolutionary chefs has made Spanish cuisine the in thing in world-wide culinary circles.


What to eat and drink
  • Gazpacho: Cold bread and tomato soup
  • Paella: A rice-based seafood dish
  • Fabada asturiana: A white, bean-based stew
  • Tortilla de patata: A potato omlette
  • Sausages such as embutidos, chorizo, and morcilla
  • Jamón serrano: Dry, cured mountain ham served raw and thinly sliced
  • Arroz con leche: Rice pudding with milk, sugar, cinnamon and lemon
  • Turrón: A nougat made of honey, sugar, and egg white and toasted almonds
Shopping

A Picasso print, a sculpture or a relic, a Spanish guitar or traditional music CD, red wine, Almodovar's movies, a traditional dress.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

Attractions

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