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Ernest Hemingway allegedly once quipped: “If you visit only one foreign country in your lifetime, make it Spain.” When you take this country’s magnificent culture, warm climate and friendly people into account, these words certainly ring true, and those considering relocating to this fantastic country will soon find themselves saying similar things to their friends and families.
Sights and Attractions
From its exquisite cuisine to its vibrant cities, Spain certainly has a lot to offer. History buffs can explore the ancient Roman ruins of Córdoba or Andalusia's white-washed villages. More modern sites such as the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao are also must-visit locations, and really help to highlight the contrast between old and new in this magnificent country.
If a vibrant nightlife is what you seek, the world-famous party island of Ibiza attracts hordes of revellers and holidaymakers every year. Be warned, though, the party town of San Antonio is certainly not for the faint of heart!
The regions in Spain are all vastly different; exploring each one is an adventure on its own. Not only can you find miles of beautiful coastline to soak in – the turquoise seas of Menorca are particularly noteworthy – you can also unearth glaciers in Aneto, deserts in Almeria, volcanoes in Lanzarote, as well as mountains and marshes.
Adrenaline junkies looking for a cooler climate are well catered for. The Sierra Nevada and the Spanish Pyrenees allow visitors to launch down its ski slopes, which tend to be open from December until April.
Restaurants and Cafes
If fine food is what you are after, Spain will certainly not disappoint. Foodies will be able to sample mouth-watering cuisine not only from some brilliant five-star restaurants, but also from the expansive street markets that can be found around the country. La Boqueria in Barcelona is one example of such a market, serving up a huge range of fresh fruit and produce, as well as hot meals that are cooked right in front of your eyes. Visitors to La Boqueria will need to prepare themselves for the huge crowds of tourists that pack the famous market out on a daily basis!
Tapas is another example of Spanish cuisine that should not be missed. Take some time to wander along the narrow alleyways of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and you will find countless Tapas bars offering all sorts of tasty morsels. Be sure to keep a hold of the toothpicks that come with these tasty snacks – as you will need them when the time to settle the bill eventually comes around.
If you have a penchant for shopping, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Costa Blanca, and Granada are great locations for retail therapy. Madrid is iconic for its fashion and Barcelona hosts impressive food markets, but both cities offer unique boutiques selling artisan creations and have a number of modern shopping malls.
Madrid, in particular, is a great location to head if the latest designer trends are what you seek. Seeing as Madrid is considered to be one of the fashion capitals of the world, shoppers will no doubt be surprised to find that a large number of Europe's leading fashion houses have a presence in this bustling city. Labels like Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Hugo Boss all have stores in Madrid and will no doubt appeal to those shoppers who appreciate the finer things in life.
An excellent travel infrastructure and a network of international airports allow travellers to explore Spain hassle-free.
Although flying is the most expensive method of transportation, it is convenient and quick. Whether it's for international or domestic travel, there are airports throughout Spain to accommodate all travelling needs.
Trains offer travellers the opportunity to get around Spain in a more relaxed and scenic manner. Book a first-class train ticket and sit back and relax while you take in the immense beauty of the Spanish countryside. Travelling by train certainly makes for a more memorable experience than travelling by plane – even if it does take a bit longer!
As you would expect from a modern European country, most big cities in Spain also have reliable public transport systems in place. These will normally comprise of a metro system providing quick transport from one end of the city to the other, as well as extensive bus networks for those short distance journeys within the city.
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