With a varied and distinguished history of over two thousand years, Spain has many charms for the tourists. Its geographical position has made it a repository of conflicting claims and is reflected in the art and architecture of the land. There are nearly 40 UN approved Heritage sites in Spain. Plenty of sight seeing, learning, relaxing centres are available in many great cities of Spain like Madrid, Zaragoza, Malaga, Seville, Barcelona and Las Palmas. People are predominantly Christian and in the recent centuries religious amity is the order of the day, though there is a tendency to declare no-adherence to any particular denomination of religious sect.
Of great significance is the architectural grandeur of Spain dating back from the very earliest times. We have in Menarca remains of Stone Ages. Even the Iberian and Celtic architectural specimens are of great interest. There are fine representative structures of Roman period still adorning many parts of Spain. Spain fell in love with Roman style of beauty and the representations in Merida, Sagunta and Toledo are breath-taking. The remains of Asturian architecture are all appreciated by travellers from all over the world.
The impact of Islamic interaction can be seen in a number of Mosques, often evoking great admiration for their sense of style and grace .The Caliphate of Caradoba has enriched Spain with Great Mosque. The wave of Islamic invasions left indelible marks on the landscape of the place with distinct styles of mosques and other public buildings scattered throughout Spain.
The efflorescent impact of Renaissance naturally was naturally felt all over Spain in the new grand structures. The palace of Charles V in Granada is very unique. The Royal Monastery at El Escorial along with specimens of Baroque period like Royal palace of Madrid is splendid sights. The later day show pieces find representation in Prado Museum.
In Madrid, Palma and Catalonia there are great museums giving us an insight into the growth of culture and traditions of the land. The whole of Europe is noted for its great museums and Spain is no exception. Apart from general museums, there are specific areas too which hold the attraction of the tourists. It is estimated that there are more than 1,400 fine museums to satiate your intellectual and artistic curiosity.
The national natural gardens in Spain evoke our admiration. The Doria Casilda Park at Bilbao, Turia Gardens, Valencia and gardens at Caceres and Ekhe are great centres where we are lost in the grace of nature. Adjascent to these gardens in the cities there are museums, restaurants and other centres of recreation as well.
The extravagent diversion in the form of enjoyment of nature is also pronounced in Spain. The fine beaches, mountain resorts, admirable holiday sites near great lakes, navigable rivers, fine trekking places are a source of delight to the tourists. One is simply lost in the choice available in many forms of natural wonders.
Throughout Spain one does not have to worry about transport or accomodation. From the classic comforts of star hotels to the budget hotels hospitality beacons the tourists everywhere. There are convenient modes of transport available to individuals, families or groups of tourist categories.
Food and wine are equally to be cherished in Spain. The needs and tastes of the tourists are abundantly taken care of. Apart from relishing the local recipes, all varieties of food are also available at reasonable expense. Sports activities, musical and dance programmes take care of the leisurely hours.
Spain scintillates you in many respects. A well spent holiday in Spain will be nostalgically remembered for many years.