With the second largest tourism industry in the world, Spain has plenty to offer any visitors to the country, which includes the mainland of Spain, as well as the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. Here is a brief overview of what people can expect when they go on holidays to Spain.
The national language is Spanish, and generally natives appreciate it when tourists try to speak Spanish in shops and restaurants. Other officially recognised Spanish languages include Basque, Catalan and Galician.
The warm weather and sandy beaches of Spain’s many islands and its long and beautiful Mediterranean coast draw tourists from around the world. Visitors can expect friendly atmosphere, lively entertainment and glorious sunshine throughout the summer months. The many hills and mountains offer amazing views, and provide great opportunities for walking, cycling and horse riding. Snorkeling, diving, and other water sports are in abundance, and Ibiza’s nightlife is world-renowned.
Popular inland destinations include cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, where visitors can marvel at stunning architecture, and drink in Spain’s rich culture. From the power and agility of bull fighting to the beauty and music of flamenco dancing, Spanish entertainment has something for everyone. Ancient side streets contrast strongly with contemporary, air-conditioned buildings, and Spanish history and art is showcased in many galleries and museums.
From high-end designer outlets to winding arrays of market stalls, shopping in Spain is a must-do activity. In high street shops, the price you see is the price you pay, as VAT is already included. Most markets welcome haggling for prices, but beware of counterfeit items. Remember that many stores may close in the afternoon for siesta. The currency used is the Euro.
If you plan to go on holidays to Spain, be sure to sample some of the local cuisine. The most popular dish is paella, a delicious combination of rice and seafood. Diet also features cold soups, such as gazpacho, meats including Spanish ham and chorizo, and hard cheeses like Manchego. Wash down your meals with Spanish red wines and beers enjoyed responsibly.
For those holiday makers who like to enjoy a home away from home, many of Spain’s tourist resorts hold English and Irish bars with familiar brews, snacks, and even sports coverage. It is also possible to find English speaking hotels and restaurants that cater for those language-shy visitors, so anyone can enjoy Spain as the ideal holiday location.