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Spain - tourist guide for holidays

Spain is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Spain is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Spain - the best places to see

Spain If you compare Spain with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Madrid (busy capital - famous Plaza Mayor + Puerta del Sol + gallery Prado etc.)
  • Barcelona (See the gothic quarter + architecture of Antoni Gaudi)
  • El Escorial (monumental palace of Philip II.)
  • Toledo city (christian + jew + muslim culture)
  • mountain monastery Montserrat
  • Figueras (museum of Salvador Dali)
  • watering place L´Estartit + Las Medas islands
  • Costa Brava coast
  • Zaragoza city
  • Granada city (arabian palace Alhambra)
  • Cordoba
  • Sevilla (Golden tower + Alcazar)
  • Gibraltar

Spain - useful information

Religion:
~ Roman Catholic: 80 %
~ Muslim: 2.5 %
~ other: 17.5 %
Religion - Spain
Spain: flagCapital: Madrid
Area: 504,782 km2
Number of inhabitants: 46,754,000
Currency: euro, EUR, €
Language: Spanish
Time zone: GMT+1 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +34
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places, english at inhabitants - medium
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 230 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Spain

Spain - Travellers Forum

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  Beaches
If you mention beaches in Spain do not forget to La Concha - it is said to be one of the nicest city beaches in Spain, maybe even in Europe. It is in the north-east corner of Spain, not far from the border with France. I haven't been there yet but my friends warmly recommend it.
  Stadion Nou Camp
Ahoj, chci se zeptat jestli mi někdo nemůžete podrobně popsat jak se dostanu z přístavu v Barceloně co nejrychleji hromadnou dopravou na Stadion Nou Camp?Jedeme letos lodí po Středomoří a můj 12-ti letý syn velmi touží vidět na vlastní oči tento stadion.A jelikož máme v Barceloně přestávku 6 hodin,t
  potápění
Ahoj, chci se zeptat jedeme do Španěl buď do Tossa de mar nebo na Calellu. Rádi se potápíme a koukáme na hladinu, je na těchto plážích něco vidět? Mušličky, zvířátka a tak? Nevíte? Díky moc za info.
  Gaudí v Barceloně
V Barceloně je neuvěřitelné množství Gaudího staveb a každá je jiná. Vřele doporučuji zastavit se nejprve v Casa Mila la Pedrera v Passeig de Gracia (nad Placa de Catalunya) a tam dole v obchode koupit nebo aspoň prohlédnout některou z map (buď samostatnou nebo v některé z knih) s vyznačenými Gaudíh
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Spain - the map and typical itinerary

Spain - map
Itinerary 1: Madrid (busy capital - famous Plaza Mayor + Puerta del Sol + gallery Prado etc.) + day trip - El Escorial (monumental palace of Philip II.) - days: 2, Toledo city (christian + jew + muslim culture) - days: 1, Cordoba - days: 1, Sevilla (Golden tower + Alcazar) - days: 1, Gibraltar - days: 1, Madrid (busy capital - famous Plaza Mayor + Puerta del Sol + gallery Prado etc.)
Itinerary 2: Barcelona (gothic quarter + architecture of Antoni Gaudi) + mountain monastery Montserrat - days: 2, Figueras (museum of Salvador Dali) + watering place L´Estartit + Las Medas islands - days: 2, Costa Brava coast - relaxation at sea - days: 3, Barcelona (gothic quarter + architecture of Antoni Gaudi)
Itinerary 3: Barcelona (gothic quarter + architecture of Antoni Gaudi) + mountain monastery Montserrat - days: 3, Zaragoza city - days: 1, Madrid (busy capital - famous Plaza Mayor + Puerta del Sol + gallery Prado etc.) + day trip - El Escorial (monumental palace of Philip II.) + day trip - Toledo city (christian + jew + muslim culture) - days: 3
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolSpain is quite an expensive country for tourists. In some seasons and in some areas you can make holidays for a very reasonable price, but generally speaking you should not expect pleasant prices everytime and everywhere. On the contrary - for lower prices you will often get very low quality.
  • Cheap accommodation: $30
  • Medium accommodation: $80
  • Expensive accommodation: $300
  • Cheap meal: $5
  • Medium meal: $13
  • Expensive meal: $55
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Spain on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Spain may have different names in different languages. For example Španělsko, Spanien, L'Espagne, España. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Spain (Spanish: España (help·info), IPA: [es'paña]) or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España), is a country located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish mainland is bordered to the south and east almost entirely by the Mediterranean Sea (except for a tiny land boundary with Gibraltar); to the north by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal. Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco. With an area of 504,030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe (behind France) and with an average altitude of 650 m, the second highest country in Europe (behind Switzerland). Spain is a constitutional monarchy organised as a parliamentary democracy and has been a member of the European Union since 1986. It is a developed country with the eighth largest economy in the world and fifth largest in the EU, based on nominal GDP. The Spanish Constitution of 1978, in its second article, recognises historic entities ("nationalities", a carefully chosen word in order to avoid the more politically charged "nations") and regions, within the context of the Spanish nation. For some people, Spain's identity consists more of an overlap of different regional identities than of a sole Spanish identity. Indeed, some of the regional identities may even conflict with the Spanish one. Distinct ethnic groups within Spain include the Basques, Catalans, and Galicians.
Wikipedia

Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) have given Spain one of the most dynamic economies in Europe and made it a global champion of freedom. Continuing challenges include Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorism, illegal immigration, and slowing economic growth.
CIA The World Factbook
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