Spain is renowned for sun and heat, but it is a territory of contrasts where visitors can enjoy different climates. It is true that tourists are attracted by the summer weather, but any time is good to visit Spain because the warm temperatures continue all year round in places such as the Canary Islands. And for those visitors who seek cooler temperatures, the northern of Spain never disappoints. Winter sports lovers can also find snowy environments in different parts of our country.
Spain has a unique heritage and is full of treasures of incalculable artistic, historical and cultural value. Our rich heritage is endorsed by UNESCO and in its World Heritage list; there are more than 45 Spanish cultural and natural gems, such as the cave paintings of the Altamira Cave and the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James). Our country has also more than 15 Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity such as flamenco and Fallas in Valencia. Apart from natural sites, castles, palaces, cathedrals, festivals and traditions, Spain has world-famous and wonderful museums (Prado, Reina Sofía, Guggenheim Bilbao, etc.) and architectural avant-garde examples such as the Guggenheim Museum building, the Agbar Tower of Barcelona, among many others.
Spaniards and visitors enjoy a safe environment in Spain. According to UN data, our country is the sixth safest country in the world and the fourth in the European Union. Moreover, it has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. It is the third safest in the EU and according to the Legatum Properity Index, Spain is the 15th country in the world related to national and personal security.
Forests, deserts, steep mountains, extensive plains, dormant volcanoes, rough seas, beaches with calm waters... Spain offers landscapes full of contrasts where you can find beauty everywhere. In our country, visitors have many options since taking the funicular railway to Teide, climbing to the heart of the Picos, walking the Caminito del Rey, enjoying the colourful Irati forest, the greenery of Ordesa or Garrotxa, being fascinated by the Biosphere Reserves of Doñana or Urdaibai, swimming in the turquoise waters of Menorca to taking a breath in Canary Islands’ beaches.
The Spanish infrastructure network allows you to move around our country quickly and comfortably, whether by car, bus or train, including high-speed railways. And at the same time, Spanish ports and airports are more than enough prepared to receive millions of tourists who decide to visit us every year.
Spain has 195 restaurants with stars in the prestigious Michelin Guide and eleven of them have three stars, the highest category of this guide. This number points out the international recognition of the gastronomy of our country. In addition to haute cuisine, pintxos and tapas are world famous and the traditional recipes are also really appreciated. The secret of our cuisine is varied and high-quality products such as olive oil, cheese, wine, Iberian pork, fish and seafood.
Spain is a real shopping paradise. Clothing, shoes and accessories of national and international designers, haute couture, from large chains, of top brands or from small boutiques. You can also take craftwork, our delicatessen from local gastronomy, visit our flea markets, markets and street markets.
We are a country full of good athletes and the activities around sports occupy an important position in our society. The sports’ “king” is football, as the success of the matches among Spanish League teams, including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. However, basketball, tennis (for instance, Mutua Madrid Open or Conde Godó), motorcycles (circuit of Jerez or Cheste, among others), sailing, surfing, golf, skiing... all of them also have their place in large sporting events.
The best national and international groups and soloists at the moment always have Spain in their concert schedule. Some of the most attractive festivals are Benicàssim (FIB), Bilbao BBK Live, Sónar, Primavera Sound, Mad Cool Festival, Viña Rock, Jazzaldia and Starlite. Nevertheless, we can say that every month of the year, music lovers can come and enjoy a good concert in our country, whatever their style.
In every Spanish town, there is a festivity to celebrate. Some of the best-known events are the festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, the Fallas in Valencia, the Tomatina in Buñol and the April Fair in Seville. There are also other religious events, such as the Holy Week in Andalusia (especially in Seville and Málaga), in Castile and Leon (Valladolid and Zamora), the Misteri d'Elx and the song of the Sibilla in Mallorca, the latter two declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.