Visiting Spain

Visiting Spain

Spain is the second country in the world and the first in Europe in revenues from tourism.
Spain is the second country in the world and the first in Europe in revenues from tourism.

 

Tradition, modernity, culture, gastronomy, nature, fun, shopping ... the best country to visit

Spain is a country with great attractions and much to offer visitors. In fact, it is the second country in the world and the first in Europe in revenues from tourism.  

Weather

The three thousands of sunlight hours enjoyed in Spain make our country one of the warmest in Europe. However, there are differences between the south, warmer and drier, and the north, more humid and rainy. Even in the Canary Islands, we can enjoy a sub-tropical weather. If you are going to visit our country, do not forget to check the weather forecast through the website of the State Meteorology Agency (AEMET).

Safety

Spaniards and visitors enjoy a safe environment Spain is, according to UN data, the sixth safest country in the world and the fourth in the European Union. Spaniards have a respectful and friendly character that makes foreigners integrate quickly and easily.

Emergency telephone numbers: 112

Mobility

Spain is among the ten countries in the world with highest quality in its infrastructure network, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 of the World Economic Forum. Our country ranks first in terms of number of freeways and highways, remarkable for its high quality. Spanish network infrastucture is one of the best in the world

It is the second country in the world and the first in Europe in High Speed and it has the most modern and technologically advanced fleet of trains in the continent. Furthermore, it is the third country in air traffic passengers in Europe. It also has an excellent port infrastructure network, with 46 ports on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and 3 ports in the top 15 in Europe: Valencia, Algeciras and Barcelona.

 Artistic and cultural heritage

Spain has a unique cultural heritage, resulting from the coexistence of different civilisations during centuries, expressed in disciplines such as painting,  sculpture,  architecture,  literature or  music. Furthermore, it is the third country with greater number of declarations of UNESCO World Heritage. One of them is the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage route to the Holy Sepulchre of the Apostle Santiago, which annually attracts about 250,000 people worldwide.

Cervantes, Velazquez, Goya, Lope de Vega, Gaudi, Picasso, Miro, de Lucia or Morente, are some of the Spanish artists who have crossed borders, displaying the Spanish artistic heritage around the world.

Spain has also a wonderful museums network to admire the works of Spanish and universal artists.

Natural Heritage

The Garajonay National Park, the Doñana Marshes, the Pyrenees or the Teide Spain is the country of the EU with the greatest  biodiversityNational Park are some examples of our rich natural heritage. Furthermore, Spain is the country of the European Union with greatest biodiversity, with 45 biosphere reserves recognized by UNESCO.

To take care of natural treasures, Spain has a wide network of protected areas. The Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) ensures, among other things, that the sustainability of our environment is maintained.

Celebrations and traditions

Due to our cheerful and passionate character, celebrations are an important part in our life. Spain has a wide range of traditions and celebrations, that every village, every town get back every year. Learn about them: Celebrations in Spain.

Calendar of working days and holidays by town

Gastronomy

Spain is one of the world referents of fine cuisine and one of the European countries with more Michelin stars. Juan Mari Arzak, Ferran Adria, Carme Ruscalleda, David Muñoz or the Roca brothers are some of the great Spanish chefs internationally recognized.Spain is a world referent in gastronomy

Gastronomy is an asset in Spanish economy and it has spread to other fields related to innovation and research. Examples of it are the Basque Culinary Centre and the Bulli Foundation.

If you need information on restaurants throughout Spain and to book tables easily, visit El Reservon. If you want to know more about our Spanish gastronomy do not miss the site of Cuchara Española.

Shopping

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, visit our flea markets, markets and street markets.

Sport events

In Spain football occupies an important position, but there are dozens of sporting disciplines that have many fans. Except in summer, football matches are held every week, but if your sport is other, check the calendar of sport events.