Sunny and cheerful Spain awaits tourists on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, ski resorts, and winter holidays in Tenerife.
I need Spain is the slogan of the National Tourism Office of Spain, and only an inveterate egoist will disagree with this statement. Let’s justify: we need the beautiful sandy beaches of Canar, the best resort in Spain – this time. In the most delicious ham in the world and paradise ambrosia – sangria (how else to glorify Spain, if not with a glass in hand!) – very much even, these are two. In the shot of castanets and heels, the whirlwind of polka-dot frills, and the passionate screams of the flamenco cantors that Spain gave to the world, there are no doubt three. In all these phantasmagorias, such as running clocks and scaly drainpipes (oh, Spain is a big inventor) – how! Is four. Let’s add here all sorts of pleasant little things, such as an inexpensive and at the same time quite serious “alpine ski”, according to which Spain, without looking, “makes” the promoted Alps, varied nightlife and the opportunity to buy things from the catwalk at an outlet price – Spain is reasonably proud of the largest and cheap shopping villages. An additional bonus, which Spain has prudently prepared for tourists, is that a “public” Schengen visa is needed here, which allows you to look for a day or two to your neighbors in Europe without any extra hassle.
Cities and Resorts
Spain is a diverse and multifaceted country, even officially it is divided into autonomous regions. Catalonia, which has not lost hope of secession from the country for many years, is famous for its capital, Barcelona, with its city beaches and Gaudi architecture.
The southern region – Andalusia – is considered the most “Spanish” Spain. Here you can see bullfighting banned in Catalonia, flamenco, and ancient distinctive Spanish cities with history: Seville, Granada, and the birthplace of Antonio Banderas – Malaga.
Valencia is famous for its widest sandy beaches in the country, as well as for its authentic paella with beans. Well, in the Basque Country, you should definitely visit Bilbao with its museums and restaurants, beach-surfer San Sebastian, and small port towns on the coast, where other tourists rarely get.
The skillful gaze of a meteorologist divides mainland Spain into three distinct climatic zones at once. The north of the country (from Galicia to Catalonia) is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean: there are mild, wet winters and moderately warm summers. The southeast coast (Andalusia and Extremadura) is, of course, a Mediterranean climate with very mild, short winters and dry, hot summers. Little precipitation occurs mainly in autumn and winter. Summer in the seaside Spain is usually around +25 … + 32 ° С, the swimming season lasts from June to October. Finally, on the central plateau of the country, the climate is sharply continental, with a noticeable difference (sometimes up to 15 ° C) between day and night temperatures. Summers are hot and dry, winters are dry and cold.
As for the Canary archipelago, the climate is warm, mild, and very stable. The average annual temperature is +20 ° C without intense heat even at the height of summer, the water is warm all year round.
Visa and Customs
You cannot bring cash and bank checks in excess of EUR 10,000 into Spain without a declaration. There are restrictions on the import of alcohol and tobacco – you can bring no more than 1 liter of spirits, 10 packs of cigarettes. Those who bring gifts to compatriots living in Spain should remember that no more than 250 g of sturgeon caviar and 5 kg of any fish are allowed to be exported from Russia.
How to Get to
There are over 40 airports dotted across mainland Spain and the islands, many of which have regularly scheduled external flights as well as internal flights. The largest airports are those of Madrid Barajas and Barcelona El Prat which have the most frequent flights in and out of the country.
Low-cost airlines operate daily internal flights which usually take no longer than two hours depending on the distance traveled (excluding flights to the Canary Islands). Vueling is the low-cost branch of Iberia Airlines and often offers good value tickets on internal flights.