Spain is among the most visited countries in the world by tourists, the country is a treasure chest of art, history, languages, folklore, and natural beauty of the most comprehensive and fascinating of the European continent. Spain retains city of great charm as the capital Madrid, which stands in the center of the country and has important monuments and museums of world importance such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art.
Another place of great charm is the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain’s industrial engine, is a bustling, cosmopolitan city, with monuments ranging from the Middle Ages to modern art from the Gothic Quarter to the works of Antoni Gaudí, whose most famous work is the cathedral of the Sagrada Familia.
Among the cities that in recent years have seen a great development of tourism is certainly Valencia, located in front of the Balearic Islands, the city due to a wise development of its culture and the enhancement of its heritage has become a very popular tourist destination.
Spain is a country that has made tourism one of its main sources of income and in recent decades has become a popular destination of the seaside tourism with its mild climate and the beauty of its coastline and its islands. The development of tourism, however, was often the cause of evildoers building plans they have, in many seaside resorts, compromise the coastal ecosystem.
Among the best known and most famous beach destinations there are the two spanish archipelagos, the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea, between Sardinia and the Spanish coast, and the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco. Other popular seaside resorts are located along the Spanish coast, along the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, in areas like Costa Brava and Costa Dorada in Catalonia, Costa Blanca and Costa del Azahar in Valencia, Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz, Costa Tropical and Costa de Almeria in Andalusia.
Among other cities, there are three important destinations in Andalucia, Seville, Granada, home of the last Muslim kingdom of Spain, and Cordoba, but this region also has some really interesting small towns, some of which are included in the World Heritage sites by UNESCO, such as the Renaissance towns of Úbeda and Baeza, not to mention the characteristic Pueblos Blancos that characterize the countryside between Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera.
In Galicia, the northwestern region of Spain, there is the very popular pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela, in Extremadura are the important archaeological site of Merida and the medieval city of Caceres, on the outskirts of Madrid are to visit the important historic towns of Avila, Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Segovia, with its magnificent Roman aqueduct, and further north Salamanca, Valladolid, Burgos, Bilbao and Zaragoza.
Nature is another aspect to consider during a trip to Spain, the landscapes of the Pyrenees, the Cantabrian Mountains and the Sierra Nevada have nothing to envy to those of the Alps, some areas are preserved as national parks such as the Picos de Europa, in the Cantabrian Mountains, the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido in the Pyrenees, the National Park of Sierra Nevada in Andalusia, and the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. While the barren landscapes of the Meseta Central are another characteristic feature of the Spanish geography. In Andalusia there are important wetlands such as those protected by the Doñana National Park, where you can spot hundreds of species of waterfowl.