Overview of Spain

 

It may sometimes feel as though budget airlines have turned Spain into a mass-market beach resort for northern Europeans escaping the cold and damp – though, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Let our luxury Travel Managers for Spain bring this intriguing and enticing country to life for you, in all its vibrant glory. We can show you how Spain is so much more than a travel destination – it’s a way of thinking and a way of being. Spain is a way of life.

The country's many attractions and landscapes are infused with the warm welcome of the diverse people, and the highly valued laid-back lifestyle that the Spaniards have perfected.

Comprised of numerous autonomous, widely varied regions, Spain has come to mean many things to many people. From the heartlands of the country to the outlying Balearic and Canary Islands, Spain contains countless magical, unspoilt corners awaiting discovery.

The hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline provide ample opportunity to get off the beaten track, while the vibrant cities and colourful festivals provide plenty of invitations to get into the groove.

There is culture aplenty – from delicate tapas to foot-stomping flamenco – with masterpieces to marvel at in Spain’s streets and museums. Where would you like to start? With Gaudi or Dali? With Picasso, Goya or Velazquez?

The fun is far from all beach games. Pamplona provides thrills and excitement as its streets reverberate to the thunderous rhythms of both man and beast during the annual running of the bulls. Over in Buñol it is tomatoes that cause the mayhem, as the harvest is celebrated by an almost orchestrated riot. February’s Carnaval is celebrated all over the country, but nowhere with such aplomb as at Sitges.

Barcelona is Spain's showcase for the curvaceous, modernist architecture of Gaudi and an exquisite hub of cultured pleasures. Elsewhere there is a rich heritage on display in the historic cities of Toledo, Salamanca, Seville and Granada. Spain has six cities that have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites, more than any other country in the world.

Climate

Spain is extremely hot during mid-summer, in July and August, when the temperature in inland Madrid averages 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). In the winter months of December-February, the average temperature in the capital city falls to around 7 degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit)

The climate is generally temperate in the north, but remains warm in the south.  The best time to visit is during spring or autumn, except for on the Atlantic coast, which has heavy rains in October and November.

Language

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in regional areas of Spain.

Passport Visa

Spain is a member of the European Union. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Non-EU nationals must hold a return or onward ticket and sufficient funds.

Safety

Generally, safety is not too much of a problem for tourists in Spain. However, the Basque separatists, ETA, have been responsible for numerous bomb explosions across Spain and there is a potential risk of international terrorism, as in other countries. The risk to tourists is considered to be low.

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For all your high-end, bespoke leisure and corporate travel needs to Spain, contact our Travel Managers on 0203 535 9290 or info@simplexitytravel.com today. 

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