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Spain, the colourful land of the flamenco, toreadors, siestas and fiestas, is also home to the unspoilt charm of the green coast, the majestic beauty of the Pyrenees, the vibrant Costas, sun-soaked beaches and the Moorish splendours of Andalucia. So varied are its attractions that it's said you can visit Spain many times, but never experience the same country twice. This Spain travel guide is dedicated to providing tourism and travel information about this popular holiday destination with travel tips and vacation ideas.

Northern Spain

Costa Verde, SpainHugging the picturesque northern coastline, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay, this is the lush, humid region of Spain know as the Costa Verde - the Green Coast. Few areas of Spain enjoy greater natural beauty or more distinct customs and traditions. To the west, follow the ancient pilgrimage trail to the World Heritage City of Santiago de Compostela. Where the mountains of Cantabria and Asturias run down to meet the sea, you will find places such as the fascinating port city of Gijon and Oviedo famous for its outstanding architecture. In the province of Cantabria, the major resort is the delightful seaside town of Laredo with its beautiful sandy beaches. Away from the coast, in the tranquil hinterland, are seldom explored villages set against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks of the Picos de Europe National Park. And to the east are the Pyrenees, where the winter sports are world class.

North-eastern Spain

Catalonia, SpainCatalonia is the most northerly of Spain's Mediterranean regions, with a coastline of pretty pine-backed coves, white-washed fishing ports, medieval walled villages hidden amongst the pine-clad rocky Catalonian mountains, and small hill-top towns that have kept their ancient Catalan character intact. The Mediterranean Sea laps at the endless sandy beaches of the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada, where you will find charming resorts such as Sitges and the unspoilt old town of Tarragona. The region's capital is Barcelona one of the most dynamic and stylish cities in the world, with its uniquely captivating mix of history, culture and architecture.

Levante - Spain

Costa Blanca, SpainWatch the sunrise from the spectacular summit of the 330 metre high Penon de Ifach, a towering granite outcrop on the Calpe shoreline, and you will see why this region has earned the name Levante - land of the rising sun. And this is just one of the superb views that await at every turn along the Costa Blanca. The vibrant seaside resorts are perfect for sun-worshippers - the Costa Blanca is credited with more Blue Flag beaches than anywhere else in Europe, but you are also never far away from Old Spain. The region is rich in historic towns and cities - the medieval fortress town of Peniscola, Castellon de la Plana the province's attractive capital and Alicante dominated by the vast Moorish Santa Barbara Castle. Highlights include Elche, famous for its forest of million palm trees, the eagle's nest village of Guadalest perched high in the mountains and the blue and the white dome of the church at Altea, one of the symbolic images of the Costa Blanca. Benidorm is a resort of contrast. Between the old town and the new modern Benidorm, visitors cab experience traditional Spain and modern Europe. Entertainment varies from cabaret bars to tea dances and discos to bingo and not forgetting the popular Terra Mitica theme park.

Andalucia - Spain

Alhambra, Granada - Andalucia, SpainWhere better to relax than on the fabulous golden beaches of Spain's most southerly region, basking in the Mediterranean sun. But travel beyond the tourist buzz of Almeria, Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz and you will find an even more exotic Andalucia few get to know. From Moorish-styled, white washed villages to undiscovered National Parks and the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, this is Spain at its most charming and traditional. Andalucia is also where you will find the cultural riches of some of the most magical cities and sights in Europe, such as Seville, the capital of Andalucia, famous for its orange trees and wealth of national monuments including the Giralda Tower, the Plaza de Espana and the Sta.Cruz quarter. With its panoramic views of the Sierra Morena Mountains, the beautiful city of Cordoba is much praised for its medieval quarter and narrow streets. Of particular interest is the Mezquita, a great mosque with unique Islamic architecture, justly reckoned to be one of Spain's most fascinating buildings. Granada, one of the undoubted highlights of Andalucia, where you can visit the famous Alhambra, a 14th century Moorish Palace and the historical cathedral. And if all that sightseeing leaves you exhausted, you won't need to look far to find the region's famous food, nightlife and flamenco dancing.

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