Be it it's world-class gourmet, avant-grade artistic treasures or it's bohemian fashion, Spain does everything in style. Just like the assortment of appetizers in it's popular tapas, this West-European country is a happy mesh of many sensibilities coming from different cities and towns. With it's breathtaking landscapes, beautiful countryside and a rugged stretch of coastal regions, Spain is well worth the hype it generates.
Kick off the tour by visiting the elegant Madrid. Some notable attractions to visit while holidaying in the capital are the numerous museums housed in the city such as the Prado museum, Reina Sofia National Art Centre Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, all showcasing exquisite art collection and masterpieces by celebrated artists. These three museums together make the Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid.
Barcelona is the bohemian counterpart to classic Madrid. This beachside metropolis is architecturally very rich for many buildings were designed by the renowned and famous master architect Antoni Gaudi. Some of his popular creations are the Gothic cathedral, Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo - showcasing a fairlytale look, Casa Mila - exhibiting his trademark wavy brick work and colorful tiles and the Parc Guell - park encompasses several beautiful buildings, marvellous tiling and extraordinary stone structures. Stroll around the La Rambla, tree-lined pedestrian mall which runs for 1.2 km (0.75 mi) and find the road packed with sreet musicians, living statues and an array of bars and restaurants.
For sun-n-sand, there are many coastal lines providing a variety of beaches housed in numerous indulgent resort towns. The posh and affluent Mediterranean holiday retreat of Marbella in Coasta del Sol is a favorite among the rich and the famous. Be sure to head over to the world-famous marina - Puerto Banus and hire a luxurious private yacht to sail around the deep-blue waters. Due to gentle weather conditions, beautiful sandy beaches and a popular location for filming movies, the coastal area of Costa Brava are a hit with the tourists. Those who want to party and let their hair down can head over to Ibiza for the resort town is famously known for it's sparkling nightlife apart from the long stretches of beaches to lounge around.
Spain is big on festivals. If you visit the country in early July, then be sure to head over to Pamplona to experience the festival of the Running of the Bulls, that involves running in front of several dozen bulls that have been let loose. Love tomatoes? Spaniards sure know how to take their love for tomatoes to a new level with the La Tomatina festival held annually the Valencian town of Bunol. Participants throw tomatoes at each other and engage in tomato fights for fun. It usually occurs in the last week of August. Then there's the traditional Baby Jumping festival where grown men dressed as the devil jump over babies born in the last one year who are laid on the mattresses in the street.
Representing Islam, the Mezquita mosque in Cordoba is one of the biggest in the world and is a classic embodiment of Moorish architecture. Don't forget to visit one of the most important tourist landmarks - Alhambra palaces overlooking the majestic city of Granada. To stop at the architecturally-rich Guggenheim Museum, you have to visit the grand metropolis of Bilbao. When in Seville, be sure to visit the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the planet. Not everything is limited to cities for climbing the snow-capped peaks of Pyrenees or to go scuba diving in the Medes Islands is fun as well.
Spain is no stranger to sprawling shopping complexes and designer outlets, found in big cities. But there are plenty of flea markets and local bazaars as well for traditional goods that are affordable. When it comes to cuisine, this country is right at the top with it's tempting and mouth-watering delicacies. Be sure to gorge on the lip-smackingly tasty Tapas (assortment of appetizers) in bars housed in the country. Local dishes such as cocido madrileno - popular beef-and-vegetable stew or toritlla de patata - delicious potato omelet can be ordered from any of the restaurants in the nation.
Spain has abundant stay options which caters to the richie-rich with an array of the best luxury hotels and expensive private apartments as well as houses numerous cheap and comfortable accommodations for the budget tourists who are particular about how much cash they are willing to splurge.
Spain experiences Mediterranean climate characterized by warm and dry summers. The best time to visit the country would be just after summer, from September to November for the weather is pleasant during that time of the year.