Spain

Spain is seen as the ideal holiday country to crash and spend a wild summer holiday. Spain’s location in Europe gives it a nice warm temperature year round. On hearing places like the Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol and the islands Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca many people dream off some thinking back of their last holiday there.

Besides the thriving party scenes Spain also holds a rich culture. Think about the romantic novel Don Quijote, written in the 17th century. The famous artist Pablo Picasso and the magnificent Gaudi who’s monuments are found all over Barcelona. On a more light note Spain can claim to be the inventors of the guitar after a sixth string was added to the Arab lute in 1790.

Spaniards are keen players of football but bullfighting is also considered one of their favourite sports despite continued international pressure to stop. A more fun thing to see is the running of the bulls in Pamplona in July when the bulls chase so called daredevils. The running of the bulls is probably Spain’s most famous festival. Another well know festival is the “La Tomatina” held in Buñol. The surplus of tomatoes harvested in the area is thrown at the crowds who gathered to watch and participate. To see this event make sure you are in Buñol on the last Wednesday in August.

The Spanish cuisine is popular for its saucy and spicy meals made with Latin influences. Meal times are different to most other countries; lunch is eaten between 1.30 – 4.00pm and is considered the main meal of the day, between 10 and 11pm a light evening meal is served.

Down south (especially Andalusie) festivals are held in summer where you can enjoy flamenco dancing listen to guitar music and enjoy a tapa. These festival are enjoyed by locals but travellers are also welcome to join.

Spanish is spoken by over 5% of the world population which makes Spanish the second most spoken language in the world.

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