Spain is a prime destination for tourists from every country. Visitors from around the world regularly visit and return to this lush country. A Spain holiday is a memorable event that will be cherished for a lifetime.
One of the greatest factors that make this country so popular with visitors is the variety of attractions and activities. It is a destination with something for every member in your family. Amid the many unique attractions are the number of Blue Flag beaches. In 2007, Spain received more blue flag awards for the quality of their beaches than any other country in Europe.
The prestigious blue flag is only awarded to beaches that maintain a rigorous level of attention to many factors. The beach must observe safety and cleanliness. It is also required to be maintained in an environment friendly manner. Spain's coasts offer 3,000 established beaches.
If swimming is not your sport of choice, dont forget the numerous water sports available. Kayaking, boating, sailing and windsurfing are popular water activities. The visitor is also welcome to any of a host of dry land activities. Other sporting activities popular in Spain include golfing and soccer. Spain also welcomes those daredevils who want a more thrilling vacation experience. Hot air balloons, parasailing and skydiving excursions are available. The Spanish Grand Prix is a hot spot for catching amazing feats of driving skills.
The most famous celebration held annually in Spain is the famous Carnival. The city of Tenerife is famed for their enthusiastic embrace of this joyful time. Tenerife's celebration is rumored to be the largest in all of Europe. Each region of Spain has its own distinct variation on the festivities. Masquerades, dancing, music, dining and pageants are held from dusk until dawn. Some cities prefer to celebrate Carnival with music, while others enjoy wine celebrations and dining on exquisite fare.
Spain has much more to offer if you desire a more informative outing. Visitors can enjoy the many historical monuments and landmarks during their Spain holiday. Historians have the opportunity to explore a lot of this countrys history. Many of the most notable civilizations in history have made their mark in the Spanish countryside. Guests are welcome to explore evidences of the Iberians, Phoenicians and Roman settlements. History buffs can also enjoy the Celtic monuments. Visitors should look for excursions to such attractions as:
* Puente Viesgo (Cantabria)
* Santillana del Mar (Cantabria)
* Benaojan (Malaga)
Each attraction offers a spectacular glimpse into ancient times. The UNESCO, also known as the World Heritage Committee, regularly selects important locations that bear much history. This award promises the area will be protected from the destruction of development. Spain has a list of valuable monuments that will keep visitors intrigued and fascinated.
Art lovers are also amazed to see the number of native artists and their contributions to their respective field. Salvador Dali is a Spanish artist who gained worldwide acclaim for his unique style. Pablo Picasso is yet another brilliant artist of Spain. Major art galleries are available in all major cities. Madrid even offers a walking tour to highlight their reverence for artistry.
Wine tasting excursions are regularly available to many of the numerous vineyards of Spain. These delicious outings can last a few hours or an entire day. Guests are welcome to join any of the day excursions throughout the countryside.
Spain has a unique cuisine which is also a highlight for travelers. A wealth of gourmet restaurants have various hours of operation to suit guests convenience.
A Spain holiday is the ultimate tourist destination for sports enthusiasts and history buffs alike. It is easy to see why so many travel to this beautiful country.