Spain is often considered to be a continent-worth of variety in one country of a manageable size. Don’t underestimate the size of this country. It is one of the largest countries in Europe and ranks number 15 in the world. It is something like 504,782 sq km (CIA Fact web site).

Richly varied in its geography, climate and culture, Spain offers something for everyone. From the verdant hills and rocky coasts of Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria to the tropical splendours of the Balearic Islands or the Mar Menor, any time of year is the right time to visit this fascinating country.

 

Cultural influences in Spain are equally diverse - Greeks and Romans, Arabs (Moors), Gypsies, Jews, Basques and Celts have all left an indelible imprint on the art, architecture, music and gastronomy of Spain.

 

Whether you have only enough time to visit the easily accessed cities of Barcelona and Madrid or you take advantage of an opportunity to go off the beaten track to visit the smaller towns, Spain will not disappoint you. Be sure to look into staying at one of Spain’s " Paradores " .If you feel more adventurous in you accommodation needs then nothing can beat a Casa Rural (Bed and Breakfasts). There are literally 1000s and 1000s of them dotted all over the countryside. Most are run by families and you will be made to feel welcome into their homes. Both of these types of accommodations offer charming alternatives to chain hotels and hostels.