Spain or the Kingdom of Spain is a country in Southwestern Europe has territory across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. The continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula and that’s just the beginning, its territory also includes two archipelagos, the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African exclaves of Ceuta Melilla and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera makes Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country that is Morocco. Spanish territory has several other islands. The mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea and to the north and northeast by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay. The west and northwest side shares the borders with Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean respectively.
What makes Spain Special?
Zoya Akhtar’s “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, just kidding. If you’ve watched this movie then you would get my joke. Anyways coming to the series part, the only challenge that one might take as a challenge is the language which in my opinion is also the best thing about Spain, so cut the excuse and get your lazy ass to learn a bit of Spanish though not all Spaniards speak Spanish however no worries when Google translate is there to assist you. In Spain there are four official languages (Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician). Spanish culture greatly influenced modern art from the late 1800, most of us know Pablo Picasso for his extraordinary paintings. Famous Flamenco dance although it’s not a dance form, it’s a musical style, which sometimes include dancing in it. Approximately 60 million tourists go to Spain every year, making it the fourth most visited country.
The best time to visit Spain:
I did a lot of research before putting this and I can tell you that Spain has a mild weather mostly dry so you can visit Spain throughout the year. So no need to stress on the time of the year just go for it.
Most Spanish airports are connected to major cities all around the world. Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca are the most popular international airports. Since the airports are connected to an extensive transport network by train, taxi, bus or metro so find the cheapest one and go for it. Most of them are located less than 20 kilometres from the city centre so you can use your imagination and logic, however do check with the hotels to utilise most of your time and money.
Budget and things to do:
The currency of Spain is Euro and 1 Euro equals to INR 90 approximately and you can expect to spend an average of 100 Euro per day, Hotels in Spain starts from 30 Euro subject to your budget. Public transport in Spain is quite affordable and efficient in most of the cities. In Spain, public bus is operated locally, which means that bus fares are different in different cities. Normally a single ticket costs around €1.40 to €1.60. Though Barcelona is a bit expensive and starts from €2 for a ticket. Some public transport companies in Spain offer special tickets for a certain number of trips.
In Barcelona you can explore Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarters, Park Güell, Tibidabo Amusement park, Casa Milà (La Pedrera), Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum), La Rambla( Barcelona’s Social Hub), Barcelona Cathedral, Amusement Park in Montjuïc, Magic Fountain and many more.
In Madrid visit Buen Retiro Park, Royal Palace of Madrid, Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Puerta del Sol, Parque Warner Madrid, Madrid Río, Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, Market of San Miguel, Casa de Campo, Templo de Debod, Parque de El Capricho.
In Tenerife, Canary Islands you can enjoy Teide National Park, Loro Parque, Parque Natural de Anaga, Siam Park, Basilica of Candelaria, Casa del Vino, Playa de las Américas, Hiking at highest waterfall on Tenerife, Explore the village Masca.
There are so many places that you can visit so make you plan as per your budget. You can certainly communicate with your transport or hotels for it. Majorca, Ibiza famous for parties, Seville, Granada, Valencia are one of the most famous places you can visit and they have so much more to offer.
How to get Visa?
In Spain, getting visa for tourists is quite affordable and easy. The tourist visa is for the people wishing to stay in Spain for a period maximum 3 months and may be applied if the person does not have a guarantor in Spain and buys a tour in a travel agency, or make a booking of tickets and hotel. For adults the visa would cost around €80 and for children below 12 you’ll have to pay around €40. You can go to the tourist visa section of the official website of Spain visa.
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