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Flights to Spain
Flights to regions in Spain
Spain is located in southwestern Europe, bordering France and Portugal. One of the largest countries in Europe, it boasts diverse landscapes and abundant natural beauty - with its long, sunny coastline, mountain ranges like the Pyrenees and Picos de Europa, dramatic cliffs and idyllic covers on the Mediterranean coves, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful country.
The country is divided into 17 autonomous communities: Aragon, Andalusia, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y Leon, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja and the Valencian Community. Though Spanish is the official language of the country, in some regions other variations such as Catalan, Galician, Basque and Valencian are also spoken.
To get around Spain by public transport is not difficult - efficient networks of trains, buses and boats blanket the entire country. For inter-city commutes, the RENFE trains are one of the best options - they are generally punctual, clean and comfortable. Passengers can choose different classes of travel, from Economy, Comfort to Premier, so train travel is suitable for everyone. For longer distances, the high-speed train Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is recommended; it connects many major cities, including Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Barcelona, Zaragoza and more, and is a fast and efficient way of covering long distances without the high costs or inconvenience of domestic flights.
But if you are heading to smaller towns and villages, buses are the way to go. Numerous buses connect larger cities to smaller towns at reasonable fares, and run every now and then. Otherwise, road trips are also very popular in Spain as the extensive network of highways and roads make driving a breeze. There are also numerous scenic routes that drivers can take on highways along the coast.
What to see and do
If you’re in Spain you cannot miss one of the all-time favourites when it comes to tourist destinations: Barcelona. Few cities can encompass some of the best beaches, sports, shopping, entertainment and dining options in the world all at once, and Barcelona is one of them. Consistently rated amongst the best in all the above arenas, there is something in Barcelona city for just about everyone. Love art and architecture? Antonio Gaudi’s magnificent and eccentric works are scattered all around the city. Big sports fan? Barcelona FC –one of the most prominent and successful football clubs globally –is based here, and you can visit their stadium and museum. For foodies, there is no lack of gastronomic delight in this city that houses some of the best Catalan restaurants and tapas bars in the world. Shopaholic at heart? Take a stroll along the famous Las Ramblas, a lively pedestrian mall lined with merchants selling all sorts of wares, as well as street performers pretending to be statues.
But if you’re looking for a picturesque sandy beach to lay your body upon whilst soaking in much-needed UV rays, you can mosey over to the gorgeous Costa Brava-Girona. Enjoy the scenic walled river city that is Girona, and subsequently making your way over to the famous coastal region of Costa Brava, known for its many beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters and amazing coastal scenery.
Otherwise have a look at the city of Madrid, the home of bullfighting in Spain. There, head over to La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas del Espíritu Santo(a mouthful of a name for a bullring), and watch this cultural sport, practiced over decades in the country, live. Be warned, though –bullfights are not for the faint of heart.
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