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Spain overview

Tourism, today, is one of the mainstays of the economy of Spain. In previous decades was promoted almost exclusively on sun and beach tourism, which contributed to (and contribute) significantly warmer weather and sunny as that of other European countries. When going to Spain, there is nothing better for transportation that car hire in Spain, even more if our planning include exploring the surroundings...belive it, for some popular destinations like Mallorca or Andalucia, our own vehicle is a must.

Spain climate

Summer temperatures often vary between 20 and 40 degrees and many regions have more than 300 days of sunshine a year, generally dry summers. Many coastal towns, especially in Valencia, Malaga, Murcia and Alicante, are lined with hotels, restaurants and apartments next to the beach, making of the coastal towns the most popular desired destinations in Spain for those who enjoy the sun and the beaches.

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Northern of Spain has a cooler and wetter climate. Many Spanish and foreigners are attracted to the Camino de Santiago or the festival of San Fermin. There are many cliffs, but also quiet and secluded beaches. Rural tourism in these regions is an alternative to the main tourist attractions of southern Spain (sun and beach). The main cause of tourism in the north of Spain is the beauty of the geography and the varied and rich gastronomy.

Spanish cuisine

Spanish cuisine is wide and varied, with typical dishes such as paella, cocido madrileño, Iberian ham, seafood and Galician seafood and tapas. Olive oil, of which Spain is the largest producer, is used in a variety of dishes and is very popular in other countries.

In recent years there has been increasing interest in cultural tourism in Spain.

Spain Monuments

Spain has, along with Italy, the largest number of sites declared World Heritage by UNESCO in the world, bringing the total to 41. In addition, thirteen Spanish cities will bear the title of World Heritage Cities by UNESCO also among those included: Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca, Avila, Segovia, Alcala de Henares, Toledo, Merida, San Cristobal de la Laguna , Cordoba, Ibiza, Tarragona Cuenca, making Spain the country with more cities awarded this distinction.

Sun and beach holidays in Spain

Catalonia is the first tourist destination in Spain. The 15 million foreign tourists received in 2006 represent 25.7% of total arrivals recorded in Spain.

The second tourist destination in Spain are the Balearic Islands, which received 10.1 million tourists this year.

The Canary Islands with 9.6 million foreign tourists, are the third destination, followed by Andalusia (Malaga), which reached 8.5 million, Valencia (Alicante), with 5.5 million and the Community of Madrid, with 3, 9 million.

Costa Tropical, Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz or Costa Blanca are some of the most popular tourist destinations on the Mediterranean sea.

Spain location

Located in Western Europe, occupying most of the Iberian peninsula and beyond, two archipelagos (the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean) and two cities, Ceuta and Melilla, in North Africa.

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