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Spain is a diverse country sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. It is the country with the second-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, after Italy, and the largest number of World Heritage Cities. Spain is considered an exotic country in Europe due to its friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyle, its cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and world-famous folklore and festivities. Among many places worth visiting are Spain's thriving capital Madrid, the vibrant coastal city of Barcelona, the famous "Running of the Bulls" at Pamplona, major Andalucian cities with Moorish architecture, like Seville, Granada and Córdoba, the Way of St. James and the idyllic Balearic and Canary Islands. Spain is the country with the 2nd largest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites in the world. The most popular beaches are the ones in the Mediterranean coasts and the Canary Islands. Meanwhile, for hiking, the mountains of Sierra Nevada in the south, the Central Cordillera and the northern Pyrenees are the best places.
Festivals : Spain has a lot of local festivals that are worth going to.
Málaga's Semana Santa (Easter) - worth to see. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Lots of processions occur within that week.
Córdoba en Mayo (Cordoba in May) - great month to visit the Southern city
Las Cruces (1st week in May) - big flower-made crosses embellishing public squares in the city center, where you will also find at night music and drinking and lot of people having fun!
Festival de Patios - one of the most interesting cultural exhibitions, 2 weeks when some people open doors of their houses to show their old Patios full of flowers
Cata del Vino Montilla-Moriles - great wine tasting in a big tent in the city center during one week in May
Dia de Sant Jordi - The Catalan must, in April 23th Barcelona is embellished with roses everywhere and book-selling stands can be found in the Rambla. There are also book signings, concerts and diverse animations.
Fallas - Valencia's festival in March - burning the "fallas" is a must
Málaga's August Fair - flamenco dancing, drinking sherry, bullfights
San Fermines - July in Pamplona, Navarra.
Fiesta de San Isidro - May 15 in Madrid - a celebration of Madrid's patron saint.
Holy week - best in Seville and the rest of Andalusia; also interesting in Valladolid
Carnival - best in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Cádiz
Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Three wise men parade) - on the eve of epiphany, 5th of January, the night before Spanish kids get their Christmas presents, it rains sweets and toys in every single town and city
La Tomatina - a giant tomato fight in Buñol
Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians, mostly found in Southeastern Spain during spring time) - parades and "battles" remembering the fights of medieval ages
85 festivals in Galicia throughout the year from wine to wild horses.
Holidays : New Year eve: There's a tradition in Spain to eat grapes as the clock counts down the New Year, one grape for each of the last twelve seconds before midnight. For this, even small packs of grapes (exactly 12 grapes per pack) are sold in supermarkets before New Year.
Outdoor activities :
Canyoning: see Spain section in the Canyoning article
Climbing in: Los Mallos (Aragon) and Siurana (near Barcelona)
Whitewater sports in: Campo, Murillo de Gallego (Aragon)
Hiking in Galicia
Skiing in the northen region of Spain
Scuba Diving : For a treat, try Costa Brava and the world renowned Canary Islands.
Spain Cities & Main Attractions : Spain has hundreds of interesting cities, here are nine of the most popular:
Madrid — the vibrant capital, with fantastic museums, great food and nightlife
Barcelona — Spain's second city, full of modernist buildings and a vibrant cultural life, nightclubs, and beaches
Bilbao — former industrial city, home to the Guggenheim Museum
Cadiz — oldest city in Western Europe, celebrates a famous carnival
Córdoba — The Grand Mosque ('Mezquita') of Cordoba is one of the world's finest buildings
Granada — stunning city in the south, surrounded by snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, home of La Alhambra
Zaragoza — recently held a Expo and is the 5th largest city
Seville — a beautiful, verdant city, and home to the world's third largest cathedral
Valencia — paella was invented here, has a very nice beach
Ceuta and Melilla — Spanish enclaves on the African continent
Costa Blanca — 200 km of white coast with plenty of beaches and small villages
Costa Brava — the rugged coast with plenty of seaside resorts
Costa del Sol — the sunny coast in the south of the country
Ibiza — a Balearic island; one of the best places for clubbing, raving, and DJs in the entire world
Mallorca — the largest island of the Balearen, full of amazing beaches and great nightlife
La Rioja — Rioja wine and fossilized dinosaur tracks
Sierra Nevada — the highest mountains on the Iberian Peninsula, great for walking and skiing
Spain Flights & Airports : Spain's national carrier is Iberia.The busiest airports are Madrid, A Coruña, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Murcia, Barcelona, Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, Valencia, Bilbao, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo and Gran Canaria. Madrid and Bilbao have the most beautiful airports, designed by famous architects. Low cost carriers operating to Spain include: Vueling, easyJet , Ryanair , Blue Air , and Jet2.com .