The country on the Iberian Peninsula is more than only Paella, Flamenco and bullfights.
A journey through the Kingdom of Spain offers a unique mixture of contrasts: beautiful coasts and a picturesque back-country, high mountains and charming islands, long traditions in small villages and a vibrant modernity in the metropolis.
And above all, evidences of a history full of changes can be found everywhere. The Romans that reigned over the country left many interesting sights, as well as the Muslims invading during the 8th century, fighting for many centuries with the Christians for the power over the Iberian Peninsula. After having run the Muslims away from Europe, Spanish kings started to support expeditions to find the seaway to India. That was the time when Spain rose to supreme power in the world.
Come, see and feel what makes this country on the shores of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and the entire world.
Avila is not only the highest capital of a Spanish province with more than 1.100 meters but was also home the Carmelite monastery for nuns which was founded by the famous daughter of the town Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, called Teresa of Avila. Today the monastery is one highlight among a multitude of sights in the town of Avila: the impressive, completely preserved medieval city wall with its 88 towers and the beautiful Gothic Cathedral are only two more examples representing Avila’s great historical past.
Salamanca's prestigious university is the oldest one in Spain. The high population of students provides the town with a certain vitality and youth spirit. In contrast to that you will find the old historical city center which incloses important monuments of various stylistic periods such as Roman, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque. Monumental highlights of this charming town are the Old and the New Cathedral, the impressive Plaza Mayor and the Old City of Salamanca which was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1988.
Burgos was the coronation town of the monarchs of the former kingdom of Castile. A visit to its majestic Gothic cathedral, a world heritage site of the UNESCO and gravesite of Spain’s national hero El Cid, is a unique experience as the building is known for its enormous size and unique architecture.
The vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of Spain enchants its visitors with its beautiful architecture, its hospitality and the culinary and artistic variety that is has to offer. Madrid is the business center of Spain, the seat of the government and the parliament, as well as the residence of the Spanish monarch. Emblematic monuments, such as the Plaza Mayor, the Palais Royal, the Puerta de Alcalá and the Fountain of Cybèle are landmarks in historic city center of Madrid.
After Madrid, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona is renowned to be one of the world's leading touristic, economic and cultural cities. Its situation on the sea gives the city a mild Mediterranean climate all over the year. The architectural landscape of the city is highly influenced by the work of Antoni Gaudi, whose most famous work is the enormous but still unfinished church of Sagrada Familia that has been under construction for more than 140 years already, still financed by private donors.
The charming city of Seville is located in the South of Spain and impresses its visitors with its more than 2200 years-old history. The passage of various civilizations over the centuries left the city with a distinct personality to be found in its large and well-preserved historical centre. Situated at the Guadalquivir River, Seville was a prosperous port carrying out the trade with America.