Spain Vacations

Spain occupies the majority of Iberian Peninsula, which is the most south western region of Europe and is divided from the rest of Europe and France by the Pyrenees Mountains. The capital of Spain is Madrid with a metropolitan population of 6.5 million. Spain's form of government is a parliamentary monarchy, in which the monarch has the title as "head of state" and a prime minister is considered "head of the government". Historically, the country of Spain has been claimed by the Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian and Moors. It wasn't until the 15th century that Spain became a unified country. Over the next several centuries Spain became a global empire claiming territory in North and South America, Asia, and Africa. The interior of Spain is mainly mountains that slope down to some of the most popular beaches in Europe. Costa del Sol and Costa Brava plus the Canary Islands. Some top destinations in Spain are: Granada with the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains and the famous Alhambra or the medieval town of Cordoba with its whitewashed plazas and courtyards. Plus not to miss, Barcelona, where you can experience the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. History, culture and beautiful beaches make Spain a popular tourist destination.

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Spain Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Spain

Spain Geography

Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula which extends between the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Straights of Gibraltar.

Spain History and Culture

Phoenicians - 1100 BC the region was controlled by the Phoenicians
Romans invaded in 200 BC. The
Visigoths arrived in 5th Century and after them the Muslims.

Then during the period known as when the era of the "Catholic Monarchs" began when Fernando and Isabel married and began their rule. This era began in 1469 and was known as the "Inquisition" and all other forms of religion, Muslim, Jews and Non Christians were driven from Spain.

Spain's influence in the world

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Spain Landmarks

Rock art of the Iberian Peninsula
The rock art stretches up and down the western region of Spain and there are 1,000s of examples of the art. The paintings are thought to have occured between 8,000 BC to 3,500 BC . Over 300 sites have been identified with these art works exist.

Architecture by Antoni Gaudí
Antoni Gaudí was a world renown architect from the Catalonia region of Spain. His designs were very dramatic and modern. The majority of his architectural designs can be found in Barcelona.

Casa de Pilatos
Casa de Pilatos is a 16th century Palace and beautiful gardens in Seville, also known as the Royal Ducal House of Medinaceli.

Old Town of Cáceres
The Old Town of Cáceres is a village surrounded by walls that encloses architecture from the Moors and Christians. Roman, Arab, Jewish and Christian alike have lived in the village. The village is famous for its 30 Islamic Towers plus Gothic and Italian Renaissance influence in their architecture.

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
The palace was the royal residence for the Spanish Royal Family. It functioned as the Spring residence of the Royal Family.