Spain is one of the largest countries in Europe, stretching 900km from north to south, and 1,000km from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Travelling by car is recommended if you plan to visit different cities. Trains are a convenient option, since they are comfortable and cheap, but may not be as fast as you expect. Coaches reach many places where trains do not go.
Spanish cuisine is all about preserving and intensifying flavours as much as possible. In-season produce comes fresh from the market daily, where enough fruits and vegetables are bought so they don’t need to be refrigerated. This preserves favour and nutritional value. The Spanish eat only fruits and vegetables that are in season, so they have created many different ways to prepare them. The most popular Spanish dishes include paella, Spanish tortilla and gazpacho.
Buñol, 30 miles from Valencia, is home to the biggest tomato fight in the world! At the end of August, close to 40,000 people have a 90,000-pound tomato food fight in the streets. In Malaga, a week-long celebration to commemorate the reconquest of the city in 1487 is full of flamenco, fireworks and ‘fino’. And in Barcelona during the summer, elaborate colourful decorations, all types of music, parades and performances fill the streets during Festa Major de Gracia. You won’t want to miss it!
Spain is famous for its contributions to the art world, with famous Spanish artists including Dali, Picasso, Gaudi, el Greco and Goya.
http://www.spain.info/ (official tourist site)