Bienvenido a España
Welcome to Spain
From the sands of the Mediterranean coast, to her bustling city centers, to ancient architecture, to the Pyrenees mountains, Spain has something for everyone.
Catalonia Region of Spain...
Catalonia is located in the northeastern extremity of the Iberian Peninsula.
Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona, which includes the beach resorts of Costa Brava, as well as the Pyrenees Mountains.
The main language spoken is Catalan, but most also speak Spanish.
Costa Brava, Spain
Located in the Catalonia region of Spain, Costa Brava stretches from the town of Blanes, 37 mi northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. With its rugged coastline off the Mediterranean Sea, warm climate, and relatively inexpensive accommodations, Costa Brava is a destination dream.
Close to the French border and the foothills of the Pyrenees, small towns like Cadaqués (pictured above), and Roses (pictured below) have attracted artists, such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. The Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres is one of the most important and visited museums in Catalonia.
If you're a Game of Thrones enthusiast, you won't want to miss a visit to Girona.
When Arya Stark is blind and begging in the streets Braavos, she's actually in the Medieval Quarter, behind Girona Cathedral, on a street called Bisbe Cartaña (pictured below), near the atmospheric Jardins de la Francesa.
Girona Cathedral is featured when Jaime Lannister has a showdown with the High Sparrow.
Girona stands in for King’s Landing, after having been the setting for the outdoor theater in Braavos.
As well as when Queen Margaery must do the walk of atonement, when Jaime, backed by Tyrell soldiers, thunders up the cathedral steps on horseback. (pictured above)
Girona’s Arab Baths are used during an explosive fight sequence between Arya and the Waif.
Barcelona is the capitol, and largest city in the Spanish region of Catalonia, as well as the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea.
It is renowned for the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí (pictured above) and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which their works have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Gaudí 's famed Basilica la Sagrada Família (pictured below) can be found in Barcelona. It has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be finished by 2026...100 years after Gaudí 's death.
Barcelona is home to the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic- pictured below), which contains the oldest parts of Barcelona. With its labyrinth of streets and squares, remains of the city's Roman Wall, and medieval landmarks, the Gothic Quarter is definitely a place to behold, if not stay in, when visiting Spain.
Barcelona also is known to have a vibrant gay and lesbian scene, with a fine array of restaurants, bars and clubs in the district known as the ‘Gaixample’ (a mix of Gay and L'Eixample), an area about five to six blocks southwest of Passeig de Gràcia around Carrer del Consell de Cent.
Spanning 1,400,000 feet between Spain and France and rising higher than 11,000 feet in elevation, the Pyrenees mountain range separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe.
Hiking trails cover the entire length of the range.
National parks offer shorter trails.
Ski resorts can be found on both sides of the Pyrenees.
The Montserrat mountain range is part of the region of Catalonia, Spain.
Within its rocky peaks, lies the famous Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat.
This monastery holds the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary, which is believed by some to hold the location of the Holy Grail of Arthurian myth.
Madrid is the largest metropolis and Capitol of Spain.
Its nightlife is one its main attractions which include tapas bars, cocktail bars, clubs, jazz lounges, live music venues, flamenco theaters.
Madrid also is home to the largest plaza de toros (bull ring) in Spain, Las Ventas.
Madrid is also considered to be the world capital of flamenco, home to some of the oldest and most traditional tablaos.
In July 2005, Spain legalized same-sex marriage which has made it a hotspot with the LGBT community.
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage, and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas.
The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy.
They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation, and many districts are full of traditional culture, like Triana and La Macarena.
Seville is a prominent business and service centre in the south of Spain and has any hotels distributed all over the city which enable visitors to discover endless attractions.