TRAVEL, Spain

Listed as the third-best travel destination in the world; south-west of Europe lies Spain. If it wasn’t on your mind yet, suggest you put it on your bucket list.

Far stretched landscapes, littered beaches to untamed deserts; geographically speaking, Spain seems to have it all. Going hand in glove with its beautiful environ is its beaming rich architecture and culture – the Roman Relics, the Muslim Palaces, the Baroque Cathedrals and the Gothic ‘Gaudi’ architecture is breathtaking to say the very least.

The culture is no less diverse. Along with good public schooling, affordable housing and open business opportunities, Spain offers a fantastic lifestyle. In the open era, Spain seems to have become synonymous with virtually everything- tourism, sports, cuisine, nightlife, and well now a real hotspot for movies as well. Leaving no surprise for its leaping popularity, Spain simply seems to be offering the whole package.

Its capital since 1952, Madrid is centrally located and well connected. It plays host to the Spanish Government and the Royal Family. Apart from being culturally significant, with some of the best art galleries such as the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, it is also described as the financial capital of Spain. Not only does it boast an active lifestyle, but also a predominant nightlife. Madrid tames the term “Work hard, play hard.”

Ranked third by Forbes.com as “The World’s Happiest Cities,” there is not enough that can be said about Barcelona. Referred to as “the classic Mediterranean city” and “Spain’s Mediterranean jewel,” Barcelona promises to unveil an experience of a lifetime. The Gothic ‘Gaudi’ architecture, surreal buildings and majestic churches unfold one of the most stylish cities in the world. Along with the modern-day Picasso’s, there’s no denying that Barcelona continues to break ground in Art and Architecture. Top places to visit in Barcelona include Catedral de la Seu, Santa Maria del Mar, Casa Mila, Palau Guell (Guell Palace), Temple Exiatori de la Sagradia Familia (Expiatory Church of the Holy Family), La Rambla, Tibidabo, Park Guell and Bouqeria market. Barcelona has so much to offer and keeps you coming back for more. It truly is a journey in pursuit of happiness.

The increasing popularity in tourism, has made access to Spain that much easier. A little poking around on the net and you can easily find reasonable flights to and within Spain, affordable accommodation and hotels. One such place is tripadvisor.com. Great travel packages are available elsewhere too. Once in Spain, the reliable network of roads and railways takes care of you. Domestic flights are also convenient and low cost. Top places to visit in Spain are El Chorro, Park & Alquezar, the Rio Tinto River, Ronda, Gaztelugatxe, Granada and Cuenca.

When in Spain, you can also watch the toreros (bullfighters), stroll the Las Ramblas (shopping street), dance with the flamenco bailadors (dancers), engage in daily siestas (midday naps), learn Castilian (language), feast on tapas (delicacy), sip on sangrias (fruit wine), strum the guitar and explore the vibrant night life.
The picture pretty much paints itself.

If Spain doesn’t pull you to plan a trip, I’m not sure what will.

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