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Spain occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe. In the north, the Pyrenees mountains divide Spain and France and in the south, the Strait of Gibraltar separates Spain from Africa. Spain’s geography is very diverse and ranges from towering snow-capped mountains to lush green forests to fine sand beaches.
Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and is famous for its endless coastline, warm weather and rich heritage. Spain has 8,000 km coastline in total. This includes the holiday hotspots of Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Dorada, the Canary Islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria and the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Ibiza. Popular city break destinations include Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Malaga and Bilbao.
Spain is a holiday destination that have something for everyone from couples looking for a romantic sun holiday and city break, to families seeking good quality accommodation and activities for children to groups and solo travellers looking for outdoor activities and nightlife.
There are year-round flights from Dublin to Spain and the Canary Islands and regular flights from Cork, Shannon and Knock as well. Budget Travel has great deals on holidays to Spain from Dublin, Cork, Knock and Shannon.
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Eating out in Spain is one of the many pleasures of visiting the country and visiting a tapas bar is a must-do on your trip to Spain.
With warm weather, beautiful beaches, excellent food and accommodation and plenty of family-friendly attractions, Spain is a very popular destination for families.
With 8000 km of coastline, Spain has a huge array of beautiful beaches. Spain’s beaches are famous for their quality and environmental respect and 600 have blue flag certification.
Spanish cities have easy to find shopping districts that are usually pedestrianised with long opening hours where you’ll find international brands, designer boutiques and charming artisan stores.
The fiestas and traditions of Spain include the Flamenco, the human castells of Catalonia. Las Fallas festival in Valencia and the Pyrenees fire festivals to celebrate the summer solstice.
The mildest temperatures are in spring and autumn and the months of June to September are the hottest with daytime temperatures usually over 30 degrees centigrade.
The Euro is the currency used in Spain
Spain is on Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of GMT
High-speed trains (AVE) are the best way to travel long distances in Spain. These trains connect the major cities such as Barcelona to Madrid or Madrid to Seville in less than 3 hours. Book your ticket in advance as a seat reservation is necessary on many routes.
In Spain, you drive on the right, seat belts are mandatory and there are speed limits of 120 km/h on motorways, 90 km/h on all other roads and 30 km/h in urban areas. You must be 21 years of age and have a valid driving licence. All EU driving licences are valid in Spain. Helmets must be worn on motorbikes, mopeds and bicycles.