Civilizations have risen and fallen across Spain, leaving ruins, riads, gardens, palaces and monuments in their wake. This is a country with scores of UNESCO World Heritage sites and cities. Once head of a far-reaching empire, modern-day Spain has its economic troubles but you'd never know it from the round-the-clock energy bubbling through Madrid and Barcelona. You're sure to find hospitality in regional areas too; the cornerstone of your welcome? Sharing food and wine. It's almost a national obsession so be prepared for culinary adventures.
Outside cities graced with preserved old towns, eye-catching architecture and manicured gardens, are the rural heartlands flanked by rugged and sandy costas. Spanish territory extends to several islands too (if you want to party your heart out, head to Ibiza; for a hinterland lunar landscape vision, drive the Canary Islands' Fuerteventura). For an entirely different experience, walk the ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain – Camino de Santiago. It draws thousands each year to the city of Santiago de Compostela, with the final stop being the city's cathedral. It has changed the lives of many, perhaps it could do the same for you?
Spain offers an array of outdoor activities to keep you busy. Hiking, canyoning, whitewater sports, diving and skiing are among the options you'll find. If you're a language lover, come and learn Spanish, or Catalan or Castilian or Basque... Set to go? Book a flight to Spain or contact Flight Center for tips on top things to do and see on your Spanish vacation.