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Spain

Information about Spain

Planning a trip to Spain? Browse our articles for information about Spain to help you decide how to spend your time once you land. Our informative articles feature all you need to know about this beautiful destination, from fun facts to a guide to Spanish cuisine.

Spanish cuisine - The well known and the more unusual
Spanish cuisine - The well known and the more unusual

Spanish meals have won fans the world over for their rich flavours and inventive uses of ingredients. And even here in the UK, the number of tapas bars and other specialised places shows we're all fond of a good paella. Yet Spain's rich history and clever chefs have cooked up many more delicacies than we might initially give them credit for. Here are some to look out for, both famous and more elusive, from the finest kitchens and cantinas in Spain.

A party guide to southern Spain
A party guide to southern Spain

The beaches, cuisine and seriously huge array of cultural attractions are all well and good in Spain, but it's the country's party scene that really shines. Chances are, it's probably not the after-hours fun you're used to though as here it's later, more energetic, louder and better. To get you in the thick of it, here's a quick guide to partying on Spain's sunny southern coast.

Fun facts about Spain
Fun facts about Spain

Spain's diverse history, landscapes and pockets of culture make this country a fascinating destination. While you may associate Spain mainly with its delicious tapas, stunning beaches, and risky running of the bulls, the country also holds plenty of mystery. Below you can fill up on some lesser-known facts before you visit.

Which Costa is for me?
Which Costa is for me?

Put simply, the word costa is Spanish for coast, and it's used to define the different shorelines that form the outline of our dearly beloved Spain. But for English-speaking holidaymakers, it's quite understandable that a little confusion could arise when comparing them all.

Theme parks and waterparks in Spain
Theme parks and waterparks in Spain

The hot sun and blue skies of Spain make it the perfect playground for the country's many waterparks and theme parks – nearly 60 altogether. This means that families, couples and just about anyone with a fondness for thrills and spills will love Spain.

A guide to the best Spanish festivals
A guide to the best Spanish festivals

Spain is renowned for its lavish party scene, and when it comes to annual festivals, things are no different. The parties spill into the streets, with colourful getups, detailed floats and parades that seem to extend for days. Each city is privy to its own unique celebrations, but there are some that are nationwide, and others that are just too wild to ignore.

Best nature reserves in Spain
Best nature reserves in Spain

Spain has more UNESCO awarded Biosphere Reserves than any other country in the world, making it officially one of the most interesting and bio-diverse landscapes on the planet.

Top tips for your family holiday to Spain
Top tips for your family holiday to Spain

Spain is a superb family holiday destination, hosting return visitors year after year. This stunning country weaves family values into its legacy and culture, meaning a family trip here is always a memorable and comfortable holiday. Keep some of our pointers in mind to enhance those good memories and make even greater ones.

Spanish traditions and customs
Spanish traditions and customs

The influence of Spain's traditions and culture can be found around the world, but you get to see it in its purest form on your Spanish holiday this year. With such a complex history, you might want to brush up on some basics below for an inside view of the customs and traditions that'll surround you during your visit.

A couples' guide to visiting Spain
A couples' guide to visiting Spain

When it comes to having some one-on-one time away with your loved one, Spain serves up sunshine-riddled beaches with a side of nearby cultural cities like Barcelona, Granada and Seville. Our guide recommends where to stay for the most romantic locations, outings and activities you can enjoy together.