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Home to mountains, valleys, vineyards and beaches

Mediterranean coves, sun-warmed Andalucian plains and the snow-dusted Pyrenees are just a start. Ruins, riads, gardens, palaces and monuments are enduring legacies from the civilisations which have risen and fallen here. Energy bubbles through Madrid and Barcelona 24/7. Just when you think you'll stay a few days, a spell may bind you to these colourful cosmopolitan hot houses for weeks. Sharing food and wine is almost a national obsession, and undoubtedly a mark of warm hospitality, so get ready to feast.

Spain: Cathedral of Santiago de CompostelaCathedral of Santiago de Compostela

There are rural heartlands to explore and an array of outdoor activities to keep you busy on your holiday in Spain too: hiking, canyoning, whitewater sports, diving and skiing are among the options. Let's not forget swimming at the clutch of famous southern costas. If you're seeking more soul than adrenalin, you can walk the ancient pilgrimage route across northern Spain – Camino de Santiago. Spain also owns islands: party your heart out in Ibiza; drive the Canary Islands' Fuerteventura for a hinterland lunar landscape vision. This is a country living very much in the present. Come and enjoy it.

Spain: Canary IslandsCanary Islands