Spain has become one of the most popular tourist and holiday destinations on the planet. The total number of visitors and holiday makers who come to Spain each year is more than 150% the numbers of the whole of the Spanish population!
So what is it that makes Spain such an attraction for all these tourists and holidaymakers?
One of the most obvious reasons is the beautiful Spanish weather which becomes more and more appealing as the Northern European winters and even summers seem to become wetter and gloomier year after year. With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, it is true that regions such as the Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca, Costa Calida and Costa Almeria are a tremendous draw for anyone looking to escape the gray of a Northern Europe winter or even Northern European summers of late!
-In addition to the climatic adavantages, Spain is a country which offers tremendous geographical variety and diversity. After Switzerland and Austria, Spain comes third in the league table of most mountaineous European countries. Having driven from the top to the bottom of the country in one very hot Spanish summer I can certainly vouch for this quite surprising statistic? Well, you can in the Sierra Nevada mountains which lie just 1 hours drive north of Malaga and the beaches of the Costa Del Sol.
-Culturally, Spain is amazingly diverse as you will notice in its art and architecture, cuisine and its peoples. In the South of Spain there is the unmistakable influence of Spain's Moorish heritage'peoples of Arabic origin who settled in Andalucia many centuries ago. The Alhambra Palace in Granada is probably one of the most famous and impressive legacy of Moorish architecture in the whole of this region.
-Linguistically too, Spain is very diverse. Catalan, a language as much akin to French as Spanish, is widely spoken in the North East of Spain and in great historical cities such as Barcelona you will see signs written in both Catalan and Spanish.
-Perhaps one of the biggest attractions for many tourists is the Spanish way of life. Whilst the often referred to "manana" culture can sometimes be very frustrating if you need something done in a hurry, there is no doubt that the outdoor lifestyle which is enjoyed by the Spanish people is much to be admired and envied by us Northern Europeans who are confined to indoor activities only for many months of the year.
-What could be nicer than being able to eat evening and weekend meals outside, even on a small patio, or roof terrace for 9 months of the year? To be able to buy acheingly fresh fruit and vegetables from the outdoor markets, and perhaps best of all to be able to stroll safely around the town or village each evening after one's meal in the pleasant and warm evening air!
Top Tips As To How To Make The Best of What Spain Has To Offer?
Whilst there are many hotels of all sizes and descriptions which one could stay in, in my opinion the best way to experience this fabulous country, is to consider renting one of the may thousands of holiday homes, holiday villas or apartments which can be found on any high quality web based holiday property rental website.
The beauty of renting a holiday villa in Andalucia, an apartment on the Costa Blanca, a finca in Aragon or any other type of self catering accommodation to rent in Spain, is the complete sense of freedom and flexibility that it offers especially if you have a growing family to accommodate and keep entertained. You can come and go from your holiday home as you please, you can organize sleeping and eating arrangements to suit the size and mood of your group and best of all you can experience first hand the real Spanish way of life by staying in authentic rural Spanish villages or energetic towns and cities.
As much as Spain is a fantastic destination for a holiday or short weekend break, the wrong or inappropriate choice of accommodation can totally ruin your experience and enjoyment. That is why I would strongly encourage you to go self catering and to seek out a holiday villa or holiday apartment to rent in one of the many diverse resorts and regions of Spain.
From coastal villas, apartments, townhouses, studios or rustic fincas you can take advantage of Spain's wonderful sun drenched beaches, fabulous golfing resorts, or if its rural tranquillity which you seek, then accommodation set against a backdrop of soaring mountain peaks, lush green valleys and quiet rural retreats will be just for you.