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Spain has a character all to itself.  Spanish culture is distinct and quite different from the rest of Western Europe.  The Pyrennes Mountains separating the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe, along with its history of Moorish occupation, have left a lasting imprint on the Spanish people today.

Spaniards are a very friendly people, and though they may not speak any English, they are always willing to lend a friendly hand to tourists. 

Spain is a very provincial country, and different regions of the country still support and speak a variety of different languages to include Basque, Galician, Catalan, and Castilian.  One thing all Spaniards have in common, though, are the distinctive Spanish schedule and mealtimes.  Spaniards typically eat a small breakfast, a snack at 11, and then lunch at 2pm.  The afternoon (the hottest time of day) is a time for rest as the Spanish people enjoy their famous siesta period.  The evenings in Spain are very lively, and dinners typically don't start until 10 or 11pm. 

Our Favorite Spain Vacation Destinations

bARCELONA
Barcelona is the ideal destination for tourists looking for a bit of sun, history, seafood, architecture, and an excellent nightlife.  Read our vacation and travel tips on what to see and do in about this exuberant, vibrant city!
 
MONTSERRAT is a wonderful day trip from Barcelona into the mountains inland from the city.  This presents a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and spend some time in the cooler mountain air.  Montserrat is also the site of a famous Benedictine Abbey.

Other European Travel Destinations

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.



Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg

Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.



Hohenschwangau
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the castle Bavaria's Mad King Ludwig grew up in.




Prague
Visit Europe's "Golden City" and experience the magical quality of Prague's medieval buildings and Gothic spires.  This well preserved European capital is a feast for the eyes.

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Moving to GermanyMoving to Germany
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