SPAIN (INTRODUCTION) : - Spain is the world’s 51 st largest country. It is some 47,000 sq km larger than U.S State of California. On the east Spain borders Portugal on the South it borders Gibraltar and Marocco, through its cities in north Africa. Spain also includes the Balearic Island in Mediterranean Sea, the Canary island in the Atlantic Ocean and no. of uninhabited island on the Mediterranean side of the strait of Gibralter, Known as Plazas de Soberania. Main language spoken here is Spanish. Head State is king Juan Caros I, Since 22 Nov 1975…
The hue of the fine sand on the wide, wonderful beaches of Spain's Costa Dorada (Golden Coast) has given this popular holiday region its name. The 20 or so towns and villages along this 120-mile (200km) stretch of Mediterranean coastline, south of Barcelona, have become built up with hundreds of hotels, camp sites and apartment blocks, catering mainly for family holidays. Entertainment consists largely of enjoying the shallow, transparent, gentle sea, ideal for the 'bucket and spade' brigade, and the large, thrilling theme and waterparks at the local resorts.
This massive theme park, based on Busch Gardens in Florida, attracts holidaymakers from far afield to its five worlds (Far West, Mediterránia, Mexico, China and Polynesia). Visitors can be at the Great Wall of China one minute and at the ruins of Mayan Mexico the next, and meet some cowboys for a taste of the Far West before cooling off by jumping into the great lake from the summit of the Tutuki Splash volcano. Popular attractions include the Sea Odyssey underwater adventure, the Stampida roller coaster ride and the Grand Canyon Rapids water ride.
The Costa Dorada’s main city, Tarragona, has almost doubled in size during the last few decades, its residential districts continually expanding around the medieval core. Tarragona, originally built on a rocky bluff, can trace its roots back to 218 BC, when it was founded by the ancient Romans as a legionnaires military base. Vestiges of its past still remain in the form of ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, aqueduct, forum and other buildings sited on the Paseo Arqueologico, which leads to some panoramic viewpoints. A wide boulevard called the Rambla Nova represents the modern main street outside the old city walls.
BRAVA Holiday maker revel in the hidden delights of the craggy coastline, many exploring in boats to seek out deserted coves with pine citrus trees, fragrant herbs and bright flowers. International resorts and marinas lie in close proximity. The crystalline water, while seemingly endless sunshine pours down on stretches of shingle beach. The untouched natural area and fishing industry have also resulting in making a holiday here. It is also include local wild game, like boar, duck and rabbits. Which can all be washed down with a variety of wines produced from the vineyards that clothe the hillsides.
Situated scarcely a mile from the beach of the popular resort town of Costa Brava, the protected Medes Island have been dubbed ‘heaven for divers’. The little archipelago of seven islets and a few reefs from one of the most important and rich marine reserves in Mediterranean. The millions of fish and thousands of animal and plant species that inhabit the shallows, crevices and submarine caves at the base of the island cliffs are a delight to behold for divers of all levels. Visitors can take glass-bottomed boat trips around the islands departing hourly in season arrange a fully equipped diving trip though one of the numerous tourist diving centers in the resort towns.
The historic lakeside town of Banyoles just north of Girona is well known for hosting international rowing events. The bright blue lake itself is the only one in the world fed by two merging subterranean rivers, the clean water flowing in at 600 litres a second. There are numerous options available to those wanting to take to the water, from a swimming dock to cruises or hire boats, and a grassy bank for sunbathers or a network of shady footpaths for those who prefer the shore.
The busy fishing village of Cadaques draws plenty of visitors, but they do not come for the local beach, which is narrow and stony. Rather the resort town’s attractions are its picturesque natural harbour, some excellent restaurants, numerous galleries, fashion and art and craft shops, and the former home-turned-museum of world renowned surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, sited in Portlligat Bay just to the north of the town. Dali’s somewhat bizarre home consists of a labyrinthine cluster of fishermen’s huts, added to the original building in various stages by the artist over a period of 40 years. Visitors are conducted through the house and garden in small groups, having pre-booked.
The most visitors and this is the place to go for those looking for a lively and entertaining holiday with hundreds of bars and all-night clubs catering mainly for British tourists. However there is more to the Costa Blanca than crowded beach resorts - within the mountainous interior are a series of fascinating medieval towns and fortified villages which have been largely unaffected by modern development.
The impressive castle that towers over Alicante was originally built by the Carthaginians in 400 BC and later used by the Romans and Moors. The fortress is massive, encompassing moats, drawbridges, tunnels, cisterns and dungeons, not to mention a stately tower and keep. From the top of the castle there is a wonderful view of the bay and city.
Situated on the outskirts of Benidorm, Terra Mitica is Spain's largest theme park and, with its rides, shows, restaurants and shops, can be a great day out for all the family. Rides like the Tizona, an inverted roller coaster that reaches speeds of 62mph (100kmh) and heights of more than 100ft (31m) with visitors suspended beneath the track, and attractions like Warrior of the Dawn (simulator) provide exhilarating entertainment for all ages.
The tiny islet of Tabarca is becoming an increasingly popular day trip destination from Alicante, with its quiet fishing village offering an old fort, several very reasonably priced fresh seafood restaurants, a rocky beach with clear turquoise water, and several coves and tidal pools ideal for bathing. The island lies 10 miles (16km) south of Alicante and can be reached in an hour by ferry from the dock on Explanada d'Espanya in the city.