Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide, famous for its abundant and fascinating historic, cultural and artistic heritage sites as well as its delicious cuisine. It is also a country well known for its rich cultural diversity.

During your studies in IED Madrid, take the chance to explore and travel around the colourful regions of Spain!

Central Area: from where the origins of the whole country can be traced
In these regions you can encounter a large amount of ancient cathedrals, monasteries, castles and old fortified cities as well as splendid relic buildings of great cultural and artistic values. The central area plays an important role in Spanish history from the Middle Ages to the Reconquest epoch as well as during the establishment of the kingdom.

Madrid
Apart from being the capital city, Madrid region extends to the autonomous community. It is a city highlighted for its combination of historic and modern features, which is known for its cultural life as well as its rich and attractive cultural activities.

Castilla-La Mancha
Many cities and villages in this area are full of history and there are many ancient cultural relics. It is also famous for its close connection with Don Quijote.
Interesting destinations: Toledo, Guadalajara, Ciudad Real.

Aragón
It is an autonomous community coextensive with the ancient kingdom of Aragon, from where the origin of the whole country can be traced.
Interesting destinations: Zaragoza, Teruel, Huesca.

Castilla y León
The old kingdom of Castilla y León plays a significant role in Spain of Middle Ages and the Reconquest. A great part of Spanish history can be read from its magnificent historic and artistic relics and buildings.
Interesting destinations: Salamanca, Segovia, Ávila, Burgos, León, Valladolid, Soria, Palencia.

La Rioja
This region boasts an astounding diversity of natural landscape as well as flora and fauna. Also, it is famous for its authentic wine culture which dates back to very ancient times.

 

East part: Mediterranean Area
The Mediterranean Sea spreads its calm waters over a long distance of Spanish coast from the east to the south, which makes this area blessed with numerous beautiful beaches, abundant sunshine, clear sky and sea of poetic blue and spirit of sailors.

Valencia
This region is famous for its vast distance of coastline, its lovely esplanades, its famous festival of Las Fallas as well as la paella, its local cuisine of international fame.
Interesting destinations: Valencia, Alicante, la Costa Blanca, La Costa de Azahar, Castellón.

Murcia
Apart from lovely beaches and coasts, Murcia also owns an ecological diversity and  great natural sceneries.
Interesting destinations: Murcia, Cartagena, Mazarrón, La Manga del Mar Menor.

 

Southern Spain: Get to known Andalucía
The history of Andalusian region can be dated back the age of Roman Empire and its culture stands out for a heavy Islamic influence as a result of a more than 700 years of Islamic reign. This marvellous cultural diversity has left in this land many impressive historical architectures such as la Alhambra in Granada, the Great Mosque in Córdoba and the Cathedral Tower(la Giralda) of Seville and other great Cathedrals. Besides, many Spanish traditions are still maintained in the  Andalusian region and it is the birthplace of flamenco.
Interesting destinations: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, Málaga, Ronda, Antequera, Almería, Cádiz, Huelva, Doñana National Park, La Costa de la Luz, Jerez de la Frontera, Jaén.

 

The North: The Cantabrian Sea and its diversity

Galicia*

Principality of Asturias
Surrounded by mountains and boarded with the  Cantabrian sea, Asturias boasts some amazing natural attractions and is covered with vast green. It also has many lovely beaches, cliffs, fishing villages as well as inner villages. Besides, this land is famous for its cider, the local drink of superior quality and taste.
Interesting destinations: Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Los Picos de Europa, La Costa Verde.

Navarra
It is another region with vast natural area and fantastic scenery. The pyrenean villages in Navarra are ideal for winter sports. Pamplona, the capital city , celebrates every year from the 6th to14th of July its internationally famous festival: San Fermín.

Cantabria
In its coasts there are lovely small fishing villages, beautiful beaches and tiny bays. Santander, a very open and cosmopolitan city, always boasts colourful festivals during summer and is a paradise for those who seek for leisure and relaxation.

 

The West: Land of History

Extremadura
This region preserves not only a rich landscape and architectural legacy from ancient times but also old traditions and customs. Extremadura is still a relatively virgin land for tourism.
Interesting destinations: Mérida, Cáceres, Trujillo, Guadalupe, Plasencia, Badajoz.

 

*Spain of a cultural diversity
Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque Country: these three regions stand out for their uniqueness for having their own language, tradition and culture.

Cataluña (Catalonia)
It is an area prevailed by Mediterranean culture and is identified by its own language, Catalan. It is a quite dynamic and cosmopolitan community with a large amount of historic and artistic heritages. There are also beautiful coastlines, beaches and mountains for enjoying the sunshine.
Interesting destinations: Barcelona, La Costa Brava, Girona, Figueres, La Costa Dorada, Tarragona, Lleida.

Galicia
Galicia has a trace of Celtic culture in its origin before going through the process of romanization in the ancient times. The unique historical trajectory of this area has formed its own cultural identity presented in its own language, el gallego, its celtic folklores, its amazing variety of craftsmanship, etc. Also, it’s a coastal region and owns many important fishing villages and towns. Santiago de Compostela is considered as one of the three holy cities of Christendom apart from Jerusalem and Rome, whose cathedral is the final destination of the famous road of Santiago (Camino de Santiago).
Interesting destinations: Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Vigo, Ourense, Pontevedra.

País Vasco (The Basque Country)
The unique history of the País Vasco has shaped the special features of this region, where a richness of traditional culture is highlighted. Euskera, the local and ancestral language, is the only non-Romance language in the peninsula. The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art in Bilbao is well known for its avant-garde architectural style and a great artistic collection.
Interesting destinations: San Sebastián, Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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