According to ethnicityology.com, Madrid, like most capitals of the world, is a very dynamically developing city. On the central square of La Puerta del Sol is the symbol of the city – a bear with a strawberry tree. The beginning of all the country’s roads (zero color meter) is counted from the sign at the residence of the government. The most famous museum in Madrid is the Prado, you can spend more than one day on it. In the vicinity of the capital, there are such attractions as Alcala de Henares and El Escorial – historical cultural centers, as well as the residence of the Spanish kings, the Zarzuela Palace. Famous for its football club and the masterpieces of the architect Antonio Gaudí, Barcelona was founded by Haniball’s father Hamilcar Barca, hence the name of the city. The central complex of Montjuic includes the National Palace, the Palace of the Nation, the pavilion of exhibitions, fountains and gardens. The most famous building is the Sagrada Familia built by Gaudí. It is worth paying attention to the boulevards of Las Ramblas with the El Liceo Opera and Ballet Theater and the palaces of the Viceroys, the city zoo and the Montserrat monastery not far from the city. The royal monastery of San Lorenzo Del Escorial is located 45 kilometers from Madrid, where a collection of world masterpieces by Titian, El Greco, Roger van der Weyden, Paolo Veronese, Jose Ribera is stored and one of the largest libraries in the world is located. Santiago de Compostela – a city located in Galicia, is considered the third Christian center in the world after Rome and Jerusalem, remarkable for the Cathedral of St. James. The city of Figueres became famous thanks to the masterpieces of Salvador Dali, where his museum-theater is located. Treasury of world history and culture, the city of Terragona is located near Barcelona. The city is famous for the Museum of Roman Culture, which includes the Praetor’s Tower and the Roman Colosseum. 40 km from Salou there is Aqualeon Park – a huge water safari park with pools and slides. Water World Park (near Lloret de Mar) – mind-blowing water attractions up to 50 meters high. The city of Girona is famous for its magnificent cathedral (the second largest after St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican) and the well-preserved ancient Jewish quarter. Ski resorts: La Molina, Masella, Val de Nuria, Port del Comte, Baqueira, Beret in the Catalan Pyrenees; Candanchu, Astun, Formigal, Panticosa, Kerler in the Aragonese Pyrenees; Alto Campo, Val Grande Pejares, San Isidro, Leitariegos, Manzaneda in the Cantabrian Cordillera; La Pinilla, Valcotos, Valdeschi, Navacerrada – in the central mountains; Valdescarai, Valdelinares, Chavalambre – in the Iberian mountains; Sierra Nevada Resort. The ski season is from November to April. Balneological resorts: Alama de Aragon in the valley of the river Halon, Archena in the valley of the river Segura, Verin in the north-west of the country, Caldas de Malavella and many others. Beach holidays on the Mediterranean coast: the Costa Brava with small sandy beaches, the Costa Dorado with golden sand beaches, the Costa Blanca with white sandy beaches – the record holder for the cleanliness of beaches and water and the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera), far from a budget holiday. Beach holidays on the Atlantic coast: Costa de la Luz is suitable for surfers, the islands of the Canary archipelago, the largest of which is Tenerife, where the temperature varies slightly throughout the year (+20…+25 C). The sand on these islands is predominantly of volcanic origin,
The basis of Spanish cuisine is meat dishes, the most national of which is the jamon ham. From non-meat – paella. Olive oil, garlic, herbs and wine are commonly used. The national cuisine includes the cuisine of 17 regions of the country, so the priorities in dishes can change dramatically from place to place. Basque cuisine is considered the most refined. Seafood is widely used in Cantabrian cuisine. A dish of white beans with sausages – fabade, is the hallmark of Asturian cuisine. Chili peppers, tomatoes and onions are widely used in Aragonese cuisine. Catalan cuisine has much in common with French and Italian dishes and is very diverse, fried pork sausages with white beans in boiling lard and various pork stews are very popular. Cheese is produced in La Mancha. Popular appetizers include meat pies, fish and vegetables. The most famous soup in Spain is gazpacho, which is served cold. Paello can be safely considered a classic of Spanish cuisine – rice cooked with several types of seafood, chicken, spices and wine. Fish is typical for the Mediterranean regions of the country. The most popular fish is tuna. In addition to fish – oysters, scallops, shrimps and mussels. Throughout Spain, chicken dishes are common, prepared in various ways: on a spit, on a grill, stuffed and baked with seafood and vegetables, oysters and chestnuts, stewed in wine. Duck dishes are popular in Navarre. National cuisine is also famous for sausages. The most popular drinks are wine, sherry, sangria, strong orujo (grape vodka), liqueurs, cider, tea and coffee.