Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 automous regions with diverse geography and cultures.

Capital City Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters.

Segovia has a medieval castle as in the Alcazar and an intact Roman aqueduct.

Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudi’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Familia church.

1. Barcelona


Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture.

The fantastical Sagrada Familia church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi dot the city.

Museu Picasso and Fundacio Joan Miro feature modern art by their namesakes.

City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaelogical sites.

2. Ibiza


Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands, archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.

It is well-known for the nightlife in Ibiza Town and San Antoni, where major European nightclubs have become summer outposts.

It is also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Palatja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast.

3. Madrid


Madrid, Spain’s central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro.

It is reowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velazquez and other Spanish masters.

The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Major, and nearby is hte baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.

4. Majorca


Mallorca or Majorca is one of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean.

It is known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Morrish remains.

Capital Palma has nightlife, the Moorish almudaina royal palace and 13th-century Santa Maria Cathedral.

Stone-built villages include Pollenca, with its art galleries and music festival, and hillside Fornalutx, surrounded by citrus plantations.

5. Tenerife


Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off West Africa

It is dominated by Mt Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain’s tallest peak.

Tenerife may be best known for its Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-Lent festival with parades, music, dancing and colorful costumes.

The island has many beaches with sands from yellow to black, and resort areas, including Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas.

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