Each year, the Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are the favoured destinations of millions of tourists who come seeking sunshine, golden sand and clear blue water. These destinations are some of the best known areas along Spain's nearly 8,000 kilometres of coastline and 2,000 beaches, and offer the perfect jumping off point to explore the country further.
Ferrán Adrià and Juan Mari Arzak represent the best of today's Spanish culinary experience. Their names have brought the highest honours and awards to Spanish cuisine, and have introduced its richness to the world. This richness is based on a distinct Mediterranean style and flavour which combines fine Cantabrian fish and seafood, the almost unlimited variety of high-quality local produce, and, of course, the fundamental ingredient - Spanish olive oil.
The best art
The Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia Museums make up the world's foremost art triangle. They offer an international window onto the works of the greatest artists of all time, a task in which they are supported by the hundreds of galleries and museums around Spain.