Spain is made up of different regions, each unique in its own beauty and diversity. The World Tourism Organization lists Spain holidays as among the top ten most visited countries in the world. Every year, Spain receives millions of visitors who flock to the country for the artistic and cultural experience; to sample its distinct Spanish gastronomical traditions; to participate in its local festivals and events, and; to see the country’s spectacular coastal towns and mountains.
Spain has 42 properties that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travellers are drawn to these sites to admire their historical and cultural value. The list consists of well-known sites such as the Alhambra palace in Granada, the works of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, the Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the Roman Walls in Lugo, and other points of interest.
Visitors also flock to the coastal towns and cities in the South and the Mediterranean area. These regions offer temperate and warm weather favorable for a beach holiday. These areas and other Spanish regions are also known for their authentic regional cuisine and superb wines, which attract gastronomes from all over the world.
Since Spain is part of the European Union (EU), the accepted currency for transactions throughout the country is the Euro, which replaced the Spanish Peseta. The climate in Spain varies with each region. Barcelona and the coastal towns fronting the Mediterranean typically enjoy milder climatic conditions compared to the colder regions in the Pyrenees and other mountainous areas. Visitors typically flock to Spain during the summer when the weather is warmer and more pleasant.