Created on: August 19, 2010 Last Updated: August 25, 2010
Sun, history and countless ways of having fun make Spain one of the hottest holiday spots. According to the 2009 World Tourism Rankings of the World Tourism Organization, Spain is the third most popular destination in the world, with a bit more than 52 million visitors a year.
10. Skiing in Sierra Navada (The Snowy Mountain). The sheer thought of skiing in one of Europe’s most southern and warm points, makes the whole experience quite exciting. With a ski season lasting from November to sometimes even the beginning of May, you could easily find yourself enjoying a snowy mountain and a sunny beach in the same day. The Mulhacen at 3,482m is the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the highest in Europe, with its high altitude guaranteeing snow cover even in comparatively warm winters in Europe (that is why the name). The ski resort has a lift capacity of approximately 50 000 people per hour, 6 ski areas and 2 freestyle parks. Night skiing is allowed under certain conditions.
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9. Seville. The cultural and financial capital of Southern Spain and official capital of Andalusia, Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain. It is famous for its historical monuments, including the Cathedral of Seville – one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world - and with its cuisine. It is also the best place to enjoy an original flamenco dance, native to Andalusia.
8. Pamplona. Capital of Navarre, Pamplona is mostly famous for the Festival, held in the week of 7th – 14th July. Probably the most popular attraction is the "running of the bulls", where hundreds of people let themselves being chased by six bulls half a mile. Other must-see events during the festival are the parade of the Giants and Big-heads and the incredible fireworks.
7. Madrid. Capital and largest city of Spain. It was listed as the 10th Most Livable City in 2009 and is really famous for its nightlife and art museums. Places of interest include Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real (the Royal Palace of Madrid), and the three museums, knows as the Golden Triangle of Art, where one could see works of Francisco de Goya, Velázquez and Picasso. Auditorio Nacional de Música is a complex, housing Spanish National Orchestra, the Chamartín Symphony Orchestra and and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra – an ideal place for those seeking a touch of classical music and opera. For