Spain is a country rich in breath-taking architecture, deep ancient history and diverse culture. It is the third largest country by area in Europe with a population of 47.77 million (2014). Each region of Spain can provide you with a different feel and ambience, especially Catalonia.
The government system is a parliamentary monarchy which enables Spain to have an elected government body, yet each of the nineteen autonomous regions have their own private active administrative sectors.
As a tourist destination Spain is currently the third most popular destination worldwide with 60,5 million arrivals in 2013. Popularity is due to the wide variety of gastronomy, fresh climate and rich culture just to name a few. The most popular and developed tourist regions include Catalonia, AndalucIa and Valencia.
Catalonia has a very marked culture of its own, most evidently of Mediterranean tradition, and is distinguished of most other Spanish regions in several aspects, not at least by its language, Catalonian (although everybody speaks and understands Castilian Spanish perfectly). Certainly it is one of the most cosmopolitan places in Spain, thanks to its long tradition of international commerce.
The coast offers ideal facilities for all sorts of water sports, but everywhere you will realize about that special talent to combine the beauty of nature or monuments with modern attractions, a main reason why Catalonia developed into one of the preferred touristical destinations.
It’s excellent gastronomy is characterized by seafood, rice dishes, wines of great international reputation and traditional desserts like the famous “Catalonian Cream”. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, which is located at the Mediterranean Sea, offers the structures of a true metropole.