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Travel guide for Spain and travel guide for the UK
The first section below is a travel guide for the UK and further down is a travel guide for Spain.
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Travel guide for the UK
Why Travel to the UK?
UK climate guide:
The Scottish Highlands, famously bleak and beautiful.
UK main attractions
Durdle Door, Dorset, England
North of London:
Edinburgh, Calton Hill, Scotland
Cardiff Castle, South Wales
The Giant's Causeway, Antrim, North Ireland.
Mt. Snowdon, Snowdonia, Wales.
Climbing - There's many good climbing spots from the sea cliffs of the Dorset
coast to Scotland's Mt. Ben Nevis (1344m), Britain's highest peak. See above
Golf in Harlech, North Wales.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Scotland's most visited city is the capital, Edinburgh. It is known as the "Athens of the North" due to the beautiful scenery, architecture and historical background. The city has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere due to the huge number of foreign tourists and students that flock there. 'Edinburgh,' said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, 'is what Paris ought to be'. There are so many attractions to visit: Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, The Scottish Parliament, Our Dynamic Earth, Museum of Scotland, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, Royal Yacht Britannia, St Giles Cathedral, The Scott Monument, Arthur's Seat, Calton Hill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Forth Bridge, Rosslyn Chapel of "Da Vinci Code" fame and many more. Also if you are in the city in August you've just become immersed in one of Europe's greatest festivals; The Edinburgh Festival! But Scotland isn't just Edinburgh, Scotland has so much to offer such as the magical mountains and lochs of the Highlands, the wonderful coastline, the castles of Aberdeenshire such as Fyvie the finest baronial castle in the land. The small fishing villages and towns such as Pennan and Banff have a character all of their own and of course we can't forget the people, the Scots, warm hearted and friendly, probably the most welcoming race in the world.
The UK offers a lot of diversion to all its tourists: For pulsing cultural and nightlife, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds are a must. To feel the charm of the English seaside and the importance of harbours for an island like the British Isles, travel along the southeastern coastline and explore the heritage of Maritime England at Portsmouth. In the central part of England you will find towns plenty of historical heritage like Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge and Norwich. Moving to Eastern England you will find the delightful Norfolk Broads, a huge area of connecting inland waterways popular for sailing, fishing and various watersports.
Western and northern England fascinate with beautiful landscapes: rugged moorlands, picturesque flatlands and rocky coastlines. A visit to the South Western peninsula is a must - Dartmoor and Exmoor in Devon and Somerset, and Bodmin in Cornwall. Also, in Newquay there's excellent beaches and world class surfing.
Travel guide for Spain
The diversity of experience and life in Spain is immeasurable. It is probably Europe's most geographical diverse country, ranging from the near-deserts of eastern Andalucia to the green countryside and deep coastal inlets of Galicia, from the vibrant places like Madrid, Barcelona or Granada to the fantastic beaches on the Costa Blanca, there's something for everyone in Spain.
Spain covers 313,657 square miles (including 3,255 square miles of water and 3,085 miles of coastline) making it the second biggest country in Western Europe. Its highest point is the Pico de Teide in Tenerife on the Canary Islands at 3718m, and on the mainland is the Mulhacen (3478m) in the Sierra Nevada in Andalucia. Spain is the highest European country after Switzerland. It is extremely diverse, ranging from the near-deserts of Almeria to the green countryside of the north and the white sandy beaches of the Mediterranean. Travel is easy, accommodation plentiful, the climate generally very good, the people relaxed and fun loving, the beaches long and sandy, and food and drink easy to come by and full of regional variation.
Spain is divided into 19 autonomous communities (see map), 15 on the mainland, the Balearic and Canary Islands, and two little-known ones bordering Morocco (Ceuta and Melilla).
In addition to the national capital of Madrid, each autonomous community has a capital (e.g. Barcelona for Catalunya), and within each autonomous community there may be more than one province (e.g. Comunidad Valenciana consists of 3 provinces - Valencia, Alicante and Castellon) that also has a capital and which may be different to the community capital. Confused? Have a look at the map below:
Spain is also well known for its plethora of colourful fiestas and unbelievably vibrant nightlife. It's not surprising that more than 40 million foreigners a year take holidays in Spain.
It's a phenomenal land to discover the unique people and characteristics of each contrasting region and also a wealth of vibrant history from great 20th century artists (Dali, Picasso, Miro), to the prehistoric. Architecture is glorious - influences from the Romans, Moors and Catholicism have created an amazing blend of styles in Spain. From stunning coastal cities like Barcelona that have captured the imagination of the world to vibrant and unique regional cultures and the cool clublife of the Balearic islands - the party never stops in Spain.
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