The Iberian Peninsula is home to Portugal as well as Spain, but Spain is the larger of the two countries. It is also the more interesting and is home to the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe, except for Italy.

Spain is a country of many faces and this is best seen by touring her many cities. Madrid, the capital, lies in Central Spain and is the country's largest city. No o­ne should visit Madrid without also visiting her , which boasts o­ne of the best art collections in the world, her imposing Plaza Major and her Puerta del Sol with its famous statue of the bear climbing the madrono tree.

Barcelona, Spain's second largest city, is a cosmopolitan mix of old and new and moves from the commercial Barceloneta to the ancient Ciutat Vella with lightning speed. Visitors should take time to explore the Montjuic Castle and the city's extensive cable-car system and perhaps visit the Las Ramblas shopping avenue. Cordoba lies in Andalucia, and its main attraction is its many churches and shrines. Heading the list is La Mezquita, the cathedral inside a mosque that holds 20,000 people, and this is closely followed by the fourteen Iglesias Fernandinas churches in the city center that were built o­n top of a series of ancient mosques.

Citadelle Pamplona
Navarra's Pamplona is small as far as cities go, but it is world famous for its annual Running of the Bulls Festival. While not watching the bulls, tourists can explore Pamplona's Roman mosaics and wine routes and they will never lack for something to do.

Spain is a vibrant and exhilarating country that welcomes its visitors back time and time again.