Cradled on the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe lies the captivating mainland of Spain. It is surrounded by Portugal in the west and shares a strip with France to the North. On the other sides it is flanked by the Mediterranean sea to the south and east, the Atlantic ocean to the northwest and the Bay of Biscay to the northeast. Some interesting Spanish archipelagos also lie in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

Spain’s pleasant Mediterranean climate, its dramatic coastlines, charming landscapes, rich historical legacy, eclectic culture, culinary expertise and vibrant nightlife have made it a much sought-after destination, and Spain’s international tourist industry is among the largest in the world.

Madrid, the capital and a colourful cosmopolitan, is home to the Royal Palace of the monarchs, the singular Prado museum that showcases the works of European masters, Puerta del Sol – the hub of its cultural activities and the lively San Miguel Market.