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The culture in Spain is very varied and interesting details of holidays, the culture of Spain, history and wine.

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Spain is many countries all rolled into one therefore the culture in Spain is very varied and interesting. Its Atlantic shores and the huge plains of the interior have very distinct characteristics. Similarly, the Mediterranean Costa's change ‘flavour’ as they sweep down from the Pyrenees through the pine forests of the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. From the picturesque orange blossom coast of the Costa del Azahar, past the stunning beaches of the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida, the landscape finally becomes semi-arid as we approach the Costa de Almeria. In contrast, we turn west to discover the Lush green fairways of the Costa del Sol or north to northern Spain. There are a number of interesting museums for example the Dali museum and the Guggenheim Museum. also eight world heritage cities

Until late 1975 Spain was under the Franca dictatorship, now Spain is a constitutional monarchy of some 17 autonomous communities, including the off-shore territories of the Balearics (to the east) and the Canaries (off Africa’s north-western shares).
After King Juan Carlos came to power, Spanish culture quickly changed to encouraged the growth of the tourism industry that brought so many of us to her coasts. The British, especially, have fallen in love with Spain and this explains its popularity as a destination for buyers of overseas property, Tens of thousands of us now own Spanish homes and enjoy spanish culture.

The UK is blessed with a variety of languages and dialects. Spain has a similarly rich linguistic heritage. There are four official languages; Castilian Spanish (the most commonly spoken), Catalan (used in Catalunya and the Balearics), Basque (spoken in the Basque regions of both France and Spain) and, finally, Galician. As if that weren't enough, there are a number of local dialects such as Valéncian and Andulucian. This is all part of the diverse culture of Spain.

Spain is the world’s third largest wine producer; with an industry that most experts regard as the fastest improving vinicuhure of recent decades. Rioja is Spain’s best loved variety it’s a highly distinctive, full bodied wine available in both red and white.

Widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights , fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, Spain has much more to offer than that. It is and has been for many years one of the centres of culture in Europe.

Christmas in Spain is not as huge a commercial occasion as is the case in many other western cities. Christmas lights are usually lit in the main cities in the first week of December by which time the shops are fully stocked with Christmas supplies. Nothing like the UK where the end of summer marks the build up to Christmas. See also Christmas food in Spain and the Spanish lottery “El Gordo” (Spanish for “The Big One”)

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