No one speaks English, it's amazingly cheap and Barcelona's not that dodgy.
Madrid is a mix of old and new; high culture and fun.
They slow the pace, emphasise the local, and produce unexpected pleasures from the magician's hat of cruising.
Tapas is not a series of small tasty dishes, it's a way of life.
Salamanca, home to the third-oldest European university, is known as ''The Golden City''.
Spain has distinctive food, festivals and architecture to savour.
The nation's afternoon nap may drive tourists mad but many Spaniards are determined to keep it.
Incredible art is placed front and centre on the Spanish stage, with architecture born from rebellious and creative spirits such as Dali, Picasso and Gaudi. Throw Roman ruins, Islamic architecture and gothic cathedrals into the mix, and you have an enthralling destination. Cities are linked by diverse landscapes; mountain ranges, Mediterranean coastlines, and rustic villages that cling to dusty hilltops, not to mention the food... oh the food.