Bordering the Western edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Spain is a fascinating combination of super-modern European culture and fiercely defended traditional values. Underpinned by a past that embraces both European and Islamic Moorish influences, this is a nation that stands at the crossroads of Europe, welcoming visitors with open arms and a warm heart. Spain's Mediterranean coast is particularly fascinating, and enjoys an excellent climate that makes it a popular tourist destination all year round.
This area is also a playground for Europe's super-rich, attracted by the glamour of resorts such as Marbella and Puerto Banus. Offering a heady mix of exotic nightlife, international shopping, and all the many other attractions created by a wealthy global clientele, these resorts are, nevertheless, not far from traditional whitewashed villages that nestle in the mountains rising behind the coast. With its exposure to tourism for so many years, Spain has a large English-speaking population, and it's very easy for English visitors to enjoy this lovely country without having to be familiar with the language.