ABOUT SPAINSpain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar; to the north by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the northwest and west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.
The Way of St. James or St. James' Way is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried.
Festivals and Events
Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of other types of works.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, built by Ferrovial and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. It is built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Atlantic Coast. The Guggenheim is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The museum features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral of the archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The cathedral is the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Greater, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. It is the destination of the Way of St. James, a major historical pilgrimage route since the Middle Ages.
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBA, includes several Roman archaeological sites.
Running of the Bulls at the Festival of San Fermin
The Running of the Bulls is a practice that involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town's streets. The most famous running of the bulls is that of the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona, although they are also traditionally held in other places such as towns and villages across Spain, Portugal, in some cities in Mexico, and southern France during the summer.
Danza de los Zancos
A young stilt dancer takes dizzying routine to the streets on the occasion of the Danza de los Zancos (Lit. Stilt Dancing) festivity as part of a religious ritual to honor its patron saint day, Mary Magdalene, in Anguiano, La Rioja, northern Spain, July 22, 2011. Each year, eight dancers from Anguiano throw themselves spinning at a paved steep hill on stilts measuring some 50 centimeters."
Walk the Camino de Santiago
It’s a hell of a long walk, but it’s worth it. Join dedicated trekkers from all over the world as they take on up to 400 miles of trail that winds through the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain and southern France. Hikers have been walking this pass since the Medieval Age, with the ultimate goal of reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the end of the Christian pilgrimage.
Las Fallas de Valencia
Las Fallas de Valencia is the most spectacular, complete fiesta on earth, without a shadow of a doubt! It takes place in March and is intended as a tribute to St. Joseph, Patron Saint of the Carpenters´guild, where (it is said) the tradition arose from. The basis of the fiesta are the 'Fallas' monuments, as is well known. In a display of art, irony and humour they are exhibited in the streets during this week, between the 15th and 19th of March. On the last day at midnight, this monuments are set on fire and burn in immense, spectacularly beautiful pyres."