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'Fiesta in the sun'

Mediterranean beaches, paella by the plateful and sangria in the sun. Southern Spain has long been a popular place, but tourists are increasingly turning to the fascinations of another Spain and far removed from the high-rise developments lining the Costa del Sol.

Spain is a treasure chest of unforgettable and beautiful scenery. Separating Spain from France are the snow-capped Pyrenees, as well as having breathtaking views, offer resorts including La Molina and Panticosa with plenty of opportunities for great skiing.

In the north, the winding rivers and lush, green forests of Galicia present a picture not usually associated with Spain, and is in a complete contrast to the Moorish-influenced south, Galician culture traces its routes to a Celtic origin. Everywhere are reminders of Spain’s rich and varied past, from the Alhambra in Granada to Don Quixote’s windmills in La Mancha.

Old mixes with new in cities including Toledo, Barcelona, Salamanca and the capital, Madrid, as celebrated museums, galleries and Baroque churches rub shoulders with popular bars and thumping discos.

What will never change is the Spaniards’ passion for partying and discos. Snack on tapas as you skip from bar to bar, before heading off to enjoy Spain’s infamous nightlife and club scene. Then revitalise the senses with Spain’s cultural heritage brims with flamenco, opera, painting, literature, sport, bullfighting and flamboyant, colourful fiestas.

Bargains abound amid the intense airline competition, so there has never been a better time to visit Spain and to just soak up the atmosphere where you won’t be disappointed.