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 thousands of years- one of the cultural centers of Europe.Learn more about Spanish Culture...
- Spanish Art
- Spanish Society
- Spanish music
- Spanish cinema
- Spanish flamenco
- Spanish history
The painter and sculptor Antonio López, born in Tomelloso (Castillo-La Mancha, Spain), is quite clearly the most brilliant contemporary Spanish hyper-realist artist. Given his dedication and meticulous attention to detail, he does not have a very extensive body of work. He has earned heavy press coverage recently for a portrait of the family of former King Juan Carlos I, which took him 20 years to complete.
Atlético de Madrid
The Atlético de Madrid soccer team is, along with Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, one of several teams based in Spain’s capital city. It’s a special team for many reasons, including the uncommon ability of its extraordinarily faithful fans to handle disappointment with a nearly stoic attitude as they quietly wait for years until they can enjoy great victory. This is one of Spain’s oldest teams and an essential component of the Spanish league.
The Botanical Garden of La Orotava
On the north side of the island of Tenerife, in the city of Puerto de la Cruz, there’s a little place that reflects rich vegetation from around the world. The Botanical Garden of La Orotava has been functioning as a “bridge” of sorts since the 18th century, where plant species from all over the planet stop off on their way to be transplanted in continental Spain. This is Spain’s second oldest botanical garden.
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán is one of the authors who best captures Spain’s “transition” period with his series of crime novels featuring the detective Pepe Carvalho. This prolific author also penned poetry, essays and works on history.
The Serra de Tramuntana
The mountainous region of Serra de Tramuntana stretches across the entire northwest coast of the Island of Mallorca, a place where scenic tucked-away villages highlight the area’s natural landscapes. Intimate beaches and concealed coves also lie hidden away within the rocky cliffs that make up this attractive shoreline.