Spain is filled with hundreds of glittering beaches; flamenco dancers swirl in flounces of color; and bullfighters strut their stuff in the bullrings. Summer holidaymakers gather around great pans of steaming paella (at its tasty best in Valencia) and pitchers of sangria.
Beyond these clichéd images, a vast, unexpected panorama unfolds before you. Emerald green mountains seem to slide into the wild blue Atlantic in the north. Proud, solitary castles and medieval towns are strewn across the interior. White villages glitter in inland Andalucía. Rugged mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada (Europe’s most southerly ski resort) are draped across the country.
From its Roman relics to Muslim palaces, from baroque cathedrals and Modernista constructions, the country is a treasure chest of artistic and architectural marvels across a matchless cultural palette. More than 30 years of democracy and rapid economic development have spurred Spain’s cities to adorn themselves with sparkling new ornaments. An army of local and international architects has left a slew of daring signature buildings in Barcelona, Bilbao, and Madrid, to name a few.
Up and down the country a zest for life creates an intense, hedonistic vibe in its effervescent cities. Indeed, if there is one thing Spaniards love, it is to eat, drink, and be merry.
Top Reasons to Study Abroad in Spain with GlobaLinks
- Improve your Spanish language skills
- Study in a bustling metropolis like Barcelona or Madrid, a smaller college town like Salamanca, or the quintessential Spanish city of Sevilla.
- Take in the unique and impressive art, music, architecture, culture, and food.
- Modern Spain is growing quickly. Since joining the European Union, the country has grown to new levels of heightened industry, education and enterprise.
By: Gabe Schirm
As an American who has recently returned from living in Spain for two years I have made many mistakes and learned from them throughout my adventures. Here are some things you should know before you study abroad in Spain!
#10 – Military Time – This seems like a small thing but this is the standard in Spain so refresh those skills so you are not (too) late for tapas at 2100.
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