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Spain Are you looking for economy car rentals in Spain, the country that always attracts? This is that exact destination that one chooses for short city breaks, extended family holidays on the beach, or long drives across the country (sometime with visiting bordering places such as Portugal or France).

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Spain is a diverse European destination with plenty of culture, sightseeing, great foods, and entertainment. Whether you would like to visit great museums of Madrid, get rest at Mallorca or Tenerife beaches, or have a breathtaking car trip across Andalusia, go to Spain now. You will experience more if you make economy car booking with us, just in a few clicks from this page.

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Booking a car in Spain through Auto Hire Online is easy, fast and remarkably cheap. We offer economy rental cars, standard vehicles, luxury autos, spacious passenger carriers and trendy SUVs to meet nearly every need and nearly every budget. We offer rental cars in Spain’s all popular destinations including such cities as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Cordoba, Figueres, Gerona, and many others.

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Spain is one of the most attractive worldwide destinations. Travel magazines feature many photos of Spanish sights; on the TV there are a lot of the advertisements, inviting to visit this country. Many experienced travelers say that there is no bad season to set off for Spain, but the most appropriate are summer and spring. Summer in Spain means white sand beaches, sun, a lot of wine, and 24-hour entertainment, spring is the season of festivals, among which thrilling Fiesta de San Fermin (we used to call it the Running of Bull), Tomato fight in Bumol (the biggest food fight in the world) and many other festivals and carnivals. Your Spain rental car will help you to get the most of your vacation in Spain.

Spain is the perfect rout for anyone, because Spanish tourist industry is considered to be the second largest in the world. It doesn’t matter who you are and what you are, Spain offers a wide range of leisure activities. If you are young and eager to have fun there are dozens of night clubs and bars in the Mediterranean island of Ibiza or other places in the Med. If you are a true art-lover the ancient architecture of the Moors and Romans, masterpieces of renowned Spanish painters, such as Pablo Picasso are waiting for you. Moreover, just sitting in one of numerous sidewalk cafés and sipping the wine, you will feel that Spain is the very place you will always want to return to. But the best way to discover the country is of course to rent a car in Spain on Auto Hire Online.

Spain is the country that has enough interesting sights to involve and astonish even the most bored traveler. Variety of museums and castles, multitude of bars, cafes and discos can be found in Madrid, the capital of the country. Being in Madrid one can’t help visiting Museo del Prado which has one of the best art collections in the world. The Plaza Mayor square with a great deal of shops, Puerta Del Sol - the epicenter of city’s nightlife should be also in the list of you must-visit places in Madrid.

There is always a lot going on and plenty to do in Barcelona, the centre of Catalunya. As the Catalan capital, Barcelona has an endless offering of attractions for visitors from around the world. From Gaudi’s creations in Parc Guell and the Sagrada Familia to the Olympic Park, it is much more than just a beach holiday destination. If you prefer modern architecture, welcome to Valencia, where is the City of the Arts and Sciences, sometimes called a techno-palace is situated. Valencia is a real gateway to anyone’s dreams, because the city provides the tourists with a great choice of sights. The Oceanographic with different samples of blue aquatic life, Museum of the Sciences Prince Philip, where you can participate in sports experiments, experience optical illusions and get acquainted with Nobel prize winners in Medicine – these places of interest will attract your attention for sure.

The Costa Blanca is famous for its endless beaches with plenty of sunshine. The tiny villages along the seaside are popular among many tourists. The source of inspiration of Salvador Dali is Costa Brava with its untouched nature, beautiful landscapes and crystal clear water. In nine occasions out of ten saying Spain we mean Ibiza, because it is impossible to imagine the country without the third largest of Balearic Islands. It became even synonymous of Spain. The sun all year round, endless day and night parties, wonderful beaches all these brought international fame to Ibiza. Look for the architectural treasures and prehistoric monuments a lot of them are concentrated in Majorca - the most attractive of Mediterranean islands. This land is known for the coves kept in the pinewoods, mild climate and solitary atmosphere.

Spend the weekend in Toledo or escape for a day to the region of Andalucia, birthplace of flamenco dance, take photos of the Cathedral and Christopher Columbus' tomb in Seville, go to Cordoba to see the sights from UNESCO World Heritage List. Spain surprises and comforts, thrills and puzzles, but leaves nobody indifferent.

Spain Facts

Full Country Name

Kingdom of Spain

Capital

Madrid

Major Cities

Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Malaga

Population

46 million

Area

504,030 square kilometers (195,364 square miles)

Language

Spanish (Regional languages also include Aranese, Basque, Catalan/Valencian and Galician)

Currency

Euro

Country code

+34

Time Zone

CET (UTC+1), summer: CEST (UTC+2)

Religion

Roman Catholicism

Spain Geography

Spain is located on the south-west of Europe, occupying nearly 85% of the Iberian Peninsula. In the north the country has a specific natural frontier - the Pyrenees – the principal Spanish mountain range, the highest peak is Pico de Aneto. The Pyrenees separate the country from France. Other neighbors of Spain are Andorra, Portugal, and Morocco. 17 administrative regions comprise the country, 15 of them are on mainland Spain. The provinces of the country are the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. On the Moroccan mainland there are Ceuta and Melilla which are also under Spanish control. The capital of the country is Madrid.

Spain is washed by North Sea in the south-west, the Mediterranean Sea (south-east), and the Bay of Biscay in the north. The country has access to the Atlantic Ocean. As for the principal rivers, they are the Guadalquivir in the south, the Tajo in the central part of the country, and the Ebro in the northeast. The landscapes of Spain are extremely varied. The forests (evergreen oak) are preferably located in the northwest, on mountain slopes. The coastlines stretch along Mediterranean Sea in the east, along the Atlantic Ocean and Cantabrian Sea. The climate of Spain is rather temperate: the summers are hot and clear, the winters are cold, but much milder on the coast.

Spain History

Spain was inhabited by different tribes, among which the Celts, the Iberians, the Basques, and others. The Iberians came to the territory of modern Spain from the north of Africa. Gradually the Celtic tribes mixed with the Iberians. As the result there appeared the celt-iberian race. The large part of the country (Ibiza and Cartagena) was conquered by the Carthaginians. In 206 B.C. Spain became a part of Roman Empire. Some time late the Muslims entered the country but were defeated by the Franks. In the 10th century Spain got political independence, with Cordova as a center of this area of the world. A hundred years the internecine wars took place between various Arabian noble families and the country was divided into numerous small caliphates.

The marriage of Ferdinand II and Isabella I in 1469 broke the ice between many Spanish states. The process of consolidation began. The main goal of the Inquisition establishment was to root out heresy and to punish Jews and Muslims who were not enough sincere in their Christian belief. Spain as every other country has its own Golden Age. It started soon after Christopher Columbus discovered America and tons of gold and silver were brought to the country. The historians usually call this period – the era of exploration, discovery, and colonization. After the conquest of Mexico, Spain became wealthy colonial empire. But not only acquisition characterized Spain, the country suffered greatly from the losses of its colonies. Belgium, Luxembourg, Milan, Sardinia, and Naples were separated from Spain after the War of the Spanish Succession. As the result of numerous revolutions and wars (18-19th centuries) Spanish colonial empire in the Americas and the Philippines was ruined. For a whole century Spain was under French control till the Peninsular War. Step by step Spanish society was divided into conservatives and liberals, the differences between the rural residents and urban citizens were more evident.

Economic crisis and military dictatorship became the synonyms of Spain in the beginning of 20th century. In the World War I the country took the neutral position. After the abolition of the dictatorship the country adopted new constitution, which proclaimed Spain as a workers' republic. The church was separated from the state, practically all the schools were secularized. The Spanish Civil War (1936 -1939) was a special prelude to World War II. But the transition to the democracy was made only after death of the dictator Francis Franco. In 1982 Spain became a member of NATO, later joined the European Economic Community and the European Union. Nowadays, the economy of the country is the fifth largest in Europe; the tourism makes up a great part of state income.

Spain Attractions

The tourists, who come to Spain for the first time, are very surprised by the number of interesting sights and attractions the country offers them. Being in Spain, don’t loose the opportunities to visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada. You need the whole day to explore this complex of monuments and gardens. The Alcazar Palace in Sevilla is also worth your attention. The pride of Cordoba is the Mezquita with a cathedral in it. Take into account that the night visits are permitted. If you are fond of art, you are welcome to Barcelona. All of Gaudi’s works can be seen in La Sagrada Familia.

If you are interested in history visit Merida, which was the largest Roman city in Spain in the past days. That’s why among the attractions of this region – the remnants of the Theatre, Anti-theatre, Aqueduct and Roman bridge. Valencia – another popular tourist destination in Spain. This region is full of incredible sights and museums. Go to the excursion around the Plaza del Mercado, which is considered to be a specific home of three sights: the gothic-styled Silk Market, the baroque-styled Santos Juanes Church, and the Central Market.

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Recreation in Spain

Spanish people regularly go in for sport. It is an inseparable part of their daily life. It is interesting that every region of the country is characterized by its own favorite sport. In Catalonia winter sports are wide spread. As for Valencia coast - windsurfing, scuba-diving, and surfing are rather popular. In the Basque provinces there exists a kind of racquetball, which is called jai alai.

The corrida de toros (bullfighting) is a national sport. It is rather beautiful choreographed ballet than a sporting event. The season of bullfights starts in March and lasts till October. Traditionally the bullfights occur on Sunday afternoons. The shows are held in major cities and in almost every town during local festivals. Football was introduced into Spain by the British at the end of the 19th century and till nowadays remains popular thought the country. One of the largest indoor ski resorts in Europe – Xanadu.

Shopping in Spain

Shopping in Spain is an interesting hobby. There are many small family run stores. But the last time there appears more and more supermarkets and boutiques. Queuing is a special national symbol. Shop assistants will not always serve customers in order, that’s why if you plan to stand in a line, ask who is “La Ultima”, which means “who is the last”. The best city in Spain to go shopping is Madrid. The biggest brands have their stores, which are concentrated in Gran Via & Sol, the most popular of them the Inditex, Zara, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius.

If you are eager to buy musical instruments, especially locally produced guitars, go to Opera district. Spain's most popular chain of department stores is El Corte Inglés. The shopping hours vary greatly between region, city, town and type of shop. As for the markets there are different types of them. Indoor markets (mercados), open-air street markets and markets that move from area to area. The best souvenirs which can be bought in Spain are ceramics, pottery, woodwork, embroidery, paintings and various leather goods.

Spanish Cuisine

The Spanish is the most passionate nation in the world. The cuisine totally reflects this feature. Much meat and fish with a lot of vegetables – this is the image of Spanish cuisine. The locals do not prefer spices; they use them but quite a little. The most popular Spanish specialties are Fritura (the seafood, fried in thin batter), Pescado (a whole fish cooked in a block of salt), Gazpacho (a cold soup, made of tomatoes, garlic, cucumber, peppers and onion). It should be said that the most wide spread way of fish cooking is the so-called “la plancha”, when fish is griddle with olive oil, and served with garlic, lemon and parsley.

Spain’s most famous dish Paella is usually made of beans with off cuts of rabbit and the short grain rice. “Tapa” - this notion originated from Spain and was spread all over the world. If we translate this word into English we will get the word cover. Tapas can be different; they can be made of cheese, fish, eggs, vegetables.




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