What are the best cities to visit in Spain? We will show you!

What are the best cities to visit in Spain? We will show you!

Spain is a country with a long history, a manifold culture and plenty of beautiful places to visit. We know it can be hard to decide, where to go. Especially, as almost all Spanish cities possess this typical traditional flair, for which Spain became famous.   But do not worry, we created a short list of the best cities to visit in Spain in order to help you choosing the right one for your next holiday in Spain. Of course, these are just thought as an inspiration to the question “What are the best cities to visit in Spain?” and do not claim to be complete.         The best cities to visit in Spain   Madrid Madrid is the capital of Spain and with 3.2 million urban and 6.5 million metropolitan inhabitants also the third-largest city in the European Union. Here you can lose yourself visiting many popular landmarks such as the Gran Vía, the Cervantes Monument on the Plaza de España, the Prado National Museum and the well-kept, gigantic park El Retiro. It is also home to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of the Royal Spanish Family and to two football clubs, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, that are famous all over the world. Enjoy exciting days discovering the city and have fun in the vibrating nightlife full of bars, clubs and events!      Barcelona Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, the second-largest city of Spain and the largest metropolis belonging to the region of the Mediterranean Sea with more than 1.6 million inhabitants within the city limits. In Barcelona you can...
What is the official language of Spain? It’s not just “Spanish”!

What is the official language of Spain? It’s not just “Spanish”!

In several regions in Spain people speak different languages   Everybody knows that people in Spain speak Spanish.   But is this really true?   When you are going to travel to Barcelona, Bilbao or Santiago de Compostela you will quickly notice, that people do not speak “Spanish” at all. And there is an easy explanation for it: Spain has several official languages.   The Castilian, the official language of Spain   What we refer to and consider as “Spanish language” is actually called Castilian (in Spanish “Castellano”). It is spoken in whole Spain as well as in South America. It belongs to the Roman languages and has gained high importance in the 18th century thanks to historic and socio-economic developments. From there the modern Spanish evolved and people still relate to it as Castilian. Today 100% of all Spaniards command it as first or second language, however there is a very small percentage of people, who do not use it in their daily life.   Spain declared Castilian – or “Spanish” – as official language for the whole country and 19 countries in South America did so as well. It is also declared standard language in all public media and bureaucracy, which is supported by the The Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy or RAE).       So, when you learn Spanish, you will in fact study Castilian Spanish. And this is why you will surely question your Spanish skills when travelling to certain areas in Spain. Because you will think that you are well prepared, but suddenly local people talk to you in a completely different language...
10 good reasons why to learn Spanish now

10 good reasons why to learn Spanish now

Millions of people all around the world speak and learn Spanish. As you are reading this, you are thinking about being one of them, right? So pay attention now, because we’ll show you, why you definitely should learn Spanish!   It is a simple question, but it has a high importance: Why shall you study Spanish? Why not opt for other nice languages such as French (so romantic!) or Japanese (so exotic!)? To give you a response on this significant question, we would like to encourage you, to take a step back and have a view on the wider picture. Because seeing all benefits of a language at once gives more motivation to learn it. And of course we want you to be motivated to learn Spanish!   There are many reasons, why studying Spanish can be advantageous for your personal and professional life. To save you the investigation work, just for you we prepared a summary of the most important ones: 10 good reasons why to learn Spanish   1) According to Instituto Cervantes it is the world’s second most spoken language with more than 470 million native speakers and more than 560 million speakers who learned it as foreign language. Just imagine, how many people you can talk to as soon as you know Spanish!    2) It is official language in 21 different countries spread on 3 continents. Also it is an official language in numerous international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the European Union and many more.    3) In Europe it is the third most studied language, in America it is...