With its beautiful beaches, mountains, campsites, ski resorts, pleasant climate, varied and fun nightlife, numerous cultural regions and historic cities, it’s no wonder that Spain is the most popular destination in Europe for any kind of trip. A country of great geographical and cultural diversity, Spain can surprise those who only know its reputation for beach holidays and seemingly endless sunshine. It has everything from lush meadows and snow-capped mountains to the vast swamps and deserts of the south-east. While summer is the peak season, those who want to avoid the crowds should consider visiting winter, where not only is it generally mild and sunny, but where attractions such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada and the Gran Mezquita in Cordoba are not crowded. However, the ski resorts of the Sierra Nevada are very popular. The Mediterranean climate that prevails in southern and central Spain is known for its dry summers and (somewhat) wet winters. Visiting Spain in winter or spring therefore has the added advantage of giving the vegetation a much healthier appearance. Northern Spain (e.g. Asturias), on the other hand, receives a lot of rain throughout the year and has lush green vegetation even in August.
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