is a beautiful country. Natives truly call it 'el pais del sol' which means 'the country of the sun'. The stones of old espanol houses keep a lot of secrets, the pebbles of the roads remember the steps of medieval knights and noble ladies, and the air is imbued with history. Espanol people are very frank, humane and civilized. They are friendly and polite to foreigners and have a good sense of humor.
There are 17 provinces in Spain, and each of them leaves a mark on its inhabitants. A real espanol temper reveals itself in corrida. It is the most disputable phenomenon of Spanish culture. During many centuries people discuss it and cannot come to an agreement. But only when you understand the sense and splendor of corrida you may perceive and estimate the soul of a 'vero espanol' -- a true Spaniard.
Spain is open for tourists. Every year thousands of people visit this charismatic country. They come here to see famous castles and churches, to touch the spirit of history and meet new people. One of the reasons of such popularity is Spain's proximity to both African and European cultures. Still, animals, plants and the color of Spanish landscapes more resemble Africa than Europe. In time of Arabian dominion this country was one of the richest and most cultural countries of Europe, and its capitals -- Cordova originally and Granada later on -- were miraculous cities, indeed. And till nowadays Spain keeps its particular charm.
If you have decided to spend your next vacation in Spain you should go to the Spanish embassy in your country. Having examined all the documents submitted the embassy will grant you a visa. The list of required documents includes a valid passport, medical insurance and a letter of invitation. It may be supplemented by some more papers to be of importance for the embassy. Upon submitting all the documents you will have to wait for about 40 days for your visa. And it will cost you approximately 12 US dollars to receive it.
It is to be mentioned that espanol visa allows entry to any country of the Schengen Agreement. There are 10 countries participating in the Agreement: Austria, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and France. The Schengen Visa is valid during 90 days, so you can make a short European tour within this period.
When going to Spain, you should get acquainted with customs rules and restrictions. You can get this information at the embassy of Spain. For example, you may import personal jewelry, cameras, viewfinders, musical instruments, portable video and sound equipment, athletic gear and camping articles without paying custom charges. Generally, you may refer to the embassy or consulate of Spain anytime you have questions or problems related to visiting the country. There you will always find understanding and support.
Spain is a beautiful country which makes you forget all your trouble. So, don't waste your time and head for reverie!