Country Description

When you visit Spain, you’ll understand what people mean when they talk about the past never really going away. Take a trip down to Alhambra, the Moorish fortress, and you won’t be able to stop seeing the middle eastern influences on Spanish art and architecture that has never gone away. Speaking of the past not going away, give yourself time to visit and tour the Sagrada Família Basilica in Barcelona, which is truly one of the most awe-inspiring despite the fact that it’s still n\under construction over a century after the work began. If you’re feeling brave, try your luck at running with the bulls in Pamplona, or better yet, take a day trip to Pamplona and walk the streets where the bulls run. It’s a lot safer and less crowed, and you won’t have to run so fast that you miss any of the sights. And then there’s the food—with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and western Europe on the other, Spain gets some of the world’s best ingredients, and its chefs know how to use them. Spain is truly one of the great and influential countries in the history of the world, and when you visit, you’ll find yourself changed forever as well.

Spain has one of the world’s largest economies, and its exports and tourist economy have remained healthy regardless of what else has been going on in the world. Spain’s largest companies can be found in the international banking and telecommunications sectors, and include the multinational banks Banco Santander and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and the communications company Telefónica. Like most major countries, Spain does business with many international corporations (especially in Latin and South America), and hosts satellite offices for businesses from around the world.