The word Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, bullfighters, and white hillside villages. Beyond these traditional associations you'll find that Spain is really several countries within a country, with cutting-edge art museums, green highland valleys, soaring cathedrals, medieval towns, designer cuisine, raucous nightlife, and an immense treasury of paintings and sculptures.
The energy in this nocturnal town, where even grandmothers jostle for taxis at 4 a.m., is infectious .The Madrid metropolitan area population is calculated to be around 6.5 million and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris.
Where powerful caliphs ruled the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages, built their fairytale palaces and mosques in the legendary cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville.
There are thousands of Spanish tapa bars throughout the world and while the food can be great, the experience is nothing like the daily social gathering that is the Spanish tapeo. Like the English pub or the Mexican cantina it simply can't be exported.