But continue southwest to the rugged Atlantic and Channel coasts, and to Land's End. Tiny fishing villages nestled in rocky inlets are the place to sample England 's best know cuisine - Fish and Chips.
Cities such as Barcelona, Grenada, Cordoba, and Seville, all have much to offer, and certainly more than the capital, Madrid. Spain has a multitude of festivals, carnivals, and fiesta's. The Running of the Bulls at Pamplona is best watched from a vantage point high enough to avoid the bulls' horns, as the novices tend to make the best targets for the beasts. The April Fiera in Seville is another to savour, when the whole city is given over to a week of flamenco music and dancing, with bullfights in the stadium, and general revelry around the streets. For the arts inclined head north to the Atlantic port of Bilbao, and its wonderful modern art galleries and liberated atmosphere.
The countries of what was communist Europe are slowly beginning to develop their facilities to welcome tourists. For many, now is a good time to go there, before the inevitable commercialism takes over too much, and while the original feel of the countries remains undiluted. Polish hospitality, for example, at the moment is still probably the best in Europe. Stay in any one place for more then a couple of days and you will certainly leave having made new friends, and probably you'll have been to their house, if not a cousin's wedding. Sacrifice a visit to the modern capital Warsaw in favour of the old capital Krakow , which is where you'll find the elegant buildings, and historic roots from the days of the monarchy. If you have transport, a drive along the Vistula River boasts scenery and castles to rival the Rhine, and the beauty and tranquillity of the Tatras mountains attracts hikers and writers to its alpine air.
Not only is Europe diverse, so is every country within it. It's friendly, welcoming, wonderfully scenic, with exciting cities, and amazing history. It will give you great memories, wonderful stories, and without doubt, it will leave you wanting more.