Spain is known to have a rich cultural heritage, a majestic blend of topographies, and internationally recognized museums and cathedrals. Spain has something to offer for everyone going abroad, whether you want to experience the mountainous northern region of Cataluna, the rich beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the south, or the beautiful beaches of the Costa del Sol.
Students wanting to experience Granada can expect a city which overflows with cultural and architectural remnants of an illustrious past. At the same time, the modern aspects of this vibrant city are ever-apparent. Granada was the last Muslim stronghold to be recaptured by the Christian monarchs (1492), and although never officially Spain’s capital, its symbolic importance in the creation of modern Spain has made it a familiar name to historians and tourists alike.
Salamanca, Spain (pop. 156,000) is one of the most magnificent renaissance cities in all of Europe. Salamanca was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and a European City of Culture in 2002. The city is small enough to navigate by foot, allowing you to gain a detailed understanding of the local landscape and culture. Sandstone colored buildings fill the city, earning Salamanca the nickname of La Ciudad Dorada (The Golden City).