Notorious for its sun, beaches and mountains, Spain is the paradisiacal gem of Europe. But while many people see it as a great holiday destination, have you ever wondered what life would really be like there? With more than 70 universities, it could be the ideal place for you. If you need help deciding, here are our 10 good reasons to study in Spain.
Situated in southern Europe, Spain is a country with an endless summer and a place where people don't quite know what to do when it rains. With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it's the perfect place to escape from the grey skies and drizzle that plague northern countries and to soak up some vitamin D. Even though the south is considered to have the better weather, the north can be very surprising, with temperatures that never dip below ten degrees in winter.Travel
Spain is the third largest country in Europe, and while that might sound rather daunting to a prospective international student - just think about the amount of places you can visit. Whether you want to travel north to south or east to west, transport within Spain is cheap and fast. You can even try it the popular local way and car share; you'll be surprised at how many people travel here!
If one country isn't enough for you, cheap airlines such as Ryanair and Vueling have cheap flights all year round to the rest of Europe, so that you can appease the travel bug inside you. If you're also looking to explore another continent, Spain is regarded as the gateway to Africa, with cheap ferries and flights leaving every day to Morocco.Diverse landscape
With miles of hot, white, sandy beaches and blue seas there's no questioning as to why many Europeans choose to spend their holidays stretched out soaking up the sun. But that's not all that Spain has to offer. From the ski slopes of the Pyrenees to the ancient, white washed villages of Granada, there's somewhere for everyone to feel at home. Rent a car and take a trip through Andalucia to experience the 'real' Spain.
The white sandy beaches of Barcelona, SpainSports
Football dominates the Iberian Peninsula. FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla; the list of world-class teams goes on. La Liga, Spain's football league, even rivals that of the English Premier League and tickets to see games can be found at reasonable prices. Did you know that in 2015, the Spanish national basketball team won the European Championship? Played by both men and women, this is a hugely popular sport and if you study in Spain you'll be able to catch a great game in many cities.Festivals and parties
Life in Spain is one big fiesta; and no one throws a fiesta like the Spanish. From seeing the bulls run in Pamplona, to a city light up in flames for Las Fallas in Valencia, to throwing tomatoes in Bunol, it's a country that impresses the world. Parades, carnivals and bonfires happen throughout the year - you'll definitely get the chance to catch something if you're studying in Spain.Architecture
From the Romans to the modern day, Spain's architecture is incomparable to anywhere else. Barcelona is dotted with Gaudi's famous designs, while Granada boasts the great Moorish fortress, the Alhambra. Visit a mosque from 1000 years ago one day and then the next step inside some of the most incredible cathedrals in Europe. The history of this country really comes alive in its impressive design.The big cities (and the smaller ones too)
Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville: they're the big four and it's for a reason. Each city has its own personality and they will all entrance you with their various foods, architecture and culture. These are the most popular bucket-list cities, but don't forget about the smaller ones too. Malaga, Toledo and Santiago de Compostela are just a few more extraordinary places with intriguing traditions that shouldn't be looked over if you're planning a trip!
The beautiful Plaza de Espana, SevilleSiesta
There aren't many countries that put time aside in the day to nap, but Spain is not like many other countries. While university classes generally don't stop for the afternoon siesta, many shops and businesses do. So if you're fortunate enough to avoid having class in the afternoon, then you have full, guilt-free reign of a three hour siesta.Food and Wine
It's the secret to anyone's heart, and Spain knows how to do it well. Picture yourself settling down after a day of lectures with your friends, drinking world class wine (affordably) and tucking into plates of tapas. If cheese, ham, bravas and tortilla doesn't sound up your street, try the nation's other favourite dish, paella.
But it's not just restaurant food that will give you the best flavours. Spain produces some of the freshest, most colourful and tastiest fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, oranges and aubergine.Language
An estimated 559 million people speak Spanish across the world. By choosing to study in Spain, you have the chance to be a part of one of the fastest growing languages on the globe. Not only will this give you a great advantage in your future career, but you will also be able to communicate with people almost anywhere in the world - giving you a whole new outlook on travelling. Give Spanish a try and let the culture and traditions of this diverse country envelop you.