Visiting Spain opens a window into a country of rich culture, character and festivity. Undeniably unique in so many ways, Spain has been one of the major cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years. Its extraordinary artistic heritage extends from grand achievements in painting, architecture and music. Renowned painters such as El Greco, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso transformed trends in art. It was in Andalusia that the first guitar was invented in the 1790s. Later, Andres Segovia of Spain took this invention to new heights by establishing the classical guitar as a genre. Paco de Lucia eventually became the best-known flamenco guitarist in the world.
Music is at the heart of Spanish culture and the country has had an important impact on the western musical tradition. Though best known for traditions like flamenco and the Spanish guitar, Spanish music varies greatly from region to region. When traveling to such areas as Seville, Cordoba and Granada, these distinctive sounds and characteristics can be heard on the streets and in the concert halls. Reflected in that music is the culture of people who find this expression integral to their lives and well-being. Enjoy a concert tour of Spain, and let yourself by immersed in all that Spain has to offer as you share your music with local people.