Spain has many business schools, which offer a wide range of MBA and PhD programs, There are also international schools that provide classes in Chinesse, French, Russian, German, Japanese, etc.
The University of Deusto, which is located in the most emblematic part of Bilbao, the University of Salamanca, which is one of the oldest universities in the world as it was founded in 1218, the University of Santiago de Compostela and the Complutense University in Madrid are just some examples of the most prestigious universities that Spain has to offer.
There are more than 300 golf courses throughout the country including the Balearic and the Canary Islands. Some of them host international tournaments, such as Valderrama in Sotogrande (Cádiz), La Moraleja (Madrid), El Saler (Valencia), etc. Valderrama in Andalucia, which was the location of the Ryder Cup in 1997, was the only Spanish golf course chosen in Golf Digest´s list of the 100 best golf courses in the world.
Andalucia is the autonomous community with the most golf courses in Spain and it retains the most possibilities for acquiring properties near them. Sotogrande, which is surrounded by five golf courses, Finca Cortesín and the Real Golf Club of Sevilla are just some examples of the spectacular prospects in the Spanish life style that await national and international golfers.
Spain enjoys many national heritage sites –such as Royal Palace of Madrid, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, The Alhambra in Granada– many famous and prestigeous museums –The Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, all of them in Madrid, The Dalí Museum in Barcelona, or the Guggenheim in Bilbao– and magnificent parks as The Retiro in Madrid, Güell Park in Barcelona or The Aiete in San Sebastian. Thirteen Spanish cities have been declared as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. These include: Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Cáceres, Córdoba, Toledo, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Mérida, Salamanca, Cuenca and Ibiza.
The earliest Spanish operas appeared in the middle of the 17th century with libretti by such famous writers as Calderon de la Barca and Lope de Vega to music by such somposers as Juan Hidalgo de Polanco. These early operas, however, failed to catch the imagination of the Spanish public. It was not until the increasing popularity of such genres as ballad opera and opera comique that opera in Spain started to gain momentum, since the use of speech in the vernacular inevitably encouraged Spanish composers to develop their own national style of opera: zarzuela.
Zarzuela is characterized by a mixture of sung and spoken dialogue. Although Hidalgo’s early forays into opera were more along the lines of Italian opera, he was instrumental in helping to create the art form, composing the first known zarzuela, El laurel de Apolo, in 1657. The courtly Baroque zarzuela, a mixture of sophisticated verse drama, allegorical opera, popular song, and dance, became the fashion of the Spanish court for over the next 100 years.