Spanish culture is familiar to me because I had many friends from Madrid and Barcelona. Barcelona is located in east Spain right on the beach. I would love to go back sometime other than the winter months because the beach has tons of different forms of entertainment and looked/heard it was a blast. Would be a fun place to study abroad!
On Fridays at the University of Exeter, food stands from all different countries come to campus and sell authentic food. One of them was Spanish and was incredible, so I already knew what I was in for with visiting Spain. Good eats!