Homeland of the first explorers, Spain still is worthy of its tradition of dynamism, as demonstrated by Valencia's election to host the America's cup in 2007 and 2010. Not only a place to be, Spain also boasts exceptional cultural and natural resources: the peaceful coves of the Balearics give way to exciting coastal towns, trendy resorts and gorgeous, secluded bays. Between glitter, thrill, and grace, Spain is the queen of contrast. This is why you should set your heart on the Balearics' unique clear waters and gorgeous scenery: from Mallorca's rocky coastline to Formentera's endless sandy dunes, cruising the archipelago will also please night birds, thanks to Ibiza's dramatic selection of stylish bars and exclusive clubs. For a quieter urban backdrop, head to Cala Portinatx.