A Little About Spain

About Spain

The Kingdom of Spain (in Spanish and Galician: Reino de Espa√Īa;  in Catalan: Regne d'Espanya; in Basque: Espainiako Erresuma; in Occitan: Regne d'Espanha) is the larger of the two countries that make up the Iberian peninsula (the other is Portugal) located in south-western Europe.

To the west (and, in Galicia, south), it borders Portugal. To the south, it borders Gibraltar and, through its cities in North Africa (Ceuta and Melilla), Morocco.

To the north-east, along the Pyrenees mountain range, it borders France and the tiny principality of Andorra. It also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and a number of uninhabited islands on the Mediterranean side of the strait of Gibraltar, known as Plazas de soberan√≠a (places of sovereignty), such as the Chafarine islands, the "rocks" (pe√Īones) of V√©lez and Alhucemas, and the tiny Isla Perejil (disputed). In the North-east along the Pyrenees, a small enclave town called Ll√≠via in Catalonia is surrounded by French territory

Spain is the second most-visited tourism destination in the World. They welcome 52 million tourists per year, according to the World Tourism Organisation

Widely known for flamenco music, song and dance, bull fights, wine, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, Spain has even more to offer than that. It is - and has been for thousands of years - one of the artistic and cultural centres of Europe. It has beautiful cities and towns, offering very old monuments as well as modern architecture. Its various regions are all very different from each other; the geography, the weather, and even the people. It is a fascinating country to know and to learn more about.

"Spain is different!", Spaniards used to say!

Map of Spain

When Is It Best To Visit Spain?

Though most of us tend to think Spain is always a warm place, it can be very cold in winter, especially in the Central Region and in the North. In some places it can also rain occasionally in the summer months. Remember to travel with adequate clothes.

Location: South-western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, and North Atlantic Ocean, south-west of France

Climate: Temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast

Capital: Madrid

Largest City: Madrid

Official Language: Spanish

Area: 504,782 km²

Population: 45,200,737 (Estimated 2007)

Calling Code: +34

Currency: Euro

Spain is divided into 50 provinces, grouped into 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities with high degree of autonomy.

Andalucia Aragon Asturias
Balearic islands
Basque Canary islands Cantabria Castilla-La Mancha
Extremadura Galicia
Castilla y León
La Rioja Madrid Murcia Navarre

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