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Population: 39.8 Million
Area in sq mile: 195.400
Capital: Madrid
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About Spain as holiday and travel destination

With an area of 504,742 km², Spain is the second largest country in Europe. Spain and Portugal make up the Iberian Peninsula situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The peninsula is divided from the rest of Europe by the Pyrenees. Spain’s sea climate produces mild winters and hot summers.

Nestled in the Pyrenees is Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world. It has a total surface area of 465 km² and a population of 44,000. Andorra is jointly governed by the Bishop of Urgel (Spain) and the President of France. The capital city is Andorra la Vella. Andorra has a thriving winter sport industry.

The Meseta plateau stretches throughout most of Spain. The plateau is covered with dry grasslands, olive groves and forested hills. To the north and to the south there are snow-capped mountain chains. The only desert in Europe is found in the southern province of Almería and the southernmost tip of Spain is just 15 kilometres from Africa. The Spaniards are different in every province; not only do their cultures and diets differ, but in some cases they even speak a different language. One fourth of the population speaks Catalan, Galician or Basque.

Nestled in the Pyrenees is Andorra, one of the smallest countries in the world. It has a total surface area of 465 km² and a population of 44,000. Andorra is jointly governed by the Bishop of Urgel (Spain) and the President of France. The capital city is Andorra la Vella. Andorra has a thriving winter sport industry.

The Meseta plateau stretches throughout most of Spain. The plateau is covered with dry grasslands, olive groves and forested hills. To the north and to the south there are snow-capped mountain chains. The only desert in Europe is found in the southern province of Almería and the southernmost tip of Spain is just 15 kilometres from Africa. The Spaniards are different in every province; not only do their cultures and diets differ, but in some cases they even speak a different language. One fourth of the population speaks Catalan, Galician or Basque.

Madrid is situated in the middle of the Meseta, at 646 metres above sea level. Madrid’s population of 3 million live in the highest capital city in Europe. The Museo del Prado and the beautiful El Escorial monastery are famous, as are the Spanish painters Velásquez, Goya, El Greco, Picasso and Dalí.

There is an array of major seaside cities along or near the Mediterranean coast: Barcelona (with the renowned architecture of Gaudí), Valencia, Alicante, Malaga and Seville. The Moors have clearly left their mark in the south. From the 8th to the 12th century most of Spain was controlled by the Moors, an Arabic people form North Africa. In Granada – once the Moorish capital city – stands the Alhambra, a fort surrounding a magnificent Moorish palace, which towers above the city. Spain is also known for flamenco dancing and bull fighting.

Spaniards enjoy meat and fish. Paella is one of its best-known dishes. But Spanish tapas, small dishes served as snacks all day long or eaten instead of a full meal, are becoming more widely known. The Spanish drink their home-grown wines with their meals. Sherry from the south and Rioja from the north are the best-known Spanish wines. On the Mediterranean coast, tourists like to drink sangria, a lightly chilled wine served with fresh fruit in it.

Every year more than 60 million tourists from all over Europe and the US flock to Spain and Portugal. The Balearic Islands, an archipelago in the Mediterranean, are a particularly popular holiday destination.

There is a wide array of websites about tourism, some only in Spanish, but most in more than one language. The famous Pilgrim route to Santiago di Compostella can be found on several sites. Holiday rentals are abundant. Regional information can usually be found on official government sites.

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