Spain

Spain

Things to do - general

Spain is located on the Iberian peninsula, of which it occupies 80% (the remaining 20% being Portugal), in the southwest of Europe. To the north are France and Andorra with the Pyrenees as a natural border. Also the Balearean islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) in the Mediterranean, the Canary islands in the Atlantic (near the Maroccan coast), and Ceuta and Melilla (located in Northern Africa) belong to the Spanish territory.
Spain is the third country in Europa as for it’s size and fifth as for population numbers. It has a surface of about 505.955 square kilometers. This includes all the islands above mentioned. Spain counts more than 40 million people, most of them living in the cities or along the Costa’s. Spain is divided into 19 autonomous areas, including the areas outside the Iberian peninsula. The most prosperous areas are Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country. Extremadura is the poorest area of Spain, adjacent to Portugal, Andalucia, Castilla La Mancha and Castillia y Léon.

There are 5 large mountain ranges which cross the country and about 50% of the land lies considerably higher than sea level.
The sceneries vary from almost desert-like to a fertile and green land and of course there are the long coastal strips, in the east along the Mediterranean (from the Pyrenees to Gibraltar), next in the south and west to Portugal along the Atlantic Ocean.



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Sports & nature

Doñana National Park is the ideal place to discover a unique natural space in an exciting and adventurous way. Once there, you can take a guided tour in an off-road vehicle through 70 kilometres of dunes, pine forests, marshes and unspoilt beaches at low tide. You can also explore part of the Park on horseback, riding along endless beaches, hiking or bicycle riding. You will find information on possible routes in the Park’s six visitor centres.A very special time for a visit to the Park is during the El Rocío Pilgrimage, a procession in which thousands of pilgrims journey on horseback or in decorated carts to the village of El Rocío through part of the Doñana National Park. A genuinely festive occasion which attracts large crowds of people, and involves frequent stops along the way for drinks and dancing to the sound of guitars.

Nightlife info

Experience a different kind of nightlife in Spain, and make the most of everything there is on offer. One way to start the evening is with dinner and a few drinks in a music bar… or else you could go to a musical or the theatre. Then adjourn to a bar or disco with friends to carry on partying until well into the night. And if you want to prolong the fun until the next day, you can go dancing in all-night discos or drop into an after-hours club. And to round it all off –even though the sun's already up– what could be better than a delicious cup of hot chocolate with "churros" (hot fritters)?

Culture and history info

Spain counts more than 40 million people, most of them living in the cities or along the Costa's. Spanish state encompassed numerous distinct ethnic and cultural minorities. The 1978 Constitution recognizes and guarantees autonomy of nationalities and regions making up Spanish state, and seventeen autonomous communities existed in late 1980s. Major ethnic groups: Castillians, Basques, Catalans, Galicians, Andalusians, Valencians, Asturians, Navarrese, and Aragonese. There is also a small number of Gypsies. Ethnonationalistic sentiment and commitment to the ethnic homeland varies among and within ethnic communities. Nationalist and separatist sentiment run deepest among Basques.

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