Spain

Spain is located in Southern Europe, bordering France, Portugal and Morocco. The capital is Madrid and the population is 46.56 million. Spain is a very diverse country, with the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and Ceuta and Melilla in Africa.

There are four official languages, Spanish, Catalan, Basque and Galician, which show the cultural diversity present in the country.  Spain has great art and history, dating from well before the Greeks, Romans and Arabs conquered some parts of the country. In places like Merida, Segovia o Tarragona you can experience the legacy left by the Roman Empire. In Andalucia, for example, old mosques and Moorish architecture cohabit with catholic churches.

Spain is famous for its beaches and the sun but it actually has 45 locations listed as Unesco World Heritage sites for their cultural significance or natural beauty, so there is much more to see beyond its coastline. There are also different mountain ranges like the Pyrenees, Sierra Nevada or Picos de Europa which are great for those who love to practice winter sports or enjoy a visit to the countryside.

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Balearic Islands

In terms of gastronomy, Spain is very diverse too. Probably the most famous dish is paella, a sea food, vegetable or meat rice dish. Tortilla (omelette with potatoes and onion), croquetas (croquettes) or octopus “a la gallega” (seasoned with paprika and sea salt) are other popular dishes.

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Paella dish

 

 

 

 

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