GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

43,484,000

CAPITAL

Madrid (5,145,000)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $21,200

LANGUAGE

Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

RELIGION

Roman Catholic

LIFE EXPECTANCY

79

AREA

505,988 square kilometers (195,363 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

98

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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ALGECIRAS

Algeciras is a port city in the south of Spain, and is the largest city on the Bay of Gibraltar. The Port of Algeciras is one of the largest ports in Europe in three categories: container, cargo and transhipment.

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ESTEPONA

Estepona is a resort town on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. A palm-lined promenade, the Paseo Marítimo, runs next to the Playa de la Rada beach. Nearby are the restaurants and water sports facilities of Puerto Deportivo, plus a fishing port and the cove of Playa del Cristo. The whitewashed old town centers on the flower-filled square of Plaza de las Flores, home to the eclectic artworks of the Colección Garó.

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LOS REALES DE SIERRA BERMEJA

The Sierra Bermeja (""red mountain"") is a mountain range with an average height of 1,000m (its highest point being 1,450m), covering 1,236ha. It is an area that has undergone major volcanic activity; rainwater has oxidised the iron and magnesium present in the rocks and the iron oxide has coloured the rock reddish-ginger - thus the name of this mountain range.

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OTHER PICTURES

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PYRENNEES (SPANISH SIDE)

The Pyrenees mountain range separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe, stretching more than 430km between Spain and France and rising higher than 3,400m in elevation. Hiking trails traverse the entire length of the range and national parks offer shorter trails, while dozens of ski resorts can be found on both sides of the Pyrenees.

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RONDA

Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that is set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering scenic views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

ALGECIRAS

Spain -Algeciras-16802 COVER

Algeciras is a port city in the south of Spain, and is the largest city on the Bay of Gibraltar. The Port of Algeciras is one of the largest ports in Europe in three categories: container, cargo and transhipment.

ESTEPONA

Spain -Estepona-17014 COVER

Estepona is a resort town on the Costa del Sol, in southern Spain. A palm-lined promenade, the Paseo Marítimo, runs next to the Playa de la Rada beach. Nearby are the restaurants and water sports facilities of Puerto Deportivo, plus a fishing port and the cove of Playa del Cristo. The whitewashed old town centers on the flower-filled square of Plaza de las Flores, home to the eclectic artworks of the Colección Garó.

LOS REALES DE SIERRA BERMEJA

Spain -Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja-16903 COVER

The Sierra Bermeja (""red mountain"") is a mountain range with an average height of 1,000m (its highest point being 1,450m), covering 1,236ha. It is an area that has undergone major volcanic activity; rainwater has oxidised the iron and magnesium present in the rocks and the iron oxide has coloured the rock reddish-ginger - thus the name of this mountain range.

OTHER PICTURES

Spain -Other pictures Spain-17119 COVER

PYRENNEES (SPANISH SIDE)

Spain -Pyrennees (Spanish side)-16777 COVER

The Pyrenees mountain range separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe, stretching more than 430km between Spain and France and rising higher than 3,400m in elevation. Hiking trails traverse the entire length of the range and national parks offer shorter trails, while dozens of ski resorts can be found on both sides of the Pyrenees.

RONDA

Spain -Ronda-16846 COVER

Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that is set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering scenic views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

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