Spain

Spain

The familiar images of Spain – flamenco dancing, bullfighting, tapas bars and solemn Easter processions – do no more than hint at the diversity of the country.

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Spain, in southwestern Europe, covers the greater part of the Iberian Peninsula. The third largest country in Europe, it includes two island groups: the Canaries in the Atlantic and the Balearics in the Mediterranean, and two small territories in North Africa.

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Most visitors are drawn to the Canaries by their reliable subtropical warmth – despite many of the beaches being composed of black sand. The islands have a great contrast of scenery from luxuriant vegetation to spectacular volcanic formations.

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This archipelago off Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast has long been regarded as a holiday playground for Europe. However, as well as beaches, there is plenty of interest to discover.

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Stretching from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the south of the Iberian peninsula, this is Spain’s second largest region and easily the most varied. It is the home to all things “typically Spanish”.

Andalusia
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Although not a huge tourist destination, Extremadura has a lot to offer any visitor.

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This region is not an obvious choice for many tourists but it does have one of Spain’s most attractive cities – Toledo, crammed with interesting architecture from the Middle Ages.

Castilla-La Mancha
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Distances between sights can be daunting in the country’s largest region, but five historic cities reward the intrepid visitor: the harmonious Renaissance university city of Salamanca.

Castilla y León
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These two regions take up the middle of Spain’s Mediterranean coast and enjoy a pleasant climate.

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Aragón is one of the least known regions of Spain, but rewarding to explore. Its sights are grouped to the north and south, with Zaragoza, the country’s fifth largest city, in the centre.

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