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Jutting out from Europe into the Atlantic Ocean, Spain is a country with a rich history and flowering culture. Although separated from Western Europe by the Pyrenees Mountains, Spain has been an integral part of continental and world progress for thousands of years. Several languages and dialects are spoken throughout the country including Castilian Spanish, the official language, Catalan and Basque. The country is supported by agriculture, industry and tourism. Madrid, Spain's heart and soul, is a vigorous city of historic buildings, robust culture and friendly people. Visitors can enjoy fine dining and nightlife, sporting events — including popular bullfights — and the arts. Travelers to southern Spain will enjoy the Andalusian pleasures of Seville and the Mediterranean beauty of Barcelona and Malaga. Along the northern coast, the cities of Bilbao and Santander are must-sees for their blend of historic and modern sights and sounds. International jetsetters flock to the island of Ibiza each spring and summer to dance all night and bask on breathtaking beaches during the day. Spain's numerous rivers provide a beautiful backdrop for trips throughout scenic countryside.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from Spain
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Salvador Dalí
  • Charo
  • Francisco de Goya
  • El Greco
  • Joan Miró
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Antoni Gaudí
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Miguel de Cervantes
 

 

Local Color

What makes Spain unique
  • Flamenco
  • Tapas
  • Festivals
  • Soccer
  • Bulls
  • Siesta
  • Paella
 

 

Nicknames

Spain's alter egos
  • Hispania
  • La Piel del Toro
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in Spain
  • Textiles
  • Manufacturing
  • Metal
  • Automobiles
  • Tourism
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into Spain
  • Andalucia
  • Aragon
  • Asturias
  • Balearic Islands
  • Canary Islands
  • Cantabria
  • Castilla- La Mancha
  • Castilla y Leon
  • Catalonia
  • Extremadura
  • Galicia
  • Madrid
  • Murcia
  • Navarra
  • La Rioja
  • Valencian Community