Hello everyone. Who has been with us knows that our trip to Germany is over. However if someone was lost on the way, we are landing in another country. What will it be? We know, it’s hard to guess, but maybe with some clue everything could be easier: paella, sangria, Sagrada Familia. Do these things say anything to you? Come one, were too good at suggesting these clues!
Yes, for those who haven’t understood yet, we are talking about it… Spain.
As we usually do, let’s introduce it so we begin to figure out what to expect from this trip.
About the political field we can say that Spain is a parliamentary monarchy. It has millions of inhabitants and is located in southwestern Europe. It borders to the north-east with France and to the west with Portugal. Spain has the third largest volcano in the world, the Teide and its capital is Madrid. In the the Iberian Peninsula, there are other Spanish areas, the two islands: the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) the Canary Islands (Fuerteventura, Tenerife). Some areas located on the coast of Morocco, despite their position outside the nation, belong to the Spanish sovereignty. These are: Ceuta, Melilla, Chafarinas Islands, Peñón de Alhucemas and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera.
There is a large numerous of rivers and the main ones that lead into the Atlantic Ocean are: Duero, Tagus, Guadiana and Guadalquivir (maybe one of the most important as it crosses Andalusia and joins the Sierra Nevada and Sierra Morena waters ).
We continue to say that Spain is a land mainly surrounded by the sea and so it is full of littoral zones. It has several coasts, each with its own feature (jagged, rocky…). On the coast are located important cities such as: Barcelona, Valencia, Lloret de Mar.
As concerned the official language it is the Castilian and the Spanish of course. However there are variations. For example, in the Balearic Islands is spoken Catalan-Valencian or Basque in Navarre, without forgetting the presence of the Gascone dialect.
To be ready and never get unprepared about the climate (don’t underestimated it!) We have three types of them: the mediterranean climate, characterized by dry and hot summers; the steppe climate (in the Murcia region and in the Ebro valley) is characterized by a dry climate; the oceanic climate (the Netherlands, Galicia) which is the opposite of the Mediterranean one.
The Spanish economy, on the other hand, is part of the most advanced economies in Western Europe and the important sector is the service sector thanks to tourism and trade.
Spain’s sporting interest is on football (among other things, the Spanish soccer championship is considered one of the best in the world). Other important sports are formula one and tennis (whose leader is the tennis player Rafael Nadal).
Surely you know the preponderant role that Spain has had in European history. It is mainly about the period of Reconquista and the great role played by the Iberian peninsula, as well as the kings who ruled in Spain (Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile). We have lots of material to learn about it!
For today this is everything (we can’t reveal all now!).
We and you with us, we are almost ready to “conquer” our first Spanish destination. Follow us, follow us and follow us in this other amazing adventure.
A big kiss to everyone.