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Regions in Spain

Spain is a diverse country, with contrasting regions that have different languages and unique historical, political and cultural traditions. Therefore, Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities (comunidades autónomas) and two autonomous cities. Some of these autonomous communities – especially those with other official languages besides Spanish – have been recognised as “historical nationalities” with a unique historical identity. These include the Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia, the Valencia region, Andalusia and the Balearic Islands, but also, more recently, Aragon and the Canary Islands.

The many regions of Spain can be grouped as follows:

  • Green Spain (Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria)
  • Northern Spain (Aragon, Basque Country, Navarre, La Rioja)
  • Eastern Spain (Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia)
  • Central Spain (Community of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla-León, Extremadura)
  • Andalusia
  • Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera)
  • Canary Islands (Teneriffa, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro)
  • Spanish North Africa (Ceuta, Melilla, Rock of Vélez de la Gomera, Rock of Alhucemas, Chafarinas Islands, Alboran Island)

Cities in Spain

Spain has hundreds of interesting cities. Here are nine of the most popular:

  • Madrid – the vibrant capital, with its fantastic museums, interesting architecture, gastronomy and nightlife.
  • Barcelona – Spain’s second largest city, with its modernist buildings and vibrant cultural life, nightclubs and beaches.
  • Bilbao – former industrial city, home of the Guggenheim Museum and other cultural institutions; most important Basque city
  • Malaga – the heart of flamenco with the beaches of the Costa del Sol
  • Cordoba – The Great Mosque (“Mezquita”) of Cordoba is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
  • Granada – a beautiful city in the south, surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, where the Alhambra is located.
  • Seville – a beautiful and green city, home to the third largest cathedral in the world
  • Valencia – paella was invented here, it has a very nice beach
  • Zaragoza – fifth city in Spain to host the 2008 World Expo

Other destinations in Spain

  • Costa Blanca – 200 km of white coast with many beaches and small villages
  • Costa Brava – the rugged coastline with many seaside resorts
  • Costa del Sol – the sunny coast in the south of the country
  • Galicia – historic villages and small towns, world-famous seafood and more blue flag beaches than any other autonomous community.
  • Gran Canaria – known as “a continent in miniature” because of its many different climates and landscapes
  • Ibiza – an island in the Balearic Islands; one of the best places in the world for clubs, raves and DJs.
  • La Rioja – Rioja wine and fossilised dinosaur tracks
  • Mallorca – the largest island of the Balearic Islands, full of incredible beaches and great nightlife
  • Sierra Nevada – the highest mountain range on the Iberian Peninsula, ideal for hiking and skiing
  • Tenerife – offers lush forests, exotic flora and fauna, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, beautiful coastlines and spectacular beaches.

How To Travel To Spain

By plane The national airline of Spain is Iberia, although there are many airlines flying to most European countries, Africa, America and Asia. Virtually all European low-cost carriers offer frequent connections to Spain, including: Monarch, Thomson, Vueling, EasyJet, Ryanair and The busiest airports are Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and...

How To Travel Around Spain

By train Renfe is the national railway company of Spain. Long-distance trains always run on time, but be aware that short-distance trains (called cercanías) can have significant delays of ten to twenty minutes, especially in the Barcelona area, where delays of up to thirty minutes are not uncommon. To be...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Spain

Spain is a member of the Schengen Agreement. There are normally no border controls between the countries that have signed and implemented the treaty. This includes most countries of the European Union and a few other countries.Before boarding an international flight or ship, there is usually an identity check. Sometimes...

Weather & Climate in Spain

Spain is a sunny country with about 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Temperatures are mild, but there are always differences depending on the season and the region of the country. The mildest temperatures are in spring and autumn, which means you can spend almost all day outside. The...

Accommodation & Hotels in Spain

There are many types of tourist accommodation, from hotels, guesthouses and rented villas to camping and even monasteries. "7% VAT not included" is a common indication for guesthouses and mid-range hotels: always check the small print when choosing where to stay. VAT is called IVA in Spanish. Small villages Apart from the...

Things To See in Spain

The most popular beaches are on the Mediterranean coast and on the Canary Islands. For hiking, the Sierra Nevada mountains in the south, the Central Cordillera and the northern Pyrenees are best. Historic Cities Historically, Spain has been an important crossroads: between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, between North Africa and...

Things To Do in Spain

Festivals Spain has many local festivals that are worth a visit. Benicàssim MABE: The MABE Benicassim art exhibition takes place in the month of October.Holy Week (Easter) in Málaga - a must. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, there are numerous processions.Córdoba en Mayo (Cordoba in May) - an ideal month...

Food & Drinks in Spain

Food in Spain The Spanish are very passionate about their food and wine and Spanish cuisine. Spanish cuisine can be described as quite light, with lots of vegetables and a wide variety of meat and fish. Spanish cuisine does not use many spices; it relies solely on the use of...

Money & Shopping in Spain

Money Spain uses the euro. It is one of the many European countries that use this common currency. All euro banknotes and coins are legal tender in all countries. One euro is divided into 100 cents. The official symbol of the euro is € and its ISO code is EUR. There is...

Festivals & Holidays in Spain

The public holidays celebrated in Spain are a mixture of religious (Roman Catholic), national and regional holidays. Each municipality is allowed to declare a maximum of 14 public holidays per year, of which a maximum of nine are set by the national government and a minimum of two at...

Traditions & Customs in Spain

Culture and identity Spaniards are generally very patriotic, both towards their country and the region in which they live. Avoid arguments about whether people from Catalonia or the Basque Country are Spanish or not. Security is usually not an issue in the event of an argument, but you will be...

Internet & Communications in Spain

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available to guests, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection to their guests in the common areas. Be safety conscious when using a laptop outdoors. Mobile phones and SIM cards Cheap mobile phones (under 50 euros) with some prepaid minutes are sold at FNAC (Plaza Callao...

Language & Phrasebook in Spain

The official and universal language in Spain is Spanish (español), which belongs to the Romance language family (the other languages are Portuguese, Catalan, Italian, French and Romanian). Many people, especially outside Castile, prefer to call it Castilian (castellano). However, there are a number of languages (Catalan, Basque, Galician, Asturian, etc.)...

Culture Of Spain

Culturally, Spain is a western country. Almost every aspect of Spanish life is steeped in its Roman heritage, making Spain one of the first Latin countries in Europe. Spanish culture is historically strongly linked to Catholicism, which played a key role in the country's emergence and later identity. Spanish...

History Of Spain

It is interesting to note that some of the oldest known Homo remains in Europe were found in Spain. It is also believed that Spain was the last refuge of the Neanderthals and one of the few places that were inhabited and populated during the ice ages. Ancient Spain and...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Spain

Stay safe in Spain In Spain, pickpockets are not imprisoned if they steal less than 400 euros. After their arrest, they are automatically released on bail to continue pickpocketing, so they can easily pay their 200 euro fine when they go to court. Many of them have been through the...



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