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April 29 , 2011

About Spain


Mention Spain and most people think about long, golden, sandy beaches crammed with sun seekers enjoying their summer holidays. But there is much more to this fascinating country than suntans and Sangria.

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Situated in the southwest of Europe, Spain is a large, mountainous country occupying about 85 per cent of the Iberian Peninsula, which it shares with Portugal. In the northeast, the Pyrenean Mountains straddle Spain’s 720-km border with France. Historically these mountains, with their relatively few passes, have isolated Spain and Portugal from the rest of Europe, while the proximity to the continent of Africa, across the Straits of Gibraltar, has lead to centuries of occupation and influence throughout its history.

From the rugged mountains of the Pyrenees in the North to the golden, sandy beaches of Andalucía in the South you will discover Spain’s dramatic landscape, the climate, geography, the largest and most popular cities and metropolitan areas. How the proximity to Africa lead to hundreds of years of occupation by Moors, which has influenced the architecture and the food, particularly with the introduction of spices.

Today, however, road and air links have enabled Spain to become fully integrated into the political and economic life of Europe and it is now an important member of the European Union. Spain’s history is long and varied, and the geographical make up of the country along with the proximity of neighbours, has created a diverse population, separated not just by distance, but by cultural tradition and even dialect.

Unearth the origins of Paella or the reason Spanish Jamón Ibérico and Chorizo taste so wonderful. Read how the landscape and the climate affect the incredible variety of cheeses like Manchego and Roncal, and learn about Spanish traditions such as Bullfighting and Flamenco.  

And of course, Spain is a popular tourist destination, offering vibrant, historic cities, good food, sandy beaches and a hot, sunny climate. There is so much to discover about this fascinating country, and this ebook, part of the “Learn Spanish 4 Life Series”, will take you on a captivating journey about Spain.

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