Spain is the cultural center of Europe and the third most popular tourist destination on earth; moreover it's home to a growing eclectic mixture of expatriates from all over the planet.
People who decide to see or relocate to Spain are attracted by the nation's charm, beauty and enthusiastic individuals: this rough guide to Spain will provide you an introduction to the interesting, rich and varied nation.
Mainland Spain is situated in South Western Europe. It constitutes about 80 percent of the Iberian Peninsula that it shares with Portugal and Gibraltar.
The Pyrenees form the north-eastern border of the Peninsula, and the Peninsula is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the south east and south, and from the Atlantic Ocean on the west and north. Mainland Spain boundaries France and Andorra.
Mainland Spain appreciates a gorgeous Mediterranean climate with warm summers and also the winters being split to relatively cold in the inside, temperate around the shore and honest on the islands which constitute the Kingdom of Spain.
Additional Spanish lands and tourist hotspots will be the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea: the main islands making up the Balearics are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera - along with the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Sea: the seven islands making up the Canaries are Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Fuertaventura.
The Kingdom of Spain also includes two towns in North Africa known as Ceuta and Melilla.
Spain was the most effective state in Europe and attracted all its wealth in the time from the colonization of the Americas which started with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492.
Next time Spain endured a long history of wars, revolts and conflicts that were responsible for a continuous decline in the nation's wealth, status and standing.
Back in 1939 General Franco managed to take over as dictator of Spain. He dominated a politically and economically drained Spain before his death in 1975.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Spain thankfully started to recover its economic advantage through tourism and industry.
After Franco died in 1975 Prince Juan Carlos became the king of Spain and also the Head of State. He instigated significant political adjustments and turned into Spain from an authoritarian regime into a democracy and by a diminished European country into one of the most politically and economically powerful nations in Europe today.
Spain now is economically and politically stable and split into 17 areas which serve as a Federation of Autonomous Communities. Each area is geographically and culturally different and much distinct in character. By way of instance, you may stop by the southern Spanish region of Andalusia and bask on beautiful beaches at the 3000 hours of sun the area enjoys a calendar year, or you may travel north to Asturias where a few of Spain's most intriguing favorite customs come out and where glorious mountains dominate the landscape and the climate.
You may ski in Spain, and sunbathe in Spain, you can pile climb and dive, surf and snorkel, you may enjoy flamenco, bull fighting, tapas and wine, you can relax or celebration for weekly, culminating at the cultural center of Europe or simply bask on a sun drenched beach - anything sort of adventure you are after Spain provides all of it!