Famous for its colourful bullfights, sunny climate, and beautiful castles Spain was once a great empire with colonies throughout the world. Spanish language and culture took root and became a part of the culture of many nations.
From the springy northern pastures and craggy pinnacles of the Picos to Europa, south across the arid plains of the interior, towards a parched semi-desert, the Sierra Nevada crossing, people discover that it is a country of many passions: diverse landscapes with the stunning autumnal charms of the mountain forests and the rugged excitement of the Pyrenees, contrast sharply with sun-blessed beaches of the coast and vibrant buzz of Spain’s most popular cities.
Visiting Spain’s cities is to get a glimpse into its multifaceted identity. Barcelona sparkles both day and night. Travel further south to Valencia and Seville and you’ll discover the traditional and vibrant face of Spain.
There’s also Grenada, Cordoba and the Portuguese border towns to explore plus Costa de la Luz – a popular spot for dolphin and whale watching, and the location of one of Spain’s great unspoilt cities, Cadiz.
The Meseta and other inland regions of Spain have dry, sunny weather throughout the year. These regions, which make up most of Spain, have hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature for some areas rises above 80 °F (27 °C) in July, the hottest month. It may fall below 30 °F (-1 °C) in January, the coldest month.
Mild, rainy winters alternate with hot, dry, sunny summers in the Coastal Plains and the Balearic Islands. The average January temperature rarely falls below 40 °F (4 °C), and the average July temperature usually rises to almost 80 °F (27 °C).
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 40.4 million
LANGUAGE: Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +34
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1