SPAIN is a land of diversity in both its landscape and its people. Much of Spain is clothed with wheat fields, grapevines, and olive trees. To the south, only some nine miles (14 km) of water separates mainland Spain from the African continent.
In one recent year, more than 68 million people visited Spain. Most come for the sunshine, the golden beaches, and the country’s artistic, historical, and architectural treasures. Spanish food also attracts many visitors. Typical fare includes seafood, cured hams, rich stews, salads, and vegetables cooked or seasoned with olive oil. Spanish omelets, paella, and tapas are renowned the world over.
Spanish people are friendly and outgoing. Most profess to be Roman Catholic, but relatively few actually attend Mass. In recent years people from Africa, Asia, and Latin America have emigrated to Spain. Many of them enjoy discussing their religious beliefs and customs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Spain produces more olive oil than any other country in the world.
With an elevation of 12,198 feet (3,718 m), Teide Peak, in the Canary Islands, is Spain’s highest mountain. If measured from its base on the seabed, it is the third-tallest volcano in the world.
PRINCIPAL LANGUAGES: SPANISH, BASQUE, CATALAN, GALICIAN, AND VALENCIAN
CLIMATE: VARIES FROM HOT SUMMERS TO SURPRISINGLY COLD WINTERS