Total area: 504,030 km2
Population: 46,030,109(2010 estimate)
Currency: Euro (€)
Official language(s): Spanish
Governement: Parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy
Internet TLD: .es
Calling code: +34
Spain is a country located in Western Europe. It shares borders with Portugal, France, Andorra, Gibraltar and Morocco. Spain has access to the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The capital and largest city of Spain is Madrid.
When you pronounce Spain, you say the name of the country that attracts probably the most tourists from all over Europe. Kingdom of Spain occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula. The country ranks two after Italy in terms of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. In all the famous tourist guides, Spain is considered an exotic country, though it is situated on the European continent. The reasons are the friendly people, relaxing and fun lifestyle, original cuisine, tumultuous nightlife and original festivals. Spain receives each year about 80 million tourists who bring large amounts of money into the national budget. Due to its geographical location, the territory of Spain has been subject to many foreign influences since ancient times. Spain remains a country and a culture that has influenced and still influences many other nations of the world, the testimony is the 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
The must-see places in Spain are: Andalusia (with the main centers: Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Cadiz) and the central part of Castile (the most important sights: Madrid, Escorial, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Guadalajara), both areas famous for their castles, palaces, old houses, monasteries, churches, statues, museums, etc.
You can visit Spain any time of the year, but the ideal months are May, June and September, plus April and October in the south.
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