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Spain has 44 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the landscape of Monte Perdido in the Pyrenees, which is shared with France, the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of the Côa Valley and Siega Verde, which is shared with Portugal.

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The Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Spain also have two large archipelagos, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands off the North African Atlantic coast.

With an area of 505,990 km2 (195,360 sq mi), Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, and the second largest country in Western Europe.

Culturally, Spain is a Western country. Almost every aspect of Spanish life is permeated by its Roman heritage, making Spain one of the major Latin countries of Europe. Spain’s capital and largest city is Madrid; other major urban areas include Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao and Málaga.

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Culture
Spanish culture is marked by strong historic ties to Catholicism, which played a pivotal role in the country’s formation and subsequent identity. Spanish art, architecture, cuisine, and music has been shaped by successive waves of foreign invaders, as well as by the country’s Mediterranean climate and geography.

Spain has 44 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the landscape of Monte Perdido in the Pyrenees, which is shared with France, the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites of the Côa Valley and Siega Verde, which is shared with Portugal, and the Heritage of Mercury, shared with Slovenia.

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Some of the major tourist attractions in Spain are historical cities and towns of the country like Barcelona and Madrid, and the world-class resorts at the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of the country. There are also 15 national parks, and popular festivals like the Carnival and the Running of the Bulls.

You can find the soul of Spain in tourist attractions such as:

Not to mention Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Valencia City of the Arts & Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias), and La Rambla in Barcelona.

Islamic Period
Over a thousand years ago, Europe experienced one of its greatest periods of cultural enlightenment. Almost 1000 years of Islamic presence in Spain, Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together and prospered in a thriving multicultural civilization.

The “big three”, cities with most important Muslim heritage are Granada, Seville and Córdoba but many other places have buildings related to the period of Al Andalus.

Córdoba, the capital of the caliphate since Abd-ar-Rahman III, was the largest, richest and most sophisticated city in western Europe. Mediterranean trade and cultural exchange flourished. The Romanised cultures of the Iberian Peninsula interacted with Muslim and Jewish cultures in complex ways, giving the region a distinctive culture. (source: libro)

Climate
Due to its vast territory, Spain has three diferent climatic zones. In general, Spain has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.

The rain generally falls mainly in spring and autumn. Mountains around the highlands have higher rainfall and often experience heavy snowfall in winter.

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