Articles about Spain

Learning the Spanish languages
Spanish (español) or Castilian (castellano) is the official language of the entire State of Spain according to the Spanish Constitution of 1978.  Spaniards are likely to use the term español when differentiating it with languages of other countries such as English or French however call it castellano when distinguishing it with other languages or dialect  [...]
Languages in Spain
For much of Spain´s history, people in each region of the country spoke their own language. Then, in 1939, General Francisco Franco, a dictator who ruled Spain until 1975, outlawed all languages except Castilian, the language of central Spain. Today, many people in Spain speak Castilian, along with their regional language. These languages include Catalan,  [...]
The Roman legacy of Spain
The contributions of Rome to Spain are truly significant.  It includes language, government, culture, religion, architecture and infrastructure.  On the other hand, Spain natural resources were obviously useful in further expanding the Roman Empire. The Iberian Peninsula (“Hispania” in Latin) is the term used by the Romans to refer collectively to modern Portugal, Spain, Andorra,  [...]
History in Spain
In1868, a farmer discovered paintings in a cave in the Cantabrian Mountains, in northern Spain. The pictures that he found in the Altamira caves date from 15,000 to 8500 B.C. They show bison, wild boars, and other animals that people hunted at that time. They were painted by the first people to live in Spain  [...]
Gibraltar: Little Territory, Lot at Stake
Table of Contents Chapter One: Presentation of Gibraltar Gibraltar ‘s Geographic Features Gibraltar, an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom Gibraltar ‘s History The Origins of the Gibraltarian People Gibraltar in the 18th and 19th Centuries Gibraltar in the Two World Wars Gibraltar in the Second Half of the 20th Century Gibraltar Nowadays Gibraltar’s Political  [...]
Climates of the Iberian Peninsula
In January, Spaniards can swim in the ocean around he Canary Islands, off the southern tip of Spain, while their friends ski on one of the country´s snowy mountains. The weather is dramatically different from region to region because of the varied landscape. Rain pours steadily on the northwestern coast, hot winds blow over the  [...]
A Glance on the Varying Climate of Spain
Mainland Spain is surrounded by mountain ranges and high plateaus. Alluvial plains are found on many coasts such as the Guadalquivir in Andalusia. The geographical location as well as the orographic conditions of Spain made its climate particularly diverse. Some regions can very cold during the winter and extremely hot in the summers. The climate  [...]
Spanish Wine
Wine has been produced in Spain for over 3,000 years. There are still a few vineyards in Catalonia and Aragon that were planted by the Romans. The most famous Spanish wine comes from Jerez. The British at one time could not pronounce this properly and called it “sherry.” Jerez is in the south of Spain  [...]
Gastronomy in Spain
Spain´s food is made with an interesting assortment of ingredients. Some ingredients are originally from Spain, while others were brought to the country by the different peoples who conquered it. Moors, for example, brought oranges, lemons, sugar and rice from their African homeland. Spanish explorers brought chocolate, potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes back with them from  [...]
Spain Today
Spain currently has a population of over 40 million habitants. It is the 3rd largest country in land mass and the fifth largest in population in Western Europe. The official language is, of course, Spanish (Castellano), however Catalan, Galician, and Basque are also spoken in parts of the country. Spanish Government The government is a  [...]
The History of Spanish Literature
Spain´s earliest literature consisted of poems, plays, and essays written by the Romans in Latin. Later, when the Moors ruled Spain, they encouraged writers to produce works in Arabic, particularly poetry. Jews who lived in Spain during this time wrote poems and books in Hebrew. El Cid Campeador Almost 900 years ago, Spanish entertainers wrote  [...]
Mason restaurants in Spanish and tapas of Spanish culture
Like all cities in Europe, Madrid has a number of restaurants offering huge varieties. Though Spanish food is pretty famous here, any kind of food can be found here! The popularity of restaurants is mainly due to fresh produces being transported to it easily and daily, directly to MercaMadrid, the central center for distribution. It  [...]
Late August Happenings in Spain at a Glance
It is still August and much of Spain continues on vacation, including millions of foreign visitors, our citizens, the royal family, the country’s government, and the president. This month should be hot and sluggish, but the weather and other frivolous circumstance don’t seem to cooperate. On the weather front, we’ve had a few cold days,  [...]
August in Spain a Vacation Month par Excellence
Are you thinking about a summer vacation in Spain? Is August your favorite month to get away and get some rest? If that is your preference, in Spain, you will not spend your vacation alone! Practically the entire country is on vacation that month. August in Spain is the vacation month par excellence! You will  [...]
A Flamenco Show at a Gypsy Cave of Sacromonte in Granada
Much though Flamenco has achieved recognition worldwide, it is actually one of the trivial Spanish traditions. Years of imbibing, mixing, molding as well as tuning certain features of the local Andalucían, Islamic, Sephardic, and gypsy conventions has led to the development of the Flamenco dance styles and also the music. The traditions belonging to the  [...]
Spanish Culture
The culture in Spain is very unique, the Spanish are very welcoming and the country is known for its exotic beaches and lots of sunshine. Spain is also called the land of bullfighting because bullfighting is a very popular sport in Spain. Spain is one of the culture centers of Europe and it has been  [...]
Toledo, Spain
The historic city of Toledo Spain was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, and by the Spanish authorities a monumental city, a historic-artistic ensemble. Toledo is a medieval city of narrow winding streets that sits on a small hill and is enclosed on three sides by the river Tajo. Looking out into the narrow  [...]
The Town of Nerja and its Cave
Nerja is located by the sea, at a distance of around 50 kilometers from Malaga. It lies on the N340 coastal highway region. Nerja demarcates the easternmost point of Costa del Sol, Málaga. The town holds 12000 inhabitants in recent times where as earlier it used to be just an insignificant fishing area. 16 kilometers  [...]
The Remarkable Walled City of Cuenca
Cuenca is the capital of the province Cuenca. It is located in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain. The city of Cuenca comprises just about a quarter of the population of the province at approximately 53,000 in 2007. It was believed that its name may have been derived from the Latin word conca;which mean  [...]