The Kingdom of Spain is a country located in the southwest of Europe.
It shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal and Gibraltar.
In the northeast it borders France and the tiny principality of Andorra, along the Pyrenees mountain range.
It also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in the north of Africa.
Spain has been a constitutional monarchy and a democracy since the Spanish Constitution of 1978 was approved, being divided into 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous cities with high degree of autonomy.
Official languages Spanish (also called Castilian) (in some regions also Catalan, Basque or Galician)
King; Juan Carlos I of Spain
Area; 504,782 km2
For more information click here. Spain facts and history in brief
Sarolta, my daughter visited Spain during our European tour in 1978.
With our Eurail Pass we went around Spain visiting many cities of interest.
We had a wonderful time and a memorable experience.
In 2003 Hui Chin and I travelled to Madrid, Spain from Lisbon, Portugal, by the famous Talgo express with our Eurail Pass.
After some sightseeing we went down to Algericas, from where we sailed across to Ceuta in Africa, a Spanish territory. After exploring Algericas and Ceuta, we took a train up to Barcelona.
Travelling to and from Algericas, we were booked in a sleeping car as all these trains travel at night, which is a good thing, living you the daylight hours to do your thing, like exploring sightseeing, whatever.
I've been here before and didn't recognise the place.
We really enjoyed Barcelona, especially the live entertainment around.
A very lively and vibrant place.
During 2004, Hui Chin and I went to visit Morocco and Mali, but on the way we spent another few days to visit Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar.
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