Speaking the Spanish Language. Respecting the rights and obligations in the “ Spanish Constitution” We have an Spanish Square and a Bull Fighting Square in every city!!! SPAIN IS A BIG COUNTRY LINKED BY… The Monarchy and the Government President. Our Mediterranean Diet (with vegetables, meat, fish, olive oil, garlic, onion and fruit…) We like to eat Chocolate with Churros, Tapas, Potato’s omellete and ham. The shops are closed to 14.00 till 17.00 to have a nap, we really enjoy to have a nap after lunch. We eat three times a day. We really like going out with friends to drink a coffee and talk , talk and talk. It is said that we speak very aloud . We are said to be familiar , tolerant and gentile , we like to receive people over the world. Spain is a multicultural country full of European influences.
We are known to celebrate everything!!!!! Christmas Eve , Christmas Day , New Year‘s Eve (when we eat 12 grapes ), New Year‘s Day and The Three Wise Men Day (when we eat Roscón, delicious!!!) THE CARNIVALS in February. We have a great celebration at Easter Time. We feel very strongly the Holly Week with processions the whole week. In every village we have festivals in summer with bulls, real music concerts, typical dancing, tradional clothing... SPANISH CONSTITUTION 6th December.
¡Benvido a Galicia! You can arrive to Spain through the famous Camino de Santiago that is finished in Santiago de Compostela , Galicia’s capital. There you can visit the beautiful Cathedral. In Galicia you can eat: empanada gallega, pulpo, lacón con grelos y mariscos , delicious!!! It’s frightening! There are many stories about the meigas , the famous Gallega’s witches. There are beautiful green m mountains and vineyard . There are great beaches and very fresh fishes . Galicia (North Spain) Languages: Spanish and “ gallego” (similar to the portuguese) Provincias
The capita is Oviedo , a beautiful city full of monuments and history. The most typical food is FABADA ASTURIANA and you can drink the special SIDRA . In Summer Asturias is full of festivals. In august you can enjoy during the canoying festivals in the famous Sella River . The prince of Spain is called Príncipe de Asturias. Asturias was the first Cristian Reign in Spain. People in Asturias speak Bable o asturiano. Asturias (North Spain) Galicia and Asturias are linked with Great Britain because of the celtic roots. Consequently, the tradicional music is very similar. There is a typical intrument called gaita .
Cave painting in Altamira , in the XIX century. The Flower’s Battle is a beautiful festival where people decorate floats with fresh flowers. Eat the Cocido Montañés , prepared with beans, potatoes and meat. In February you can enjoy the FISHERMAN CARNIVALS . National Park “ The European Peaks” The capital is Santander Cantabria (North Spain)
In this region the people speak Euskadi . They’ve got rural sports such as sokatira and pelota vasca (above). It is a very rich province because of the wealth of natural resources. Fishing is the main job for men and it gives them a great variety of species. País Vasco (North Spain) Vitoria is a very ecologic city with everybody riding bikes as a medium of transports. In Bilbao we have the Guggenheim Museum , very important one because of its modern artworks.
You can run in front of the bulls… . They have NATIONAL FESTIVALS with SAN FERMIN . People run in front of the bulls around the streets of the city. We have very good asparagus. A typical recipe is pimientos del piquillo . (pepper with sauce) As a typical drink we have pacharán , a black licour. Navarra (North East Spain)
La Rioja is the most important region of Spain with the wine matters. It produces the best wine in the whole world because the weather conditions really fit with the grapes’ growing and the wine production. The landscapes diversity makes people practise a high number of sports such as trekking, climbing, speleology, cycling… La Rioja (North Centre Spain)
Aragón (North East Spain) In the 12th of October, we celebrate an important festival in Spain, we calle it “El Día de la Hispanidad”, In these festivals people in Aragón offer flowers to the virgin and they create a very high statue with flowers about the virgin. One of the most important dances in Spain is danced in Aragón, we call it “Jota Aragonesa” and we use the castanets to dance it and sing it.
Cataluña (North East Spain) Along the festivals they bring the “ castells ” that are human towers. There is a great park called Parque Güell (Barcelona) from Gaudí , the artist that created Sagrada Familia (the main cathedral in Barcelona). There is the sunny Costa Brava . There is a piece of the Pyrenees called Aigüestortes . This is the monument that represents the sardana , typical dance that represents union between the world. They have the typical “ pa amb tomàquet ” (bread with tomato) and cava catalán (a drink) In Cataluña there are two official languages: Spanish and catalán.
A beautiful paradise!, wonderful beaches in Costa Blanca o Costa Azahar : fun and amusement. Comunidad Valenciana (East Spain) They make a tomato battle in Buñol and it is known around the world. It is called La Tomatina ! You can visit La lonja and the cathedral with the tower. In the region they have many castles and beautiful landscapes. Many people around the world come to enjoy Las Fallas . Great festivals in with wooden statues are made and people burnt it one night. You can enjoy a beautiful landscape with the humidity of rice called La Albufera . They prepare the most delicious dish in our coutry called Paella . Their typical drinks are Horchata y Agua de Valencia , two cold drinks for summer. In Valencia there are gorgeous theme parks such as Terra Mítica. They have the Sciences and Art City with great museums. The most beautiful city in the Coast.
BALEARES is a wonderful archipelago of crystalline water, wooded mountains, white small villages, caves and prehistoric monuments. There are many lively night clubs. It is a luxury for our senses!!! It is made up of five islands. Islas Baleares (East Islands) Ibiza Is a present for hippy lovers. There are the biggest discos in Spain. Formentera : beaches with crystalline water and bright sand. Cabrera is a no habitated island, it is declarated as National Park. Menorca is a paradise of nature. Mallorca is the biggest island. It is the perfect turistic destination for international people. La Seu is the gotic cathedral being the highest in Europe. (44m). They have a delicious desert : la ensaimada .
The Segovia’s aqueduct and Avila’s walls are incredible! Castilla y León is the biggest region in Spain. its monuments, natural landscapes, castles and rivers make it one of the most beautiful community in Spain. In this region there is the oldest university in our country and one of the oldest in Europe with Oxford, Cambrige or Sorbona. Castilla-León (West North) In Castilla y León there are nine provinces. Valladolid is the capital of the region and this is its cathedral. Here you can dance jotas castellanas using the castañuelas (castanets) The most typical dish is baked suckling pig .
It is one of the most visited city in Europe because of its rich culture and customes. It is said to be the city that never sleeps because of its lively night. There are a typical dance called el chotis . The Puerta del Sol is a symbol of Madrid. The clock shows the twelve rings of bells in New Year’s Eve when we eat the twelve grapes. It is said that in Madrid you can reach the heaven! Their football team is REAL MADRID , one of the most famous teams in Spain. They have a huge aveniu called Gran Via which is said to be the small Brodway because it is full of wonderful theaters and auditorium This is a beautiful Park Buen Retiro Madrid (the capital of Spain)
This is OUR REGION!!!!And cuenca is our city!!!! Our region is famous also because our delicious cheese called Queso manchego . This cheese has been denominated World Heritage culture. This is the famous place where Miguel de Cervates set his best novel called “Don Quijote de la Mancha” with the funny adventures of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. This region has got two World Heritage Cities which are Toledo and Cuenca. CUENCA IS OUR CITY!!!! The famous Hanging Houses in Cuenca. Castilla la Mancha (Spain centre)
The Cathedral contains gotic, reinassance and baroque styles. Murcia (East Spain) It is known as Spain’s orchad because it grows a great variety of vegetables . It is said to be the paradise city set between two seas . Caravaca de la Cruz is a Saint City . Murcia
If you go you eat the best ham in Spain and visit great architecture. They produce the best ham: “ jamón de bellota” , in the whole Spain. Mérida is the capital city. It was founded 25 b.c. and was designed World Heritage City. You can visit the Roman Theatre in its old building. It is a province made up of three Mountains Ranges full of olive trees. Extremadura (West Spain)
Andalucia’s territory is bigger that whole countries such as Belgium, Holand, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland. Millions of tourists enjoy its beaches in the Mediterranean sea and Atlantic Ocean . Desert of Tabernas in Almería Three range mountains: Sierra Nevada in Granada Sierra Cazorla in Jaén and Sierra Grazalema in Cádiz. Andalucía (South Spain) Andalucía has a great diversity of landscapes: Andalucía is a modern region with very strong monumental and cultural heritage caused by its past roots. Citizens in Andalucía live strongly and specially religious festival such as the Holly Week .
Two important painters internationally known are: -Picasso ( El Guernica ) - Velázquez ( Las Meninas The flamenco represents Andalucia’s folklore. The first artists grew in this region and recently this kind of art has been defined as World Heritage Culture. The Bull Fightings were grown in this region. Now they are critized around the world but they are a great part of the Spanish Heritage. More about Andalucía They have a great tradition of the growing of Olive trees . They produce the best Olive Oil in Spain and they include it in the delicious traditional dishes they cook in this region.
In Ceuta people speak Spanish, Arabian and Tamazid. There are many people from Ceuta who has their ancestors in Morocco, India and Andalucía. They have beautiful Royal Walls , arabian baths , cathedral , castles and a dragon’s house. Ceuta (situated in Africa) As some of them belong to the Arabian Religion they have some great synagogues and mosques . Mmmm, their best recipe is roasted tuna with salad.
This city is situated in the African Continent but belongs to the Spanish government. It lives with four cultures: cristian, muslim, hebrew and indian. Going to Melilla you can celebrate many different kind of festivals such as the Cri stian festivals of Victoria’s virgin . You can also celebrate the Muslim Ramadán , the Hebrew Carnival and the Indian New Year . As well as Ceuta, Melilla is full of typical places to practise religions, such as Cristian Churches , Synagogues and Mosques . A mixture of religious and cultures which made Melilla a very rich city. It is part of Spain since 1497. Melilla (situated in Africa)
The Canarias Islands are made up of four national parks and three biosphere natural landscapes . There is a huge balance between the humans and nature. La Palma , is said to be the Green Island . Tenerife the island in which you can reach the highest mountain in Spain: EL TEIDE (a huge volcano) Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is internationally known by its Canivals , they are the most important mundial carnivals with the Brazilian ones. In the whole island, you can enjoy baked potatoes with a special sauce from the islands called Mojo Picón. Fuenteventura has many kilometres of beaches and the most practised sport here is Surfing with people coming from the whole world. In the Canarias Island they have a different time zone from Spain, that is, one hour less. Canarias (South east islands) El Hierro , where you can visit hanging houses from high cliffs . La Gomera , a small island discovered from Colón. Provincias Lanzarote is a volcanic territory with Lunar Landscapes.