Here are some interesting Spain Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
• Spain lies in Southern Europe, a flight to Madrid take roughly 2.5 hours from London/England, 7 hours from New York/USA
Spain borders the countries Portugal, Andorra, France, Gibraltar and also Morocco, as the two Spanish enclaves (territories) Ceuta and Melilla are located in Morocco.
Spain is the only European country which borders Africa. It is separated by Africa by the straits of Gibraltar and two of the cities belonging to Spain are inside Morocco.
Spain borders the Mediterranean Sea in the South and East. In the North, the Pyrenees are forming a natural border with the tiny country Andorra and also with France. In the northwest lies the Atlantic Ocean and in the west is Portugal.
The Spanish nation is divided in 17 'autonomous communities' which are regions where people have their own regional government. Castilian is spoken in all 17 regions, however, in Galicia also Galician, in the Basque Country also Basque and in Cataluña, Valencia and on the Balearic Islands also Catalan is spoken.
Here are some interesting facts about Spain's geography:
The Mediterranean or Iberian lynx is almost extinct, there are only a few surviving mammals left in the south of Spain and Portugal. The lynx is the most endangered cat in the world.
Other protected animals are the Iberian wild boar, the Iberian fox, the Iberian wolves and the Cantabrian brown bear.
The short-toed eagle is Spain's national bird. The region of Andalusia is home to the Andalusian horses which are known for their speed and strength.
There are so many great places in Spain to visit, just to many to mention here. We will show you more places on a special page here soon.
The Spanish people have their own royal family who lives in the royal place, the 'Zarzuela Palace', outside of Madrid. The Royal Palace, Palacio Real, in the city of Madrid is the place where official functions take place. On 19 June 2014, the son of former king Juan Carlos , Felipe VI, was crowned the new king of Spain. Juan Carlos retired due to old age. King Felipe VI, aged 46, and Queen Letizia have two daughters.
Many Spanish people are soccer fans. The top soccer clubs are: Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Spain is known for its flamenco dance. In Andalusia, in many towns and villages people dance the flamenco for special festivities. Some of the best flamenco dancers are said to be the Romani people ('gitanos' in Spanish). The gitanos arrived to Spain in the XV century and still conserve their own language and traditions. In the image you can see girls performing the flamenco at a fiesta in Seville.
The Spanish are also known for their great festivals, such as the 'Tomatina' and the 'Running of the Bulls'. The 'Tomatina' festival in the small town of Buñol, to the west of Valencia, is the world's biggest food fight, as the people throw tomatoes at each other. The festival takes place every year in August, but the event only takes one hour, as the people throw tomatoes at each other. Another famous spanish festival takes place in the town of Pamplona in Northern Spain. The highlight of the festival is the 'Running of the Bulls'. Six bulls are chasing people who try to run away in front of the animals. Bullfights also are popular events in the arenas of several cities, but are banned in others.
The people of Tarragona gather every two years at the Castells Festival in October to build human towers.
The competition includes four teams of athletes from the city and in total more than 40 teams from all over Spain. Sometimes the human towers reach up to 11 metres! Read more here.
As summers get very hot in the Spanish cities of the inland, many Spaniards flock to the seaside during summer holidays or go tho the mountainous areas in the north of the country.
Among the most well known Spanish artists are:
Spanish is spoken in Spain and in various South American countries, among them Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Lots of variations and dialects are spoken; the Castillian Spanish is recognised as 'typical' Spanish and is spoken across the country of Spain. Catalan is spoken in the region around Barcelona, Cataluña, and this language reads and sounds different to Spanish. Basque is spoken in the Basque Country in the north of Spain while Galician is spoken in Galicia, in Spain's northwest.
Here are some useful Spanish words:
The Spanish language uses inverted question marks and exclamation marks and letter which have symbols, accents, on them, such as the n with an accent called 'tilde' in: España
The Spanish main dishes contain: potatoes, rice, fish, meat, beans, chickpeas and fruit.
Here is some typical Spanish food:
Read more about Spanish food here.
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