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Capital: Madrid
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1 Hours
Population: 40,491,052
Languages: Spanish
Electricity: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Euro
Climate: Spain is temperate with clear, hot summers in the interior, whilst it is more moderate and cloudy along the coast. During the winter it is typically cloudy and cold in the interior and quite cool along the coast.


At 504,782 square kilometres (194,897 square miles), Spain is the world's 51st largest country. On the west, Spain borders Portugal; on the south, it borders Gibraltar, on the northeast, along the Pyrenees mountain range, it borders France and Andorra. Mt. Teide (Tenerife, Canary Islands) has the highest mountain peak in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world from its base. Spain has two principal clusters of islands, the Canary Islands and the Balaeric Islands. There are also some smaller groups of islands of the coast of Galicia. The main islands of interest to tourists in The Canaries are Fuerteventura (pop 103k), Gran Canaria (pop 838k), Lanzarote (pop 142k), Tenerife (pop 899k), La Gomera (pop 22k), El Hierro (pop 10k) and La Palma (pop 86k). Other less well know island in The Canaries include Alegranza, Graciosa, Hieero and La Gomera. The main islands of interest to tourists in the Balearic Islands are Formentera (pop 8k), Ibiza (125k), Mallorca (pop 862k) and Menorca (pop 92k). Other less well know islands include; Cabera, Conillera, Dragonera and Es Vedra. Other islands of interest include Galicia, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava. Spain also has a number of uninhabited islands. 

In 2011 the population of Spain officially reached 47,190,493 people. With the exception of the region surrounding the capital, Madrid (6.5m), the most populated areas lie around the coast. Spain is a prime example of a multi-cultural country. According to Spanish government statistics there were 5.7 million foreign residents in Spain in 2011 accounting for some 12.2% of the total population. Residence permit data for 2011 indicates that more than 860,000 were Romanian, some 770,000 were Moroccan, approximately 390,000 were British, and around 360,000 were Ecuadorian.In fact, within the EU, in percentage terms, Spain had the second highest immigration rate after Cyprus. Some of the immigration figures can be accounted for as a consequence of Spain's cultural ties with Latin America. Over the past 40 years the Spanish tourism industry has grown to become the second largest in the world, and it 2006 it was estimated to be worth approximately 40 billion Euros, which at the time accounted for around 5% of GDP. Three things combine justify Spain's dominant position as a tourist destination, these would include the climate, historical and cultural monuments and its geographic position. 

The top 30 towns and cities in Spain are as follows; Madrid 3255944; Barcelona 1621537; Valencia 814208; Sevilla 703206; Zaragoza 674317; Malaga 568305; Murcia 436870; Palma 401270; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 381847; Bilbao 354860; Alicante 334757; Cordoba 328428; Valladolid 317864; Vigo 297332; Gijon 277554; L'Hospitalet de Llobregat 257038; La Coruna 246056; Vitoria-Gasteiz 235661; Granada; 234325; Elche 230112; Oviedo 224005; Santa Cruz de Tenerife 222417; Sant Marti 221029; Badalona 219547; Cartagena 211996; Terrassa 210941; Jerez de la Frontera 207532; Sabadell 206493; Mostoles 206478 Alcala de Henares 204574.  

The following towns and cities have a population of between 100,000 and 200,000: Pamplona, Fuenlabrada, Almeria, Leganes, San Sebastian, Santander, Castello de la Plana, Burgos, Albacete, Alcorcón, Getafe, Nou Barris, Salamanca, Logrono, La Laguna, Huelva, Badajoz, Tarragona, Lleida, Marbella, Leon, Cadiz, Dos Hermanas, Mataro, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Torrejón de Ardoz, Jaen, Algeciras, Parla, Ciutat Vella, Alcobendas, Ourense, Reus, Torrevieja, Telde. Predictably, as such a huge tourist destination, Spain has a total of 61 passenger airports which can be broadly described as local, national, international and island based, these include the following; : Albacete; Los Llanos Aprt (ABC), Alicante; Alicante Aprt (ALC), Almeria  Almeria Aprt (LEI), Asturias; Asturias Aprt (OVD), Badajoz    Talaveral La Real Aprt (BJZ), Barcelona; Barcelona (El Prat),  Aprt (BCN), Bilbao; Bilbao Aprt (BIO), Cadiz; Cadiz Aprt (CDZ), Ciudad Real; Ciudad Real Central Aprt (CQM), Fuengirola; Fuengirola Aprt (FGR), Gerona; Costa Brava Aprt (GRO), Granada; Granada Aprt (GRX), Ibiza; Ibiza Aprt (IBZ), Jerez De La Frontera; La Parra Aprt (XRY), La Coruna; La Coruna Aprt (LCG), Lanzarote; Lanzarote Aprt (ACE); Las Palmas; Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria (LPA), Leon; Leon Aprt (LEN), Logrono; Agoncillo Aprt (RJL), Madrid; Barajas Aprt (MAD), Malaga; Malaga Aprt (AGP), Melilla; Melilla Aprt (MLN), Menorca; Menorca (Mahón),  Aprt (MAH), Murcia; San Javier Aprt (MJV), Palma de Mallorca; Palma Mallorca Aprt (PMI), Pamplona; Pamplona Aprt (PNA), Puerto De Santa Maria; Puerto De Santa Maria Aprt (PXS), Puerto del Rosario; Fuerteventura Aprt (FUE), Puerto La Cruz; Puerto La Cruz Aprt (UPC), Puertollano; Puertollano Aprt (UER), Reus; Reus Aprt (REU), San Fernando; San Fernando Aprt (FES), San Pablo; San Pablo Aprt (SPO), San Sebas de la Gomera; La Gomera Aprt (GMZ), San Sebastian; San Sebastian Aprt (EAS), Santa Cruz De La Palma; La Palma Aprt (SPC), Santander; Santander Aprt (SDR), Santiago De Compostela; Santiago De Compostela Aprt (SCQ), Sevilla; Sevilla Aprt (SVQ), Tenerife; Norte Los Rodeos Aprt (TFN), Tenerife; Sur Reina Sofia Aprt (TFS), Torremolinos; Torremolinos Aprt (UTL), Valencia; Manises Aprt (VLC), Valladolid; Valladolid Aprt (VLL), Vigo; Vigo Aprt (VGO), Vitoria; Vitoria Aprt (VIT), Zaragoza; Zaragoza Aprt (ZAZ).

General information:

Mediterranean Spain which, in spite of Spain having a reputation for sunshine, only applies to one fifth of the country. Nonetheless, it has high sunshine levels, from 6 hours per day in the winter and up to 12 during the summer. Winters are mild, but much warmer than central Spain. Central Spain and the Southern Atlantic coast have a generally low rainfall though winter, although snow can be heavy on the Sierras. Summers are generally hot, particularly in the Guadalquivir valley of Northern Andalucia running out to Seville where some of the highest temperatures are recorded. Sunshine levels average 5 hours per day in winter and up to 12 hours in summer. North and North West Spain can be influenced by depressions from the Atlantic, these areas are characterised by cold winters and mild summers, with a predominance of cold temperatures. Snow and strong winds are also commonplace. Sunshine levels average 3 hours per day during the winter and up to 8 hours in the summer. 

According to Instituto de Estudios Turisticos, there are over 12 million visits by British nationals to Spain every year. Street crime (typically using distraction techniques and working in teams) can be a problem, with thieves targeting money and passports. In some city centres and resorts, thieves posing as police officers on foot patrol may approach tourists and ask to see their wallets for identification purposes. According to the FCO, there are a significant number of travellers reporting that their passports have been stolen while passing through the airport whilst arriving or departing the country. Hotels have a legal duty to register the passport details of tourists when they check-in, but you should insist that they take a photocopy of it rather than leaving it at reception. 

When driving, it is important to be wary of approaches by bogus police officers in plain clothes travelling in unmarked cars. In all traffic related matters, police officers will be in uniform. Unmarked police vehicles have a flashing electronic sign on the rear window which reads Policia (Police) or Guardia Civil (Civil Guard), and typically have blue flashing lights. The Civil Guard or Police will only ask you to show them your documents and will not ask for your bag, wallet or purse. You must provide ID (such as your passport) if requested by a Police Officer, if you fail to do so, The Police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed. You also have the right to ask them to identify themselves. The Police have the right to hold you at a police station until your identity is confirmed. Another issue to be aware of is so called “highway pirates" who typically target foreign registered and hire cars. Some will try to make you stop by claiming there is something wrong with your car or that you have damaged theirs. If you decide to stop try to do so in a populated area such as a service station and if it is at night, in a well lit area. be wary of anyone offering assistance. 

You drive on the right in Spain. Care should be taken when driving in Spain because regulations and customs are different from those in the UK and the accident rate is higher, especially on motorways. It is a legal requirement for motorists travelling in Spain to carry two red warning triangles which are to be placed, in the event of an accident or breakdown, in front of and behind the vehicle. Drivers are also required to have a spare pair of glasses (if needed for driving), a spare wheel and a full set of spare light bulbs plus the tools to change them. If you exit your vehicle due to an accident or breakdown or whilst waiting for the arrival of the emergency or breakdown services, you must wear a reflective jacket or you could face a heavy fine. 

As with the UK, Spain has strict drink driving laws. Penalties include heavy fines, loss of licence and possible imprisonment. Seat belts are required for all passengers in the front and back seats. No children under the age of twelve should be in the front seat and small children must be in an approved child safety seat in the back seat. Your car hire agency will be able to provide a seat so let them know you need one when you reserve the car. Talking into a mobile phone whilst driving is forbidden, even when stopped on the side of the road. You must be completely away from the road. Using an earpiece is also prohibited, although you are permitted to use a phone provided your car is fitted with a completely hands free unit. 

People tend to drive very quickly on motorways and dual carriageways and although the speed limit is 120 kph cars are often travelling at 160 kph or more. The Civil Guard is attempting to address this issue with the increased use of mobile speed cameras, radar on motorways and the use of unmarked cars. It is worth noting that Spanish drivers do not usually stop at zebra crossings unless they are accompanied by traffic lights, therefore you should take care if someone is following you and you elect to stop. Roads in Spain have improved considerably, however, in contrast to the excellent new motorways (autopistas) and trunk roads, many secondary roads in rural areas and small towns (particularly parts of South West and Northern Spain) are full of potholes and in generally in a poor condition, some may also be quite narrow. Some main roads are also in poor condition with undulations and dips and tend not to be up to the standards of roads that are typical in northern Europe.

It is illegal to smoke in indoor public places such as bars, restaurants, airports and shopping centres.  Smoking is also illegal outside hospitals, schools and children’s play areas. Fines for breaking laws range from €30 to €600k and are being strictly enforced.

The currency in Spain is the Euro. When changing money, you should always use official money exchange offices or banks, given the possession and/or use of counterfeit money is considered a very serious crime in Spain and may lead to prosecution. ATM's are available in all cities and holiday resorts and instruction are also given in English.

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