By: Ali Lund

Investigate the Country

  • Spain is about twice the Oregon
  • Population: 47.27 million as of 2012
  • Important Cities: Madrid and Barcelona; Valencia, Sevilla, Saragossa, and Malaga
  • Languages: (Official: Spanish) (Co-official languages: Basque, Catalan/Valencian, Galician and Occitan (Aranese))
  • Ethnic Groups: Within Spain, there are various regional populations including the Castilians, the Catalans, Valencians and Balearics
  • Government: constitutional monarchy governed under the constitution of 1978
  • The U.S. and Spain are under good terms and it is okay to travel there, staying no longer than 3 months without an extension of stay.
  • Geography: Spain occupies 85% of the Iberian Peninsula. There are plateaus, series of mountain ranges, and river valleys.
  • Spain was founded in 1492 by many ethnic tribes and tribes.

Attractions in Spain

  • Attractions Pictured Above: Buen Retiro Park, Sagrada Família, Plaza de España, Alcázar of Seville, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Alhambra, Coasta de Sol, and Giralda
  • Buen Retiro Park is the biggest park in the city of Madrid. It is a very beautiful park, filled with amazing sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and host to a variety of events.
  • Museo Nacional del Prado is a museum filled with intricate forms of artwork. It is very popular in Madrid, however it is somewhat expensive.
  • Historical Sites: The Sagrada Família pictured above is a very important historical site in Spain.
  • Famous Battles: Battles of the Spanish Civil War, Battles of the Spanish-American War, and the Battles of the Chincha Islands War

Some of the main dishes served in Spain are Paella de Marisco, Paella, and Pinxtos

Visiting Spain

  • Airfare: There are prices are about $1,154 for a roundtrip from Kansas City to Madrid, Spain.
  • The best time to travel to Spain is in the spring and fall because that is when the weather is best.
  • Lodging: There are 4-star hotels costing only $58 available in Madrid, Spain.
  • Consumer Prices in the United States are 34.36% higher than in Spain. Average restaurant prices are 10.45% higher in the United States vs. Spain, and the rent prices in the US are 103.65% higher than in Spain!

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