Spain is a member of the European Union, its territory occupies most of the Iberian peninsula, over the archipelagos of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Spain is the third largest country after Russia and France, with a land area of 504,645 square km, is the most mountainous country after Switzerland. Share limits on the north by the Bay of Biscay, France and Andorra, on the east by the Mediterranean Sea, south by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.
Spain has many different climates because of its geography, with growing influence of Mediterranean climate especially in the coast, mild temperatures and abundant rainfall all year, except in the summer. But within the territory the climate becomes more extreme with low temperatures in winter and high summer with little rain. The Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees have a mountain climate with low temperatures and abundant rainfall. In the area of Almeria, Granada, Murcia, Alicante and Ebro Valley, the climate is arid or semiarid, with respect to the Canary Islands has a warm climate all year round with little rain, climate also presented areas of Malaga and Granada.
In terms of economics, Spain ranks eighth in the world economy, traditionally agricultural country, is the largest producer in Western Europe, economic activities such as livestock, fisheries, mining, industry and energy production and tourism are the support of the Spanish economy.
Spain sits in second place worldwide as a tourist destination and as the second foreign exchange earnings from this business. Six autonomous communities are receiving more international tourists, Catalonia is in the first place, followed in second place Baleares, Canarias, Third, Fourth Andalusia, Valencia and Madrid in the fifth and sixth. Spain is a country where tourism activity is steadily growing, especially in the summer months is when you receive greater influx of international tourists, standing out as major tourist source markets, first the UK, Germany ranks second and France third in importance.
The influx of tourists to Spain, is best done by air, this is due to low-cost service offered by many airlines operating in Spain, what makes this route, followed in order of importance the roads as a way access to the country by tourists from France and Portugal. The sea and the railways are used to a lesser extent by tourists. Another factor present in the development of tourism in Spain is Internet use by visitors to consult, make reservations or pay for services related to this activity. The reason why tourists visit Spain is concerned primarily cultural, second to fun activities and thirdly regard to sporting activities such as hunting, adventure sports, water sports, snow and mountaineering. In short, the foreign trip to Spain was made for leisure and vacation.
What Spain offers tourists
Spain has a tourist attraction as it has a diversity of natural landscapes, cultural and social wealth, its cities, towns and villages display their cultural and historical attraction, it’s beautiful beaches, scenic nature and its varied cuisine. There is a great hotel infrastructure from the most luxurious to the inns and hostels in smaller cities.
Among the attractions of the Spanish coast are the beaches in the area of Huelva, Cadiz and the Costa del Sol in Malaga and the water sports are the ideal places in the Balearics and the Costa Brava, in the Basque Coast. For winter sports are the ideal places in the region of Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque country that when summer arrives the valleys are covered with a beautiful green in this area are the most important natural reserves.
However the big cities offer visitors the museums, parks and gardens, palaces, famous Ramblas, cathedrals, gardens, its bustling nightlife, full of fun and charm, and many more.
The wines and gastronomy is another attraction of Spain, many visiting the country just to explore the wine route and learn about their culinary delights.