Travel insurance to Spain
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Background information about Spain
Spain is a country in southwestern Europe, situated on the Iberian Peninsula. The Kingdom of Spain consists of the land of Spain itself, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Spain is bordered by Portugal, Andorra and France, and has coastlines along the Mediterranean Sea in the east, the Bay of Biscay in the north-west, and the Atlantic in the south-west. Spain is the fourth largest country in all of Europe and the sixth largest by population.
Spain’s capital is Madrid, historically located in the region of Castile, though now Madrid is its own autonomous region. Other major population centres include the city of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Valencia, Sevilla, Bilbao, Granada and Cordoba. In a 2017 index, Madrid was voted the 10th most liveable city in the world for its high standard of living and relative safety. Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world after France, attracting 82 million people per year, more than the U.S.A.
Hispania was one of the capitals of the Roman empire, and so the Spanish language is heavily influenced by Latin; like French and Italian. You’ll also expect to see Roman ruins dotted throughout Spain’s landscapes, special sights like amphitheatres and old Roman aqueduct’s spanning through the countryside. Spain is also well-known for its music and dance, particularly the famous flamenco, a dance based on the folkloric musical customs of southern Spain. One of Spain’s favourite past-times is football (soccer). Spain is home to two of the biggest clubs in the world, the financial mega-teams Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona. F.C. Barcelona is located in the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, at the Camp Nou Stadium. Real Madrid’s home stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu, is located in Madrid. Every year the two fierce rivals compete in what is known as the El Classico, or – ‘The Classic’ – which draws hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world to Madrid and Barcelona.
Spanish food is also highly prized in world cuisine and is divided into three main categories. The traditions of the Mediterranean, where seafood is used liberally with rice – dishes like paella, which comes from Valencia. The cooking traditions of the inner lands of Spain, the Castile region, gives credence to heartier meals; thick stews and soups served with loaves of bread and Spanish Hamon (cured ham). The Atlantic traditions again are different, the coasts along the Bay of Biscay in the north and the southern coasts facing the Atlantic, where you will find dishes heavily reliant on bounties from the Atlantic Ocean. Dishes using octopus, cod and anchovies, combined in a seafood stew with vegetables. It’s easy to see why millions of people travel to Spain every year, the food is delicious and the people warm and welcoming.
There is much to see, do and enjoy in Spain. Fine wines and bustling colourful cities filled with beautiful people who embody a genuine enthusiasm for all thing’s life. Exotic foods and markets where you can sample flavours so foreign, they’re likely to make one’s lips pout with joy, or wince in dismay! The snail eating festival in Lleida, Catalonia, attracts 200,000 visitors every year. More than 12 tonnes of snails are consumed in one weekend. This is the sort of thing that you’re likely to experience in Spain – something completely foreign, enjoyable and unforgettable. It’s easy to get whipped up in all this excitement and forget yourself.
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Travel Insurance to Spain
Please refer to the Australian Government website Smartraveller for general information about Spain from the Smartraveller website.
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