What is Spain?
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a Western European country. The country consists of Peninsular Spain which is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic ocean, two archipelagos, one in each sea, and two autonomous cities in North Africa.
Due to Spain's geographical situation and orographic conditions, the climate is extremely diverse it can be roughly divided in three areas:
- The moderate Continental climate takes place in the inland areas of the Peninsula (largest city, Madrid).
- The Mediterranean climate region, which roughly extends from the Andalusian plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees, on the seaward side of the mountain ranges that run near the coast (largest city, Barcelona).
- An Oceanic climate takes place in Galicia and the coastal strip by the Bay of Biscay (largest city, Bilbao). This area is often called Green Spain.
The main language of Spain is Spanish but the Spanish Constitution, although affirming the sovereignty of the Spanish Nation, recognises historical nationalities and languages like Basque, Catalan, Galician, Aranes Aragonese, and Asturian.
Spanish cuisine consists of a great variety of dishes which stem from differences in geography, culture and climate. It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country's deep Mediterranean roots. Spain's extensive history with many cultural influences has led to a unique cuisine with literally thousands of recipes and flavors.
Sport in Spain has been traditionally dominated by football (soccer) (since the early 20th century), cycling and bullfighting (since the 17th century). Today, Spain is a major world sports power, especially since the 1992 Summer Olympics that were hosted in Barcelona and promoted a great variety of sports in the country. The great touristic attraction of the country has caused an improvement of the sports infrastructure, especially for water sports, golf and skiing.
Although Chapter 2 of the Constitution states that no religion shall have a state character, Roman Catholicism is the main religion in the country. About 76% of Spaniards self-identify as Catholics, about 2% with another religious faith, and about 19% identify as non-believers or atheists. A study conducted in October 2006 by the Spanish Centre of Sociological Investigations shows that from the 76% of Spaniards who identify as Catholics or other religious faith, 54% hardly ever or never go to church, 15% go to church some times a year, 10% some time per month and 19% every Sunday or multiple times per week. About 22% of the whole Spanish population attend religious services at least once a month.
Each municipality is allowed to declare a maxim of 14 public holidays per year up to nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least two are chosen locally.
National public Holidays:
January 1 - New Years Day - Año Nuevo
Moveable - Good Friday - Viernes santo
May 1 - Labour Day - Dia del Trabajador
August 15 - Assumption of Mary - Asunción
October 12 - Columbus Day - Dia de la Hispanidad (Spain national day)
November 1 - All Saints - Todos los Santos
December 6 - Constitution Day- Dia de la Constitución
December 8 - Immaculate Conception - Inmaculada Concepción
December 25 - Christmas Day - Navidad
- Gabriel_87October 2007
Dear Polyglot Madrid members,
A mailing has been sent concerning the next meeting in Madrid !!
Total members in Madrid = 757
Here are the next FREE polyglot meetings in Madrid, Please register :
» O'NEILL'S - Tuesday April 22, 2008 @ 22:00
» CAFE MADRID - April 23, 2008 @ 21:30
» CAFE MADRID - April 24, 2008 @ 21:30
Happy Polyglot Meetings,
Date : Feb 01, 2008 @ 21:30
Address : Calle Escalinata Madrid, Spain - Map?
Meeting URL : https://polyglotclub.com/meetings.php?post_id=850
Hello all the POLYGLOTS from Madrid !!!
We are a group of POLYGLOTS coming from Paris from thursday 31st of January to Sunday 3rd of
February and we would like to meet the Polyglot members from Madrid !!
As Intercambio is very active in Café Madrid on Wednesday and Thursday, we chose that Café.
Besides, some of us stay in a Hostel nearby (OS AMIGOS OPERA C/ Campomanes)
and others in a hostel near Sol ....
We hope to meet you !!
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21 SeptMadridTHIS SATURDAY GREAT VERMOUTHS, WINE...23 сағаттаTASTE GALLERY, Plaza de San Miguel 8, Madrid, Spain50
21 SeptMadridSaturday Language ExchangeЕртеңPríncipe 16, Madrid, Spain2
22 SeptBarcelonaPlayas, calas y camino de ronda: de...ЕртеңHard Rock Cafe, Barcelona, Spain6
22 SeptPalma de MallorcaLanguage Exchange MeetingЕртеңCarrer de Borguny, 9, Palma, Spain
22 SeptMadridGREAT SUNDAY EXCHANGEЕртеңLARIOS CAFÉ, calle Silva 4, Madrid, Spain150
24 SeptBarcelonaDisfruta del Pirineo: Camprodon y h...TuesdayHard Rock Cafe, Barcelona, Spain7
25 SeptMadridGREAT WEDNESDAY EXCHANGEКелесі аптаLARIOS CAFÉ, calle de Silva 4, Madrid, Spain150
27 SeptMadridFridays at the movies: [movie & mee...Келесі аптаSanta Isabel 3 -----> Príncipe 33, Madrid, Spain6
29 SeptPalma de MallorcaLanguage Exchange MeetingКелесі аптаCarrer de Borguny, 9, Palma, Spain
03 OctGranadameet good people and speak , don’t ...2 аптадаel campo burger king, Granada, Spain5
04 OctMadridFridays at the movies: [movie & mee...2 аптадаSanta Isabel 3 -----> Príncipe 33, Madrid, Spain6
06 OctPalma de MallorcaLanguage Exchange Meeting3 аптадаCarrer de Borguny, 9, Palma, Spain