Drawing of Don Quijote done in 1955 for Picasso

Vocabulary - Trips

In Traveling round Spain - Part II, not only you are going to learn new vocabulary but also a little of the culture, the languages and the climate of Spain.


Traveling round Spain - Part II

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Languages

The official language of Spain is Spanish or Castilian. In addition to Spanish, some communities of Spain take other languages as coofficial. In Catalonia and Balearic Islands one speaks the Catalan, in Gallicia the Galician, in the Valencian Community the Valencian one and the Basque or Basque in the Basque Country.

Religion

The majority of the Spanish population (76 %) is catholic.

Population

Spain is the fifth country most filled with the European Union, with a population of 46.063.511 inhabitants (estimation 2008). Nevertheless, his population density is minor than that of most of other countries of Western Europe. Madrid with 5.843.031 (2007) inhabitants in his metropolitan area, in addition to being the capital, is the biggest and populous city of the country.

Climate

For his extension and for his geographical diversity, the variety is the principal characteristic of the climate in Spain. And so, the north is humid and moderate, with winters and soft summers, while the south is warm (except in the mountainous areas). In the Mediterranean coastal zone the temperatures are warm and agreeable during the whole winter and enough raised in the summer. In the plateau the winters are usually soft and in some parts, depending on the altitude, colds. The summers are very warm with temperatures that can come in cities like Madrid to 40°C.

Vocabulary

coofficial
Said especially about a language. That is official together with other one or other languages.

catholic
That professes the catholic religion.

population
Set of persons who inhabit the same geographical area.

metropolitan
Belonging or relative to the urban set formed by a city and his suburbs.

variety
Set of diverse things.

humid
It is said about the region, about the climate or about the country in which it rains very much and which has the air loaded with moisture.

moderated
That is neither cold nor warm, but in an average.

warm
That feels heat or causes it.

warm
That gives heat.


Recommended linkage

  • www.spain.info
    He visits the official Portal of the Tourism of Spain - the only tool to organize his trip.
  • www.spainforyou.es
    It knows all the holidays, contests and events of cultural, popular or artistic interest that are celebrated in villages and cities of Spain.
  • www.visiteurope.com
    Portal of the European Commission of Tourism.
  • www.revistaiberica.com
    Journal of tourism, Trips and Holidays with informations to travel round Spain and Portugal.
  • www.casaturismorural.com
    An easy and simplified selection of the whole of rural accommodations that exist in Spain.
  • www.parador.es
    Official place of the network of State-run hotels of Tourism of Spain.
  • www.turistea.com
    Tourist portal of Spain and the rest of the World.


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