The Kingdom of Spain is the largest of the three sovereign nations that make up the Iberian peninsula—the others are Portugal and Andorra—located in southwestern Europe. To the west (and, in Galicia, south), it borders Portugal. To the south, it borders Gibraltar and, through its cities in North Africa (Ceuta and Melilla), Morocco. To the northeast, along the Pyrenees mountain range, it borders France and the tiny principality of Andorra. It also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and a number of uninhabited islands on the Mediterranean side of the strait of Gibraltar.
Spain is one of the most liberal, inexpensive and wave rich nations in Europe. The Spanish coastline gets swell thrown at it from every conceivable direction AND it has some of the craziest, day-n-night summer fiestas on the planet! We hardly need to twist your arm.
SURFING HOLIDAYS & SURF CAMPS IN SPAIN
Spain is one of Europe’s least exploited surfing destinations, aside from Mundaka which, thanks to the WQS, receives some limelight and is visited by surfers from all over the globe. There are surfing breaks all along the Bay of Biscay that offer a huge variety of options to the travelling surfer. Galicia is a swell magnet, attracting more swell than anywhere else in Europe and is a paradise for surfers, while the Canary Islands provide waves with near Hawaiian power and consistency. Spanish surfers are among Europe’s best and this has to be because they grow up surfing some of the surfing worlds best breaks.
In addition to having cracking surf, Spain has some of the best nightlife in Europe, the Spanish know how to party and many clubs and bars stay open all night. As if all that isn’t enough – the food is brilliant, the Spanish have turned snacking into an art form with ‘Tapas’ which is generally a cheap and delicious way to sample the vast culinary delights of Spain.
Spain by any other name…
Most countries of the world have different names in different languages. Some countries have also undergone name changes for political or other reasons. This list offers some of the alternative names for Spain. It does not offer any opinion about what the «original», «official», «real», or «correct» name of Spain is or was.
Espagne (French), Espainia (Basque), España (Spanish), Espanha (Occitan, Portuguese), Espanja (Finnish), Espanya (Catalan, Filipino/Tagalog), Hispaania (Estonian, Võro), Hispania (Latin), Hispanio (Esperanto), Hiszpania (Polish), Isbāniyā – إسبانيا (Arabic), Ispanía – Ισπανία (Greek), Ispanija (Lithuanian), Ispaniya – Испания (Bulgarian, Russian), İspaniya (Azeri), İspanya (Turkish), Sbaen (Welsh), Sepanyol (Malay), Sfarad – ספרד (Hebrew), Shpanye – שפּאַניע (Yiddish), Spagna (Italian, Romansh), an Spáinn (Irish), an Spàinn (Scots Gaelic), Španělsko (Czech), Spania (Armenian), Spania (Romanian), Španielsko (Slovak), Spanien (Danish, German, Low Saxon, Swedish), Spānija (Latvian), Španija (Slovene),Španija – Шпанија (Serbian), Spanja (Maltese), Spanje (Afrikaans, Dutch, Frisian), Španjolska (Croatian), Spánn (Icelandic), Špańska (Lower Sorbian), Spanyol (Indonesian), Spanyolország (Hungarian), 西班牙 (Chinese), Seupein or Eseupanya – 에스파냐 / 스페인 (Korean), Supein – スペイン (Japanese)