Spain is a populous country in southwestern Europe. The official language is Spanish, but Basque, Catalan, Galician, Occitan, and others are also spoken. The terrain includes mountains, rivers, and islands in different seas and oceans. The climate is pretty highly variable. Native animal species include the Iberian lynx, the North Atlantic right whale, and the Arctic wolf. Mainstays of the economy include tourism, extraction of natural resources, and production of goods from clothes to cars. Some of the best architecture in Spain is at cathedrals, from the famous old one in Toledo to Gaudi’s fanciful handiwork at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The Alhambra is an extraordinary Moorish palace in Granada that you absolutely shouldn’t miss; the gardens and fountains alone are worth the trip.
Potatoes, bread, and rice are common starchy staples. Typical vegetables include sweet peppers, eggplant, and zucchini. Beef, lamb, pork, and especially fish are popular. Valencian specialties include paella with white rice, green vegetables, meat such as rabbit, chicken, duck, or land snails, beans, and spices; or the similar fideu├á, which substitutes thin noodles for the rice and may add garlicky allioli sauce on top. If you like eggs, try the omelet-like tortilla espanola. Vegetarians can usually satisfy their needs and senses at tapas bars, juice bars, and Indian restaurants, among other places. Numerous places offer organic Spanish, Mediterranean, and even Brazilian cuisine along with organic beer and wine. You can even sip some organic gin and tonics. ┬íOl├®!