Spain

Made By: Christiane D. Aliana D. Jasmine C. Natalie W.

Fun Things to do in Spain

1. Go skiing in the Sierra Navada Mountains.

Durring late spring you can go skiing in the morning. The spot that people usually go skiing is really close to popular tourist spots such as Malaga and Torremolinos.

2. Running of the Bulls.

People, usually men, are released to run fast as thye can before getting trampled over by bulls or before they can jump out of the way. Afterwards they go to a bull-fighting arena and watch rodeo clowns before the main event, which is the manador fighting the bull.

3. Take Part in a Local Village Fiesta.

The local fiestas are mostly religous in nature, but they are still really fun. The colorful processions are worth it in themselves, also the parties usually go on all through the night. There are different fiestas. In Pamplona they celebrate the "Running of the Bulls", the fiesta of Las Fallas in March in Valencia have huge bon fires and also get very weird with parades with full blown water and tomato fights.

4. Sit in Cafe and Just Watch the World Go By.

This would be for the parents or really, really mature children. In Spain, there are many cafes in villages, towns, and cities. You can just sit down watching the world naturally pass by beautifully. Just relaxing sitting there not worrying about anything. And of course, it's all better by the weather.

Places to Visit

1. Cuenca's Cathedral.

This wonderful cathedral is Gothic Anglo-Norman, the only one of its kind in Spain. It is the most spectacular building or of the most spectacular I've seen in Cuenca. It's in the Plaza Mayor and can be visited. Inside hides multiple chapels of various sizes and a mix of restoration oldest remains

2. Episcopal Palace.

Used as an exhibition Centre. The Episcopal Palace is located at the Plaza del Obispo, 6, and is opposite the main entrance to the Cathedral. The first palace was built between 1500 and 1525 on the orders of Bishop Diego Ramirez de Villanueva de Haro.

3. Jaen.

Jaen is a lovely province in Andalucía. It is also one of the least populated - the whole of Jaen, 13,498 Km², has just 628.000 inhabitants. The fact that for years it was one of the least visited provinces in Spain owes much to the terrible roads and communications leading to this province. But since the new motorways have been opened, and local roads improved, more and more travelers - from Spain and further afield - are starting to discover the delights of this beautiful and singular province. One of Spain's most important rivers, the Guadalquivir, crosses Jaen, adding to its attractive landscape and fertile lands.

4. Vizcaya.

Vizcaya is located in Northern Spain, on the Cantabrian coast. This province covers 2,217 kms2 and has 80 kms of coastline. It has a changeable climate with an annual average temperature of 14ºC - 15ºC although in summer temperatures are often in the high twenties. It is not unusual for it to be cloudy and rainy even during the summer months but especially in autumn and winter.

♫♪Popular Type of Music and Dance♪♫

♫♪Music♪♫

The music of Spain is often associated abroad with traditions like flamenco. Flamenco, for example, is an Andalusian musical genre from the south of the country. In contrast, the music in the north-western regions is centred on the use of bagpipes, while the nearby Basque region, with its own traditional styles, is different again, as are traditional styles of music in Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, Castile and León. Spain has also played an important role within the history of western classical music, particularly in its early phase from the 15th to the 17th centuries; ranging from a composer like Tomás Luis de Victoria, the zarzuela of Spanish opera, the ballet of Manuel de Falla, to the classical guitar music of Pepe Romero. Nowadays, like elsewhere, the different styles of commercial popular music dominate.

♫♪Dance♪♫

Flamenco (Spanish pronunciation: [flaˈmeŋko]) is a genre of Spanish music, song, and dance from Andalusia, in southern Spain, that includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps). First mentioned in literature in 1774, the genre grew out of Andalusian and Romani music and dance styles. It is an artform exclusive to Andalusia in Southern Spain and orginated from the dance and music traditions of Jewish gypsies or "gitanos" of the regions. Different Flamenco forms are also at times named after the regions in which they were born such as "Tangos de Malaga" from Malaga and the "Sevillanas" from Sevilla, Spain.

Foods

Appitizer: Calcots

Tony Mantuano created this recipe, also adapted from Wine Bar Food, in homage to the Calcotada in Spain. The Catalan festival celebrates the harvest of calcots, which are slender onions similar to baby leeks. After peeling the charred outer layers, festival-goers dip the softened onions in a vibrant romesco sauce, which Mantuano makes with sweet red bell peppers. "It's fantastic," Mantuano recalls. "Everyone has black fingers from the char.

Main Dish: Cochinillo Asado

Cochinillo Asado. Cochinillo Asado is roast baby pig. Its fatty outside is crisp and perfect for those who like pork rind, while its meat is tender and juicy.

Dessert: Sorbete de Limon (Lemon Sorbet)

Sorbete de Limon (Lemon Sorbet). A wonderful dessert that is served all year long, but is especially enjoyed during summer months. Sweet and tart, easy to make and abounds with citrus from the Mediterranean. Because of the weather, citrus grows all year long and this dessert thus is standard favorite.

Negative Issues Affecting the Country

Hunger

With an unemployment rate over 50 percent among young people and more and more households having adults without jobs. So pervasive is the problem of scavenging that one Spanish city has resorted to installing locks on supermarket trash bins as a public health. Governments facing their own budget crisis , are chipping away at a range of previously free services. But they are unrepentant and appear to have huge local support. “Taking some food and giving it to families who are having a really hard time.

Poor Education

Decades ago, under the repressive hand of Franco's dictatorship, Spain was at least one of the safest places in the world in terms of crime. This can no longer be said to be true: Spain is heading towards European levels of prosperity and it long ago surpassed most countries in terms of civil rights and liberties. The danger least affecting visitors is organized crime, a new phenomenon in Spain, still of relatively insignificant proportions, and so unlikely to affect visitors or tourists. It exists, however, particularly in Mediterranean coastal areas, and the Spanish police estimate that there are several hundred "mafias" in the country.