Along with Portugal, Spain sits on the Iberian peninsula. Beyond the Pyrenees Mountains to the north, lie France and Italy. The Mediterranean Sea is to the east. South of Spain is the Strait of Gibraltar and Africa.
The interior part of the country is hot and dry during the summer and very cold during the winter. Coastal areas are warm and mild.
Easy Geography for Kids on Spain – Image of a Bull Run in Spain
Moors â Muslims from North Africa, lived in and ruled Iberia for hundreds of years. Today, Spain is a colorful country known for its fiestas, flamenco dancing and bull runs. Stores and businesses usually close in mid afternoon and people nap or rest. People stay up late. Families usually eat dinner at 9:00 and donât go to bed until midnight or later!
Fun Facts for Kids on Spain – Image of a Spanish Fiesta
Fun Facts about SpainÂ for Kids
- The capital of Spain is Madrid.
- Spain has 192,834 square miles of land.
- 46,958,000 people live here.
- The official language of Spain is Spanish.
- 96 percent of people in Spain are Christian. Most are Catholic.
- The government of Spain is a multiparty democracy and a monarchy. The king and the president rule together.
- 98 percent of adults here can read.
- Spain uses the Euro as currency.
- People in Spain can expect to live 78 years.
All about Spain Fun Facts for Kids – National Flag of Spain
- Peninsula: a portion of land connected to a larger land mass, which juts out into a body of water.
- Fiesta: colorful party with music and good food
- Flamenco: Spanish folk music and a type of energetic dance
All About SpainÂ Video for Kids
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This is a video documentary about Spain and its history and culture.
Question: Do tourists visit Spain?
Answer: After France, Spain is the most visited country in Europe. People flock to its sunny beaches.
Map of Spain
Here’s a map of the country of Spain and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Spain! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Spain, as though you are actually there!
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Settlers have migrated to Spain from Europe, Africa, and the Mediterranean since the dawn of history. The Phoenicians, who came in the 8th century B.C., called the peninsula "Span," or hidden land. By the first century B.C. the Romans had conquered Spain.
Spain became mostly Christian under the Romans, who were followed by the Vandals and the Visigoths, Germanic peoples from Europe. The Visigoth rulers fought among themselves, and in A.D. 711 Muslims from Africa invaded Spain.
Islamic culture spread across Spain as Muslim rulers introduced new crops and irrigation systems, and trading increased. Mathematics, medicine, and philosophy became more advanced, peaking in the tenth century—the golden age of Islamic rule in Spain.
In 1492 Christian kingdoms in northern Spain conquered the Muslims and spread the Catholic religion. Enriched by silver from the Americas, Spain grew more powerful. It later lost land and power in the Napoleonic Wars, which ended in 1815.
More than 500,000 people died in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. The victorious Gen. Francisco Franco ruled as a brutal dictator until his death in 1975. Soon after, Spain began to transform itself into a modern, industrial, and democratic European nation.