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August 28, 2015

Extremadura Spain

Filed under: Facts,Portugal,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , — needahand @ 4:45 pm

Extremadura Spain – Extremadura is an autonomous community of Spain located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It comprises the two largest provinces of Spain, Caceres and Badajoz. Extremadura is bounded to the north by the provinces of Avila and Salamanca, to the south by Huelva, Cordoba and Seville and to the east by Ciudad Real and Toledo, to the West is Portugal. Its capital is Merida. The total population of Extremadura is around 1,104,000 inhabitants. Its territory is warm in the south and mild, and even cold in the north. It is endowed with great environmental beauty, especially in the north of the community and of a great historical heritage. It also has an important tourism industry, concentrated in the cities of Merida, Plasencia, Caceres, Trujillo, Badajoz, and in regions like the Jerte Valley, the Valle del Ambroz. The highest peak of the region is the Calvitero, located in the northeast of the province. Badajoz is the largest province of Spain, with an area of almost 22,000 sq km.

August 27, 2015

Castilla La Mancha Spain

Filed under: Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 6:06 pm

Castilla La Mancha Spain – Castilla La-Mancha is an autonomous community of Spain, it consists of the 919 municipalities, and is made up of 5 provinces, namely Toledo, Albacete, Guadalajara, Cuenca and Ciudad Real. Its capital is the city of Toledo, the seat of the Regional Government of Castilla La-Mancha. Castilla La-Mancha is located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, occupying most of the southern sub-plateau. The community is the third largest autonomy of Spain, with an area of 79,409 square kilometres, accounting for 13.6% of total mainland, and a population of 2,078,611 inhabitants. Albacete province has a population of 400,000, Toledo, 700,000, Cuenca, 210,000, Ciudad Real, 520,000 and Guadalajara, 250,000.

August 21, 2015

Stowmarket Suffolk

Filed under: England,Facts,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:56 am

Stowmarket Suffolk England: Stowmarket is a town of 15,059 inhabitants and is located in the county of Suffolk. This town is on the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and on the railway between London and Norwich. It is the largest town in Mid Suffolk, on the banks of the River Gipping which is joined by the River Rat further south. The town takes its name from “Stow” an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “main square”. Stowmarket received a charter to hold a market in 1347 from Edward III of England, which added the “market” suffix to the town’s name. Even today, a bi-weekly market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays.

August 19, 2015

Catalonia Province Spain

Filed under: Costa Brava,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:40 pm

Catalonia Province Spain – Catalonia is a Spanish autonomous community located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula. It occupies an area of about 32 000 square kilometres and is bordered to the north by France (Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon) and Andorra, to the east by the Mediterranean Sea along a coastal strip of about 580 kilometres, south to the Valencian Community, and to the west with Aragon. This strategic location has nurtured a very intense relationship with the territories of the Mediterranean and continental Europe. Catalonia is composed of the four provinces of Tarragona, Barcelona, Lleida, and Girona, its capital is the city of Barcelona. Catalonia has a population of about 7.5 million people and a total of 948 municipalities of which two thirds live in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Catalonia has a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea.

August 18, 2015

The Province of Valencia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Azahar,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 3:12 pm

The Province of Valencia Spain – The province of Valencia is located in eastern Spain, it covers an area of 10,763 square kilometres and has a population of around 2.5 million inhabitants, the province has a total of 266 municipalities. The Province of Valencia is part of the larger Comunidad de Valencia (autonomous community) and it borders the Mediterranean Sea and the provinces of Alicante, Cuenca, Castellon, Teruel and Albacete. Around three quarters of the population of the province live in the city of Valencia and its metropolitan areas. Apart from Valencia city itself, the province has some sizeable towns such as Sagunt, Xativa, Gandia and Paterna.

August 12, 2015

Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:33 pm

Andalucia Spain – The second largest of Spain’s autonomous communities, Andalucia lies in the extreme south of the country with coasts on both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This is a historic region and is a huge draw for tourists, both to explore its ancient cities and towns and to enjoy its wonderful climate and sandy beaches. Andalucia (Andalusia) comprises 8 provinces, and these are Seville, Jaen, Malaga, Huelva, Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada. Andalucia cover a huge area of some 87,000 square kilometres (33,500 square miles) and has a population of eight and a half million. The name of the region originated from the Arabic language (Al-Andalus) and dates from the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula (during the 8th to 13th centuries). Andalucia has several well known coastal areas including the best known Costa del Sol, plus the Costa de la Luz, The Costa Almeria, and the Costa Tropical.

August 10, 2015

Almeria Province Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:59 pm

Almeria Province Andalucia Spain – Located between the provinces of Granada and Murcia in the south-east of Spain, Almeria province is one of the eight provinces within the Andalucia autonomous community. The capital of the province is the city of Almeria, which of course gave the province its name. Almeria province has a population of over 600,000, and has considerable area which are largely unpopulated, the area of the province is almost 90,000 square kilometres, the 27th largest of Spain’s provinces. Some notable places in Almeria, with good sized populations are Roquetas de Mar (50,000), Nijar (19,000), El Ejido (80,000) and Adra (22,000). Along the coast there are a number of popular seaside resorts such as Almerimar, Carboneras and Mojacar.

August 9, 2015

The Murcia Region of Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 8:40 am
Mar Menor Murcia

The Mar Menor, Murcia

Murcia (Region) – The autonomous community of Murcia is sandwiched between the huge region of Andalusia and the region of Valencia, with an inland border with the Castile-La-Mancha region.

Murcia has a 150 mile coastline (commonly referred to as the Costa Calida), its capital is the city of the same name Murcia and it is one of the largest producers of fruit and vegetables in Europe.

The region of Murcia, especially the coastal part is a popular and growing area for tourism with many fine beach resorts, especially along the Mar Menor coast, with places like Los Alcazares and Lo Pagan among the most popular. There are also resorts in other areas to the south for instance Aguilas and Puerto Mazarron. The city of Murcia is the capital of the region and province, is the main shopping centre for the region and has many fine tourist attractions, such as the stunning Murcia Cathedral.

The region has a population of 1.4 million making it the 7th most populated of Spain’s provinces.

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