Country of the Week: Spain

Tapas, flamenco, paella, vibrant festivities, wine, bullfighting, and grand cathedrals - these are just some of the popular things that come to our mind when we think of Spain.
While Spain is a beautiful tapestry of history, landscapes, cuisine, and culture that continues to mesmerize visitors from different corners of the world, it's also important to get back to the basics and acquaint ourselves with facts that put this country in the must-visit list.
Other title(s): España, Kingdom of Spain, Reino de España
Continent: Europe
Capital: Madrid Most populous city: Madrid
Current political leader: King Felipe VI
Currency: Euro (€)
Language(s): Castilian Spanish
Major Religion(s): Catholicism
Famous landmarks: La Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Ibiza, Plaza de Espana
National Symbol: a combination of six coat of arms: Aragon, the House of Bourbon, Castile, Granada, Leon, and Navarre, pillars known as Pillars of Hercules, and the royal crown of Spain (coat of arms), bull (national animal), eagle (national bird)
Movies filmed in Spain: Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona, The Bourne Ultimatum, Mission Impossible II, The Others, Buried, Tomorrowland
Famous people: Enrique Iglesias, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Elsa Pataky, Antonio Banderas, Rafael Nadal
Climate: The country's large size is characterized by three climate zones: hot, dry summer, and hot rainy winters. The northern part of the country has prevalent maritime climate; moderate wet season during autumn and wetter during autumn in the Mediterranean region, with subtropical in the Canary Islands.
Popular festivals: Las Fallas, Semana Santa, La Feria de Abril, La Tomatina, Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Merce Festival, Three Kings