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Spain is a country in western Europe famous for its colorful bullfights, sunny climate, and beautiful castles. Spain was once a great empire with colonies throughout the world. Spanish language and culture took root and became a part of the culture of many nations. Today, Spain is a prosperous nation with a well-developed economy based on service industries and manufacturing
Food and drink. Spaniards enjoy seafood, which is inexpensive and plentiful in the coastal waters. They prepare it in a variety of ways. A popular dish is paella. It consists of such foods as shrimp, lobster, chicken, ham, and vegetables, all combined with rice that has been cooked with a flavoring called saffron. Other favorite Spanish dishes include squids, crabs, sardines, and fried baby eels. A popular dish during warm weather is gazpacho, a cold soup made of strained tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, and spices. Spaniards serve gazpacho sprinkled with bread cubes and chopped cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes.

Popular meats among Spaniards include beef, chicken, goat, lamb, pork, and rabbit. Bread baked in round or oval loaves is eaten plain or with cheese or butter.

Almost every region of Spain produces wine, and most Spaniards drink wine with all meals except breakfast. They also enjoy a drink called sangria, which consists of wine, soda water, fruit juice, and fruit. Other popular beverages in Spain include soft drinks, strong black coffee, and thick hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is usually served with deep-fried strips of dough called churros.

The Meseta and other inland regions of Spain have dry, sunny weather throughout the year. These regions, which make up most of Spain, have hot summers and cold winters. The average temperature for some areas rises above 80 °F (27 °C) in July, the hottest month. It may fall below 30f January being the coldest month.

Natural resources. Spain is poor in natural resources. Most of Spain has p...

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