Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and directly above the continent of Africa, and formed in the 15th century, the Kingdom of Spain is a country of diverse history and accomplishment, with significant cultural influence on all surrounding regions. Founded by explorers and well established through conquest, Spain remained a strong empire of the world until the turn of the 19th century. Surviving political unrest in recent history, Spain is now a democratic monarchy with a national parliament and is divided into 17 regions.

SAS ports of call in Spain include Cadiz and Barcelona, and field program options include explorations of the art, culture, and architecture of the two diverse regions. Highlights include overnight trips to Sevilla, Grenada, and Madrid, with opportunities to explore the cathedrals, gardens, palaces, and other cultural sites that reflect Spain’s Moorish and Islamic heritage.

Sources: CIA Factbook, BBC News

Fast Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Population: 46,030,109
  • Government: Unitary parliamentaryconstitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Capital: Madrid

Things To Do in Spain

  • Eat at a Tapas Bar in a Plaza Mayor
  • Experience Flamenco music and dancing
  • Attend a bullfight in Sevilla
  • Delve into Moorish Spain at La Alhambra in Granada
  • See La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona