|SPAIN IN EUROPE|
Spain is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, The people of Spain often refer to their country as the "Bull Skin" (Piel de Toro) because of the shape of its territory. The Spanish mainland is bordered to the south and east almost entirely by the Mediterranean Sea (except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar); to the north by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal and. Spanish territory also includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa.
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|CITY OF BARCELONA|
Today, the climate of Spain, historical and cultural monuments and its geographic position together with its facilities make tourism one of Spain's main national industries and a large source of stable employment and development. Spain is known for its culturally diverse heritage, having been influenced by many nations and peoples throughout its history. Spanish culture has its origins in the Iberian, Celtiberian, Latin, Visigothic, Roman Catholic and Islamic cultures.
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The history of the nation and its Mediterranean and Atlantic environment have played strong roles in shaping its culture. After Italy, Spain has the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, with a total of 40.
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