Kids travel guide to… Spain!

Hi, I'm Lucy Iflyalot, star of the Fun Kids series Penguin Explorers! 

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Hi, I’m Lucy Iflyalot, star of the Fun Kids series Penguin Explorers! 

lucy2None of the penguins at Penguin School ever want to leave the iceberg – they don’t want to go on holiday! Anywhere!

But my family are world-famous explorers so I’m making some travel brochures to try and change their minds!

You’ve probably seen travel brochures in a travel agent. Tourist offices and travel companies create them to promote countries or regions of them.

Why don’t you make your own travel brochure with me?

Click here to learn how to make your own travel brochure!

Here’s some information about Spain to help get you started…

Spain

Key facts

Spain is one of the largest countries in Europe.

Capital                     Madird

Largest City            Madrid (3.25 million residents)

Language                Spanish

Currency                 Euro

Population               46.77 million (2014)

Geography

Spain is a large country in southern Europe, with a flight to Madrid taking roughly 2.5 hours from London.

Spain borders the countries Portugal, Andorra, France, Gibraltar and Morocco.

Spain is the only European country which borders Africa. It is separated by Africa by the straits of Gibraltar and two of the cities belonging to Spain are inside Morocco.

In the north, the Pyrenees form a natural border with Andorra. In the north-west is the Atlantic Ocean and in the west lies Portugal.

The Spanish nation is divided in 17 ‘autonomous communities’ which are regions where people often speak different local languages and have their own regional government.

Festivals

The Spanish are also known for their great festivals, such as the ‘Tomatina’ and the ‘Running of the Bulls’.

The ‘Tomatina’ festival in the small town of Buñol, to the west of Valencia, is the world’s biggest food fight, as the people throw tomatoes at each other.

The festival takes place every year in August, but the event only takes one hour, as the people throw tomatoes at each other.

Another famous Spanish festival takes place in the town of Pamplona in Northern Spain. The highlight of the festival is the ‘Running of the Bulls’.

This is where six bulls chase people down the street, who have to try and run away in front of the animals. Bullfights also are popular events in the arenas of several cities, but are banned in others.

Food

Spain is known for its delicious food and Spanish cooking is thought to be amongst the best in the world.

Spanish main dishes usually contain potatoes, rice, fish, meat, beans, chickpeas and fruit.

Some typical Spanish food

  • Paella: A spiced rice dish with seafood or meat such as rabbit and lamb
  • Gazpacho: Vegetable soup or stew with chorizo
  • Coca: A sweet bread
  • Empañada: Stuffed bread or pie
  • Turon: Nougat sweet cake made with honey and nuts
  • Jamon Serrano: Pork leg ham
  • Chorizo: Pork sausage
  • Chocolate y Churros: Hot and very thick chocolate drink with sweet fried pastry (as you can see on the right)
  • Coca: A sweet bread
  • Turon: Nougat sweet cake made with honey and nuts

Click here to learn how to make your own travel brochure!

Listen to this episode of Penguin Explorers below…

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