Geography of Spain

Where in the World: Spain - The Geography

Spain

Here’s the script for this episode of Where in the World: Spain all about the geography of Spain.

Hola! ¿Cómo te va todo? That means “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish! As you might have therefore guessed, I’m in Spain with another crazy riddle for you to solve.

And it looks like it’s all about the geography of this beautiful country. Have a listen

Sometimes high, sometimes flat! Don’t forget a special hat

Hmm! I think I’m going to start my search in the Pyrenees!

Spain is the second highest country in Europe and that means lots of mountains! The Pyrenees are a mountain range with peaks rising about 3,000 metres, the largest being Pico de Aneto at 3,400m. These peaks make a solid barrier and a natural border between Spain and both France and Andorra. And throughout history they’ve been pretty handy at keep enemies out!

That, though, also makes it hard to get things in! So you’ll find most of the roads and the railways that cross the border at the eastern and western extremes of the mountain range
Now, something else the Pyrenees are famous for… is skiing!

Now you certainly need a special hat if you’re going skiing and the Pyrennes have a mix of high and flat. Could this place be the answer to our riddle?

Hmm! Ok, let’s go as far south as we can to check out some of the Spanish Islands – you might have visited these on holiday!

It’s certainly hot down here! Not surprising when you think that the southern tip of mainland Spain is just eight miles away from Morocco – which is part of Africa! Here’s something you might not know. The Canary Islands are actually of volcanic origin! Teide, a dormant volcano, is the highest peak of Spain and also the third largest volcano in the world! Now I like a hot holiday as much as anyone but I’m glad it’s not active any more. Lava’s a bit too hot for me!

So the Islands certainly have highs and lows and to go out in these hot temperatures you’d certainly need a SUNhat. Is this the answer to the riddle?

Andalusia is a massive area in the south of Spain. More people live here than in any other part of the country. You might have heard of places like Seville and Malaga. It’s got a bit of everything! Mountains of Sierra Morena and beautiful low countryside too.

Lots of the things you think of as Spanish like Flamenco and Bullfighting come from this region and a very special horse comes from here too – the beautiful Andalusian! Hey! What did the riddle say, “Sometimes high, sometimes flat! Don’t forget a special hat” Well you need a special hat to ride a horse, hey, maybe this is the answer to the riddle?

Brilliant! We solved the puzzle! See you next time for more enigmas from Espana! ¡Adios.

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