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Settlements in Spain

Most Spanish people live in villages and small towns, such as Casares in southern Spain.

Some buildings show Moorish or African influence in their design and are whitewashed to reflect the Sun's rays.

Most of the cities in Spain have: noisy scooters, busy boulevards, pavement cafes, classical buildings and narrow streets mixed in with modern banks and high-rise office blocks.

The largest cities in Spain are:
  • Madrid - Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is located in the centre of the country. It is home to many: fine buildings, museums and parks. Popular attractions include: the Plaza Mayor (a great square), the Sunday market called El Rastro and the Museo del Prado, which showcases more than 7,000 works or art.
Plaza Mayor de Madrid 06
  • Barcelona - Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region, where most people speak Catalan rather than Spanish. Famous landmarks include: the Sagrada Familia church (which was designed by Antonio Gaudi and took XX years to build), the Picasso Museum, the statue of explorer Christopher Columbus's (who sailed from Spain to discover America) and La Rambla (a long, tree-lined pedestrian street with lots of small kiosks selling souvenirs on).
  • Bilbao - Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque region. It was once a fishing settlement but today it is one of Spain's largest financial and industrial centers. The Guggenheim Bilbao was built in 1997 by Frank Gehry and houses many pieces of modern art from the last century.
Guggenheim Bilbao