Situated in Western Europe where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, Spain lures over 50 million visitors each year with its sun, sea, sand and vibrant culture. Once a country comprising of quiet fishing villages and Catholic traditions, the tourism boom of the 1950’s and the end of a 36 year dictatorship in the 1970’s saw hotels springing up across Spanish beaches, welcoming tourists in quantities unmatched anywhere else in Europe.
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The UK has an area of 243,610 square kilometres (94,060 sq mi), making it the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th-largest in Europe. The United Kingdom is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 64.1 million inhabitants. It is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of governance, and its capital city, London, is an important global city and financial centre with the second-largest urban area in Europe.
Spain is made up of culturally and linguistically distinct regions and islands including the Balearic and Canary Islands. Whilst holidaymakers mostly flock to the country’s coastline, its inland cities such as Salamanca, Zaragoza and the capital Madrid attract those in search of architecture, history and the relaxed and colourful Spanish culture.