Spain is located in the extreme southwestern Europe. It is the 6th largest country in Europe with an area of 505,990 km2 and about 47 million inhabitants. The country, ruled by a constitutional monarchy, is a diverse country integrated by seventeen contrasting autonomous regions with varying economic and social structures, languages, and historical, political and cultural traditions. This mosaic of cultures, history traces, a wide range of geographical characteristics and a gentle climate make this country an appealing travel destination.
The richness of historical sites, fantastic monuments, some world’s artistic heritages and beautiful architecture throughout the Spanish territory, reminds the history journey of the country. But the main cities, such Spain’s capital Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, Bilbao or Barcelona have become great metropolitan areas with a constant socio-economic evolution.
Barcelona is known as the capital of Catalonia, one of the richest, most affluent and industrialised areas of Spain, which has been committed to sustainable development for over 20 years, since the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development of Catalonia (CADS) was created in 1998. This body fosters disseminating environment values and promoting the culture of sustainability in the Catalan society.