Spain is the fourth-largest country in Europe. It has everything from stone castles and sophisticated cities to flat plains, and snowcapped mountains, all of which have made it a favored travel destination.

So, to show our love for it, we at Bored Panda put together a list of photos that accentuate Spain's geographical and cultural diversity.

Taken both by locals and tourists, these images paint an accurate picture of what it's like to live in or visit this distinct place on Earth.

#1

Shade On A Street In Jerez, Spain

Shade On A Street In Jerez, Spain

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Ivo H
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Helps the planet, helps the people.

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Fighting The Heat: Spanish Artists Decorate The Shopping District In Malaga With A Colorful Crocheted Canopy

Fighting The Heat: Spanish Artists Decorate The Shopping District In Malaga With A Colorful Crocheted Canopy

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To get a better understanding of Spain, Bored Panda got in touch with A Lady in London, an adventurous traveler who has already visited 112 countries.

"When I think of Spain, I think of excellent food, vibrant culture, world-class cities, and rich cultural heritage," she told us.

"The things that set the country apart for me are the rich history and diverse culinary offerings."

#3

This Forest With Trees Covered In Green Moss Right After All Of The Colorful Leaves Fell To The Ground In Basque Country (An Autonomous Region In Northeastern Spain)

This Forest With Trees Covered In Green Moss Right After All Of The Colorful Leaves Fell To The Ground In Basque Country (An Autonomous Region In Northeastern Spain)

Looks like something out of a fairy tale, especially shrouded in thick fog.

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#4

In Spanish-Speaking Countries, The Tooth Fairy Is A Mouse (Ratoncito Pérez). This Is My Dentist's Office

In Spanish-Speaking Countries, The Tooth Fairy Is A Mouse (Ratoncito Pérez). This Is My Dentist's Office

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#5

Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) In Ronda, Spain Is One Of The Most Beautiful Places On Earth

Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) In Ronda, Spain Is One Of The Most Beautiful Places On Earth

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Indeed, the country's history is as rich as it gets. Remains of Stone Age populations dating back some 35,000 years have been found all throughout Spain.

Celtic people arrived there in the 9th century BCE, followed by the Romans, who dominated Spain from around 200 BCE until the Visigoth invasion in the early 5th century CE.

In the early 8th century, most of the peninsula fell to Muslims (Moors) from North Africa, and it remained under their control until it was gradually reconquered by the Christian kingdoms of Castile, Aragon, and Portugal.

#7

Cordoba Patio Festival In Spain. Each Year In May, Residents Open Up Their Patios For The Public To View Their Unique Displays

Cordoba Patio Festival In Spain. Each Year In May, Residents Open Up Their Patios For The Public To View Their Unique Displays

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#8

Setenil De Las Bodegas, A Town In Southern Spain, Known For Its Whitewashed Houses Built Into The Surrounding Cliffs

Setenil De Las Bodegas, A Town In Southern Spain, Known For Its Whitewashed Houses Built Into The Surrounding Cliffs

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Mirabelle Skyrim
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Salzburger Altstadt (Old City of Salzburg, Austria), many of the houses have been built with their back against Mönchsberg. There is a rather unique profession there named 'Bergputzer' (mountain patcher/mender) who climb down the city side of the cliff looking for cracks to seal. If water seeps into these cracks, it will turn to ice in the winter and expand, risking huge blocks of stone to be broken off and falling down on the houses beneath it. I wonder if the same risk and profession exist in the city pictured.

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#9

The Urinals At This Bar In Barcelona, Spain Are Interesting

The Urinals At This Bar In Barcelona, Spain Are Interesting

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A literal "Potty Mouth". Couldn't have picked a better example if they tried.

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Spain was reunited in 1479 following the marriage of Ferdinand II (of Aragon) and Isabella I (of Castile). The last Muslim kingdom, Granada, was regained in 1492, and at about this time Spain established a colonial empire in the Americas.

The country became a republic in 1931 but a civil war ravaged the country from 1936 to 1939 and ended in victory for the Nationalists under Gen. Francisco Franco, who ruled as a dictator until his death in 1975. His successor as head of state, Juan Carlos I, restored the monarchy with his accession to the throne; a new constitution in 1978 established a constitutional monarchy.

#10

Statue Of Neptune In Gran Canaria, Spain. Possibly, The Coolest Statue In The World

Statue Of Neptune In Gran Canaria, Spain. Possibly, The Coolest Statue In The World

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#11

This Church Has Been Under Construction Since 1882 - The Basílica De La Sagrada Família In Barcelona, Spain

This Church Has Been Under Construction Since 1882 - The Basílica De La Sagrada Família In Barcelona, Spain

138 years and is set to finish in 2026.

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Losferatu
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Their contractor must have terrible Yelp ratings

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#12

Water Boat Fountain (Fuente Del Barco De Agua), Located At Playa De La Malvarrosa In Valencia, Spain

Water Boat Fountain (Fuente Del Barco De Agua), Located At Playa De La Malvarrosa In Valencia, Spain

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#13

Exploring The Hidden Beauty Of Andalucia, Spain

Exploring The Hidden Beauty Of Andalucia, Spain

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A Lady in London thinks you can see the country at various times of the year, but it depends on where you go.

"I love visiting cities like Sevilla in the spring during Semana Santa, a festival that takes place in the run-up to Easter," she said. "The streets fill with processions during the day, and the city comes alive with everyone going to the tapas bars at night."

"Madrid and Barcelona can get busy in the summer season, so I like visiting them in the winter. The Basque country is great in the summer, as cities like San Sebastian have great beaches (not to mention the food!)."

#14

Vertical Garden In Madrid, Spain

Vertical Garden In Madrid, Spain

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#15

Built In The Year 112 By The Romans Without Any Kind Of Mortar Or Cement, This Is The 15 Km Long Still Working Aqueduct Of Segovia, Spain

Built In The Year 112 By The Romans Without Any Kind Of Mortar Or Cement, This Is The 15 Km Long Still Working Aqueduct Of Segovia, Spain

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#16

In Spain There's A Winery That Has A Fountain With Free Wine

In Spain There's A Winery That Has A Fountain With Free Wine

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#17

El Marco, The Tiny Bridge Between Spain And Portugal, Is The Smallest International Bridge In The World. It Has A Length Of 3.2 Meters

El Marco, The Tiny Bridge Between Spain And Portugal, Is The Smallest International Bridge In The World. It Has A Length Of 3.2 Meters

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Irish woman abroad
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel I should point out that this is not the ONLY way from Spain to Portugal! Lol

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Food is a strong foundation of Spanish culture. The blend of Arab, Roman, Jewish, and Mediterranean cuisine results in a very exciting mix of ingredients and flavors. 

Predominant ingredients of Spanish gastronomy include garlic, tomato, pepper, potatoes, beans, and curated meats. 

The country produces large quantities of high-quality olive oil and wine. 

Spanish people enjoy a style of appetizer and snack known as tapas. Las tapas are usually a collection of small preparations like cold cuts, cheeses, croquetas (croquettes), calamares (squid), and more. 

#18

Meanwhile In Madrid, Someone Sculpted The Venus De Milo Out Of Snow

Meanwhile In Madrid, Someone Sculpted The Venus De Milo Out Of Snow

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jamie1707
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It snows in Madrid? You learn something new every day at BP.

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#19

The Ticket To A Chocolate Museum In Barcelona Is A Chocolate

The Ticket To A Chocolate Museum In Barcelona Is A Chocolate

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Ivo H
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ticket seller: “Why are you here for the 6th time in 10 minutes?” Me: “cannot reach the museum without eating the ticket” Ticket seller: “… it’s like 2 meters” Me: “exactly!”

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#20

This Cathedral In Murcia, Spain Has A 3D Model For Blind People To Touch And Feel What The Cathedral Looks Like

This Cathedral In Murcia, Spain Has A 3D Model For Blind People To Touch And Feel What The Cathedral Looks Like

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Irish woman abroad
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's a fabulous model outside the cathedral in València too, so you can appreciate the structure. It never occurred to me that it could be for the blind as it's so interesting for everyone. And the train station also has a model inside, as it's a really beautiful old building, that's not usually appreciated when you're rushing for a train. I wonder if all Spanish cities do this?

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#21

Selenite Cave Found In Spain

Selenite Cave Found In Spain

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Francisco Javier Bonillo Ponce
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Located in Pulpi, Almería, if you wanna come, these are the coordenates 37°22′54″N 1°42′07″O / 37.381741666667, -1.7019694444444

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"Once you're in Spain, getting around by train can be a great way to travel between major cities," A Lady in London said. "It's more difficult from smaller cities, though, so make sure to plan ahead and check schedules."

"Getting off the beaten path can be rewarding, too. Places like Galicia get fewer visitors than popular destinations like the Costa del Sol."

#22

The Local Municipality In Cartagena, Spain Built A House For The Cats

The Local Municipality In Cartagena, Spain Built A House For The Cats

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#23

Melting Ice In The Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain

Melting Ice In The Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain

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Pb Jelly
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow that's amazingly beautiful. Nature is incredible when you take the time to appreciate what's right in front of you

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#24

A 100-Year-Old Church In Spain Converted Into A Skatepark

A 100-Year-Old Church In Spain Converted Into A Skatepark

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Enuya
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not sure about the skatepark but imho it would be a great idea to transform less used churches into friendly places for people to meet or hanging out. Less and less people are religious so why waste a great architecture if you can create a safe, cozy space out of it? Like, you know, it would be great to have a wonderous architecture, stained glasses and whatnot AND comfy chairs and coffee.

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#25

There Is A Restaurant In Spain Called El Diablo That Grills Its Food Over An Active Volcano

There Is A Restaurant In Spain Called El Diablo That Grills Its Food Over An Active Volcano

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Bittersweetie
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would really love for my volcano nerd family to experience this one day!

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#26

Castillo De Coca (Castle Of Coca) - Central Spain

Castillo De Coca (Castle Of Coca) - Central Spain

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G.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That looks stunning!

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#27

Trams In Seville (Spain) Have Fast Charging Batteries, Therefore Not Needing Catenaries Along The Track. The Trams Charge For About 15 Seconds Every Stop

Trams In Seville (Spain) Have Fast Charging Batteries, Therefore Not Needing Catenaries Along The Track. The Trams Charge For About 15 Seconds Every Stop

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Jihana
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, that is really cool and innovative!

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#28

Underwater Museum In Lanzarote Playa Blanca, Spain

Underwater Museum In Lanzarote Playa Blanca, Spain

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Lyop
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Will still freak me out a bit.

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#29

This Is A Book Vending Machine. Found In Madrid, Spain. I've Never Seen One Before

This Is A Book Vending Machine. Found In Madrid, Spain. I've Never Seen One Before

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#30

The Size Of This Flag Flown On A Spanish Ship At The Battle Of Trafalgar (1805) Compared To The Size Of People Around It

The Size Of This Flag Flown On A Spanish Ship At The Battle Of Trafalgar (1805) Compared To The Size Of People Around It

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#31

The Los Ficus Building Is Built Under A Road In Tenerife, Spain. 60 Homes That Were Built In The '60s Supporting A Road That Goes Down To The Coastline

The Los Ficus Building Is Built Under A Road In Tenerife, Spain. 60 Homes That Were Built In The '60s Supporting A Road That Goes Down To The Coastline

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Enuya
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Living in one of these must be a hell. Imagine the noise!

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#32

The Before And After In La Palma, Spain Where The "Cumbre Vieja" Volcano Erupted For 80+ Days In 2021

The Before And After In La Palma, Spain Where The "Cumbre Vieja" Volcano Erupted For 80+ Days In 2021

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El Dee
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People are still living in caravans here. Homes and businesses lost and this in the aftermath oof COVID. I hope they get back to normal soon..

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#33

Giant Hives Hanging From The Ceiling Enclosed In A Glass Case With Outdoor Access At “Home Of Bees” In Poyales Del Hoyo, Spain

Giant Hives Hanging From The Ceiling Enclosed In A Glass Case With Outdoor Access At “Home Of Bees” In Poyales Del Hoyo, Spain

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#34

Barcelona Has Many Amazing Views But I Suggest This One From The Rooftop Bar Across From The Cathedral

Barcelona Has Many Amazing Views But I Suggest This One From The Rooftop Bar Across From The Cathedral

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MiriPanda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beside the point, but what a beautiful lit window (door?) bottom left.

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#35

This Village Is Built On A Basaltic Cliff More Than 50 Meters High And Spreads About 1 Kilometer Long (Castellfollit De La Roca, Spain)

This Village Is Built On A Basaltic Cliff More Than 50 Meters High And Spreads About 1 Kilometer Long (Castellfollit De La Roca, Spain)

It was formed by the erosive action of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers on the remains of lava flows from volcanic eruptions that took place over one hundred thousand years ago.

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#36

These Bins In Barcelona Have A Free Throw Line And A 3-Point Arc

These Bins In Barcelona Have A Free Throw Line And A 3-Point Arc

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Benita Valdez
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cute. Definitely encourages to throw out garbage; just hope they pickup the rebound

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#37

With The Huge Snowstorm In Madrid I Made A Moai Instead Of A Snowman (First Time Playing With Snow)

With The Huge Snowstorm In Madrid I Made A Moai Instead Of A Snowman (First Time Playing With Snow)

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#38

Street In Alicante, Spain

Street In Alicante, Spain

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Pittsburgh rare
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please don't edit the photos so much. The ramblas of Alicante are beautiful without those heavily saturated colours

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#39

Temple Of The Sacred Heart, Barcelona, Spain

Temple Of The Sacred Heart, Barcelona, Spain

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#40

Beautiful Aragonite "Flowers" From A Cave In Mallorca Island, Spain

 Beautiful Aragonite "Flowers" From A Cave In Mallorca Island, Spain

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#41

Barcelona Divided By Day And Night

Barcelona Divided By Day And Night

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Katy McMouse
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The nighttime image makes me think of honeycomb.

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#42

Blossoms In Barcelona

Blossoms In Barcelona

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#43

Plaza De España - Seville, Spain (Summer 2019)

Plaza De España - Seville, Spain (Summer 2019)

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#44

Found An Astronaut Carved Into The Entrance Of This 900-Year-Old Church In Salamanca, Spain

Found An Astronaut Carved Into The Entrance Of This 900-Year-Old Church In Salamanca, Spain

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Paul Macdonell
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was put there during a 1992 restoration. Still just floods the imagination.

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#45

This Is Madrid, Spain With Clean Air, A Rare Sight We Don't Get To See Often

This Is Madrid, Spain With Clean Air, A Rare Sight We Don't Get To See Often

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Misstaken138
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It almost looks like a huge tidal wave in the background.

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#46

Today I Saw This Girl Casually Painting In The El Prado Museum In Madrid

Today I Saw This Girl Casually Painting In The El Prado Museum In Madrid

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#47

Castellers, Human Tower, Of Cataluña, Spain

Castellers, Human Tower, Of Cataluña, Spain

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François Bouzigues
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I do love castellers. I am just vividly worried for the 5-7 YO little girls that need to climb to the top and wave the assistance.

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#48

We’re At Popcorn Beach In Fuerteventura. Real Name Rhodoliths

We’re At Popcorn Beach In Fuerteventura. Real Name Rhodoliths

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Fabian
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have been to this place. Unfortunately many tourists took some of the 'popcorn' with them, which has already destroyed parts of this beach. Now there are hefty fines if you take some and get caught by the airport security Also the local authorities put up big signs to educate the tourists. Hopefully this will prevent people from destroying this unique beach.

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#49

A Thick Layer Of "Calima", Or Saharan Dust, Covering Large Parts Of Spain

A Thick Layer Of "Calima", Or Saharan Dust, Covering Large Parts Of Spain

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Enuya
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are you sure that it isn't the Mexico? Everything is yellow, like in the movies...

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#50

Traditional "Tranga" Suit In Aragon, Spain. The Tradition Is Pre-Christian And Still Carries On Today

Traditional "Tranga" Suit In Aragon, Spain. The Tradition Is Pre-Christian And Still Carries On Today

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El Dee
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like the 'old style' kilt and brogues of Scotland. Any connection??

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