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The name Iberia refers to three historical regions of the old world:

Following from these, Iberia may also refer to:

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Europe : Iberia

The Iberian Peninsula is the westernmost section of the European continent, lying between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is separated from France by the snow capped Pyrenees mountains.

Andorra
Portugal
Spain
Gibraltar

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History

Separated from France by the Pyrenees mountains, its history has frequently taken a different path from the rest of Europe, giving the region a separate identity. The Basque people settled here millennia ago, retaining their culture to this day. The Roman Empire expanded into it in the 3rd century BCE, before being supplanted by the Germanic tribes in the 5th century. The peninsula again took on a non-European character when the Islamic Berber and Arabic Moors took over in the 8th century, ruling parts of it as recently as the 15th century. As Christian rule gradually took back the peninsula from the Moors, its people then looked outward, seeding the Americas – and more – with their languages and laws. Although their then-dictatorial governments kept them out of World War II, Spain and Portugal are now full members of the European Union.

English is not widely spoken or understood outside the small British exclave of Gibraltar, where it is the official language. As elsewhere in the world English proficiency improves the closer you get to major tourists centres, especially in the coastal resort cities along the Mediterranean coast and in Barcelona, where English proficiency is much higher than in the rest of the country. English language is more frequently spoken in Portugal, as Portuguese in European context is a minor language, and people who enrolled in school after transformation to democracy in 1974, usually have some English proficiency.

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The Iberian peninsular is by far Europe's main hub to South and Central America, Madrid's Barajas airport is the most important of the hubs, while Portela airport in Lisbon is the main gateway to Brazil due to the two countries historic ties. The situation is much the same with the two flag carriers: Spain's Iberia [[1]] has an impressive South/Central America network, and Portugal's TAP [[2]] flies to 8 destinations in Brazil and 9 African cities with colonial ties to Portugal.

  • Madrid Barajas
  • Barcelona
  • Lisbon Portela
  • Faro
  • Porto
  • From France to Madrid and to Lisbon

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While in Spain, it is almost imperative that Sangria is tried, seeing as it is a typical favorite. Sangria is wine usually mixed with a collaboration of fruits and some added spices like Cinnamon.

However, although Sangria is popular with tourists it is rare to see Spanish people drinking it. The locals drink tinto de verano - red wine diluted with lemonade or carbonated water.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Etymology 1

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Proper noun

Singular
Iberia

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Iberia

  1. The region of Europe south of the Pyrenees, consisting of Andorra, Spain, Portugal, and Gibraltar.
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Etymology 2

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Iberia

From Ancient Greek Ἰβηρία (Ibēria). Possibly from Old Armenian Վիրք (Virkʿ).

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Pronunciation

Proper noun

Singular
Iberia

Plural
-

Iberia

  1. (historical) Antic and Byzantine name of ancient Georgian kingdom of Kartli located east of Colchis, corresponding roughly to the eastern parts of present day Georgia.
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Italian

Proper noun

Iberia f.

  1. Iberia

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Spanish

Etymology

EB1911A-pict1.png This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this word, please add it to the page as described here.

Proper noun

Iberia f.

  1. Iberia

Related terms

  • ibérico
  • iberio
  • ibero, íbero
  • Iberoamérica
  • Península Ibérica

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