Spain Images-Castilla y León
Castile and León ; Spanish: Castilla y León is an autonomous community in north-western Spain. It was constituted in 1983, although it existed for the first time during the First Spanish Republic in the 19th century. It is the largest autonomous community in Spain and the third largest region of the European Union, covering an area of 94,223 square kilometres with an official population of around 2.5 million (2011).
41 imagesLeón is a province of northwestern Spain, in the northwestern part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. About one quarter of its population of 500,200 (2008) lives in the capital, León. The weather is cold and dry during the winter. There are Roman Catholic cathedrals at León and Astorga. The province shares the Picos de Europa National Park (in the Picos de Europa mountain range) with Cantabria and Asturias. It has 211 municipalities.
42 imagesSoria is a province of central Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. Most of the province is in the mountainous Sistema Ibérico área. It is bordered by the provinces of La Rioja, Zaragoza, Guadalajara, Segovia, and Burgos. Soria is the least populous of all of Spain's provinces. The province's most important agricultural products are cereals. In the 1950s there were a total of 70,000 hectares cultivated land, but excessive fragmentation and lack of mechanization resulted in a very low productivity. The capital city Soria is an important tourist destination.
23 imagesZamora is a Spanish province of western Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is bordered by the provinces of Ourense, León, Valladolid, and Salamanca, and by Portugal. Near the municipality of Villafáfila are lagoons that now form part of a nature reserve: Salinas de Villafáfila Nature reserve. They were formed by the historic mining of salt which started in the copper age and bronze age. Pottery items found here are similar to artefacts found in Mesopotamia, Turkey, Bosnia, Romania and Poland. The lagoons are home to numerous species of birds, and this is the second largest wetland reserve in Spain after Doñana National Park.