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An Alluring Confluence of Diverse Terrains and Microclimates

As a major segment of the Iberian peninsula, Spain forms an exquisite geographical image, donning a dual-coastline splendour with the Atlantic Ocean’s Bay of Biscay to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south and east. Framed by France and Andorra in the northeast and Portugal to the west, Spain’s geographical reach extends to Gibraltar, a small British Overseas Territory at the southernmost tip. Emerging as the second-largest country in Western Europe, Spain’s expansive landscapes offer an enchanting canvas for our Spain Conservation Volunteering Project.

From Sandy Beaches to Rugged Cliffs: Spain’s Diverse Landscapes

Spain’s varied geography spans hilly highlands, fertile lowlands, plateaus, and contrasting coastal regions of sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. The principal lowland areas include the Andalusian Plain in the southwest and the Ebro Basin in the northeast, interspersed with sundry coastal plains.

The Meseta Central: Spain’s Signature Plateau

The Meseta Central, an expansive plateau in the heart of Spain, forms a significant geographical facet. Enclosed by mountains, it descends towards the west, its rivers forming natural borders with Portugal. Madrid, Spain’s capital, nestles within this plateau, bisected by the Sistema Central mountain range. Surrounding the Meseta Central, the Sierra Morena, the Cordillera Cantábrica, and the Sistema Ibérico each impart unique characteristics and cultural influences to the region.

Mountains that Speak of Spain’s Geographic Diversity

In addition to the aforementioned ranges, Spain hosts the towering Pyrenees in the northeast, bordering France and Andorra, the Sierra de Cuenca in the east, the Montes de Toledo and the Serrania de Cuenca in the south. Further south, the Cordillera Betica and the Sierra Nevada contribute to Spain’s geographical diversity. The latter hosts mainland Spain’s highest point, Mulhacén, rising approximately 3,500 meters above sea level.

A Mosaic of Climates

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Mirroring its geographical diversity, Spain emerges as the most climatically diverse country in Europe. Generally characterised by a temperate climate, Spain experiences hot summers and cold winters inland and milder, cloudier summers and cooler winters along the coast. However, Spain’s climate can be categorised into five distinct zones: a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, an oceanic climate, a semi-arid climate, and a warm-summer continental climate.

Climate in our Volunteering Locations

Our volunteer projects in Denia and Valencia, both located on the eastern coast, are graced with a Mediterranean climate, making winters quite pleasant with mild temperatures and low precipitation. Summers are warm, with temperatures ranging between 24-32°C. Our programme in Galicia, on Spain’s northwest coast, witnesses a mild oceanic climate with rainy winters and cool, sunny summers.

Immerse yourself in Spain’s rich history and culture, discover its rich wildlife and biodiversity, or join our conservation volunteering project and experience firsthand the wonders of Spain’s unique geography and climate. Embark on a journey that promises a deeper understanding and appreciation of this enchanting land.

Our Projects in Spain