Spain Espana

Area: 504,750 sq km


Climate: temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast

Terrain: large, flat to dissected plateau surrounded by rugged hills; Pyrenees in north

Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m highest point: Pico de Teide (Tenerife) on Canary Islands 3,718 m

Geography—note: strategic location along approaches to Strait of Gibraltar


Population: 39,167,744 (July 1999 est.)

Ethnic groups: composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types

Religions: Roman Catholic 99%, other 1%

Languages: Castilian Spanish 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%

Busch Ibérica was founded in 1982 and currently has about 30 employees. The rally stop at Terassa is the neigbouring town of St Quirze del Vallés. Busch Ibérica is therefore the closest Team Busch ever gets to a Busch company on this trip.   Médecins Sans Frontières give medical support to socially disadvantaged people in Spain. See the link to the MSF-website for more information on MSF's activities in Spain.

Route notes of the rally:

…coming from Morocco.

Friday 14th July - Day 76 — Tanger to Murcia 530km

After an early morning crossing to Algerciras the route takes the coastal road to Malaga then heads inland to Granada, Baza and Murcia.

Saturday 15th July - Day 77 — Murcia to Terrasa 610km

Main highway and AutoRoute is the order of the day, passing Benidorm and Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea, before skirting the busy city of Barcelona to the overnight hotel in Terrasa.

Sunday 16th July - Day 78 — Terrasa to Clermont-Ferrand 620km

Following a similar pattern, you leave the coastline just before Montpellier and head north through France to reach the end of a long day and Clermont-Ferrand.

…moving on to France.