Genetic history of the Iberian peninsula and the various ethnic groups that have contributed to the modern Spanish and Portuguese gene pool.

Genetic history of the Iberian peninsula and the various ethnic groups that have contributed to the modern Spanish and Portuguese gene pool.

Learn about the Iberian Peninsula Ethnicity – AncestryDNA

Discover the history & culture of Spanish, Portuguese & other Hispanic ethnic groups in the AncestryDNA Iberian ethnicity.

Located on the southwestern tip of the European continent, the Iberian Peninsula, includes the countries of Andorra, Portugal and Spain, and the British Crown colony of Gibraltar.

-Modern DNA studies show ancient African movement to, and presence in ancient Iberia (Spain) going back to the Mesolithic, long before any Roman Empire, or colonial slave trade era.

Last year, Spain was the third most-visited country in the world (after France and the U.S.), drawing in a whopping 75.3 million tourists. And it's a safe bet to say that many of those travelers were visiting for the sun, sea, and, sand. After all, there are plenty of fabulous beaches spread across both the Iberian Peninsula and Spain's various Mediterranean and Atlantic islands. To help you find your paradise, we rounded up 10 of the best beaches in Spain.

The Best Beaches in Spain

Last year, Spain was the third most-visited country in the world (after France and the U.S.), drawing in a whopping 75.3 million tourists. And it's a safe bet to say that many of those travelers were visiting for the sun, sea, and, sand. After all, there are plenty of fabulous beaches spread across both the Iberian Peninsula and Spain's various Mediterranean and Atlantic islands. To help you find your paradise, we rounded up 10 of the best beaches in Spain.

Learn everything about the #synagogue of #Porto, the largest one in the #Iberian Peninsula.

Learn everything about the #synagogue of #Porto, the largest one in the #Iberian Peninsula.

Narcissus asturiensis (Jordan) or Narcissus minor L. Pugsley subsp. asturiensis (Jord.) Bar & G. Lopez. This narcissus is an endemism from the North and Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, occurring above 800m altitude in meadows and in the clearings of heathlands and forests. In Portugal it’s considered vulnerable and is protected by a European directive (92/43/CEE, Annex II and IV).

Narcissus asturiensis (Jordan) or Narcissus minor L. Pugsley subsp. asturiensis (Jord.) Bar & G. Lopez. This narcissus is an endemism from the North and Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, occurring above 800m altitude in meadows and in the clearings of heathlands and forests. In Portugal it’s considered vulnerable and is protected by a European directive (92/43/CEE, Annex II and IV).

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula.  #Portugal

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula. #Portugal

CASTLES OF SPAIN - Miravet Castle, Tarragona. Built on an excellent vantage point, the castle is one of the best examples of the architecture of the Order of the Templars in Europe. After its conquest in 1153, it became the property of the Christians and Ramon Berenguer IV gave it to Pere de Rovira, master of the Knights Templar in Hispania and Provence, who reconstructed the castle transforming it into one of the main centres of Christian power on the Iberian Peninsula.

CASTLES OF SPAIN - Miravet Castle, Tarragona. Built on an excellent vantage point, the castle is one of the best examples of the architecture of the Order of the Templars in Europe. After its conquest in 1153, it became the property of the Christians and Ramon Berenguer IV gave it to Pere de Rovira, master of the Knights Templar in Hispania and Provence, who reconstructed the castle transforming it into one of the main centres of Christian power on the Iberian Peninsula.

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula.  #Portugal

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula. #Portugal

As destinations on Europe's Iberian Peninsula, Spain and Portugal are together known for centuries-old culture, tapas and petiscos, avant-garde art and architecture, and much, much more in their shared 223,939 square miles. From island paradises to semi-remote stretches of sand in nature reserves, these are the countries' best beaches.

The Most Beautiful Beaches in Spain and Portugal

Praia da Marinha, Portugal—Why we love it: With beautiful rocky outcrops and clean, calm water, Marinha is generally recognized as one of the best beaches in Europe—and the world.

The city lights of Spain and Portugal define the Iberian Peninsula in this photograph from the International Space Station (ISS).

Barcelona, Spain Credit: NASA Earth Observatory The city lights of Spain and Portugal define the Iberian Peninsula in this photograph from the International Space Station (ISS) taken on Dec. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympics for the XXV Olympiad

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula.  #Portugal

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula. #Portugal

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula.  #Portugal  Photos: Cromeleque dos Almendres, Alentejo

Portugal: All the Little Things | Via Ustoa-United States Tour Operators Association | 13/11/2017 Portugal is all these little things and more, little things you can only experience when you slow down and fully immerse yourself in the mystery, majesty and allure of the Iberian Peninsula. #Portugal Photos: Cromeleque dos Almendres, Alentejo

The Aqueduct of Segovia (or more precisely, the aqueduct bridge) is a Roman aqueduct and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula. It is located in Spain and is the foremost symbol of Segovia, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms.

The Aqueduct of Segovia (or more precisely, the aqueduct bridge) is a Roman aqueduct and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula. It is located in Spain and is the foremost symbol of Segovia, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms.

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