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spain costa

pop (2000e) 6 950 000; area 87 268 km²/33 685 sq mi. Large and fertile autonomous region of S Spain; dominated by the great basin of the R Guadalquivir and (S) by the Baetic Cordillera, rising to 3478 m/11 411 ft at Cerro de Mulhacén, Spain's highest peak; S coastal strip known for its tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz; sugar cane, fruit, bananas, wine, cotton; chief cities, Málaga, Cádiz, Granada, Córdoba; many remains of Moorish rule (8th–15th-c).

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