Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast
The Bay of Biscay and the Iberian Coast stretch from southern Brittany to the south of Spain. It is part of the route connecting the English Channel to the Mediterranean and Africa. The region is the cradle of Europe's maritime power. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it was from the Portuguese and Spanish coasts that intrepid explorers started their voyages of discovery.
Now, the really major cargo ports are gone, and fuel imports account for most shipping. There is still an active fishing industry, with local small-scale fishing in the Bay of Biscay, for instance, and deep-sea fleets based in Brittany and Galicia. A great deal of fish and shellfish farming takes place in the region, and beach tourism is well developed.