Monthly Archives: March 2014

20 Reasons to Drop Everything and Go to Spain by Huftington post

1.) The Mediterranean coast is paradise


Spain’s long, sandy Atlantic beaches and cozy Mediterranean coves are rightly famous throughout Europe. That most get over 300 days of sun a year doesn’t hurt either. (Photo by Naxos).

See more photos of beaches in Spain

2.) …and the mountains are just around the corner.


Trivia: Spain is Europe’s second most mountainous country, after Switzerland. In Switzerland, though, you can’t have a cocktail by the sea an hour away from the slopes. (Photo by Adria V. Fernandez)

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3.) It has the best restaurant in the world


Ferran Adria’s legendary elBulli was number one in its day, and now another Catalan eatery, El Celler de Can Roca, has taken the reins as 2013’s best restaurant in the world. (Photo by guiarepsol)

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4.) …and the oldest restaurant in the world


Casa Botín is the world’s oldest continuously-running restaurant (since 1725) and the painter Goya even worked there as a waiter. Plus, it serves a pretty mean roast pig. (Photo by Madrid Ciudad)

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5.) There are Egyptian temples


Yup, there’s actually an Egyptian temple smack in the center of Madrid. The Egyptians, of course, didn’t live in Spain; the Temple of Debod was actually a gift from Egypt in 1968. (Photo by Pilar A. Bartolome)

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6.) …lots of Roman ruins…


Italy takes the cake on this one, but ancient Hispania has some fine Roman ruins of its own. Plus some, like the Roman theatre in Mérida, are still often used for performances. (Photo by Rodrigo Nieto)

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7.)…and Moorish palaces.


The Moors ruled Al-Andalus for nearly 800 years and their influence is seen on everything from the language to some of Spain’s most famous sights, like the Alhambra in Granada. (Photo by Eva PM)

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8.) The parties are legendary


Few local parties make international news, but few places throw a party like Spain. The Tomatina is an annual fave and Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls drew nearly 100,000 people in 2013. (Photo by Albergue Tourism Rural)

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9.) …and there are dozens you still haven’t discovered.


Most Spanish villages have their own summer fiestas, ranging from folk dances to 5-story human statues, flaming effigies, and battles involving paint, meringue, grapes, or oranges. (Photo by Viveydeja)

See more photos of festivals in Spain

10.) There are amazing cathedrals…


Spain has cathedrals of every stripe, from Gaudi’s modern masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a place of international pilgrimage. (Photo by Santcer)

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11.)…1,000-year-old mosques…


Sure, Europe is full of cathedrals, but how about 1000-year-old mosques? TheMezquita in Cordoba is unique in Europe and has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. (Photo by Romaine Labadie)

See more photos of the Mosque of Cordoba

12.) …and mind-blowing water parks!


Lago Martianez, an oasis of sea water, palms, and volcanic rock in Tenerife, brings waterparks to the level of art. Plus, you can spend all day there for less than the price of your sunscreen. (Photo by Ireth)

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13.) The whole place is riddled with hidden beaches


Calas (coves) are a Spanish classic. Skip the city beaches and head for the Balearic Islands and find endless gems hidden between pine forests and crystal-blue water. (Photo by Menorca en Barco)

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14.) It produces the best wine in the world…


The La Rioja region makes some of the world’s best vino, including Wine Spectator’sBest Wine of 2013. Since most of it is consumed internally, it’s still deliciously affordable. (Photo by Alava Incoming)

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15.) …and you get free food when you order a drink.


Serving something tasty with your drink is a time-honored Spanish tradition. In some cities, especially smaller ones, it’s entirely possible to have a full dinner just by ordering drinks. (Photo by Analia Plaza)

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16.) You can visit Salvador Dalí’s house…

(Photo by May Lopez)

Come for the priceless works of art, stay for the Cadillac in the patio and giant eggs on the roof. (Photo by May Lopez)

See more photos of the Salvador Dalí House-Museum

17.) …and eat chicken grilled on an active volcano.


You read that right. On the volcanic island of Lanzarote, you can spend the morning hiking the volcano at Timanfaya National Park then enjoy a lunch cooked over an open volcanic vent. (Photo by Naxos)

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18.) People decorate their houses like this


Andalucía is full of sunny bougainvillea-draped villages, and Cordoba even holds an annual competition for the most flowery courtyards which draws thousands of visitors. (Photo by Zu Sanchez)

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19.) There are countless varieties of paella


From rabbit and snails to mussels and prawns, paella comes in dozens of local varieties which are a matter of regional pride in many provinces. Lucky for us, they’re all mouth-watering. (Photo by Anadel)

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20.) Mediterranean lifestyle, anyone?


While many stereotypes (daily siestas, achem) are more myth than fact, the culture of long family meals, Sunday snoozes, and summers on the coast certainly has its appeal. (Photo Fito R. Serrano)

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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized



Spain is back in business as it shrugs off a two-year recession and its banks clean up their balance sheets and recapitalise. With economic indicators improving thanks to government reforms, the big picture is looking much rosier than a year ago.

And top investors are back on the scene, focusing on some of the fundamental reasons to make an acquisition or set up a business in Spain. Those four reasons are:

• Spain is the gateway to Europe for Latin American, Asian and Eastern European investors. Its proximity to North Africa is also strategic.
• It has a highly qualified workforce.
• It has a highly developed infrastructure network.
• There a slew of tax incentives for foreign investors.Image



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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized



Paco de Lucia and Luis Aragones, a new kind of Spanish heroes.

Paco de Lucia, one of the world’s greatest guitarists who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.

In the last interview he said about the internal problems in Spain “the politicians are responsible, they are lying about the Spanish history our birthday like  country is in 1492 We are an old country, the problem are the politician they like money…”



Under the tutelage of Luis Aragones, Spain have produced captivating performances, serving up quality attacking football every time. He gave a bond for all of us. Thanks Luis. You were training us for the life.



En su última entrevista, concedida al diario peruano El Comercio el tristemente desparecido Paco de Lucíanos dejaba una clarividente declaración sobre la situación que estamos viviendo. A la pregunta ¿qué piensa usted del peligro de que España pueda desmembrarse?, el genio de la guitarra contestaba:

Son los políticos que van envenenando a la gente y les hacen creer cosas que no son. Cosas de la historia y de la economía. Yo los detesto. Me apena mucho que el país se vaya a desmembrar, pues es el más antiguo de Europa luego de la reunificación en los tiempos de los Reyes Católicos. Ahora se quieren separar por cuestiones miserables de dinero. ¡Cabrones de los políticos! Ponlo en letra grande: ¡Cabrones de los políticos!

Paco de Lucía, tan genio en el flamenco como en el análisis de los males que aquejan a España. Descanse en la paz del Cielo.

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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Uncategorized