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  Category: Articles » Articles by Author » Author: Mike McDougall
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1.Christmas in Spain
Rather refreshingly, Spain doesn't seem to start gearing up for Christmas until they get into the month of December. It's not the huge commercial circus that it is in the US and the UK; the lights and ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 551   Words: 534]

2.Spain - Europe's new culinary hotbed
There are exciting times ahead for Spanish cuisine. An extremely good crop of young, ground breaking chefs are placing Spain firmly on the culinary map, even eclipsing their old neighbours to the north in France. According to many Spain is taking over ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 533   Words: 594]

3.Semana Santa - Malaga
The Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions are the largest religious festival in the catholic world and take place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with the processions occurring on five days out of the seven. The festival is very big in Spain and especially in Andalusia where Semana Santa is ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 492   Words: 620]

4.Sherry - a wine of tradition
A fortified wine from Andalusia produced only in and around the town of Jerez in the Cadiz region. The Spanish producers have since registered the Sherry / Jerez / Xeres name and will prosecute anyone else in the world ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 900   Words: 562]

5.Diego Velasquez
Diego Velasquez is one of Spain's most celebrated and influential painters, born in 1599 he rose to become the leading artist in the royal court of Phillip IV. Velasquez came along during the contemporary Baroque period and went on to become ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 492   Words: 703]

6.The Alhambra - Grenada
The Alhambra is touted by many as being the best preserved example of a Moorish palace in Europe. Located in the Andalusian city of Grenada the ancient fortress is undoubtedly the city's most famous site. The name Alhambra translates as "Red Castle" in Arabic and was ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 515   Words: 670]

7.Gaudi's Barcelona
The native Catalan architect certainly left his mark on this great city and a visit to Barcelona wouldn't be complete without taking in some of his greatest works. An architect seemingly without contemporaries, Gaudi's free-flowing post modern ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 495   Words: 674]

8.Madrid - a guide to the key sites and monuments
Spain's capital has enjoyed a serious boom as a city break destination on the last decade. The proliferation of cheap flights has made more and more European cities accessible to weekend travellers. Often overshadowed by the Catalan capital, Barcelona, Madrid is now showing what it has to offer and, ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 441   Words: 674]

9.San Fermin - Pamplona
Known locally as "Sanfermines", this raucous festival takes place in the Basque town of Pamplona between July 6th-14th in honour of the city's patron saint, San Fermin. It is the most popular and most famous of all Spanish fiestas and is known throughout ...
[Added: 22 Nov 2005   Hits: 458   Words: 718]

10.Learn Spanish in Spain
Spanish is undoubtedly the growth language in the world at the moment; it is now spoken by an estimated 352 million people as a first language (with a further 417 million speaking it as a second language) making it the second or ...
[Added: 27 Oct 2005   Hits: 390   Words: 486]

11.Santiago Calatrava
One of Spain's most famous modern day architects, Santiago Calatrava, was born in Valencia on July 28 1951. He first studied at undergraduate level at the Architecture and Arts and Crafts school. After just one year there, he switched to ...
[Added: 24 Oct 2005   Hits: 653   Words: 523]

12.Prestige Oil Disaster
On November 13th 2002, the Liberian owned tanker, The Prestige, ran into trouble in heavy weather off the coast of Galicia. The 240 metre single-hulled ship had burst one its tanks and was starting to leak oil. The ...
[Added: 24 Oct 2005   Hits: 382   Words: 691]

13.Frida Kahlo
Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born in her parents' house in the small town of Coyoacán, on the outskirts of Mexico City, on July 6 1907. She was the daughter of a German-Jewish, painter and photographer father, who heralded from Romania. ...
[Added: 24 Oct 2005   Hits: 609   Words: 751]

14.The life of Joan Mirˇ
Joan Miró, the legendary Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist, was born in Barcelona in 1893. Miró's early life was nothing out of the ordinary, at age 14 he enrolled in the "Escuela Superior de Artes Industriales y Bellas Artes" where he studied for three years. ...
[Added: 24 Oct 2005   Hits: 342   Words: 671]

15.Basque cuisine
With its turbulent and rich history, the Basque region, in Spain's north east, must be regarded as one of it's most interesting. Once a separate kingdom but now absorbed into Spain, Basques are a still fiercely independent and proud race with their own language and cultural heritage. ...
[Added: 24 Oct 2005   Hits: 411   Words: 693]

16.Top four city museums in Spain
Spain, with its myriad of influences and epic history, is a country with a diverse gamut of sights and sounds to offer its 45 million tourists who visit every year. An area where this can ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 399   Words: 669]

17.Surfing Costa Rica's Pacific coast
The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the hippest spots on the backpack merry-go-round. It's a surfer's paradise in Central America's most laid-back holiday spot. Areas such as the Nicoya peninsula and Dominical further to the south are the real hotspots where ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 358   Words: 624]

18.Spain's other Languages
Despite Castilian (Or Español) being the main language of Spain there are also a number of other languages spoken throughout Spain – many are now recognised officially by the government and regulated by governing bodies to ensure that they remain a part of Spain's history and diversity. ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 352   Words: 647]

19.A guide to some of Spain's quirkier festivals
Spaniards seem rarely to need much of a reason for a fiesta or festival of some sort and you can pretty much guarantee that wherever you are in Spain there will be some merrymaking going on somewhere in honour ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 405   Words: 644]

20.Spain's sporting heroes - Miguel Indurain
Miguel Indurain is undoubtedly Spain's greatest cyclist and one of the country's top sporting heroes. Born in Villava, Navarre in 1964, Indurain's greatest achievements came in the world's greatest cycle race, the Tour de France. Between 1991 and 1995 Indurain reigned supreme in the ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 1230   Words: 625]

21.The life of Goya
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was born in Fuendetodos in 1740, a town close to Saragossa in the North east of Spain. Shortly after his family moved to nearby Saragossa and this is where ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 377   Words: 676]

22.The Coto Do˝ana National Park
Located across three provinces of Andalusia, the Doñana National Park is a huge wetland area and one of Spain's most important wildlife centres covering a massive area of 1300 sq km. It is Europe's largest national park and has been declared as a UNESCO biosphere reserve for ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 405   Words: 669]

23.The Cuisine of Madrid
The Madrid region (one of Spain's smallest), as one would expect, is largely dominated by the capital city itself. It has been said, by gourmands and food critics alike, that Madrid does not really have an individual cuisine all of ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 346   Words: 540]

24.Catalan cuisine - a guide
Barcelona – a city renowned for its cultural diversity and multiple influences and in no area is this more noticeable than its cuisine. Heavily influenced by the surrounding Catalan region and its diverse geographical landscape the area is a melting pot of fresh ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 367   Words: 603]

25.A beginner's guide to football in Spain
Football in Spain, much as it is in England, is undoubtedly the national game with a passion for the sport that can only be matched in a handful of countries around the world. Spain's La Liga (Spain's premier football league for those not in the know) is regarded in ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 938   Words: 561]

26.Real Madrid CF - a brief history
Founded in 1902, Real Madrid Club de Futebol has been one of the superpowers in European football since the middle of the last century. Indeed, they were awarded the honour of "Best club of the 20th century" ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 746   Words: 607]

27.La MercÚ Festival - Barcelona
Towards the end of September Barcelona begins to limber up for the largest event on its festival calendar, La Mercé, a celebration of the city's patron saint "Mare de Deu de la Mercé". The festival heralds the end of summer and the onset of the autumn ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 288   Words: 554]

28.The English Matador
On an emotional Saturday afternoon in Benalmadena, Frank Evans, more affectionately, (if a bit unoriginally), known as "El Ingles" to his Spanish followers, retired from the ring after nearly four decades as a matador. Evan's has been forced to hang up his ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 449   Words: 550]

29.Blood and sunshine - bullfight in Malaga
On a blisteringly hot day in Malaga in the summer of 2001 whilst away learning Spanish in the Andalusian city, I resolved to see my first bullfight. With my father being a long time Spanish teacher I had often heard about his trips to the ...
[Added: 27 Sep 2005   Hits: 386   Words: 654]

30.Andalucian cuisine - a guide
Undoubtedly one of Spain's most culinary rich regions, Andalusia is an area famed for its cuisine and its culture of food. Much like the rest of Spain, food is an important part of social life; here the ...
[Added: 26 Sep 2005   Hits: 311   Words: 694]