Spain

I have discovered that Spain is a country of immense diversity.  Geographically it is quite magnificent with green forests in the rainy north, mountains and vast plains in the central regions and deserts in the extreme south east.  With an area of just over five hundred thousand square kilometers Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe after France and with an average altitude of six hundred and fifty metres it is the second highest country in Europe after Switzerland.

Spain is also a country of different people and the description ‘Spaniard’ it seems is just a convenient way of bundling them all together.  Richard Ford was a nineteenth century English traveller in Spain  and in his ‘Handbook for Travelers in Spain’, published in 1845, acknowledged now as one of the very first travel guides, was one of the first to identify that  ‘Spain is a bundle of local units tied together by a rope of sand’,  and Gerald Breenan in ‘The Spanish Labyrinth’ similarly observed ‘In what we may call its normal condition Spain is a collection of small, mutually hostile or indifferent republics held together in a loose federation’.

Recommended reading

And these are the links to my journals about visiting Cities and Towns in Spain:

Almagro

Aranjuez

Ávila

Barcelona

Belmonte

Benidorm

Cáceres

Carmona

Castro Urdiales

Chinchón

Ciudad Rodrigo

Comillas

Cordoba

Cuenca

El Escorial

Laredo

Madrid

Manzanares El Real

Mérida

Pedro Bernardo

Ronda

Salamanca

San Sebastian

San Vincente de la Barquera

Santiago de Compostella

Santillana del Mar

Segovia

Seville

Talavera de La Reina

Toledo

Trujillo

Valladolid

Valley of the Fallen

3 responses to “Spain

  1. I love to see my country through the eyes of a “foreigner”. I hope someday you can visit Almería 😉

  2. Its a sure shot top bucketlist. I really want to experience the Tomatino festival someday

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