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Spain the home of Euro 2008 football champions
With its sun baked stretched of plateaux, high peaked mountains
with fertile river valleys and picturesque coastline, it covers
an area of over 195,000 square miles — 505,990 square km and
occupies most of the Iberian peninsula. It is borded by water
for 88 percent of the periphery. The country has so much to
offer, both in the way of natural beauty and of priceless
tereasures. It is officially known as y the Kingdom of Spain
— in Spanish: Reino de España.
Spain is divided into 50 provinces, grouped into 17 autonomous
communities and 2 autonomous cities with high degree of autonomy.
These are in "Morocco" on the North African coast — Ceuta
and Melilla. The 17 autonomous communities are: Andalusia
-Andalucía in the south coast, Galicia -Galiza in the north
west, Madrid where the capital in the centre, Extremadura
in the south west bordering Portugal, Castile-La Mancha -Castilla-La
Mancha south of Madrid, Castile and Leon — Castilla y León
north of Extremadura , Valencia and Murcia on south east bordering
the Meditteranean, Cataloniain the north east, La Rioja, Principality
of Asturias -Principáu d'Asturies in the north, Aragon -Aragón
in the north , Basque Country -Euskadi in Basque -País Vasco
in the north, Navarre -Nafarroa — Navarra in the north adjoining
the Basque Country.
is the capital city and the largest city in Spain, as well
as in the province and the autonomous community of the same
name. It is located on the river Manzanares in the center
of the country.
to visit in Madrid
Rastro — large flea market — The meaning of the name ELRastro
is "The Stain". Mixture of cheap clothes, household goods
and junk. Plaza Mayor — Dating back to 1619 it is one od Spain's
most beautiful squares.
Del Prado — Art gallery with over 3,000 paintings by the
great Spanish artists ans other European artists.
De Oriente — Is one of the most famous squares in Madrid,
It is ocated opposite Palacio Real (Royal Palace), There are
statues of medieval kings and the one that takes centre stage
is the equestrian statue of Felipe V. The square will have
street performers including violinists. You can watch the
changing of the guard at noon on the first Wednesday of the
month except in July and August.
Del Buen Retiro A very popular place with the locals and
visitors, especially on a Sunday, in the heart of Madrid.
It was once purely for the Royality. The park has a lake that
is popular with people relaxing in rowing boats.
Estadio Santago Bernabéu — The home of Real Madrid
football club that was voted the world's greatest football
club of all time by FIFA in 1998.
Cities and Towns
is the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous community
in Spain. It is located in the comarca of Barcelonès, along
the Mediterranean coast. It is the location for the Formula
One Motor racing Spanish Grand Prix. It was the home of the
La Sagrada Família
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Sagrada Família — Not completed yet, but Spain's most
visited sight. Antoni Gaudí's La Sagrada Família Church. La
Rambla — Tree lined pedestrian boulevard with street performers
and stretches some 1.25 km. Carrer De Montcada — One of the
wealthiest streets in Barcelona and home to the Museu Picasso.
Museu Nacional D'Art De Catalunya — Built in 1926-29
as a temporary paviliion for the 1929 World Exhibition and
now a permanent home to Catalan art. La Boqueria — A market
that is one of Europe's greatest permanent produce fairs selling
fruit. vegetables, meat, sweets, nuts and fish.
de Catalunya — Home of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix
. It opened in 1991 and is loacted north west of Barcelona.
Mont Juïc — Has several fine museums, including the Museu
Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and landscaped garden — Jardins
de Joan Brossa.
Barcelona Camp Nou Stadium — With a capacity of 100,000
in the stadium the club itself was founded in 1899 and is
now one of Europe's biggest football clubs.
Güell (photo to left) A park on a hill with superb views
over Barcelona and out to sea. Antoni Gaudí' designed this
park and also lived there for a number of years. The house
in now a museum to him. The original plan in 1900 for Eusbi
Güell was to convert the 15 hectares of land into 60 blocks
for the rich people of Barcelona. By 1914 only three block
had been sold. Gaudí' had created 3km of roads and walks including
a plazza and two gatehouses. It now remains a Park and is
very popular all year round.
is a port city in Andalucia, southern Spain, on the Costa
del Sol coast of the Mediterranean with a large international
airport to serve the sourtherm area. Granada is situated at
the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains y and the capital
of the province of Granada, in the community of Andalusia.See
further down this page.
Valencia — València is Spain's third largest city and
a port located on the Costa del Azahar.
to visit in Valencia
Gothic style is located at the Paza de la Reina. Ciudad
De Las Artes Y Las Ciecias - The city of Arts & Sciences
- occupies 350,000 square metres of the old Turia riverbed,
being predominately the work of architact Santiago Calatrava.
It is an exceptionally moderned buildiing built with a curved
roof in part.
De Historia De Valencia - is located in the Calle Valencia.
Valenciano De Arte Moderno (IVAM) - This houses 20th century
Is located in the Calle San Pio (translated means the Fine
arts museum) has works by Goya, El Greco, Velázquez, Ribalta
and more. Plaza
Del Mercado - This market was built in 1928.
De La Virgen - Constructed on the forum of Roman Valencia.
Del Marqués De Dos Aguas - Inside is the Museo Nacional
de Cerámica - that displays ceramics from around the world.
Torres De Serranos and Torres De Quart - these are
the tow twin towered stone gates that are the only part of
the old city walls that remain.
— Bilbo is the largesr city in the Basque Country and
the capital of the province of Biscay and is in the north
(Atlantic) coast of the country.
Places to visit in Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Northern Spain
opened in 1997 and transformed Bilbao with this modern architecture.
Designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry and in a way to
show the paintings exhibited in their best light.
Viejo — Bilbao's old town full of bars, restaurants and
shops. At the centre is the 19th century arcaded Plaza
Nueva that hosts a lively Sunday market. The Catedral
de Santiago complete with its Renaissance portico is located
in this area.
De Artxanda — This is a three minute ride with breathtaking
views over Bilbao. Museo De Bellas Artes A much older building
than the Guggenheim, the museum houses sculptures, clasical
art, 20th century pop art and more.
is a city and municipality on the river Segura located a few
kilometres inland in the south east of the country. It is
the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.
The Cathedral de Santa Maria (photo below) was cpmpleted
in the 15th century and is the most impressive monument of
is the capital of Andalusia and of the province of Sevilla
to visit in Seville
is the residence of many generations of kings that originally
foundedas a fort in 913. It is located south of of the cathedral
and across the Plaza del Triunfo.
& La Giralda (photo to left)Along with the Alcázar,
the Cathedral and the Giralda make up the trio of must-see
attractions in Seville.The Cathedral was built in the 15th
and 16th century in Gothic style on the grounds of an Arab
mosque. It is the largest place of worship in Spain, and is
the biggest Gothic Cathedral in the world. The Giralda
is the bell tower of the cathedral and you can climb this
by ramp walkways. It is over 90 metres high.
Arenal is home to some of Seville's most interesting sights.
These include Museo De Bellas Artes - fine arts museum, Plaza
De Toros De La Real Maestranza - the bullring and Torre Del
Oro - 13th century Islamic river bank watchtower.
Centro is the centre of Seville. There are numerous narrow
streets with picturesque squares. The area includes - Casa
De Pilatos a fine mansion, Museo Del Baile Flamenco
- Flamenco dance museum, Plaza De San Francisco &
Calle Sierpes - is Seville's main square and Plaza
Salvador - has a baroque church Parroquia del Salvador
that was built on the site of a Muslim mosque. Further south
of El Centro will be the Parque De María Luisa -
This was transformed in 1929 for the International fair. A
very tranquil park with over 3,500 trees. Plaza De España
has fountains and minicanals. Antigua Fabrica De Tabacas
- was a tobacco factory and is now part of the Universidad
is the capital of the province of Granada, in the autonomous
region of Andalusia. It is famous for being home to the fabulous
Alhambra Palace which is widely regarded as being one of the
10 architectural wonders of the world.
land of the guitar and flamenco: Castile, with its ruined
castles in the heart of Spain and Madrid the thriving capital,
are all excellent centres. The Costa Brava, Costa Blanca and
Costa del Sol are the areas where you will find the majority
of holiday home properties.
the sporting enthusiast, Spain has everything; golf, hunting
fishing and plenty of water sports facilities. Further entertainment
is provided by the fiestas held annually to commemorate religous
and historical events. Finally a very controversial form of
entertainment-corrida-the bulfighting, that is held in most
main towns throughout the summer.
Radio Europe is
an English language talk radio with news, current affairs,
interviews, sport and music. Costa Blanca on 88.2fm/105.1fm/95.3fm:
Costa del Sol on 88.9fm/91.9fm: Costa Calida on 92.7fm: Costa
Almeria on 89.0fm: Mallorca on 103.9fm and live via their
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BALEARICS: Ibiza, Menorca,Mallorca(Majorca) and Formentera
are these islands off the east coast of Spain. The largest
is Mallorca with its capital Palma and it has one of the busiest
airports of European holiday destinations. Ibiza is famous
for its lively nightlife, although this is largely confined
to San Antonio in the north.
largest is Mallorca with its capital Palma and
it has one of the busiest airports of European holiday destinations.
The main towns and attracvtions are: Pollença and Puerto de
Pollença, Cala de San Vicente, Playa de Formentor ( fabulous
beaches), The medieval town of Alcudia, Manacor, Porto Cristo,
Cala Millor, Artá, Llucmajor and Felanitx are amongst the
great selection of places to visit.
is famous for its lively nightlife, although this is largely
confined to San Antonio in the north and ther authorities
have clamped down on heavy drinking in the last few years.
Other major towns on Ibiza are Ibiza Town,Santa Eulària and
other places to see are:Santa Eulalia, Sant Miquel, Cala de
Sant Vicent, Cueva des Cuieram and San José.
- The major towns are Maó and Ciutadella.Other places to visit
are: Torret, Sant Lluis, Cala d'es Rafalet, Alaior, Mercadal,
Santo Tomás, Santa Galdana, Ferreries , Arenal d'en Castell
is the smallest and most southerly island of the Balearic
Islands group with a surface area of 90 sq. km The island
can only be reached by ship, so relatively few tourists come
to this location, making it a much quieter place than the
other islands in the region. It is known for the fact that
nude sunbathing is allowed on many of its beaches.The sea
is visible from practically any point of the island.Formentera
is the only town. Some of the villages are — La Sabina — the
port, Las Salinas, San Francisco Javier, San Fernando and
Islands form one of the Autonomous Communities of Spain, the
Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands. The Community's
capital city is Palma de Mallorca. Its only province
is also called Illes Balears.
island have an excellent climate with some 300 days of sun
per year that enclourage visitors throughout the year.
In addition there is the small island of Cabrera It
was declared nature preserve in 1991. You will need a permission
to visit the island.You can make arrangements in Mallorca,
but no dogs are allowed and you should bring your own food
and drink as there is only a small canteen cafe there.
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ISLANDS: Are made up of seven islands. Tenerife, La Palma,
Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Gomera and Hierro. They have an average
year round temperature of 23 degrees centigrade making them
a very popular location to take a holiday in.
are very much part of Spain, but at the same time in a world
of their own benefiting from year round sunshine and cooling
sea breezes. Each island has its own distinctive ambience.
In Lanzarote for example the landscape is volcanic wheras
in La Gomera it has jungle type of vegetation.
The fastest growing holiday destination is Fuerteventura
- It has white sandy beaches and is a watersports enthusiast's
dream destination. It is ideal for windsurfing all year round
with the strong offshore breezes and often 350 days of sunshine
Lanzarote with its volcanic landscapes is the eastern
most of the Canary Islands. It is only 70 miles from Africa
and is popular with northern Europeans looking
for somewhere warm in the middle of winter. Originally discovered
some 700 years ago by Genoese naval Captain Lanzarotti Malocello
who then named the island after himself. The volcanic landscape
is often compared to the moon, however there are green areas
with championship golf courses. You can also ride camels across
sand dunes. Truly a place full of contrasts.
is the largest of the seven Canary
Islands. The capital of the island and seat of the cabildo
insular (island government) is Santa Cruz. Most of thetourism
is concentrated more in the south of the island, which is
hotter and drier and especially around Playa de las Americas,
and Los Cristianos. The coastal development has grown northwards
recently from Playa de las Americas and now encompasses the
former small enclave of La Caletta. In the north of the island
the main development for tourism has been in the town of Puerto
de la Cruz .
Canaria is the third largest island in the group. It is
located southeast of Tenerife and west of Fuerteventura. Las
Palmas de Gran Canaria is the capital. Most tourists stay
in the south of the island, which is sunnier and has less
rain than the north. The north tends to be cooler while the
south is warmer and sunny. The east coast of the island is
flat dotted with beaches while the western coast is rockier
Gomera is the second smallest island. San Sebastián is
the Island's capital. The island is roughly circular, about
22 kilometres in width.
La Palma has an area of 706 square kilometres. Santa
Cruz de la Palma is the capital that is located in the east.
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Northern Spain
Euro - (€)
Voltage: 230v European 2 prong round plug.
Country Code: + 34 including Balearics and Cannary Islands
Telephone number: pan-EU Emergency 112 Can
be used in all EU Countries and it can be dialled from
a locked mobile or a mobile with no sim card.
2006: 40,341,462 - Land Area: 504,782 Km2
Driving Tips (some information supplied by Holiday
on the RIGHT
Towns: 31 mph/50kmh, outside built up areas: 56-62mph/90-100
kmh, motorways: 74mph/120kmh Please
note - March 2011 The maximum speed limit on Spanish motorways
was 120kph (75mph) and this has been reduced to 110kph (68mph)
on a temporary basis as of the 7th March.
- autovía: Motorways
and dual carriage ways - the autopistas are generally faster
and have wider lanes. A lot of motorways in Spain are toll
roads. Maxiumum speed is 120kph.
and driving: Blood alcohol limit
is 0.5g/l.blood opposed to 0.8/l.blood in the UK. The police
can carry out spot checks. Depending on how much you are over
the limit, you willreceive a hefty fine, lose points on your
licence and have your licence suspended for a minimum of three
Cameras (Radares) At
the end of 2009 there are just over 500 of these compared
to 6,000 in the UK. Many drivers will flash their headlights
to warn about an upcoming police speed trap.
uneven (odd) dates in one-way streets in towns, vehicles should
be parked on the side of the road where the houses bear uneven
numbers. On the side where houses bear an even number, parking
is allowed on these dates.
Drivers in Spain who wear glasses must carry a spare pair
with them at all times.
must carry a set of replacement bulbs.
Reflective vests are also complusory (like in France, Belgium
and Italy) - In Spain you must carry reflective vests for
de peligo - Warning triangles
must also carry
warning triangles. If you have a breakdown
on the motorway, you must place one of them 50 metres ahead
of the vehicle and one behind. You must wear your reflective
vest(above) to do this. On roads with two way traffic you
must place one behind and the other in front.
- Adelantar You
must never overtake where there is a single or double white
solid line. Outside built-up areas, signal your intention
to overtake by sounding your horn in the daytime or by flashing
headlights at night.
trams may not be overtaken when passengers are boarding or
is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat
belts if fitted.
de conducir - Driving licence - A Spanish drivers licence
must be renewed every 10 years unitil the age of 45 and then
every five years from 45 to 70. After that it has to be renewed
every two years. Each time that you renew your licence you
must have a medical examination -Revisión médica. If
you hold a British licence for example you must still have
a medical certificate that costs around 35.
2006 Spain has had a points system Carnet de puntos. Everybody
except novice drivers started out with 12, if you don't upset
the Guardia Civil or municipal police for 3 years you can
win back points or earn extra ones.
the vehicles that remove and illegally parked car and the
Depósito Municapal is the car pound it will
be taken off to. To release the car can cost in the region
of up to 140 plus a fixed fine of around 80.
- Fines Non
residents can be spot fined up to 300 for a range of
traffic offences. These include driving or having a passenger
without a seatbelt, talking on a mobile phone whilst driving
or obstructive parking. Residents will be sent a boletin de
Highway Code - Normas are the rules and regulations, there
are almost 700 of these.
de tráfico - Traffic signs - These are mostly of the general
European (excluding the Republicy of Ireland) type.There are
local variations like pedestrian crossing signs etc.
and Vehicle insurance in Spain
below is provided in good faith, but as conditions are always
changing, professional advice should be sort before arranging
insurance.The information should not be relied on for accuracy.All
vehicles must have at least third party insurance. Proof of
insurance must be carried at all times. There are penalties
for drivers of vehicles without valid insurance.
Motor of Insurance in Spain
insurance policies may differ to other countries standards,
including EU countries. For example when a car is considered
a write-off in Spain the insurance company will only refund
a percentage of the value.
It is obligatory for all cars to have - at least - third
party, fire and theft insurance (part comprehensive). This
is called: Seguro de terceros o de responsabilidad civil
Fully comprehensive "all risks" insurance (Seguro a todo
riesgo) is available and often obligatory when leasing a
car or buying on hire purchase
Optional driver and passenger insurance (Seguro de ocupantes)
provides compensation for loss of earnings and death. Special
insurance may be required for exceptional contents and accessories
Spanish insurance system operates on a no-claims bonus (bonification/sistema
bonus-malus). In order to benefit evidence of no prior claims
will need to be provided. It can significantly reduce the
cost of insurance. The insurance premium may be reduced by
electing to pay an excess (franquicia).
an accident is caused by an uninsured vehicle, the damaged/injured
party is entitled to compensation from the Insurance Compensation
Pool (Consorcio de Compensación de Seguros).
the car is registered in another country, a Green Card, (certificado
internacional de seguro de automovil) must be carried in the
an EU registered car in Spain
the car spends over six months of the year in an EU country
other than Spain it is necessary to take out a European insurance
policy with the home insurer. EU regulations mean that all
vehicles must be insured in the country in which they are
registered. Therefore if the car is (for example) UK-registered
it cannot be insured with a Spanish company. The vehicle can,
however, be insured with a British insurer in Spain, by using
the Spanish branch of a UK insurance company.
the law stands a foreign registered car can spend six months
per calendar year on Spanish roads without any additional
paperwork. It can remain in Spain indefinitely as long as
it is garaged on private land (not left on the roadside) for
six months per year. The vehicle will need to maintain a valid
roadworthiness (MOT in the UK).
register a car in Spain it needs to be deregistered in the
country of origin then re-registered with the authorities
(Inspección Técnica de Vehículos )Vehicle Roadworthiness Test
ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos) is the roadworthiness
test of a motor vehicle in Spain. It is the equivalent of
an MOT in the UK. ITV tests are compulsory and may only be
undertaken by an authorised garage. The test exists to ensure
that the vehicle is not a hazard on the road. It is compulsory
for a vehicle in use to be roadworthy.
All cars are first tested after four years and must be inspected
and tested every two years thereafter (like in France and
Ireland) until the age of 10
A car over 10 years of age must be tested annually
Motorcycles are first tested after four years, after which
the test is due every two years
a vehicle has been involved in a serious accident, it should
undergo an ITV test after repair to establish whether the
repair has been carried out correctly.
roadworthiness is not transferable across the EU countries.
A car imported into Spain must pass the Spanish ITV test before
it can be registered in Spain; likewise, the ITV of an an
exported Spanish registered car will not be valid in another
This information should not be relied on for accuracy and
is presented here without the responsibility of jml Property
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