Spain

 Spain Postcard Map

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 kilometres 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.

Although today Spain is a single nation it has historically been a country of different people and the description ‘Spaniard’ once seemed 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 Brennan 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:

Alcalá de Henares

Almagro

Aranjuez

Ávila

Barcelona

Belmonte

Benidorm

Besalú

Burgos

Cáceres

Carmona

Castro Urdiales

Chinchón

Ciudad Rodrigo

Comillas

Cordoba

Cuenca

El Escorial

Figueres

Girona

Laredo

Madrid

Manzanares El Real

Mérida

Oviedo

Palencia

Pedro Bernardo

Ronda

Salamanca

San Sebastian

San Vincente de la Barquera

Santiago de Compostella

Santillana del Mar

Segovia

Seville

Siguenza

Talavera de La Reina

Toledo

Trujillo

Valladolid

Valley of the Fallen

Vic

Zamora

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11 responses to “Spain

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  3. ¡Tus fotos también son estupendas!

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  5. I will keep your blog in mind when I go back therefor a month next month. I don’t know if I have a lot of time sightseeing though. I can probably get at least one major ciy.

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  6. Come visit (more of) Andalucia!
    I love the people and culture down here. I’m learning flamenco as well. 🙂
    Nice to meet you.
    puret0ne

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  7. I’ll need to come back several times to read all about your Spainish travels.

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  8. I agree that Spain is a very diverse location, and you can go on exchange to the North and have a completely different experience from the South (or East…etc). That’s why it is so rewarding! I wish more youth would be exposed to such a great country!

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  9. Hello, Andrew! How are you?

    Your blog is very interesting, but I disagree about the hostility between the provinces of Spain…I’m Spanish, I traveled around all my country, and not only from personal experience, I’ve never seen any of this you mention, nor in the media, etc etc. In some places we can have a more marked idiosyncrasy, but I’ve never seen what you describe. In fact, in military service I had mates from Galicia, Madrid, Extremadura, Andalucia, Catalonia, Basque Country, etc etc, and I never had conflicts among us. We were all spanish

    There may be half true if you mean the Catalan and Basque problem, but I say, not even a truth, only a half true. In these provinces there is independent people, but are only a sector of the population in these places, just as there are in Scotland, french Britain, Corsica or northern Italy

    By the way, in southern Spain you can also find large tracts of forest and mountains, not only in northern Spain. You have places like Sierra Espuña, Sierra of Revolcadores, Sierra Nevada, Mundo river’s birth, Jerte Valley, Cazorla natural park, etc etc

    Hasta luego

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    • Thanks Victor. I suppose I was talking from a historical rather than a modern day perspective. I still have a lot of Spain left to see. I was in Catalonia in 2014 and that seemed to be a different country to me!

      Anyway, I love your country and hope to return soon. I have a couple of regions left to visit, Navarre and Rioja.

      I nearly forgot your question – I am 60. Which part of Spain are you from?

      Andrew

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