To keep in the Poland-Ukraine 2012 spirit, I’ll focus on a different country playing in the tournament each day during the month of June; looking not so much at the national football team but more about travel to and visiting the country itself.
Today’s spotlight is on Spain.
The Spain football team start their game against Italy as current European and World Cup champions.
No team has won three European and World Cup finals on the trot; although France (Euro 1998 and WC 2000) and West Germany (Euro 1972 and WC 1974) were also double winners.
The reason we’re expanding a little on the football in this edition of ‘Focus on Spain’ is because it’s what the Spanish people would want; to take the media spotlight away from their ‘financial crisis’.
I’m not an economist so won’t comment too long on the ridiculous amount of money the Spanish banks claim to need.
But here’s a thought – instead of giving all that money to the Spanish banks why not give it to the people; who may then decide to put it in the bank, or invest in personal projects that the banks won’t help them with.
Travel in Spain
I remember hitch-hiking down the Spanish coast during the building boom years and seeing new white walls appear on almost every available plot of ocean view.
The building boom was soon followed by a tourist invasion; making it increasingly harder to find a spot of sand without a German towel on it first thing in the morning.
A beach full of towels is an interesting sight; especially when there’s no-one around – most reserve their spot then return to the hotel for breakfast (some even go back to bed) – and the wind picks up.
In 2012, sun-worshippers can find a place for their towel on some 539 Blue Flag Beaches in Spain.
While the Spanish sun, sea and sand still draws the crowds, visitors to Spain should think about travelling inland more; or at least move away from the beach and taste some real Spanish culture, that doesn’t consist solely of Sangria and Paella.
A drive from coast to coast across northern Spain – Barcelona to Bilbao – may not be the most scenic drive in the world but there are plenty of other routes in Spain to consider.
There’s never been a better time to visit Spain, but instead of going for the sunburn, perhaps consider being a culture vulture; at least some of the time.
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