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  An incomplete guide to travelling in Spain

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Spain -  the country
Essential information about Spain. 
Travelling in Spain
Getting round in Spain including
Driving in Spain, travelling by coach by train, or on foot 
Route map of Spain - showing motorways and main towns
Rail travel and tourism in Spain
Tourism in Spain
Accommodation in Spain 
Where to stay, and the different options available
The Spanish way of life 
Spain is different; all you need to know about Spanish habits, including :
 ► Spanish food and eating

Independent hotels in Spain
Places to stay with character
1a. Small hotels in Spain - main index
1b. Hotels in the north of Spain
2.  Hotels in Andalucia and Murcia

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Accommodation in rural Spain: check out the Gitelink directory of holiday cottages  gites and B&Bs
many with English-speaking owners
Symbol of Spain
When Spain banned large advertising hoardings beside rural roads, one hoarding was deemed too emblematic to get rid of.....
So many people holiday in Spain; but so few of them actually visit the country. For the majority of holidaymakers, Spain is about 1200 kilometres long and a kilometre or two wide, a long beach stretching - with a few interruptions - from Port Bou on the French border, to Algiciras in the south. It is a country full of airports, modern tower-block hotels, housing estates, golf courses, towns, motorways , theme parks, pubs, bars, restaurant, swimming pools and life-guards.
  In this Spain, the principal tree seems to be the palm tree, the main dish paella, the main activity leisure, and the main smell sun-tan lotion. This is a modern Babel where people speak many languages, among which Spanish and Catalan are just the two most widely spoken.  In this Spain, you can get a meal at any time of day and often of night too, the bars are always full and have Sky TV or German channels on the telly, the sun is supposed to shine all day long (though it doesn't), it's never meant to rain, and life revolves round the three S's, Sun, Sand and Sea - and often a fourth S too.

   About-Spain.net is not too much about that Spain. This is a new guide to the real Spain, an incomplete look at what Spain has to offer , and how best to take advantage of the fabulous and diverse travel opportunities that this country provides.

    While on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the tourists often outnumber the local population, for the rest of Spain that is certainly not the case. Spain even has some bits of coastline that the Spanish have managed to keep for themselves - and even then largely for those in the know. As for inland Spain, it is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Apart from the area round Madrid, inland Spain is a sparsely populated area, with a few dozen historic cities, and beyond them large expanses of agricultural land, prairies and grazing land, plus hills and mountains with their rivers, streams and lakes.
    Spain was once the most powerful nation in Europe, and the world's greatest colonial power. Some of the great names of Spain's history - Christopher Columbus or Magellan, for example, have left their names and exploits to posterity. Today's Spain has many memories and vestiges of the country's golden past - and also of the darker days and ways of its history, not to mention the Moorish heritage, notably present in Andalucia.  The historic heritage and also the natural heritage of this large country are among the greatest and most varied in western Europe.
    About-Spain.net is for those who want to learn a bit more about Spain beyond the beaches, about the land, its culture, its life, and other bits of useful and practical information for discerning travellers.
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