Spain People & Culture

People in Spain 

ESPANA-is a big mozicum,every area the pepole in there cultre and dialact are diffrent.In a rough divison pepole in the south apper to be wormer in more open while in the north they are more reserved and closed.

as spanish pepole say about the andulcian in the south that they are lazy like 2 party thifs and 2 faces,while soutern spanish will see the northen pepole as cold snobs fool of them self lol

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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
Barcelona is a great city you defenitely should visit! It has a lot of culture, great architecture and plenty of nice places to visit. My favorites are: Parque Güell (nice view over the city from there) and the Sagrada Familia. Barceloneta is always worth a walk. If u like to spent time at the beach, better go to La Selva (Name of the Metrostatiion near the beach), it's not so crowded, more clean and less tourists. Nightlife in Barcelona is GREAT! You souldn't miss La Champañería (near Barceloneta Metro station). If u prefer clubus and bars without too much tourists and to not spent too much money, go to the street called Aribau, it's a 10 minutes walk away from metro station diagonal. Always good parties are in the Bikini Club. If u like house/electro music, go to the pasha club. A goog bar to meet new people from all over the world as well as people from barcelona, go the Oveja negra, near the Plaça Catalunya. The easiest way to know what's going on, is when u buy the magazine called "ocio". It costs 1 euro and comes out once a week. You find in there all parties, concerts theater etc. going on in Barcelona. Good food you'll find all over the place. There's a restaurant called "la Esquinica" which is very famous among Locals, near the Metro Station Virrei Amat (blue). I personally don't like the food there that much, too much garlic... But the staff is very nice, and it's also worth to pass by just for one (or two or three...) beers. Shopping: Barcelona is a shopping Paradise!!! If u don't like the always crowded center, go to the shopping mall called La Maquinista. It's huge and you'll find there plenty of shops, as well as restaurant, bars and a cinema. I prefer it to other malls cause its open air. You get there with the red metro, station sant andreu and then a 5 minutes walk, or bus no. 11. So, go to Barcelona and enjoy this beatiful, interesting city where you never get bored! Just take careof you money, you spent it faster than you would think ;-)
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
I stayed in Barcelona for a week in November 2006. My friend and I rented an apartment in Las Ramblas and had a blast. If you are looking to stay up late, meet great people and drink, then this is the neighborhood for you. It's almost impossible to sleep with all the street activity, so you're forced to join in, or lie in your bed pissed off. We chose the 'join in' route and stayed up until about 6am each day. Bars are everywhere, though they are tending to get a bit trendy instead of traditional. There is a great open air market that sells fresh vegetables/ fruits, tapas, kitchen gadgets, fresh seafood, flowers, bread and cheese. we shopping there when we could and did all of our own cooking in the apartment. If you stay in Las Ramblas don't eat at the restaurants that have sidewalk tables. While it was reasonably priced, the food wasn't good, or authentic. Those were great places for sangria and beer, though. I highly recommend going onto craigslist and finding your own rental. It's much less expensive, you have your own kitchen and bathroom and you have no hotel curfews. This goes for Paris and Rome, as well. The locals were extremely friendly and gracious. We were warned about pickpocketing children, just like in every large European city, but we carried small over the shoulder/ across the chest purses that we were easily in control of. Must visit Parc Guell on the hill! We chose to walk, which was quite a trek, but we also got to see some wonderful architecture along the way. When you get to Parc Guell you will immediately appreciate it's beauty and creativity; almost dr. Seuss-like with the bonus of a great view of the city and ocean. To get the most street cred, bring skirts, pants and shoes that are in fashion. I stay away from shorts and tennis shoes. That's a total give-away and you can't blend in as a local. Pack lightly; it's pretty warm and you can hand wash your clothes without issue. It's hard to cart around two pieces of luggage on cobble stone. It is a hilly city, so be prepared for walking. They have a great transportation system, but I felt like I would miss out on something if I didn't walk everywhere. If the Picasso museum is still on display see it! I typically don't recommend spending vacation time on something you can see in a book, but this exhibit was worth it. I have been to Madrid and the Canary Islands before and didn't think much of them, but Barcelona is completely different. I would go back in a heartbeat and I would feel safe going alone. Memorize the maps and know the names of the streets before you go; reading a map in public makes you a target to unwanted children and men. Being lost is okay if you don't have an appointment. It also brings you to sites you may have overlooked. My best advise is to absorb everything; sights, sounds, scents, tastes and appreciate the relaxed approach to life.
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Torremolinos, Andalucía Region, Spain
Great location, lots of shops bars n restaurants tivoli world theme park just a train stop away and really lively especially for young people! bajondillo apts best to stay in!!
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Marbella, Andalucía Region, Spain
for people watching - forget Marbella and go up the coast to Porta Beneos
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
Not as dodgey as a lot of people believe, when compared with other European cities. Las Ramblas is great for cheap souvenir shopping. The locals may be a bit sharp, but seem nice enough..it's a great place to polish up on your Catalan, and this will be appreciated, although all speak perfect Spanish of course! (And probably good English)
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Spain Economy 

Spain is divided as its comunities in the economic aspact.

The rich part of spain are Madrid ataluna{Barcelona}

and the Vasco. while its poorest area mostly located in the south Andalucia and Extamadura.very high percent of unemployment.

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Murcia, Murcia Region, Spain
If you are a traveler or taking a vacation wants to enjoy Mediterranean climate, semi arid type, smooth winter and warm summer then the place called Murcia is perfect. This place is the capital city of Autonomous Community of the region of Murcia, Spain. It is the 12 th largest metropolitan area of the country. Here some of the sites and tourist activity of the place The Roman theatre Churches, Convent Murcian market-Garden Murcia Cathedral The Walk- this term is popular in these place, because this place is more and good city for strolling around. One of the famous spot here and famous accommodation at the dame time is the hotel siete coronas . This Hotel Siete Coronas is luxury modern hotel built in 1971 and conference centre. One of the assets of this hotel is the location where all the neighbor attraction is just near the place. They term some of the tourist is the foot guest because all the location is just a walking distance from the hotel. This unique place is dependent of its own fruits and market garden as very important to the Murcian economy. Not just a nice spot and historical building you can witness in these place but the natural and organic product they have. Another favorite of this place is the Murcian tapa. see also Hotel Torre Garden
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Spain Language 

Spain distinguse itself in every area if its diffrent languge or dialacts.

In all spain one can get by in Spanish most spanish pepole dont speak english or better to say they speak spanglish wuth an heavy accent that will cost u to understand.

By the accent of spanish one can know what area and province orign is spanish mate. also diffrent languges then spanish is spoken.

North west spain gallego in Galiciaa, a languge kind of not far from portugse but is from the latin languges.

North east to east Spain , Catalan belaric and valenciano some claim those are diffrent though they are they same more like diffrent dialact some words are diffrent most the same,its good to know few words in catalan cause it can break the ice with the catalans that are kind of closed to themself pepole,while the valencian are more opend,catalan also comes from the latin rout some words are like french.

Vasco north spain or euskadi diffrent languge origan belive from the kavkaz mt,though pepole speak there spanish.

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Spain Culture 
Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
BCN juste incroyable!!! une ville de fête, riche en culture, pleine de trésors architecturaux...juste un régal! inoubliable et indémodable!
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Salamanca, Castilla-Leon Region, Spain
Salamanca (Central West Spain, near Portugal) is an old city with a rich cultural live. Lots of historical buldings (university, churches, palaces,...). You could guess half of its population are students. It nightlife is very busy and its a must visit for either partying students or cultural tourism. Just as everywhere in Spain you can get good food and taste wine before meals in its bars or having a refreshment on a "terraza" sitting to a table on the street enjoying the good weather. Well known and worth visiting are: Plaza Mayor, Universidad, Catedral (there are an old one... a new one... both hundreds of years old), Palacio de Anaya,... and charming medieval streets.
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
Barcelona is a great city you defenitely should visit! It has a lot of culture, great architecture and plenty of nice places to visit. My favorites are: Parque Güell (nice view over the city from there) and the Sagrada Familia. Barceloneta is always worth a walk. If u like to spent time at the beach, better go to La Selva (Name of the Metrostatiion near the beach), it's not so crowded, more clean and less tourists. Nightlife in Barcelona is GREAT! You souldn't miss La Champañería (near Barceloneta Metro station). If u prefer clubus and bars without too much tourists and to not spent too much money, go to the street called Aribau, it's a 10 minutes walk away from metro station diagonal. Always good parties are in the Bikini Club. If u like house/electro music, go to the pasha club. A goog bar to meet new people from all over the world as well as people from barcelona, go the Oveja negra, near the Plaça Catalunya. The easiest way to know what's going on, is when u buy the magazine called "ocio". It costs 1 euro and comes out once a week. You find in there all parties, concerts theater etc. going on in Barcelona. Good food you'll find all over the place. There's a restaurant called "la Esquinica" which is very famous among Locals, near the Metro Station Virrei Amat (blue). I personally don't like the food there that much, too much garlic... But the staff is very nice, and it's also worth to pass by just for one (or two or three...) beers. Shopping: Barcelona is a shopping Paradise!!! If u don't like the always crowded center, go to the shopping mall called La Maquinista. It's huge and you'll find there plenty of shops, as well as restaurant, bars and a cinema. I prefer it to other malls cause its open air. You get there with the red metro, station sant andreu and then a 5 minutes walk, or bus no. 11. So, go to Barcelona and enjoy this beatiful, interesting city where you never get bored! Just take careof you money, you spent it faster than you would think ;-)
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Madrid, Madrid Region, Spain
I didn't care much for Madrid. The men seemed to undress you with thier stares. Different culture Lol. There was plenty of great shopping and the metro was very good. the Platha mayor is a place to see and be seen. the cafes have great spaghetti and sangria. all in all a nice place but not my favorite.
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Ronda, Andalucía Region, Spain
Ronda is located in Andalusia in southern Spain . You can visit easily by flying into Malaga international airport, which is currently being enlarged. Ronda is situated inland from the coast, up on a high rocky crag - or rather two. There are several bridges spanning the gorge, and one can get simply amazing views from the upper town. The town is also surrounded by well preserved medieval Moorish walls and there are many religious sights such as churches to see. You can also go to the Bull ring if you interested in seeing the local culture, whilst the buildings are a very unique blend of traditional Spanish and exotic Moorish architecture. The town is surrounded by stunning countryside dominated by vineyards and olive groves, whilst this is all put in perspective by the snow capped mountain peaks which circle the plain on several sides of the town. Parking is limited in the narrow historical streets located with in the walls, so you are advised to park near the base of the hill where there is a large park square - although this means you have to walk around all the sights!
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Spain Arts & Recreation 
Torremolinos, Andalucía Region, Spain
Pack up for the beach! I have found there to be a universal feel about beaches in most of europe- You can find hip-hop American music, beaded necklaces, beach bars, although in Torremolinos, for women, topless is the way to go.
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
Barcelona is a great city you defenitely should visit! It has a lot of culture, great architecture and plenty of nice places to visit. My favorites are: Parque Güell (nice view over the city from there) and the Sagrada Familia. Barceloneta is always worth a walk. If u like to spent time at the beach, better go to La Selva (Name of the Metrostatiion near the beach), it's not so crowded, more clean and less tourists. Nightlife in Barcelona is GREAT! You souldn't miss La Champañería (near Barceloneta Metro station). If u prefer clubus and bars without too much tourists and to not spent too much money, go to the street called Aribau, it's a 10 minutes walk away from metro station diagonal. Always good parties are in the Bikini Club. If u like house/electro music, go to the pasha club. A goog bar to meet new people from all over the world as well as people from barcelona, go the Oveja negra, near the Plaça Catalunya. The easiest way to know what's going on, is when u buy the magazine called "ocio". It costs 1 euro and comes out once a week. You find in there all parties, concerts theater etc. going on in Barcelona. Good food you'll find all over the place. There's a restaurant called "la Esquinica" which is very famous among Locals, near the Metro Station Virrei Amat (blue). I personally don't like the food there that much, too much garlic... But the staff is very nice, and it's also worth to pass by just for one (or two or three...) beers. Shopping: Barcelona is a shopping Paradise!!! If u don't like the always crowded center, go to the shopping mall called La Maquinista. It's huge and you'll find there plenty of shops, as well as restaurant, bars and a cinema. I prefer it to other malls cause its open air. You get there with the red metro, station sant andreu and then a 5 minutes walk, or bus no. 11. So, go to Barcelona and enjoy this beatiful, interesting city where you never get bored! Just take careof you money, you spent it faster than you would think ;-)
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
When you're in Barcelona there are some things you cannot miss. One of them is a club hidden at Plaza Real called "Jamboree". Main music is HipHop. If you're into culture and all that you have to visit Park Güell , one of the most beautiful creations of Gaudí . Another magnificent creation of the same architect is Casa Batlló . For artlovers there are a lot of musea's in Barcelona. For example M useu Gaudí and M useu Picasso . The people of Barcelona tend dine at a late hour. One of the nicest places to have tapas is " Las Ramblas". For more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcelona
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Gijon, Asturias Region, Spain
Gijón (North coast of Asturias, Spain) has developed a clean face for tourism. Old houses got "make up". City center got space for people, keeping cars apart. Some museums, looooots of places to eat its regional specialties -from cheap to gourmet-, a couple of clean beaches. "Sidrerías" to go before lunch or for lunch. Trendy cafés for the afternoon and evening. And places to go and have a drink at night and listen to music (say the suburb "Cimadevilla"). An aquarium to see living fishes. A railway museum. An international film festival in November-December. To drink cider: old tradition and high quality. To eat: fabada... different kinds ot "pot"... you must go, see and taste it! Good meat from the mountains and woods... Good fish from its coast... Deserts: casadiellas, frixuelos,... And all the "sidrerías" arround the city in its green slopy environment among mountains and sea.
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Madrid, Madrid Region, Spain
Madrid is known, among other things, for its nightlife, that usually doesn't end before 8am... Try Pacha o La Nueva Fontana, great clubs, with very good music, and good looking people. It can get a bit crowded though, try to enjoy the most of it!
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Spain Sports 
Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
Having lived in BCN for seven good years, i will need to focus on a few insider tips: 1. Go to Sarria: a former village now enclosed in upper Barcelona. Beautiful, relaxed, few tourists and great bars/restaurants including Bar Tomas, famed for its Patatas Bravas (and little else) 2. For nightlife amongst the locals (and not just the tourists and expats hanging around the old town) go to the area around Maria Cubi and Santalo 3. For a lovely walk overlooking my favourite town take a hike op the hills and walk on the Carretera de les Aigues (busy with locals on Sundays, but always bring your own water) or go for a longer walk in the Parc de Colserola straddling the hills 4. My favourite restaurants: Agua, Barceloneta, Ciudad Condal, La Polpa ... and sooooo many more 5. Summer festival: Grec
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La Playa de Mogan, Canarias (Canary Islands) Region, Spain
This is the most lovely place on Gran Canaria. All fish restaurants in the marina are outstanding
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Orzola, Canarias (Canary Islands) Region, Spain
Orzola is worth a visit, just to eat the fresh fish dishes in the restaurants over there. A very small town but great food.
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Madrid, Madrid Region, Spain
Madrid is great, especially Retiro, Plaza Mayor, the Reina Sophia museum with the lovely Miros, Picassos and - of course - Dalis. The Prado was alright, but I suppose I expected too much. The nicest things to do are to stroll through the streets with your sweetheart and absorb the Spanish vibes. Go for a hot chocolate at the chocolateria, or some fish at Principe Pio. The Palace is also stunning, especially the gardens. I stayed out at Vallecas once; a bit of a trip with the metro, but definitely worth it. You get a fully equiped appartment with WiFi and kitchenette for about €75 per night - double room nota bene. I will never forget Madrid....
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Laredo, Cantabria Region, Spain
Small and quiet fishing town (village).. at least, it was 12 years ago :)
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Food in Spain 
Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
Having lived in BCN for seven good years, i will need to focus on a few insider tips: 1. Go to Sarria: a former village now enclosed in upper Barcelona. Beautiful, relaxed, few tourists and great bars/restaurants including Bar Tomas, famed for its Patatas Bravas (and little else) 2. For nightlife amongst the locals (and not just the tourists and expats hanging around the old town) go to the area around Maria Cubi and Santalo 3. For a lovely walk overlooking my favourite town take a hike op the hills and walk on the Carretera de les Aigues (busy with locals on Sundays, but always bring your own water) or go for a longer walk in the Parc de Colserola straddling the hills 4. My favourite restaurants: Agua, Barceloneta, Ciudad Condal, La Polpa ... and sooooo many more 5. Summer festival: Grec
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
BCN juste incroyable!!! une ville de fête, riche en culture, pleine de trésors architecturaux...juste un régal! inoubliable et indémodable!
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La Playa de Mogan, Canarias (Canary Islands) Region, Spain
This is the most lovely place on Gran Canaria. All fish restaurants in the marina are outstanding
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Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
No island like Eivissa...party, sun and sea. A place beyond...
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Torremolinos, Andalucía Region, Spain
Pack up for the beach! I have found there to be a universal feel about beaches in most of europe- You can find hip-hop American music, beaded necklaces, beach bars, although in Torremolinos, for women, topless is the way to go.
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Spain Government 
Marbella, Andalucía Region, Spain
All taxis are run by the government so all fees are static and you should know how much it will cost to get anywhere, regardless on the number of people
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Caceres, Extremadura Region, Spain
Caceres is eine super stadt in einer der strukturschwächsten und ärmsten regionen spaniens. zu erreichen ist caceres am besten mit dem bus (alsa), nach madrid besteht eine zugverbindung. die altstadt ist ,glaube ich, weltkulturerbe, und recht interessant. Der botellon (kollektives betrinken der jugendlichen in der öffentlichkeit) wurde in spanien verboten, jedoch gibt es in caceres ein lehrstehendes gelände, in dem sich jeden freitag abend die jugendlichen treffen und trinken und plaudern. für hitzeempfindliche menschen ist caceres wahrscheinlich im sommer zu heiß. als ich dort war betrugen die temperaturen auch in der nacht noch an die 38 grad, zur mittagszeit rausgehen ist fast unmöglich, 45 grad waren keine seltenheit. Caceres has a very old city centre. alltough botellon is forbidden, there are still some places to go, even with special shuttel buses from de city government. interacting with the spaniards is very easy and they are always friendly and courteous. In Summer its very hot in caceres. even at midnight 36-38 degrees are not unusual
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Barcelona, Catalonia Region, Spain
RASI YOUTH POWER ORGANIZATION Founded by Riverpark travel Agency in an attempt to promote the youth talents. The RASIs work together with the government and NGOs to help any disaster victims e.g. flood, hunger etc The term RASI is an abbreviation of the three categories of service in this organization which stands for: RA- Rangers S- Savers I- informers These three groups are the core of the organization. Made of a group of volunteers they serve differently in the organization. We would like to welcome all interested individuals to register with us for the event which will take place in Kerugoya Stadium to expose the youth talents. In the events the following is expected: Dancing talents Music talents Poems talents Acrobatic talents Garage of the year Most pimped car Most expensive motor The bike of the year Boda boda talent Team of the year Musician of the year Best school in the division, district, province and country The hotel of the year Bank of the youths Best Manager Supermarket of the year The peoples company this year ETC For your participation contact the main office Kerugoya Director James Wachira 020 210500, 0724 464 339 Email: jimugford@hotmail.com , riverparktravel@hotmail.com Authentic Teas ltd Nairobi We are promoting togetherness and peace as a weapon to fight humanity enemies E.g. hunger, tribalism and discrimination RASI YOUTH POWER GROUP VISION: Building a better nation for our future MISSION To create a busy environment with opportunities to the youth for a better growth. How we plan to carry out the project As a way of reducing the involvement of the youth in criminal activities and keeping them busy in school and out of school, we will be holding talent shows allover the country during holidays. This will serve as a motivator for the youth to expose what they can do for individual gain and for their community and country as a whole. After the involvement of the youth in post election wars in the last election we feel that we can be able to preach togetherness and peace in involving the youth in activities like these. How we will benefit Most of the workers in this initiative are volunteering to work with us and also some from the Riverpark travel who don’t need payment to work with us. For those companies who would like to be contributors in this initiative they will be required to pay a small fee so that we can be able to meet some of the overheads e.g. payment for facilities etc Some of the youths who will be performing in these events will get exposure and market themselves both locally and internationally. We will be able to sensitize the community on environmental conservation and management which brings us near to the government and the NGOs serving in this department of Environment. Director James Mugo Wachira 14683 00100 Nairobi 0724 464 339 Evan Mbogo Mugo 772 10300 Kerugoya 0723 779 018
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Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Palma de Mallorca , the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Mallorca; the population of the Palma municipality was approximately 400,000 at the beginning of 2007. Half the population of Mallorca lives in the city of Palma.The city occupies the north western end of a bay in the south west of the island of Mallorca. The city council also has jurisdiction over the sub-archipelago of Cabrera including the islands of Cabrera, Conejera, Estells, Imperial, Rodon, Foradada, Plana, and Pobra.The name Palma dates back to the Roman settlement on the site of the present city, although the area was originally settled during the Bronze Age. In the early middle ages it was conquered by Arabs, who named it Madina Mayurqa . In 1229 it was conquered by King Jaime I, ruler of Valencia and Aragon, and became an important trade city. Palma saw its dark ages in the 16th century, when a significant decline was caused by attacks from Turkish and Berber Pirates and through plague. Lasting until the 18th century, Felipe V changed the government which made Palma the capital of the Balearic Islands. Later, Carlos III established a free trade pact with the Indies, which had a huge impact turning financials around in Palma.The city became a tourist destination in the 1950s, and tourist numbers have continually increased in the subsequent half century. Palma is a busy commercial and cultural center of Mallorca. This independent region of the Balearic Islands of Spain have over half of the island’s population living there. The holiday season lasts from the end of April until October, and from November to April, temperatures range from 20-28 degrees Celsius (60-70 degrees Fahrenheit) and may require a jacket in the evenings.Palma de Mallorca, during the 19th century, more sea traffic would come in bringing in much economic growth for the island. Today, Mallorca is one of Europe’s major holiday destinations, with many tourists coming from everywhere, every year. Palma is a city of modern, hotel chains, and flashy shops, yet, is dated and still retains much of the old architecture, with the Old Town having narrow streets, and showing the restored cathedral standing proud in the center of town.
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