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Ibiza

Party Island

Less than 50 miles off the coast of the city of Valencia, in eastern Spain, Ibiza is both the name of the island and Ibiza port town. The old part of Ibiza town is a UNESCO world heritage site and most visitors take time out to wander the narrow streets and shop in the boutique stores.

Only 25 miles long and 12 miles wide with lots of beaches, some are designated for nude bathing but few really do. Most naturalists got to the nearby island of Formentera.

A wild party scene is centred on Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni. During the summer, top producers and DJs dance come to the island and play at the various clubs.

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Vaughantown

How to Spend a Week for Free in a Medieval Village

By Jessica Lloyd

Formerly Englishtown: The name has changed to Vaughantown, a company who’s services are aimed at improving Spaniards grip on understanding spoken English – improving their ear. The method they have for doing this is total immersion – they take the Spaniards and the equivalent amount (generally 20 of each) of English-speaking people off to Valdelavilla (or other location) for seven days of only speaking English. They have found that the Spaniards can speak well enough, but they have trouble understanding different accents and ways of speaking, therefore their English is somewhat ineffectual. This method has been extremely successful.

The experience. The experience of living for a

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Valencia

By Jessica Lloyd

With a population of around 750,000 Valencia is Spain’s second largest city. Valencia is popular with Spanish and international tourists in summer (June – September), when temperatures in Spain soar and everyone heads to the beach. The people are friendly, which is normal in Spain – they don’t share the sometimes-prickly reputation of some of their close European neighbours.

What’s There? It is right on the Mediterranean Sea, so has some great beaches. The public transport system is good, with lots of buses and the metro system quite adequate for everyone. There are ample taxis, and they are very reasonably priced. There is a big long park in the middle where a river used to run through,

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Pamplona

By Jessica Lloyd

Pamplona is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.

The Running of the Bulls This tradition is very dangerous, but thrilling and exciting at the same time. It originally started to get the bulls from A to B, for the bull fights, with the bull keepers running behind the bulls to herd them to the ring. Local men started to join in to help them, and soon it was a popular and helpful way of having fun. It has been like that ever since. It is customary to sing and pray to a statue of San Fermin before running, asking for protection which they surely need!

It just so

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Madrid

The Capital of Spain

Footballers are national heroes

By Jessica Lloyd

Madrid is a beautiful city full of idyllic parks and plazas, and in proper Spanish style, many monuments and fountains. Over three million people reside in this cosmopolitan city, which is also the business centre, the home of the Spanish Parliament and also the Spanish Royal Family. The things that set Madrid apart are a big cultural calendar and lots of artistic flair. The nightlife also has a lot to offer, with the most bars and restaurants per capita than any other place in the world.

Nightlife

Madrid has great bars and restaurants, and lots of nightclubs – the favourites are the small bars on the sides of

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La Manga

A Mediterranean haven

By Jessica Lloyd

The Sleeve La Manga translated means “the sleeve”, and is in fact a small arm of land comes off the mainland of south-east Spain. It separates Mar Menor (Small Sea) from the Mediterranean Sea and is 20km long, with an average width of 300m and a maximum of 1.5km. If you are looking for a tranquil and warm holiday destination, this is a good choice. You won’t find a large population of actual Spanish people, more like a cocktail of all kinds of Europeans, all on holiday in beach houses and hotels.

It really is a tourists town, but only in summer – in the other seasons you will find about 4,500 happy locals

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Madrid Nightlife

The seedy side of life

By Jasmin Lee

Need a drink?

Madrid has more bars per capita than any other city in Europe, perhaps in the world. There is a point in the centre of Madrid called Santa Ana; it is this point that the rest of Spain revolves around. Culture in Spain dictates that relations between men and women are strained somewhat, which means there are a lot of frustrated people.

The girls and guys can have some very old fashioned ideals, so you might find it more difficult than usual to find girls who want to just ‘have a good time’ without the exchange of money. They definitely don’t have the free attitude of their western European

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Sexy Barcellona

Sex Tourism in Barcelona

By Jasmin Lee

Barcelona – a city of opportunity? Barcelona has an excellent variety of sex orientated facilities, those which range from great service and affordable prices to dangerous and cheap sex. Due to Spain colonising most of South America, there are a great deal of South American women (and men) working in Spain – it offers them a great deal more than their own countries and is therefore a very popular move. So, you get the flavours of Peru, Columbia, Argentina, Uruguay, etc. all in one place! How very convenient.

The red light district – Las Ramblas. A twenty minute walk up Las Ramblas on a Friday night will show you what sort of colours

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Barcelona

Mix football, water and religion

Barcelona is a beautiful city with a lot going for it, from the mountains to the sea, and everywhere in between. Barcelona has famous Gaudi architecture to make you wonder what kind of drugs are available here, and small narrow Spanish streets, cobbled and so tiny they seem to come from another age. The vibrancy of this city is found on its streets, with lively areas of the city like Las Ramblas displaying the talents and wares of the cities occupants.

The public transport system here is excellent, with the Metro taking you any place you might want to go. You can stop by at the fabulous Sagrada Familia, look at many other amazing

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About Spain

Spain is in Southwestern Europe and borders on to the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains. It’s neighbours are France, Portugal and Gibraltar, occupying most of the Iberian peninsula. This region once had several independent kingdoms. In the early 8th century A. D. a Moslem occupation began and lasted for nearly seven centuries. In 1492 Christians from the north re-conquered the region resulting in the unification of kingdoms known as Spain today.

Spain became a world power in the 16th and 17th centuries (sometimes called “the Golden Age of Spain) when Christopher Columbus discovered America and Spain colonised parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Philippines and Africa. They used their military

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