Spain used to be a beautiful country once

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    • #56918
      Anonymous
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      Spain was a beautiful country once back in the 1950’s and 1960’s before the advent of package tourism and cheap flights and time shares and holiday homes and property speculation and the greed of property developers developing too many homes at northern european house prices. Now Spain has been ruined and spoilt by too much over development. Take a look at Benidorm to see what used to be a beautiful sleepy fishing village transformed into a hell hole of high rise rubbish and tacky souvenir shops. Torremolinos used to be a beautiful place once until mass tourism took hold and it too looks like a landscape from hell.

      Now that spain has entered a twenty year long depression with no end in sight to rising unemployment, rising bankruptcies, rising cost of living and a fast contracting economy, it makes you wonder why anybody chooses to live in spain at all.

    • #110353
      Anonymous
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      Yes, and your point is ?

    • #110358
      DBMarcos99
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      Spain is a beautiful country in many areas. More fool you if you stay in a resort like Benidorm and refuse to see the rest of the country.

      A bit like coming to the UK and only visiting Blackpool or Middlesbrough – or even London and stating there is no beautiful countryside. Loads of it around, if you choose to travel there. Try visiting Asturias, Cantabria or Navarra provinces, and coming out with such rubbish. Or visit Cornwall, Cumbria or the south-west Welsh coastline in the UK.

    • #110434
      Anonymous
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      I am currently touring the country.. Madrid today, Northern Spain earlier in the week.

      Here’s a photo taken by me this week, near the Picos de Europa.

      The Village where I stayed (population about 11 in winter!)

    • #110728
      Anonymous
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      I am currently touring the country.. Madrid today, Northern Spain earlier in the week.

      Here’s a photo taken by me this week, near the Picos de Europa.

      The Village where I stayed (population about 11 in winter!)

    • #110436
      angie
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      Have driven through there JP, it’s beautiful and unspoilt IMO as is a lot of Northern Spain and inland Southern Spain 😉

    • #110732
      angie
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      Have driven through there JP, it’s beautiful and unspoilt IMO as is a lot of Northern Spain and inland Southern Spain 😉

    • #110485
      Anonymous
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      Spain is blessed with limitless beauty, friendly people & warm people and despite of the concrete there are amazingly breath taking places. This can only be expolited if one is adventerous & has an inquisite mind with interest in nature, history & culture.

      However if one is only interested in a sun tan & drowning as many beer’s as possible than the concerete awaits them. Long may it live like this for selfish reasons.

    • #110785
      Anonymous
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      Spain is blessed with limitless beauty, friendly people & warm people and despite of the concrete there are amazingly breath taking places. This can only be expolited if one is adventerous & has an inquisite mind with interest in nature, history & culture.

      However if one is only interested in a sun tan & drowning as many beer’s as possible than the concerete awaits them. Long may it live like this for selfish reasons.

    • #110492
      Fuengi (Andrew)
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      @shakeel wrote:

      However if one is only interested in a sun tan & dopwning as many beer’s as possible than the concrete awaits them. Long may it live like this for selfish reasons.

      how true. Even along the costa del sol, which has built up a lot in recent years, you only have to drive 20/30 minutes to in the country side.

      Not saying the below photo compares to the above photos but this was taken by my daughter (now 5) last year, or the year before. Only 15 minutes by car outside of town (fuengirola).

    • #110792
      Fuengi (Andrew)
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      @shakeel wrote:

      However if one is only interested in a sun tan & dopwning as many beer’s as possible than the concrete awaits them. Long may it live like this for selfish reasons.

      how true. Even along the costa del sol, which has built up a lot in recent years, you only have to drive 20/30 minutes to in the country side.

      Not saying the below photo compares to the above photos but this was taken by my daughter (now 5) last year, or the year before. Only 15 minutes by car outside of town (fuengirola).

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      Anonymous
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      Anonymous
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    • #110523
      logan
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      Nice photos. How do you load them so well?
      The poster Jakesuper plainly knows nothing of how beautiful Spain actually is away from the well trodden paths of popular desires. There are also many tacky parts as there are in every country, even France.
      Even on the tourist coasts there a few lovely pockets of delight.

      I recently made a business trip to La Rioja and found myself on a remote road to Soria over high mountains and deep valley’s and it was truly stunning. I met no other vehicles or people for 50 km and passed sleepy villages time has left behind.

      However on the down side it is true Spain has destroyed much of it’s heritage because of the lack of controls, corruption and greed.

      I do agree with Jakesuper in one other aspect, living or working in Spain these days is only for the dedicated masochistic. 🙂

    • #110823
      logan
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      Nice photos. How do you load them so well?
      The poster Jakesuper plainly knows nothing of how beautiful Spain actually is away from the well trodden paths of popular desires. There are also many tacky parts as there are in every country, even France.
      Even on the tourist coasts there a few lovely pockets of delight.

      I recently made a business trip to La Rioja and found myself on a remote road to Soria over high mountains and deep valley’s and it was truly stunning. I met no other vehicles or people for 50 km and passed sleepy villages time has left behind.

      However on the down side it is true Spain has destroyed much of it’s heritage because of the lack of controls, corruption and greed.

      I do agree with Jakesuper in one other aspect, living or working in Spain these days is only for the dedicated masochistic. 🙂

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