SPAIN: AT BREAKING POINT? A political and economic analysis for 2013 IBERIANS OF THE YEAR: The most influential people and groups of 2012

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Bacalao

Bacalao

Food 1
Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Rock Bands 2
Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Sports Stars 3
Snails

Snails

Food 4
Tapas

Tapas

Food 5
Gérard Piqué

Gérard Piqué

Football Players 6
Raúl González

Raúl González

Football Players 7
Barcelona

Barcelona

Cities 8
Bacalao

Bacalao

Cod preserved in thick layers of salt, providing a unique flavour and texture. Traditionally done as a way to store fish - though much of it now comes ...

Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Strictly speaking, it could be argued they weren’t “Spanish”, given that two founder members were Argentinean, but Los Rodríguez were seen as a Spanish band, given their Madrid ...

Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Long-distance runner Domínguez has won a steady stream of medals at major competitions ever since taking bronze at the 1998 European championships in the 5,000 metres. Probably the ...

Snails

Snails

Certainly chowing down on the little brown gastropods is not to everybody's liking, though across Spain they can easily be found on restaurant and café menus and there ...

Tapas

Tapas

There are now fancy tapas bars in the stylish parts of almost every city worldwide. But in Spain tapas run the gamut, from elegantly decorated prawns in honey ...

Gérard Piqué

Gérard Piqué

Barcelona’s Piqué started life as a centre-forward, which might explain his ease on the ball, even when under pressure from La Liga’s most fearsome strikers. And for a ...

Raúl González

Raúl González

Slower than a snoozing turtle. Too bossy by half. A training ground grump. Yes, yes, all of that may be true, but love him or hate him, Raúl ...

Barcelona

Barcelona

An obvious choice for obvious reasons: the Sagrada Familia temple, the Gaudí park, Montjuïc, the finest football team on earth, more Gaudí, and a beautiful, freakish coastal skyline. ...