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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Los Rodríguez

Los Rodríguez

Rock Bands 1
King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

Famous People 2
Tapas

Tapas

Food 3
Córdoba

Córdoba

Cities 4
Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià

Famous People 5
Marta Domínguez

Marta Domínguez

Sports Stars 6
Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Food 7
Barcelona

Barcelona

Cities 8
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 ...

King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

The boyish grin, the Bourbon nose, the endless joshing: even if he wasn’t the king of Spain, you could spot Juan Carlos a mile off. But despite the ...

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 ...

Córdoba

Córdoba

Andalusia has a handful of candidates for this list, not least Granada and Seville. But the former capital of the Islamic caliphate comes out on top for several ...

Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià

The most famous chef in the world is more than a chef. He authors books, supervises “workshops” and even takes part in artistic events such as the 2007 ...

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 ...

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Pa amb oli / tomàquet

Bread with olive oil (pa amb oli) or bread with tomato (pa amb tomàquet)? Actually, the two dishes are usually the same - rustic bread rubbed with olive ...

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. ...