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

SpainX5 is a shamelessly subjective view of the country, looking at and celebrating its greatest people, places and products. With no scientific basis for its opinions, these articles are based on nothing more than gut feeling.

Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià

Famous People 1
Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

Famous People 2
Tapas

Tapas

Food 3
Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Sports Stars 4
King Juan Carlos

King Juan Carlos

Famous People 5
Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Sports Stars 6
Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Rock Bands 7
Vigo

Vigo

Cities 8
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 ...

Sara Carbonero

Sara Carbonero

To some she is merely the trophy girlfriend of footballer Iker Casillas. But when the British press accused her of distracting goalkeeper Casillas in the 2010 World Cup, ...

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 ...

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador

Those seeking a role model might baulk at the three-time Tour de France winner being included on a list of sports stars. There was his unseemly via-the-media spat ...

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 ...

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro who? Yes, De la Rosa is known as much for his career as a test driver for the likes of McLaren and Sauber as he is for ...

Manu Chao

Manu Chao

Chao was born of Galician parents but grew up in Paris, where he formed anarcho-rock outfit Mano Negra.  A multi-lingual rabble who toured Europe and Latin America to ...

Vigo

Vigo

Many will raise an eyebrow at the sight of this Galician industrial town being included and will argue that its more fêted rivals/neighbours Santiago de Compostela and A ...