Tours Of Spain

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Tours of Spain are more economical than those of just about any other western European country. The reason is historical and political. Up until the end of the 1970s, Spain was, for all practical purposes, a Third World country. Nearly forty years of economic and cultural strangulation under the repressive dictatorship of General Francisco Franco held Spain back in the 20th century--politically, economically, and socially.

In effect, Spain was cut off from the world--not as severely as East Berlin, but the methods and consequences were similar. Travel by Spaniards out of the country was scrutinized and restricted. Nevertheless, thousands of Spaniards left the country to find work in freer and more prosperous economies, such as Germany, and sent their money home to their families. During these sour times for Spaniards, tours of Spain were dirt cheap.

Changes for Spain

The repression ended in the late 1970s, when Franco died and Spain transitioned from a dictatorship to a democracy. The modernization of the 1980s, followed by the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the high-tech boom of that decade, helped bring Spain up to pace with the rest of the world.

The result is that Spain now has all the modern amenities of the rest of the developed world: computers, technology, popular culture, even international fast food chains. On the other hand, the cost of living in Spain has risen, as has the cost of tours of Spain. However, they still remain among the most bargain-priced of any in the European Union.

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