Background: Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II, but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). In the second half of the 20th century, Spain has played a catch-up role in the western international community; it joined the EU in 1986. Continuing challenges include Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorism and further reductions in unemployment.
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- November 22nd 2012 Formentera October/November 2012
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- October 1st 2012 16 July to 20 September 2012
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- September 26th 2012 The long way round Europe with Nic and Greg
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- September 25th 2012 Ibiza, Spain
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- September 21st 2012 Corsica to Menorca
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- September 18th 2012 Palma del Majorca
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- September 15th 2012 BARCELONA AND MENORCA
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- July 31st 2012 Ibiza* Spain
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- July 24th 2012 16 Jul to 22 Jul
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- July 20th 2012 One month on in Ibiza
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- July 17th 2012 Just Give Me 3 Nights in Ibiza.
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- July 8th 2012 Menorca
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- June 18th 2012 Sun, Sand Mallorca!
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- June 5th 2012 Road Trippin Around Majorca!
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- June 4th 2012 Waterslides, Mini Golf, Beaching and Tapas!
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- June 3rd 2012 Ibiza (aka dance bliss)
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- June 3rd 2012 Getting Soaked Majorcan Style!
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- June 2nd 2012 Sun, Burn, Beach Majorca Style!
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- June 1st 2012 Making Magic in Majorca! Day 1
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- May 28th 2012 Arriving in San Antonio, Ibiza
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