Now a monarchy with democracy at the heart of its values, Spain’s more violent and repressive past is still very much present in the country’s art, buildings and political landscape. Dotted with bunkers in many buildings, Spain is still licking its wounds from the Civil War in 1939 and the 70-year-long dictatorship that followed. Modern Spanish culture has also been shaped by more recent political struggles, like the independence movement in Cataluña. Back in the medieval period, Arab and Christian conquests have made the south of Spain what it is today – a hubbub of Moorish and Christian architecture jostling against one another, revealing years of turbulence.
Bullfighting is rife with controversy, but it holds an integral place in Spanish history and culture. The bull is the symbol of Spain and also of Franco, so it’s not surprising that it stirs up some fierce debates. Discover what it’s all about at a conservation area. See how bulls are raised, and decide for yourself if bullfighting is cruelty or tradition.
Check the political climate as you hear a CUP party member explain why they believe holding an official referendum on the independence of Cataluña from Spain is the right thing to do – and learn about why many Catalan people do not consider themselves Spanish.
Sidestep the tourist traps and eat as the Spanish eat. There’s nothing like barbequing skewered fish in a beachside chiringuito in Malaga. Our other favourites include (of course) tapas, pinxchos, and porra, Malaga’s version of gazpacho. Oh, and if you fancy breathing fire, don’t forget those sizzling, hot and spicy pil-pil prawns.
A hop, skip and jump away from your base in Malaga is the beautiful city of Granada. You’ll see the past in every nook and cranny here – Granada’s Moorish influence in the Islamic palace are incredible. The Alhambra is one of the most visited sites in Spain (and you’ll see why!), which means it’s almost impossible to buy tickets individually. Travelling with a group of students means you can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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