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After that time Spain suffered a long history of wars, revolts and conflicts which were responsible for a steady decline in countryís wealth, status and position.
In 1939 General Franco was able to take over as dictator of Spain. He ruled a politically and economically exhausted Spain until his death in 1975.
During 1960s and 1970s Spain thankfully began to regain its economic strength through industry and tourism.
When Franco died in 1975 Prince Juan Carlos became king of Spain and Head of State. He instigated important political changes and turned Spain from an authoritarian regime into a democracy and from a weakened European state into one of most politically and economically strong countries in Europe today.
Spain today is economically and politically stable and divided into 17 regions which function as a Federation of Autonomous Communities. Each region is geographically and culturally different and even different in personality. For example, you can visit southern Spanish region of Andalusia and bask on beautiful beaches in 3000 hours of sunshine region enjoys a year, or you could travel north to Asturias where some of Spainís most interesting popular customs come from and where magnificent mountains dominate landscape and climate.
You can ski in Spain, and sunbathe in Spain, you can mountain climb and dive, surf and snorkel, you can enjoy flamenco, bull fighting, tapas and wine, you can relax or party for a week, bask in cultural centre of Europe or just bask on a sun drenched beach Ė whatever kind of experience youíre after Spain offers it all!
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