Whether you are looking for adventure or tranquillity, want to dive into the European cultural heritage or just be merry in the bustling cities and towns, have hands-on experience of culture and local life or delve on the historic past of extraordinary men and women, Spain is the place to be. A cultural paradise, Spain has been the epicentre of Europe’s exemplary history. And much of that have been due to its leaders, men with extraordinary feats and achievements who through their incessant toil and hard work gave nationals opportunities and freedom. It is to those outstanding Spaniards and leaders that we dedicate this segment to. Spain has had a wealth of some of the most remarkable world leaders and activists who have helped shaped much of Spain’s present and future. Whether it was fighting for human rights or developing sustainable farming practices, these leaders have truly left an impact on the world for centuries to come. Be it was Francisco Franco and his dictatorship or Miguel de Cervantes and his military prowess, Juan Carlos I and his kingship or incumbent Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy Brey, each of them have been legendary leaders. Check this section to know more about Spanish leaders.
Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
04 December 1892
Dictator of Spain
Felipe VI of SpainFelipe VI of Spain
30 January 1968
King of Spain

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier
07 April 1506

Ferdinand II of AragonFerdinand II of Aragon
10 March 1452
King of Aragon

El CidEl Cid
1043 AD
Military leader

John of the CrossJohn of the Cross
24 June 1542
Roman Catholic Saint
Saint LawrenceSaint Lawrence
31 December 0225
Religious Leader

Saint DominicSaint Dominic
08 August 1170

Tomás de TorquemadaTomás de Torquemada
14 October 1420

Mariano RajoyMariano Rajoy
27 March 1955
Former Prime Minister of Spain
Saint Teresa of AvilaSaint Teresa of Avila
28 March 1515

Saint Ignatius of LoyolaSaint Ignatius of Loyola
23 October 1491
Carles PuigdemontCarles Puigdemont
29 December 1962

Florentino PérezFlorentino Pérez
08 March 1947
President ,civil engineer

Felipe VIFelipe VI
30 January 1968
King of Spain
George MeadeGeorge Meade
31 December 1815
Military personnel

Military leader
Amadeo I of SpainAmadeo I of Spain
30 May 1845

Miguel López de LegazpiMiguel López de Legazpi
1502 AD
explorer, military personnel

Ferdinand VI of SpainFerdinand VI of Spain
23 September 1713
Ferdinand III of CastileFerdinand III of Castile
05 August 1199

José Antonio Primo de RiveraJosé Antonio Primo de Rivera
24 April 1903
Politician, Poet, Advocate
José Luis Rodríguez ZapateroJosé Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
04 August 1960

Túpac AmaruTúpac Amaru
1545 AD

Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959

Miguel Primo de RiveraMiguel Primo de Rivera
08 January 1870
Politician, Military personnel
Magnus MaximusMagnus Maximus
0335 AD
Roman Emperor
Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado
1510 AD

Francisco Macías NguemaFrancisco Macías Nguema
01 January 1924
Former President of Equatorial Guinea

Antonio José de SucreAntonio José de Sucre
03 February 1795

Felipe GonzálezFelipe González
05 March 1942
Politician, Lawyer, Writer, Businessperson
John II of CastileJohn II of Castile
06 March 1405

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Manuel AzañaManuel Azaña
10 January 1880
Prime Minister

José María AznarJosé María Aznar
25 February 1953

Pedro Menéndez de AvilésPedro Menéndez de Avilés
15 February 1519

Dolores IbárruriDolores Ibárruri
09 December 1895
Politician, Journalist
Manuel VallsManuel Valls
13 August 1962

Joan Enric Vives SicíliaJoan Enric Vives Sicília
24 July 1949
Professor, Catholic priest, Cleric
Rosalía MeraRosalía Mera
28 January 1944
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

Omar BongoOmar Bongo
30 December 1935
Gabonese Politician

Buenaventura DurrutiBuenaventura Durruti
14 July 1896
Anarcho-syndicalist, Anarchist, Trade unionist
Sandro RosellSandro Rosell
06 March 1964
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

Joan LaportaJoan Laporta
29 June 1962
Lawyer, Jurist, Politician, Professor
John of AustriaJohn of Austria
24 February 1547
Condottiero, Diplomat, Officer, Military personnel

Javier SolanaJavier Solana
14 July 1942
Physicist, Diplomat, Politician, Professor

Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
31 December 1378

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of AlbaFernando Álvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba
29 October 1507
Officer, Military personnel

Isidore the LaborerIsidore the Laborer
1080 AD
0688 AD

Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer

Ferran SorianoFerran Soriano
16 June 1967

Abd al-Rahman IIIAbd al-Rahman III
07 January 0891
Emilio MolaEmilio Mola
09 June 1887
military personnel

John of GodJohn of God
08 March 1495
Nurse, Philosopher
Judah HaleviJudah Halevi
1079 AD
poet, philosopher, writer, cleric

Juan Antonio SamaranchJuan Antonio Samaranch
17 July 1920
Diplomat, Politician, Rink hockey player,

Pedro de ValdiviaPedro de Valdivia
17 April 1497
Explorer, Military personnel
Diego de LandaDiego de Landa
12 November 1524

Francisco Jiménez de CisnerosFrancisco Jiménez de Cisneros
1436 AD
politician, translator, Catholic priest, cardinal
Gaspar Melchor de JovellanosGaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
05 January 1744

Carlos Arias NavarroCarlos Arias Navarro
11 December 1908

Francisco Largo CaballeroFrancisco Largo Caballero
15 October 1869
Pedro ArrupePedro Arrupe
14 November 1907

Lluís CompanysLluís Companys
21 June 1882
Politician, Lawyer, Trade unionist
Gonzalo Fernández de CórdobaGonzalo Fernández de Córdoba
01 September 1453
officer, military personnel

Ferdinand I of LeónFerdinand I of León
1015 AD

Vladimir GusinskyVladimir Gusinsky
06 October 1952
Politician, Businessperson

Juan NegrínJuan Negrín
03 February 1892
Sila María CalderónSila María Calderón
23 September 1942
John of Austria the YoungerJohn of Austria the Younger
07 April 1629
Condottiero, Politician, Military personnel

Ruy López de VillalobosRuy López de Villalobos
1500 AD

Pedro DuquePedro Duque
14 March 1963

Gonzalo Jiménez de QuesadaGonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
1509 AD
Antonio de MendozaAntonio de Mendoza
1494 AD
diplomat, military personnel

Louis HennepinLouis Hennepin
12 May 1626

Niceto Alcalá-ZamoraNiceto Alcalá-Zamora
06 July 1877
Politician, Jurist, Diplomat, Lawyer

Joseph KaroJoseph Karo
1488 AD

Vicente Blasco IbáñezVicente Blasco Ibáñez
29 January 1867
Journalist, politician
Santiago CarrilloSantiago Carrillo
18 January 1915

Abd-ar-Rahman IIIAbd-ar-Rahman III
07 January 0891
1194 AD

Mariano José de LarraMariano José de Larra
24 March 1809
Journalist, novelist, playwright, politician

Pedro Ponce de LeónPedro Ponce de León
1520 AD
Anthony Mary ClaretAnthony Mary Claret
23 December 1807
Missionary, Cleric, Catholic priest

Theodoric IITheodoric II
0426 AD
Sancho III of NavarreSancho III of Navarre
0985 AD

Rafael del RiegoRafael del Riego
09 April 1784

Manuel de GodoyManuel de Godoy
12 May 1767
Political Leader

Juan de BorbónJuan de Borbón
20 June 1913
Spanish royal
Isabella of CastileIsabella of Castile
22 April 1451

Leopoldo Calvo SoteloLeopoldo Calvo Sotelo
14 April 1926
Former Prime Minister of Spain
Alejandro Cao de Benós de Les y PérezAlejandro Cao de Benós de Les y Pérez
24 December 1974
journalist, diplomat

Stephen AustinStephen Austin
03 November 1793
Artur Mas i GavarróArtur Mas i Gavarró
31 January 1956

Louis of SpainLouis of Spain
25 August 1707
Niceto Alcalá ZamoraNiceto Alcalá Zamora
06 July 1877
Political Leader