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

El CidEl Cid
1043 AD
Military leader

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

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier
07 April 1506
Missionary

George MeadeGeorge Meade
31 December 1815
Army Officer
Tomás de TorquemadaTomás de Torquemada
14 October 1420
Friar

Saint DominicSaint Dominic
08 August 1170
Priest

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

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

Saint Ignatius of LoyolaSaint Ignatius of Loyola
23 October 1491
Priest

Carles PuigdemontCarles Puigdemont
29 December 1962
Politician

Florentino PérezFlorentino Pérez
08 March 1947
President ,civil engineer

Anne HidalgoAnne Hidalgo
19 June 1959
Politician
Felipe VIFelipe VI
30 January 1968
King of Spain

RolandRoland
Military leader

Túpac AmaruTúpac Amaru
1545 AD
King

Amadeo I of SpainAmadeo I of Spain
30 May 1845
 
Ferdinand VI of SpainFerdinand VI of Spain
23 September 1713
King

Magnus MaximusMagnus Maximus
0335 AD
Roman Emperor
Manuel AzañaManuel Azaña
10 January 1880
Prime Minister

Ferdinand III of CastileFerdinand III of Castile
05 August 1199
King

Francisco Macías NguemaFrancisco Macías Nguema
01 January 1924
Former President of Equatorial Guinea
Isidore the LaborerIsidore the Laborer
1080 AD
farmer

José Antonio Primo de RiveraJosé Antonio Primo de Rivera
24 April 1903
Politician, Poet, Advocate
Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
31 December 1378
Pope

Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado
1510 AD
Conquistador

Miguel Primo de RiveraMiguel Primo de Rivera
08 January 1870
Politician, Military personnel
Miguel López de LegazpiMiguel López de Legazpi
1502 AD
explorer, military personnel

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José Luis Rodríguez ZapateroJosé Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
04 August 1960
Politician
Dolores IbárruriDolores Ibárruri
09 December 1895
Politician

Lluís CompanysLluís Companys
21 June 1882
Politician, Lawyer, Trade unionist

Vincent FerrerVincent Ferrer
23 January 1350
Saint

Omar BongoOmar Bongo
30 December 1935
Gabonese Politician
Buenaventura DurrutiBuenaventura Durruti
14 July 1896
Anarcho-syndicalist, Anarchist, Trade unionist
Joan LaportaJoan Laporta
29 June 1962
Lawyer, Jurist, Politician, Professor

Sandro RosellSandro Rosell
06 March 1964
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

José María AznarJosé María Aznar
25 February 1953
Politician

Felipe GonzálezFelipe González
05 March 1942
Politician, Lawyer, Writer, Businessperson
Antonio José de SucreAntonio José de Sucre
03 February 1795
Politician

John II of CastileJohn II of Castile
06 March 1405
King

Manuel VallsManuel Valls
13 August 1962
Politician

Adolfo SuárezAdolfo Suárez
25 September 1932
Politician

Francesc MaciàFrancesc Macià
21 September 1859
Politician
Joan Enric Vives SicíliaJoan Enric Vives Sicília
24 July 1949
Professor, Catholic priest, Cleric

Niceto Alcalá-ZamoraNiceto Alcalá-Zamora
06 July 1877
Politician
Rosalía MeraRosalía Mera
28 January 1944
Entrepreneur, Businessperson

John of AustriaJohn of Austria
24 February 1547
Military Officer

Emilio MolaEmilio Mola
09 June 1887
military personnel
Alexander Farnese, Duke of ParmaAlexander Farnese, Duke of Parma
27 August 1545
Military Commander

AlmanzorAlmanzor
0938 AD
Military leader
Pedro DuquePedro Duque
14 March 1963
Politician

James FitzJames, 1st Duke of BerwickJames FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick
21 August 1670
Duke

Abd-ar-Rahman IIIAbd-ar-Rahman III
07 January 0891
Prince

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

Abd al-Rahman IIIAbd al-Rahman III
07 January 0891
Caliph
Pedro Menéndez de AvilésPedro Menéndez de Avilés
15 February 1519
Explorer

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

Antipope Benedict XIIIAntipope Benedict XIII
25 November 1328
Antipope

Pedro de ValdiviaPedro de Valdivia
17 April 1497
Explorer, Military personnel
Carlos Arias NavarroCarlos Arias Navarro
11 December 1908
Politician

Juan Antonio SamaranchJuan Antonio Samaranch
17 July 1920
Diplomat, Politician, Rink hockey player,
Francisco de BobadillaFrancisco de Bobadilla
1448 AD
Spanish soldier

Diego de LandaDiego de Landa
12 November 1524
Bishop

John of Austria the YoungerJohn of Austria the Younger
07 April 1629
Military Leader
Louis BlancLouis Blanc
29 October 1811
Journalist, Politician, Historian, Writer

Francisco Largo CaballeroFrancisco Largo Caballero
15 October 1869
Politician
Francisco Jiménez de CisnerosFrancisco Jiménez de Cisneros
1436 AD
politician, translator, Catholic priest, cardinal

Gonzalo Fernández de CórdobaGonzalo Fernández de Córdoba
01 September 1453
officer, military personnel

Vladimir GusinskyVladimir Gusinsky
06 October 1952
Politician, Businessperson
Juan NegrínJuan Negrín
03 February 1892
Politician

Ferdinand I of LeónFerdinand I of León
1015 AD
King
Antonio de MendozaAntonio de Mendoza
1494 AD
diplomat, military personnel

Louis HennepinLouis Hennepin
12 May 1626
Priest

Pedro ArrupePedro Arrupe
14 November 1907
Priest

Ferran SorianoFerran Soriano
16 June 1967
Businessperson
Ruy López de VillalobosRuy López de Villalobos
1500 AD
explorer
FelixFelix
Bishop

Sila María CalderónSila María Calderón
23 September 1942
Politician

Gaspar de PortoláGaspar de Portolá
1716 AD
Soldier

Gonzalo Jiménez de QuesadaGonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
1509 AD
Conqueror
Samuel ibn NaghrillahSamuel ibn Naghrillah
0993 AD
Politician

Vicente Blasco IbáñezVicente Blasco Ibáñez
29 January 1867
Journalist, politician

Leopoldo Calvo-SoteloLeopoldo Calvo-Sotelo
14 April 1926
Politician

Santiago CarrilloSantiago Carrillo
18 January 1915
Politician

Joseph KaroJoseph Karo
1488 AD
Author
Raimon PanikkarRaimon Panikkar
02 November 1918
Priest

Práxedes Mateo SagastaPráxedes Mateo Sagasta
21 July 1825
Civil Engineer
Antonio Cánovas del CastilloAntonio Cánovas del Castillo
08 February 1828
Prime minister of Spain

Mariano José de LarraMariano José de Larra
24 March 1809
Journalist, novelist, playwright, politician
Moses ben Jacob CordoveroMoses ben Jacob Cordovero
1522 AD
Religious Leader
Alejandro LerrouxAlejandro Lerroux
04 March 1864
Politician