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A finca in Mallorca
A cortijo in a finca in Seville

In English usage, a finca ( Spanish for 'estate'; [ˈfiŋka]) [1] refers to a piece of rural or agricultural land, typically with a cottage, farmhouse or estate building present, and often adjacent to a woodland or plantation.


Especially in tourism, the term has recently gained the colloquial meaning of a holiday home in a rural setting, situated on the Spanish mainland, the Balearics, and the Canary Islands, [2] and throughout the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. [3]

Fincas can typically look back on an extensive development history, and are often older than 300 years. In some regions, however, especially on the Balearics, new buildings are erected.[ clarification needed]


  1. ^ "Finca". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Archived from the original on 17 September 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Real Academia Española; Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (2014). "Finca". Diccionario de la lengua española (23rd ed.). Madrid: Espasa. ISBN  978-84-670-4189-7.
  3. ^ "Fighting Poverty in Latin America & the Caribbean". FINCA International. 2005. Retrieved 13 September 2019.

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