In English usage, a finca [ˈfiŋka] (Spanish for an "estate") refers to a piece of rural or agricultural land, typically with a cottage, farmhouse or estate buildings 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, and throughout the countries of Spanish-speaking Latin America. Similar rural properties can be found in Italy, despite having a different name.[clarification needed]
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]
- "Finca". Oxford Dictionaries. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
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