Spain famous historical landmarks

Spain famous historical landmarks

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Much more than simply the well-known toreros of bullfighting, or the beautiful dancers of the flamenco

Top things to do in Tenerife

Top things to do in Tenerife

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If you are searching for Tenerife’s top activities – look no further.

Majorca: here comes the sun

Majorca: here comes the sun

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Why Choose Majorca? First, Majorca offers beautiful sandy beaches

Alicante Museums

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Alicante is a thriving and vibrant town located in Valencia, Spain. The city is a prime tourist destination, and is easily accessible by many low cost airlines  throughout Europe. Find cheap flights to Alicante  all year-round, and be sure to visit some of the world renowned museums while you are there. Each of these museums […]

Andalucia holidays

Andalucia holidays

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Madrid, Barcelona. These are among the most well-known and sought after vacation spots in Spain.

Semana Santa festivals

Semana Santa festivals

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While Americans and others may celebrate Easter only on a Sunday, that occasion is marked in Spain by an entire week of festivities known as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. The Holy Week festivals that take place all over the country are especially marked in Andalucia. Here, the emphasis is less on doleful repentance and […]

Barcelona vacations

Barcelona vacations

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For those after a fine combination of food and civic art a tourist could do no better than a visit to La Boqueria, the Mercat de Sant Josep, or St. Joseph’s Market. Housed in a stellar 19th century structure, dozens of produce stalls offering every kind of native fruit and vegetable greet wanderers. Then when it’s time for a rest, shoppers can sample one of the several superb tapas bars, such as Pinotxo.

La Boqueria, Barcelona

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At the center are the fish sellers who offer an array of local species so fresh some of them are still wiggling. Barcelona is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Barcelona cathedral

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On first entering the visitor is struck by the amazing wood carvings on every wall. A side chapel holds a cross removed from a galleon that participated in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. The Christ figure on the cross is bending to the right. According to a Spanish legend the motion was to avoid a cannonball fired during the conflict.

Alcazaba of Malaga

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There are two rings of defensive walls and a number of lookout towers around the fortress. Set high on the hill overlooking the port, the Alcazaba provided a secure home down the years for the many governors of the province. The entrance is through a large gateway now known as Puerta del Cristo (Christ’s Door).

Alhambra in Granada

Alhambra in Granada

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Standing at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, visitors gain a spectacular view of the city in the valley below. Looking up at the Alhambra from town is an equally awesome sight. Driving through the Puerta de las Granadas, past the enormous triumphal arch built in the 15th century, one enters a world of splendor.

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

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Arrayed around Placa de Sant Jaume Square are some of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Europe. Just down the street is the Town Hall (l’Ajuntament), built in the 15th century. Next to it is the Parlament de Catalunya where the Catalan parliament holds its sessions. Facing it is the magnificent Palau de la Generalitat. Down Madoz, walkers can find the Palau Reial where a flea market is held on Sunday.

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

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Located between Passeig de Lluís Companys and Passeig de Sant Joan, the Arc de Triomf is easy to find. Many popular hotels are located within a kilometer of the entrance to Ciutadella Park where the arch is located. It can be seen easily at the end of the wide promenade running in front of them.

Barcelona Zoo

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There are programs that stock and protect the Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum). This large lizard is a favorite of kids and adults alike. The Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) is another unusual animal that visitors won’t see even at many larger facilities. The zoo also hosts a number of Black Vultures, a Mhorr’s Gazelle and Rothschild’s Giraffes. In addition to these well-known names, Barcelona zoo is home to species that are rarely seen elsewhere, such as the Greater Kudu, Siamangs (an arboreal gibbon) and several Mangabeys (a type of Old World monkey).

Malaga Cathedral

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Cathedral of the Incarnation in Malaga was built between 1528 and 1782 on a site that (like so many in the country) was formerly occupied by a mosque, the Malaga Cathedral isn’t merely a church. It is an architectural wonder of the region.

National Library of Spain, Madrid

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It is now regarded as the National Library of Spain and the centerpiece of a system that has branches all over the country. Among the millions of items are 30,000 manuscripts and 500,000 books printed before 1831, not to mention a newspaper collection of nearly 20,000 editions.

Royal Palace, Madrid

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Royal Palace or Palacio Real is one of Madrid’s major tourist attractions. Long the home of Spanish monarchs, Royal Palace was once the center of power for a dynasty that ruled half the then-known world.

Prado Museum, Madrid

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Prado Museum is well worth a day-long stroll. Apart from the aforementioned Spanish masters, there are numerous works by the Flemish, Dutch, German, French, and Italians. Many of these were acquired by conquest from the time that Spain was one of the leading powers of Europe.

Queen Sofia Art Center in Madrid

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Unusual for a museum dedicated to modern art, the collection is housed in a building designed in the 18th century. Scheduled to be demolished, it was declared an historic monument in 1977 and eventually was re-purposed to its present use.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

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Plaza Mayor, the Main Square, is one of Madrid’s main tourist attractions. Over the centuries the plaza has hosted bullfights, political battles, festivals and more than one beheading. Today, the most likely site for a tourist lazily munching on a sandwich and enjoying the sunshine. The surrounding shops offer a good reason for a pleasant stroll and for the truly curious, you can visit the baker’s guild.

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