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Spain Tours Through Some Of The Most Beautiful Cities Of The Iberian Peninsula
Spain, the country of stunning beaches, lots of sunshine, flamenco-music and bullfights, has much more than that to offer. Spain is, and has been for thousands of years, one of the top-cultural centers of Europe. There are admirable, antique cities, ancient monuments, as well as futuristic architectures that are waiting to be discovered by travelers.
"From Madrid to heaven," this is how the residents of Spain's capital describe their metropolis. Located almost in the core of Peninsula, Madrid is characterized by a climate with hot summers and crisp winters. Of course, Madrid is a majestic city, and the highlights of a visit are the Medieval Center, as well as the impressive palace of the King; El Palacio Real.
The capital of Spain is an extremely lively city, with glamorous clubs, concert-cafes, discos and a nightlife that lasts around the clock. However, who travels to Madrid, should not just be partying until the morning, since there is an abundance of attractions to see.
Especially art fans will enjoy a trip to Madrid, where they can marvel at historic designs around the Puerta del Sol. There, under the regime of the Habsburgs, the Spanish history is resurrected. Those who fancy paintings should not miss the Museo del Prado. The art museum is located in one of the most beautiful neoclassic buildings in Madrid and exhibits countless famous works by Francisco Goya, Albrecht Duerrer, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Diego Velazquez.
Barcelona, in northern Spain, is certainly the economically most active cosmopolitan city in this country. Barcelona has a long history, with buildings from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, or even older ages.
Las Ramblas, a 1.2 miles long Boulevard between the Plaza de Catalunya and the port, is the quintessence of Barcelona. There, one can find people of all ages and social classes, flower stands, shoe shiners, street theaters, large shopping galleries, sidewalk cafes and terraces.
A particularly remarkable sight is the Academia de Sciencias, with its massive clock from 1868. Also worth a visit is the gothic-baroque church of Betlem and the Palacio de Moya, with its ample rooms and brilliant wall paintings. Vacationers who look for some fun should take a tram ride to the top of the Tibidabo mountain. Here, they can enjoy themselves in the most famous and popular amusement park in Europe.
In the antique center of Seville once was the district of the Moors. In the narrow streets, one walks sheltered from the hot sun, between mesmerizing buildings with lovely flower-filled courtyards.
A must-see is the magnificent cathedral with its tower, Giralda, which is the symbol of the city. Other notable monuments are the churches Hospicio de los Venerables and the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Blanca. The latter is located on the edge of the incredible gardens, Jardines de Murillo.
Starting from the Plaza de Espana toward the Guadalquivir River, tourists can reach a mysterious castle in mini format. Not far from there is the Costurero de la Reina (the sewing room of the Queen), which is situated at the end of the Palace of San Telmo. Right behind this is the Real Fabrica de Tabacos. It is the old tobacco factory where Carmen, the operatic character is said to have worked.
Granada is in many ways extraordinary and should not be missing in any trip through Andalucia. The city is situated in a little over 2297 feet above sea level at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. This is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, as, both, skiers and snow boarders can encounter the best snow in the world on this stunning mountain range.
However, Granada has something to show for everyone. Therefore, besides the "obligatory" visit to the Alhambra, guests should take a stroll through the historic Albayzin. It is worth to stop by the Mirador de San Nicolas, from where one can have the most remarkable views over the city.
Those who like folklore, can participate in a flamenco dance-gala, in Sacromonte, the gypsy and cave district of Granada. Travelers who desire to unwind may find pleasure at the place with the seven pools of different temperatures. There, they can relax with a glass of mint tea in the Hammam while enjoying a full-body massage.
The city of arts and science is probably the main attraction in Valencia. The avant-garde building of the Arts and Cultural Center, is simply stunning on the outside; however, it is also a must to see the interior design. The complex consists of the Hemiseric (Imax), the Museum de les Ciencies Principe Felipe (Natural History Museum), the Oceanographic, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Opera Palace) and the Umbracle (Palm Garden).
La Lonja, the Silk Exchange, is one of the most prestigious attractions in the city, as from there, the silk was exported throughout Europe. The Gothic-style building, which was constructed in 1498, was declared to the cultural heritage of mankind, in 1996. The vast trading floor, with a star-shaped vault, as well as the tower can be climbed from the portico. From way up high, guests can have a memorable view across the beautiful city of Valencia.
Spain is the dream destination of many trendsetters and beach lovers. Fortunately, this paradise, offers an abundance of palm-fringed beaches, romantic bays and idyllic little villages, so everyone can enjoy an unforgettable holiday, in Spain.