Feb 22, 2007

Vacation In Spain

A miles south in the Atlantic Ocean lies Spain. Vacation in Spain is not only about sun, great cuisine, and warm welcome, but also its rich monumental heritage and dazzling natural environment. There is a perfect destination for everyone. This country has more than 4 centuries of rich history and culture that makes it the third most visited places in the world.

Spain has more than 10 cities that make up this country. Each of these places is worth visiting if only the person has the time. This is the reason some tourists stay as long as two or three days before moving on to other cities to appreciate the sights.

One city that is located in the eastern tip of Spain is Barcelona. Aside from this being the venue of the 2002 Olympics, it also has marvelous church called the La Sagrada Familia, the fortress known as the Castell de Montjuic and the La Casa Mila, Pargue Guell Waterfront ( a World Heritage site ), Costa Del Garraf, Port Vell and the Columbus monument, which are homes that have beautiful balconies and chimneys. A great capital like Barcelona has and impressive and varied array of beaches around the city as well as urban beaches such as Barceloneta, Marbella, Nova Marbella and Bogatell.

Those who love going to Museums should pay a visit to Madrid that is the capital of Spain. There are over 50 museums to check out and a huge palace that has 2600 rooms which is hard to visit in just one day.

Another city close to the bay of Biscay is Bilbao. Often considered to be the American version of Detroit, it is no wonder that there is a lot of steel work going on such as the Guggenheim museum. Bilbao is the heart of a metropolis with a population of more than a million people. Ambitious architectural and general infrastructure projects have fuelled the urban and financial regeneration of the city. The Guggenheim museum; the Eskalduna Concert Hall and Convention centre; the underground, built by Norman Foster; the aiport, built by Calatrava and many more.

The most festive in this place is the Semana Grande where a major bullfighting event is held. Tourists can also eat, drink and be merry with the locals since the parties are from dusk until dawn.

The city of Madrid is another nice place to visit. It has rose gardens and the Crystal palace. Those who want to see the king and queen may get lucky by going to the Palacio Real, which is the home to the Spanish monarchy.

The most visited place in Madrid is the Paseo del Prado. Its has artwork both of Spanish and some international artists. Another place is the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia that has on display the works of Dali, Miro and Picasso.

Spain also a World Heritage Cities. The Spanish World Heritage Cities group includes most of the cities that UNESCO has protected in Spain: Santiago De Compostela, Salamanca, Avila, Caceres, Merida, Cordoba, Toledo, Segovia, Alcala De Heranes, Cuenca, Taragona, Eivissa and San Cristobal De Laguna.

Spain can be visited at almost any time of the year. This is because the parties and the festivities just keep on coming such as the bull run or a similar version of the Mardi Gras.

Those who may find the weather to be too cold or hot should visit Spain during May to September when it is considered to be just right.

The individual should bring a few memory cards along with that digital camera since carrying around rolls of film is quite difficult visiting the various sights.

Spain is the fashion capital. One should dress in bright colors to be able to blend in with the locals that could help get discounts when shopping for gifts and other items from the shops on the road. Women can wear a dress while the men can walk around in linen clothing.

Visitors are encouraged to wear sandals or rubber shoes. This will prevent the feet from getting sore after walking around the various places from the morning until the day ends in the early afternoon.

Those who want to check out Spain should bring a jacket and perhaps an umbrella should it rain because the weather changes especially in the mountains or by the sea. Happy Vacation in Spain! Bye

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