Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is a “must see” place while holidaying in Spain. There are a lot of interesting museums in Spain such as famous El Prado museum as well as picturesque districts famous from Almodovar’s films and typical Spanish plazas full of outdoor cafes, for example wonderful Plaza Mayor – the most popular plaza in Madrid. Madrid is full of life from the early morning till late night hours.
Mallorca is probably the most interesting island of the Balearic Islands, both historically and culturally. It is also the largest. The official language is Catalan, spoken in the local dialect called Mallorquín. Of course Spanish is also used everywhere. Palma is the capital of Mallorca. Mallorca is one of Spain’s most important tourist destinations attracting visitors from all over the world. It has a lot to offer – great hotels, sports facilities, entertainment, museums, churches, picturesque villages, scenery, beaches. The marina in Palma bay is spectacular. Archeological remains from the ‘ talayótica’ culture which existed between 1400 – 1200 B.C. represent some of the Mallorca’s most important historical remains.
Murcia is one of Spain’s least known regions, but it attracts visitors thanks to beautiful mountain villages, the spectacular coastline, Costa Cálida, low prices in comparison to more expensive Spanish resorts and one of the best climates in Spain all year round. The region remains relatively unspoilt compared to the more crowded Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. Everything worth seeing is within walking distance here: the most famous commercial streets like Trapería, Platería and la Avda, the cathedral – a masterpeice from the Spanish Barroque period, the Episcopal Palace (18th century) , Casino del XIX, churches, museums and The Roman theatre (1826) still in use.
Barcelona –the capital of Catalonia is one of the most popular cities with tourists in Spain. It is also one of the most vibrant cities in Europe with interesting architecture. Barcelona needs to be visited during holidays in Spain. This city never sleeps, especially crowded La Rambla boardwalk where you can meet holidaymakers from all around the world. Spain is not only about beach holidays – it is also about most wonderful cities in the world.
Valencia is third biggest city in Spain. There is also a province with the same name. It is situated on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Tourist attractions of Valencia include numerous churches and cathedrals. Valencia is also famous for its rich entertainment offer – there are a lot of events and festivals – additional attraction for holidaymakers. The city is full of romantic bars, cafes and well restored listed buildings. There are also such attractions as The Oceanographic- the biggest in Europe oceanarium or amazing Science Museum.
Seville is fourth biggest city in Spain and the capital city of sunny Andalusia. It is famous for the biggest gothic cathedral in the world. At the same time this city is the homeland of hot-blooded flamenco –it is the right place to feel the unique atmosphere of the south of Spain. The past power of the city can be seen every step of the way – monumental buildings surprising with splendor and the sumptuousness of ornaments. The city is supposed to be the hottest place in Spain regarding the air temperature.
When Cordoba had 1 million inhabitants, Paris was just coming to existence and nobody thought of New York. In the years 756 to 1031 Cordoba was the capital of the Cordoban country and one of the most thriving science, culture and art centers in Europe. The most valuable monument in Cordoba, left behind by Arabs, is the Mezquita – the Great Mosque of Córdoba. Cordoba is also famous for beautiful patios – tiled inner courtyards decorated with plants, statues and fountains. Cordoba is a city definitely worth visiting while holidaying in Spain.
Toledo is another “must-see” city. Instead of going to the beach it is worth visiting this museum city, one of the most incredible cities in Spain, even for a day. Mosques, churches, synagogues, palazzos and palaces are just everywhere in Toledo. The city occupies 12 hills, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River. Narrow, paved streets, houses decorated here and there with azulejos tiles. The city prides itself on marvellous Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultural heritages.
Marbella is one of the luxurious seaside resorts where you can also find the historic Old Town and fragments of fortifications. It is a very pleasant city without concrete high-rises. The Old Town with the Plaza de Los Naranjos, partially surrounded by fortifications- is a bit apart from the main road. We can admire numerous churches, cathedrals and sacral monuments in Marbella. The city is a mixture of Christian culture and some Muslim streams.