Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Places to Visit in Spain

Planning on a trip to Spain? Here are the suggested places for you to visit:

MURALLA DE AVILA. Also known as "The City Walls of Avila", this is the highest city of Spain at 1,630 meters above sea level. Avila rests in stately slumber behind her perfectly preserved medieval walls. Avila is for walking so make sure you stay in the nearby hotels in Spain.

TORRE DE BUJACO. This tower is located in the City of Caceres where an amazing 30 towers from the Muslim period still stand and the most famous is Torre de Bujaco. It has a height of 25 meters and has an almost square floor plan.

Next on your stop is Barcelona. After you have settled in one of the hotels in Barcelona, do visit these tourist attractions:
SAGRADA FAMILIA. Antoni Gaudí's unfinished church, the Sagrada Familia, is one of Barcelona's many must-see monuments. It's also one of the most popular of Barcelona's sights with tourists. Check this out.
LA BOQUERIA. La Boqueria, also known as Mercat de Sant Josep, is reputed to be the oldest market of its kind in Europe. While that may or may not be true, it certainly ranks as one of the most impressive. This is the official site.

The GOTHIC QUARTER is what used to be known ago as the "Cathedral Quarter". The great gothic buildings which marked the high point of the city and its culture during the Middle Ages are to be found here. Here Likewise, are the remains of the ancient fortified walls and palaces built by the Romans on the "Mons Taber" such as, the temple dedicated to Augustus. More information here.

Your trip to Spain would not be complete without a visit to Madrid.

PRADO MUSEUM. The Prado Museum, which opened to the public in 1819 to house the Royal art collection, is one of Europe’s great museums. It houses a collection of over 4000 paintings, emphasising Spanish, Flemish and Italian art from the 15th to 19th century, and including masterpieces by Titian, Bosch, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Fra Angelico. The museum also possesses a renowned collection of paintings by Francisco de Goya.

BOTANICAL GARDENS. These gardens, a symbol of the enlightened period of the 18th century, formed part of the urban re-arrangement project in the area of El Pardo undertaken by Carlos III, who inagurated them in 1781. Just like the nearby Prado Museum, it was designed by Juan de Villanueva, and in the different areas visitors will find trees, flowers and plants from all over the world, as well as exotic species in the greenhouses.

ROYAL PALACE. The Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of His Majesty The King of Spain, who makes use of it for official ceremonies, though not residing there.The origins of the Palace go back to the 9th century, during which the Islamic Kingdom of Toledo built a defensive fort on the site, later used by the Kings of Castile. It was on this ancient fortress that the Old Alcázar was constructed in the 16th century.

I gotta save, save up. I hope I get to visit these places someday...

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