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Spain sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Spain is famous not only for its rich historic heritage, but also for great choice of entertainment and unparalleled atmosphere of hospitality. Buildings constructed yet during the Roman Empire times are considered the main architectural landmarks of the country. In big cities of Spain travelers will always find museums of history and archaeology, art galleries and exhibition halls.
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Casa Mila, La Pedrera, which is located in Barcelona, might be the most famous architectural place of interest in the country. The name of the building can be literally translated as "the stone cave". The building was constructed according to the project of Gaudi and was controlled by the famous architect. It's worth mentioning that all works of Gaudi are distinguished by original and unusual design. According to initial project, Casa Mila La Pedrera was intended to be made solely from curvilinear elements and slanting partitions, but later the architect changed his original thoughts and built a unique house that has absolutely no load-bearing walls. This is the only building in the country, where even balconies have an important construction rather than decorative role.
The Royal Palace remains the main landmark of Madrid. Nowadays, the palace is used to host most important meetings and official ceremonies. An ancient Moorish castle stood on the site of the modern Royal Palace until 1755. In the middle of the 18th century the castle lost its strategic importance, and as it was built in a very beautiful place it was decided to demolish it and build a luxury palace instead. Currently, this magnificent building has more than 2,000 rooms halls that hold precious collections of old items - chandeliers, clocks, furniture, musical instruments, weapons and artworks. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The city of Seville is a very interesting place from a historic point of view. The city is also rich in numerous historic and cultural landmarks. Santa Maria Cathedral is worth a separate mention. The cathedral is a beautiful example of architecture of the 15th century. Construction of the sanctuary started in 1402 and lasted almost a hundred years. The decoration of the facade and creation of frescoes inside the church took the majority of time. Travelers are welcome to see the result of such hard work. In the cathedral they will see beautiful statues, grandiose main altar and the Royal Chapel decorated with gilding and elegant drawings. The cathedral is built on a site of an ancient mosque, and it's still possible to see the remains of the original building. It's a small square named Orange Yard, which is surrounded by a big park and is perfect for walks on a hot day.
Granada, Spain

History and Entertainment

The first settlements on the territory of Spain date back to the 3rd century BC. According to scientists, the Tartessos civilization originated here and had been developing for several hundred years. Later, the territory was occupied by Iberian tribes and then Celts. The ancient country saw the times of the Carthaginian, Greek and Roman colonization. In the 5th century, it was raided by barbarians.
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The culture of the country was seriously influenced by the Byzantium Empire and the Muslim domination that took place at the beginning of the 8th century. The 16th century is considered as “golden” for Spain. At that time, the country flourished from cultural, military, trading and political points of view. The economic decline started in the 17th century followed by a series of wars and political feuds. After undergoing several revolutions and civil wars, Spain entered the stage of the stable and effective development.
One of the main tourist directions for the country is beach tourism. In Spain, there are beaches of different types including exotic ones covered with black volcanic sand. The most popular resort areas here are Catalonia and Andalusia. There are also quite big cities, as well as tiny villages. In total, guests in Spain can have a great time on over 500 beaches, most of which were marked with the Blue Flag for high environmental indicators.
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Spanish fabulous festivals are no less attractive than enchanting beaches. The most famous and most unusual festival is La Tomatina. On these days, local residents and tourists throw tomatoes to each other and streets of some cities turn into rivers of tomato paste. During the year, different religious holidays dedicated to saint patrons are celebrated in each Spanish city. Such festivals imply a lot of interesting entertainments, from festive processions in city streets to theatrical performances in the open air.
Modern Spain has a lot of unusual symbols. For example, bullfighting, an attitude towards which remains quite controversial. Or wonderful paella, which gourmets from all parts of the worlds want to taste. Also, delicious Spanish wine is now appreciated around the world. Spanish city tours will let you learn about a lot of astonishing secrets of this awesome country.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Spain

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Spain
♥   Natural Park 'Aiguamolls de l`Empordà' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nacional Park 'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural Park 'Aizkorri-Aratz' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural Park 'Alt Pirineu' . On the map   Photos
♥   Natural Park 'Alto Tajo' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain
♥   Restaurant 'ABaC' Barcelona. Type - Creative. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Abantal' Sevilla. Type - Creative. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Abiss' Calp. Type - Mediterranean cuisine|Creative. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Abrasador de Almagro' Almagro. Type - Meats and grills. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Acanthum' Huelva. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Spain
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Guadix' Granada. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Loja' Granada. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Málaga' Málaga. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Mérida' Badajoz. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Reina' Badajoz. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Spain
♥   Palace 'Casa Solans' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Casa de Pilatos' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Casa de las Torres' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'El Escorial' Madrid. On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Spain from our review series

Mezquita Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
One of the greatest Mezquita Mosque is situated in Spain town Córdoba. This 24 000 square meter mosque was saved from the Medieval. It has been built from 785 year until the beginning of the 11th century. This mosque has not only a rich historical background but also a unique architectural style and the inner decoration.

There were used the rarest types of marble and semiprecious stones. Today in the interior has saved 856 columns and arches made from jasper and onyx. The Medieval edifice also has a richly gilded prayer niche or mihrab. In the 13th century, the luxurious mosque was rebuilt in a Christian church. Since that time until the end of the 18th century, it has been changing.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
The Royal Palace of Madrid is a good example of the baroque style. In the medieval time, there was the Moorish fortress that in 1734 was fully destroyed by fire. King Philip V ordered to build at this place a huge palace. He wanted to have a new residence that will be like French Versailles.

The best European architects, sculptors and artists were chosen for the building of the royal residence. Some elements of the original decoration were saved until our days. Today visitors can see wonderful frescos, Flemish tapestries and antique sculptures. Also, the King’s palace has several collections of antique things. Among them, you can find a number of unique ones.

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Hotel W

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
Hotel W in Barcelona is a good example of modern glass architecture. Luxurious hotel was built in 2009. It stands in 7 hectares of land reclaimed from the sea surface in the construction of the new entrance to the harbour. Nowadays it is one of the most picturesque areas of the city. The five-star hotel has great floor-to-ceiling windows. Prices there are quite high because of the location and the inner decoration. The top part of the building resembles an inflated sail. That’s why the most expensive rooms are on the top floors.

The roof is turned into a wonderful seating area. There has placed an open swimming pool and great places for sunbathing. During the day you can spend time there. In the warm period, the restaurant put some tables on the roof. This is the best place for a … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Spain

Barcelona
Fort Montjuic. A funicular road will take you from Barceloneta to the other side of the city. This is the place where visitors will be able to see Montjuic Mountain. This mountain was one of the most important places during the Olympic Games that took place in Barcelona in 1922. The mountain has simply everything for a good holiday and great pastime. One can easily spend a whole day here. The top of the mountain is the location of Fort Montjuic. Tourists should definitely not forget to visit … Read more
Madrid
San Francisco El Grande. This is the largest church in Madrid . The church exhibits a rich collection of art that includes, for example, paintings by Goya and Zurbaran and sculptures by Ricardo Bellver and Mariano Benlliure. All works of art are divided between the seven chapels. Besides the works of art, do not forget to pay attention to the great cathedral that is 33 meters in diameter. The cathedral has beautiful stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings covered with exquisite frescoes. … Read more
Sevilla
The number of tourists in Calle Mateos Gago Street , a street full of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops, can scare anyone. Go through the street to Plaza de Doña Elvira, where, in the building number 6, you will find the house in which Ines de Ulloa, the eternal love of the famous conqueror of female hearts Don Juan, was born. Nowadays, this house has been turned into a restaurant that, by the way, offers excellent local cuisine. Don Juan is a fictional character, but this fact does not … Read more
Benidorm
It will be very interesting to walk along the top of the Kanfali hill, where the ancient St. Jume Church is present. Built in the 18th century, this church is a vivid example of neoclassic style. It is decorated with some unusual deep blue domes, which are visible from many parts of the city.  Right in the city there are several important archaeological areas, including the ruins of the ancient settlement of Tossal de Cala. Ruins of the tower Torre Morales, which in the 16th century was … Read more
Granada
Among the architectural monuments of Granada is definitely worth mentioning the Cathedral. Its construction began in the 16th century and lasted almost a hundred years. From an architectural point of view, the cathedral is a unique monument. In its external appearance, the unique elements of Baroque, Gothic and Classicism are combined. The interior of the cathedral is also interestingly decorated. It houses several unique Christian relics. Part of the huge cathedral is the royal chapel. It is … Read more
Valencia
Not far from the Cathedral is another interesting religious monument – the Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia. For locals, this Church is the most significant, because it houses the image of Holy Mary the intercessor - the patroness of the city. The statue of the Saint is considered miraculous and is associated with a lot of surprising stories. For those who wish to admire the most beautiful monument of architecture, it is worthwhile to include in the itinerary a visit to … Read more

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