Madly In Love with Spain

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Flamenco in Sevilla Spain Passion and loveSpain is located on the Iberian Peninsula and bordered to the north-east and north by France, the Bay of Biscay and Andorra, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the west by Portugal. The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are included in the Spanish territory.
Spain is a wonderful tourist destination due to its historic cities, fantastic beaches, cultural diversity, festivities, cuisine and vibrant nightlife. It is easy to fall in love with this country. One can experience the flamenco shows in cities like Seville. The frilly, spotted and elegant dresses originate from this city. Any bar called “tablao” is likely to be a flamenco venue. Tablao El Arenal offers an authentic Andalusian atmosphere and was selected by the New York Times as the best flamenco in Seville.
Not only is the city is known as the cultural center of Andalusia, it is also home to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, often referred to as the Seville Cathedral.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See
cathedralIt is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. The altarpiece was the lifetime work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart.
Spain is divided into autonomous regions (autonomias) such as Basque Country, Galicia, Catalonia, Valencia region, Balearic Island (Catalan) and Andalusia. Madrid is the capital city and offers great historic sites and an amazing nightlife. Puerta Del Sol is a plaza in the heart of the city and features the well-known Statue of King Charles III on horseback. Plaza Mayor is the most popular square and tourists typically gather here to watch bullfights, tournaments and symphonies.
Mercado de San Miguel is in close proximity to Plaza Mayor and the perfect market to buy dried ham, fine wine, freshly baked goods and other treats from the vendors inside.
Palacio Real, Calle Bailen (phone: +34 91 4548800) is an enormous palace and one of the most emblematic and beautiful buildings in Madrid. A simple one-way tour of the palace takes you up the grand stairway and through the lavishly decorated state rooms with their elegant tapestries, frescoes, porcelain, carvings and added decor like china, silverware and medals.
The Palacio de Comunicaciones

Madrid

Madrid

The Palacio de Comunicaciones is a magnificent building situated along the south side of the Plaza de Cibeles. In 2007 the building was transformed into the new home of Madrid’s city council. The flamboyant building was designed by the Spanish architect Antonio Palacios in collaboration with Julián and Joaquín Otamendi. They combined a Spanish version of the gothic style with neoclassical elements.
Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic and cultural-sports centers. The city’s influence in science, fashion, entertainment, arts and commerce contributes to its position as a major global city. Barcelona’s beaches are world-renowned and the city is recognized by National Geographic as a top Beach City. For an amazing view of the city and beaches, you can visit the Harbor Cable Car for a spectacular trip to Montjuic.
The City of Barcelona
Barcelona Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Visiting the most famous building in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, is an absolute must. You will be astonished by the height and complexity and sophistication of the design. The church is truly a masterpiece in the center of the city. The height of the building is overwhelming and the inside is even more impressive.
Ensure to visit a Flamenco Show in a real tablao while you are exploring the city. One of the best shows in the city is Tablao de Carmen in Sants-Montjuic. At night, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc will mesmerize you. It is a fountain located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona.
The busiest and most vibrant street in the city is Las Ramblas. You can stroll along the tree-lined walkway and enjoy watching street performers near Placa Catalunya. The Spanish are passionate about their food and wine and typically enjoy lunch at around 13.30 and dinner at 20.30. Restaurants with the word “Gallego” usually specialize in seafood. Meat products in Spain are of a very good quality and ordering beef steaks is recommended.
Spain is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Minimum validity of travel documents: EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, need only produce a passport or national identity card which is valid on the date of entry. Other nationals must produce a passport which is valid for the entirety of their period of stay in Spain.

-By Alex Sherrod

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