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Things to do and See in Spain

Barcelona


This is Spain’s second-largest city (population 2.5 million) and is the capital of the Catalonian area of the country. It’s also a major commercial and industrial centre and an important Mediterranean port, which draws millions of tourists every year. This is Picasso home city and some of the highlights are the Picasso Museum, Walking around the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas where you can try and get a deal on something, or Barcelona FC one of the best football teams in the world. We recommend getting the Barcelona Card when you are in the city as it will allow you to see all the sites for a fraction of the price you would normally pay.

 


Las Ramblas

It’s a pedestrian boulevard that stretches from central Plaça Catalunya down to the seafront and its Spain’s most famous walkway. There loads of tourist shops, restaurants, bars, and a great place for a stroll. If you come to Barcelona there is an excellent chance at some point you will end up here.

 


Camp Nou

The Camp Nou stadium is one of the most prestigious stadiums in all of Europe.  It first opened in September 24, 1957 and it has a capacity of over 100,000 people.  This is the home of Barcelona FC, which is one of the best teams in Europe. For more information on Barcelona FC go to www.fcbarcelona.com

 


Picasso Museum


The Picasso Museum is the one of the city’s main tourist attractions, housed in two 15th-century palaces close to the Parc de la Ciutadella. This fascinating museum follows the career of one of the most famous artists of al time. This museum shows early sketches to some of his most famous works. Admission is €5.50, but prices are subject to change. For more information go to www.museumpicasso.bcn.es

 


La Sagranda Familia

This is Barcelona’s most famous monument and is 112m high. To this day, Gaudi’s Sagranda Familia is still not finished. The reason it isn’t finished as it has been told is that they will have to pay back all the years of tax on it, so it will never be finished. Admission is €9, but prices are subject to change. For more information go to www.sagradafamilia.org

 

 

 

 

Madrid


With a population of just under three million, Madrid is Europe’s fourth largest city after London, Paris and Milan and its Europe’s highest capital, at 650m (2132ft) above sea level. According to history it was founded in 852AD when Emir of Córdoba, Mohamed I built a fort here and called it ‘Mayrit’, which means ‘source of water’. The city turned hands several times between Arab and Christians, and today you can see the rich history the city has. It was named capital in 1561 and since then has been the financial and political city of the country. Today, it’s a vibrant, atmospheric city, short on famous monuments but rich in cultural sights. It’s an amazing city and probably best discovered on foot.

 


Bernabeu Stadium


The Bernabeu Stadium is where Real Madrid one of the top football clubs and richest in Europe plays football. You can go on daily tours of the stadium, which cost €9 and it gives you a chance to see the clubs rich history, where they more trophies then any other European club. For more information Real Madrid or the Bernabeu Stadium go to www.santiagobernabeu.com or www.realmadrid.com

 

 

Museo del Prado (Prado Museum)

The Prado Museum was founded in 1819 and is undergoing an extensive renovation, to reclaim its position among Europe’s greatest galleries. Within its 4000-strong collection of 16th- to early 19th-century paintings, are masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Bosch (El Bosco), Titian, Rembrandt and Velázquez, as well as evidence of the astonishing development of Goya – from his sun-soaked early paintings of dances and festivities to the grim madness of his black period. Admission is €4, but subject to change. For more information go to  http://museoprado.mcu.es 

 


Royal Palace


Dating from the reign of King Charles I and King Phillip II, this Palace is built on the banks of the River Tagus on the orders of King Phillip II in 1561. The general admission ticket includes visits to the Royal Palace, the Royal Carriage Museum and the “Casa del Labrador” lodge, all of them surrounded by magnificent gardens that the UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Landscape. Admission is €8, but subject to change. For more information go to www.patrimonionacional.es 

 


Alonso Martinez

The Alonso Martinez quarter begins in Plaza de Santa Bárbara and countinues along the streets around the Calle Hortaleza.  There are trendy bars and a great nightlife in this area.

 


Royal Opera House


Built in 1850 near the palace in the Hapsburg district of Madrid, its program includes a select repertoire of high-quality works that attracts lovers of opera, dance, and classical music.

 

 

Naval Museum

A tour of the Naval Museum in Madrid is a must. The Museum dates back to 1792 and it has a rich history, displays valuable items collected over the ages.

The Naval museum houses replicas of arsenals, weapons, figureheads, charts, paintings of illustrious sailors and naval battles etc. Each room is an enchanting experience as it takes you through different eras in the naval history. Starting from the 15th century it takes you for a chronological tour ending in the present day naval technology. With the countries rich naval history, this is a tour that is a definite must if you come to Madrid.

 

 

 

 

Valencia


Spain’s third largest city with a population of over 800,000, the city is famous for its orange groves, its fruit and vegetable market (one of the largest in Europe) and its lively nightlife. It is also a popular tourist resort with beaches a short bus ride from the town. Valencia’s Cathedral also claims to be in possession of the Holy Grail. If you like football Valencia’s football club is the one of the best in the Spanish league and always playing in Europe, so defiantly check out a game if you can.


Aragón


Near the university and Mestalla, Valencia football club’s ground is located and it’s a thriving area for restaurants, bars, and clubs.

 


El Perelló


Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the beach.  This area has a great beach and some amazing bars, clubs, and restaurants.

 

 

 

 

Palma


Palma has definitely some of the nicest beaches in Spain.  There are two things people come to Palma for. That would be beaches and partying. As most of the clubs especially in Magalluf and Palma Nova can be cheesy with young British out to get pissed, it’s still cheap and worth checking out.


Bellver Castle


If you want to see something other than beaches during the day go to this 14th century castle, which was once a royal summer residence. It now houses the Municipal museum and it has some spectacular views of the city.

 

 

 

 

Ibiza


Ibiza is known as ‘the’ party island thanks to its association with the lively resort of San Antonio. The young and the young at heart flock to this resort year after year. The resort is lined with palm trees and a great beach at San Antonio.


Ibiza Port

The place to watch the girls go by is Ibiza Port.  There’s a fashion parade every night as there are trendy pre-club places and that’s where people strut there stuff.

 

 

 

 

The Rest of Spain


Seville

Seville is one of the largest cities in Spain, bearing numerous traces of the 500 years of Moorish occupation. Seville is the romantic heart of the country, the city of Carmen and Don Juan; its cathedral is the largest Gothic building in the world and has a superb collection of art and period stonework. Christopher Columbus is also buried here, which is another tourist draw. The city is known for its food, music and festivals, so if you have the opportunity to come definitely do it as you will love the lifestyle.

 


Canary Islands


This is an island province off the coast of Africa. It’s a very popular resort island that attracts millions of people every year.

 


The Basque Region


The Basque region is located in the northwest corner of the country. An independence movement started to make headway around the turn of the 20th century and the separatists (ETA) still have a following in parts of the region. The Spanish constitution allows the Basques a degree of autonomy, but Nationalist politicians are demanding a greater say in their own affairs.

The biggest city in the region is Bilbao, which was founded in the 14th century and has a beautiful Old Town with a fantastic Gothic Cathedral. The areas provincial capital is San Sebastián, which is located very close to the French border. It’s a very popular sea side resort area that is very popular with surfers as well.

 

 

 



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