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Marbella Beach

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Barcelona has many lovely beaches and one of them is Marbella Beach. The beach is located in the district called Sant Marti, between Nova Mar Bella and Bogatell beaches. It has a length of 512 m and an average width of 42 m. It is twenty minutes away from the city center and 3 kilometers away from the statue of Christopher Columbus that was found in the nearby port. In order to reach the beach, visitors can take buses, metro - Selva de Mar, or a tram - Selva de Mar.

Overview

Like the majority of the beaches in the city, Marbella Beach has also become a tourist attraction after the Olympic Games which were held in Barcelona in 1992. Before this event, the Olympic village had been built close to the beaches. Today, this village is a tourist attraction. With many bars, restaurants and shops, it is the perfect place to escape from the sun in the late afternoon hours. As a part of the preparation for the Olympics, all the beaches were arranged around the Olympic village. Till today, they are well maintained on a regular basis during the whole year and especially during summer. Marbella Beach is often visited by young people and by the residents of nearby Sant Marti district.

Activities

Along the beach, there are a promenade and a bicycle path. Thus, the beach is also accessible by bike. This beach also provides its visitors with many aquatic sports and leisure activities. Promenade and bicycle path are suitable for walking, jogging, skating and roller driving. The nautical base is located nearby, so the visitors have the opportunity to practice water sports such as pedal craft, water bicycle and diving. This is also a place where they can rent all the necessary equipment and take lessons for the beginners. On the beach, they can play ping-pong, volleyball, basketball or football on the sand.

Marbella Beach also has a small part reserved for small children. It has an area for the children to play and several other facilities. This beach has another specialty as well. For those who like nudity, apart from the San Sebastian beach, this is the perfect place to visit. Even though it has been an officially legalized nudist beach since 1996, there are many tourists who are not nude. The beach has lifeguards, parking places, many fountains with drinking water, changing rooms, showers and toilets. It is forbidden to take pets to the beach and to use soap in the water.

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A tour of Spain

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Spain occupies a prime place on the tourist map of Europe. In fact, tourism is one of the most flourishing industries of Spain. Spain is situated on the north western side of Europe. With Gibraltar on one side, Portugal and France are the other neighbors of Spain.

Places of interest:

Tourists have the general opinion that Spain has beautiful beaches. This is true. But the horizon of tourism also extends beyond to the main land. The beaches in Spain are beautiful; apart from this the beaches are maintained perfectly well. That is the reason why many of the beaches in Spain (for example some of those on the Costa Blanca) have been awarded blue flag in recognition of their perfect maintenance. The water in these busy beaches is crystal clear which can be called as the litmus test about their maintenance. Apart from this, many beaches have coves which are believed to have been formed centuries ago.

When one travels to the main land, he is mesmerized by the rich vegetation, tall mountains and villages with narrow but beautifully planned and cobbled streets. Houses in some of the villages are whitewashed and these houses have roof gardens. There are many heritage buildings which attract the attention of every tourist. Every town in Spain has some or the other heritage building built either during the Roman period or the Moorish civilization.

The government of Spain has made all efforts to preserve many of these heritage buildings. Tourists normally make Barcelona as the first preference. There are many other places for visitors to see like Madrid - the capital of Spain, Malaga, Salamanca, Valencia, Zamora and Santander which attract large number of visitors throughout the year. In short, it can be said that there is no town or village in Spain which does not attract tourists.

Another important aspect of tourism industry in Spain is the museums. Every city and most of the villages have museums which depict the history of the place. Most of these museums have collection of paintings of some of the most renowned artists of Spain. Many of the villages and towns have caves where the tourists can find paintings which are believed to belong to the 10th century.

Diversity in geography is another uniqueness of Spain. Some of the religious practices followed by Romans and Moors can be followed even to this day among some of the groups in Spain. There are many villas, apartments and hotels which offer luxurious stay and mouth watering cuisine for the tourists.

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Monuments in Santiago de Compostela

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Casa do Cabildo House – is an 18th century noble house and was built in 1758 during the period of Baroque. Its Baroque façade is seen prominently. The architect for this building was Clemente Fernández Sarela and the objective of doing this was more for ornamental purposes. The story ‘Mi hermana Antonia’ was written by Valle-Inclán after seeing the house.

Rajoy Palace – is an 18th century palace having Neo-classic façade. This was an old seminary for people to confess. This palace is situated opposite to the cathedral situated in Plaza del Obradoiro. In 1766, the archbishop inaugurated this palace which the French architect Carlos Lemaur designed. The Neoclassic façade looks elegant and beautiful and is supported by a group of columns with 14 half moon arches. At present this is used as the city hall by the Galician government.

University of Santiago de Compostela – is an 18th century University building and has impressive rooms. It was built in the 18th century but has undergone lots of changes over a period of time with a number of additional buildings. At present Geography and History faculty and the Institute of Galician language are housed here. Some of the elegant buildings at present are – Compostelana University, the Rector-ship and the Libraries.

Mazarelos Arch – is an 11th century arch in the neo-classical period and this medieval wall entrance is the only one remaining in this city. The wine from Orense came to the city through this entrance. The arch is situated between Plaza de Mazarelos and Calle del Cardenal Payá.

San Martín Pinario Monastery – is a religious monument that is the second largest after the Cathedral. A major part of this monastery is built in Baroque style. The main façade is 100 M long and is in the Baroque style. The old church was dated 12th century whereas the current one is dated 17th century. The façade of the church is Plateresque and belongs to the 16th century. The architects for this building were – Melchor de Velasco, Peña y Toro and Domingo de Andrade.

Santa María la Real de Sar Collegiate Church – is a collegiate church built in the 12th century during Romanesque period and was located in the city’s outskirts. The salient features of this building are the façade tower and flying buttresses that were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. As per the basilica plan there are three naves that are separated by pillars.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral – is an 11th century Cathedral whose construction started in 1075 during Alfonso VI reign. People end their pilgrimage in this Cathedral and they believe that this is well worth it. There are 3 naves and a plan of Latin cross. It is a combination of various architectures – Gothic, Romanesque, Plateresque, Baroque and Neoclassical.

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spain-Toledo

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Toledo is seventy kilometers south of Madrid. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and its old capital as well. This is also the city with an excellent location. The whole little town was built on a hill and moreover, the river Tagus flows in its foothills. Before you enter the city, you have to experience a fantastic view of Toledo - the way around the rim of the adjacent hills; otherwise your visit to this city would not be complete. Many famous artists made pictures of this wonderful landscape. One of those artists was El Greco. It is not surprising that this city has such a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Famous Marzipan from Toledo

Toledo holds one of the most typical, old towns of Spain. It is surrounded by medieval walls with a beautiful entrance gate to the city which opens to the main square, Plaza de Zokodover. After an outstanding panorama, you will soon recognize the smell of almonds. Toledo is full of tradition and antiquity. Today this city is well known for its plantation of almonds. This tradition was started by the Moors, who planted almonds and began to mix them with sugar in order to get marzipan. In Toledo you can try marzipan in all shapes and colors, with full yolk, honey, pumpkin and sugar. In the Moorish style, before modeling it is mixed with orange juice or rosewater.

City Attractions

This small city has many narrow streets. However, these streets can be proud of numerous Arabic homes, synagogues, mansions (Alkasar), Gothic churches and monasteries,(Convention de Santo Domingo Antiga) and houses in mudejar style - mix of Arabic and Gothic style (a combination of stone and brick). That is what makes Toledo unique; it has kept the tradition and ambience of the medieval city. After the Romans and Visigoths, Toledo was conquered by the Moors in the 8th century.

Moreover, in the middle ages before the arrival of Christians in the city, there was a very important Jewish community. Therefore, today you can find two synagogues De Santa Maria la Blanca and Del Transit, where you can see exhibitions of the history of Jews on the Iberian Peninsula. In addition to the Jewish synagogues in Toledo, there are few remnants of the Moorish heritage such as Mesquite del Cristo de la Luz from the 10th century. This is the only remaining mosque, but Christians have changed its name to the palace Taller del Moro. In this part of the old town, there are many souvenir shops specific to the city.

This city is also famous for its swords. You can buy them from 25 to 600 euros.

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Salvador Dali Museum

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Three reasons for the museum

Almost half a century ago, the mayor of Figueres asked the famous artist to give one picture to his homeland museum. However, Dali decided not to give them only a picture, he decided to give them a museum. Thus, he bought a burnt theater, which is now the largest temple of surrealism in the world. He said that he had three reasons to buy this building. First, because he was an extremely theatrical painter, the second because the theater was located next to the church where he was baptized and the third because his first exhibition was held in its entrance hall. He was buried at his own discretion in this museum.

Before you come inside the museum

The building itself - the museum with a square and a well seems interesting. When you go to the museum, you will find huge eggs and dolls like a crown on the roof of the museum. In front of the Theatre Museum is a monument to a Catalan philosopher whom the painter really appreciated. The monument consists of the roots of century-old olive trees and body covered by a Roman toga. Moreover, it has an egg instead of the head. If you observe it from far, it resembles Roden’s “The Thinker”. There are also huge atoms and lots of other things.

Temple of surrealism

Visiting this temple of surrealism is really a unique experience. It is like opening doors or drawers of a subconscious world. Above the entrance to this museum theater, as the artist called it, is a puppet in a diving suit. Dress it and you will dive into the most intimate part of the human mind, the world of dreams and the subconscious.
The eternal secret is below the iceberg according to Freud. He also claimed that one of these other worlds is beneath the dome of his Figueres Museum Theatre, where you find an unexpected, fascinating world of surrealism.

Cars in the museum

The inner part of the museum resembles a circular luminary. Thus under the open sky, there is a central part with Cadillac cars. One of these cars belonged to Roosevelt, another to Al Capone and to Clark Gable, etc … The car is a common icon in Dali’s masterpieces, therefore the fossil material is blended with the latest developments of humankind and allows movement.

The inner parts of the cars were carried out as installation pipes through which rain water flows constantly in order to keep the snails alive. These snails accompany a chauffeur and a doll in the back seat.

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Places of interest in spain-Navarra and La Rioja

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Navarra and La Rioja are located in the North of Spain. This Spanish region has its own autonomy, so it takes care of its own social services and education. People in this region speak their own language - Basque, but the official language is Spanish. The capital city is Pamplona.

History

The first settlements in this region were built in the Paleolithic era by the ancient tribes. Later on, the Celtic tribes came and conquered the locals. When the Romans came, they faced the resistance of Vascones - people who managed to retain their freedom and to keep their culture and language. The influence of the Visigoths and Arabs was not as strong in this part of Spain as it was in the rest of the country. The Basque culture flourished.

Activities

Navarra and La Rioja perhaps do not have many historical remains like the rest of Spain, but its nature is fascinating. This is where rural tourism began in 1991. Today, this region has several hundred guesthouses and a wide range of outdoor activities. Visiting some of the villages provides tourists a unique way of getting in touch with locals, their traditions and customs. This region is also popular for its wine. On the slopes of mountains are situated many vineyards. Visitors can enjoy collecting grapes and making wine with locals and moreover, they can also enjoy its taste. Because of the biodiversity, bird watching is also popular. Belabarce and Roncal are beautiful valleys and places where it is possible to meet bears in their natural surrounding.

Cities and Places to Visit

Bilbao is one of the biggest cities of the province. It has a population of over 900,000 inhabitants. This big, modern city was once a small village. In the 13th century, the town had only three streets and a port. During the 15th century, thanks to the export of wool, the town started to grow. The biggest expansion Bilbao achieved was after the discovery of iron ore in nearby mines. Today, this is an important industrial city. Some of Bilbao’s main sights are famous museums such as Guggenheim Museum, museum of Fine Arts and Maritime museum. It also has many churches from the medieval period: Santos Juanes Church, the church of Sain Vincent and Santiago cathedral. Visitors are delighted with the old part of the town, with its narrow streets, many bars and restaurants and gift shops.

Hondarribia is another lovely town in the region. It has significant historical heritage visible in the old part of the town. Its sandy beaches are perfect places to take a rest and enjoy the lovely surroundings. San Sebastian is a tourist attraction in Spain. Located between the bay and the mountains, it is a cultural and tourist center at the same time. This town with the population of 150 000 inhabitants has over 15 000 students.

Mendoza’s Castle is another important site that has to be seen. It was built in the 15th century and it served as a prison. Later, its walls were enlarged and got four new towers. The Castle has big windows and several galleries.

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Welcome to Wordpress blog!

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