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Guggenheim Museum

Bilbao Guggenheim Museum

Location: Avenida Abandoibarra 2,  Bilbao

As the quotation from the museum homepage says: ”Hailed as the most important structure of its time when it opened in 1997, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has changed the way people think about museums and continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting. ”. As a hanshake of art, this remarkable museum complex has been regenerated whole Basque Country. Museum is holding artworkwork by modern and contemporary Basque and Spanish artists as well as handprint of Anselm Kiefer and Andy Warhol. The ultimate sight for an artsy person.

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Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic), Barcelona

Location: Ciutat Vella district, Barcelona

That majestetic district lies in oldest part of Barcelona and its architecture really catches the eye while  its labyrinthine streetplan offers exotic experiences for a romantic-seeking pedestrian. Some of its buildings dates back in Roman era, but most notable are medieval. Heart of the nightlife its the Plaça Reial square with its clubs. Other landmarks are The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia and the Temple of Augustus.

 

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Alcázar of Segovia

Location:  Plaza Reina Victoria Eugenia, Segovia, Castile and León region

Locating on a rocky crag in the charming city of Segovia, the ship-shaping Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served also as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy. Notable attractions includes the Throne Room, the Hall of Ajimeces showing fine artworks and the Mooris-influenced gardens. Opening times

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The Roman Theatre of Mérida (UNESCO)

Location: Mérida, Extremadura community. Train connections to Madrid.

This glorious remain of antics was built by Romans in the years 16 to 15 BC and one of its most remarkable renovations took place at the end of the 1st century or early 2nd century CE,  when the current facade of its background was erected. At the time, its seating capacity was 6,000. The excavation work of the theater began in 1910, directed by archaeologist José Ramón Mélida and today this ruin is one of the most remarkable antic sites of Spain and has been one of the UNESCO World Heritag Sites since 1993.

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Palacio REal

Royal Palace of Madrid

Location: Calle Bailén, Madrid

That magnificent castle is is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, although used only for state ceremonies. With 135,000 m2 floor area and containing 3,148 rooms, it is the largest palace in Europe and has plenty of space to explore. Palace is well-known for its gorgeous art collection, containing works e.g. from Caravaggio and de Goya. Other important collection is housed by the Royal Armoury of Madrid, where is world’s only complete Stradivarius string quintet. Guided tours are available. Opening times

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Altamira

Museum of Altamira

Location: Santillana del Mar, Cantabria Province. Train connections from Santander, Bilbao and Madrid

The Museum of Altamira shows a visitor many attractions regarding the art of Altamira Cave and the Palaeolithic age. It consists also a research center for cherishing one of the most ancient cave painting sights in the world. A visitor can see here Palaeolithic venue and habitation of the people of that era, depicting the pictures of the well-known cave system. Very suitable culture sight for the all family. Opening hours

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Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Location: A Coruña Province. International airport. Train connections to all major Spanish cities. Santiago de Compostela is the idyllic capital of Galicia and has approx. 95,000 residents.

It is famous for housing the shrine of Saint James the Great, in city’s cathedral, and being final destination of the Way of St. James, Catholic pilgrimage route. Among the cathedral, other important attractions are e.g. 16th century Baroque Church of San Martín Pinario, City of Culture of Galicia and the Galician Center of Contemporary Art.

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Fuengirola

Location: Málaga Province. Nearest airport is Málaga. Train connections to major Spanish cities.

This famous beach resort as a part of the Costa del Sol is splendidly family-friendly. Municipality of Fuengrirola houses approx. 71,500 habitants. It has over 8 kilometres long stretch of sandy beaches and a zoo. Notable sights include the Sohail Castle, the Roman Theatre and the Reservatauro Ronda park.

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Tarragona

Location: Tarragona Province, Catalonia.

Catalan city of Tarragona is a port and vivid university town of 132,000 residents. It is well-known for its Roman ruins and has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Its main sights are e.g. the archaelogical museum, the cathedral and the Roman walls.

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Cuenca

Location: Castilla-La Mancha community. Train connections to Madrid.

This Castilian town is a popular day-trip sight from Madrid and known its parks and festivities. It has approx. 57,000 inhabitants. Its main sights are the Hanging Houses, the Mangana tower and the Spanish Museum of Abstract Art.

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