Sitges and its carnival
The lively seaside resort of Sitges is barely 40 km south of Barcelona. Not only the residents are happy about the Mediterranean climate, the many sunny days per year and the beautiful sandy beaches, but also the tourists. A selection of interesting museums invite you to visit, in the Cau Ferrat Museum there are two El Greco paintings. The Maricel Museum is also worth seeing. Sights also include the old city wall, the picturesque alley Carrer d’en Bosc and many historic buildings. Sitges is famous for its carnival, which attracts people from all over the world.
Valencia offers a lot of culture
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and the economic and cultural center of the province of the same name. Valencia’s main attractions are the Lonja de la Seda Silk Exchange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval Valencia Cathedral said to be the home of the Holy Grail, the City of Arts and Sciences and the celebrations of Fallas – the regional holiday Honor of St. Joseph – which take place every year and end on March 19th.
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Prado: Masterpieces of Europe
The collections of paintings in the Museo Nacional del Prado are among the most famous in the world. The Prado has the world’s finest collection of Spanish artwork. The Prado also houses sculptures, gold work and drawings. In addition to works by Spanish and Dutch artists, the permanent exhibition also includes works by Botticelli, Caravaggio, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, among others. The most important European works of art in the Prado include the “Annunciation” by Fra Angelico, “The Descent from the Cross” by Rogier van der Weyden, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch, “The Three Graces” by Rubens and “The Shooting of the Insurgents”. ‘ by Goya.
Seville is impressive
The provincial capital Seville is one of the largest cities in Spain. The 500 years of Moorish rule left numerous traces here. The cathedral is the largest Gothic building in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an extremely extensive collection of Gothic art and stone carvings. From the Giralda, the 93 m high tower, you have a magnificent view. Also important are the Alcázar, a fortress palace of the Arab kings, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Torre del Oro (1220 m), a Moorish fortress tower on the Guadalquivir River.
Cordoba and its historic monuments
Cordoba is located in Andalusia and is the third largest city there. Here are many remnants of the Muslim empire. The painted columns and arches of the Mezquita Cathedral, which was built as a mosque in the 8th century, are particularly impressive. It is the most important religious building created by the Arabs on European soil. Other sights include the Roman Bridge (Puente Viejo), the museum in the former palace Palacio de Viana, the old town of Judería and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos Castle.
San Sebastián is located not far from the French border in the Basque Country and was the European Capital of Culture in 2016. The city is a popular holiday resort with magnificent avenues and a sandy beach right in the center. The town hall and the Buen Pastor Cathedral are impressive. Every year in July the Jazzaldia jazz festival takes place, in August the festival week Semana Grande Donostiarra and in September the San Sebastián International Film Festival. From Monte Ulia, 7 km to the west, you can enjoy a wonderful view over the countryside and the Bay of Biscay.
Bilbao attracts with the Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao in the Basque Country was founded in the early 14th century. In the old town there is a Gothic cathedral and the town hall, which is well worth seeing. Bilbao has some good museums, including the Fine Arts Museum. The Guggenheim Museum is considered one of the outstanding architectural masterpieces of the 20th century.
For wine connoisseurs, the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route in the Basque Country is a must, as is the Marco de Jerez Wine and Brandy Route in southern Andalusia. On the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route, bodegas such as Ysios by Santiago Calatrava and Baigorri by Iñaki Aspiazu Iza lure connoisseurs to their wine tastings. Also worth seeing is the Museum of Wine in Laguardia. Guided winery visits on the Marco de Jerez Wine and Brandy Route are available in numerous bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera. The wines of Navarre are also famous, as well as the products from the Penedés vine between Barcelona and Tarragona, noble wines from Somontano in Huesca or from Rías Baixas in Pontevedra, the wines from Ciudad Real in La Mancha and from Montilla-Moriles in Córdoba as well as the Wines from Jumilla in Murcia.