The Galician Port City of A Coruna

Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Galician port city of A Coruna is the largest city in Galicia, Spain. With a culture uniquely its own, a rich folkloric tradition and its own language. Of historically remote origin, La Coruna has preserved a considerable heritage of monuments and ancient buildings, among which are Romanesque churches and a Roman lighthouse. Its most beautiful and original feature is perhaps the characteristic facade of its houses, which are completely covered by mirador windows. You can take a tour from here to Santiago de Compostela.

Weird Laws To Be Aware Of In Spain

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Weird Laws To Be Aware Of In SpainSpain is filled with a lot of interesting things. A unique culture, deep heritage and some rather odd laws. While these laws may make sense in Spain, they can be difficult for tourists to understand. If you do plan on traveling to Spain, you should be aware of these laws.


Wear Proper Footwear When Driving

While flip flops are pretty comfortable, they can get you in trouble when you are driving in Spain. They aren’t seen as adequate footwear when you are behind the wheel and you could actually get in trouble if you are caught wearing them. Acceptable footwear for drivers includes flats and sneakers.


Make Sure Your Underwear Is Where It Should Be

In some parts of the country, it’s illegal to hang your clothes on a clothesline. While tourists probably won’t be using a clotheslines, they may be hanging some of their wet clothes over the hotel balcony. If you do plan on doing this, just make sure that you don’t put any suggestive articles of clothing outside.


Keep Your Shirt On

Spain can be hot virtually any time of year. This doesn’t mean that you should take your shirt off in order to cool down though. If you are in the city center and are seen without a shirt on, you can be fined 600 pounds, which equates to over $800. Even if you do find the weather to be sweltering, don’t take your shirt off and find a nice shady spot instead.


Be Careful Where You Get Help From

If you are in Spain and in need of help, you may be tempted to turn to someone in a safety vest. However, there’s a good chance that they aren’t a police officer or firefighter. Since prostitution is legal in Spain, and those looking for “work” often hang out near the highway, they must wear clothing that is be highly visible to drivers. Because of this, it’s not uncommon to see prostitutes standing on the side of the road wearing a safety vest.  


Don’t Drive Around With Groceries And Your Top Down

Renting a convertible when you are in Spain? You’ll have a great time as long as you remember this simple rule: don’t put groceries in the backseat with the top down! It’s thought to be unsafe as food could go flying out if you happen to have to make a sharp turn. So if you need to go grocery shopping, make sure you leave the top up.

Must See Sites in Madrid

Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Madrid is full of many must see sites. For those that want to have an authentic Spanish experience, there are many sites that will reflect just that. There are also quite a few spots where you can escape some of the hustle and bustle and just enjoy the enchantment of the city.

Plaza De Cibeles
This is Madrid’s most famous plaza. It’s adjacent to Paseo del Prado. The architecture is what brings in a lot of tourists. The Palace of Communications, which used to be a post office, is now the city’s mayor’s office and the main building in the plaza. Another popular spot for tourists to visit at the Plaza De Cibeles is the fountain that features the Roman goddess of Cybele. Not all of the Palace is available for tourists to visit. However, the observation deck is open to the public and offers amazing views of the city.

Parque Del Buen Retiro
Also, known as Retiro Park, Parque Del Buen Retiro features 300 acres of lush greenery, lakes, gardens, playgrounds and cafes. It used to house Felipe IV’s palace, but it burnt down in the middle of the 18th century. After that time the park became open to the public. Some of the more popular spots to visit include the rose garden that features over 4,000 roses, the Palacio de Cristal that has art exhibitions and Estanque lake where visitors can rent a paddle boat. The park can be easily accessed by the Atocha, Ibiza or Retiro metro stations.

Plaza Mayor
This plaza has a lot going on. There are numerous cafes and bars to get a bite to eat or drink at. There are also street performers that put on many entertaining acts. During the Christmas season there are also a variety of Christmas markets to attend. The plaza starts getting lively in the afternoon and goes well into the night. It is located west of Puerta del Sol.

Palacio Real
This famous royal palace once housed the kings of Spain from the mid-1700s to the 1900s. It’s still considered the royal family’s official residence despite the fact that they no longer live there. It consists of 3,000 rooms and is Western Europe’s largest royal palace. The rooms open to the public include the royal pharmacy and armory room.

Mercado San Miguel
Located just outside of Plaza Mayor and west of Puerta del Sol, this cast iron market is a favorite among tourists. There’s such a variety of items to eat here that many visitors claim they could stay at the market all day. Favorites include the tapas and seafood. If you visit here, keep in mind there isn’t a lot of seating so you may have to stand up and eat.

Enjoying Spain's Modern And Traditional

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Enjoying Spain's Modern and TraditionalHow will you start enjoying Spain’s modern and traditional on your first or next trip there? Spain is a rather diverse country with both an eclectic modern and traditional atmosphere. It’s filled with many historical cities, beaches and an abundance of nightlife. If you want to see what Spain’s really like, you should visit the following places.


The Best Time To Visit Barcelona: The fall tends to be the best time to visit Barcelona with its cooler weather.

This is both a modern and lively city. It’s on the to do list of many travelers to Spain. The architecture is like none other in the area. The beaches make a nice backdrop to it. This area is fairly touristy and can be busy virtually any time of year. At night Barcelona can get pretty wild with the club scene going well into the wee hours of the morning. To escape it all, try visiting Collserola Hills which has areas to bike or hike and to just enjoy the view.


The Best Time To Visit Valencia: April and May are the best times to visit Valencia with exceptional weather and less crowds.

If you are looking to see some of old town Spain, you must visit Valencia. It’s a lot less touristy than Barcelona, but still as enjoyable. The town is filled with cobblestone, gates and ancient walls. This city is considered to be one of the most livable cities in Spain with its parks, museums and contemporary buildings. It’s also known for its food and culinary experiences. You must try the paella while here. It’s phenomenal.


The Best Time To Visit Madrid: April through June are good times to visit because the city is filled with activity.

This is the largest city in Spain and a great place to see some of the modern parts of it. Many tourists use it as a central hub in between other destinations in the country as there’s a variety of public transportation here. The city has a lot of architectural history and includes royal palaces and medieval mansions. If you had to describe this city in one word, the word ‘artistic’ would fit. It is home to several famous artists including Goya and it has galleries like Museo del Prado. In recent years Madrid has also become a culinary capital. It unites Spanish dishes with innovations in the food industry.


The Best Time To Visit Cordoba: September and October are when it’s less busy and the weather is nice.

This mesmerizing city features one of of the most interesting buildings in all of Europe, the Islamic building of Mezquita. It’s multi-arched and mesmerizing to look at. Cordoba is easy to explore on bike or foot. While here you must visit the Jewish quarter, Juderia, with its wide streets or Plaza de las Tendillas that has a variety of restaurants and bars. The riverfront streets of Mezquita are also worth seeing.


What To See In Spain

Posted on Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Moorish, Modern and Inspirational describes Spain. Find Moorish arcades, French Gothic styling and Romanesque arches all over Spain. Enjoy Gaudi's whimsical Modernism movement in Barcelona, the works of Golden age artist Velazquez and 18th century Goya in Madrid's Prado Museum. Take in the sights of whitewashed Andalusian villages, the magnificent Alhambra, the sultan's Palace in Granada and the flower draped balconies in Seville. Discover Barcelona's Las Ramblas, where cafes, restaurants and shops attract street performers and flower vendors. The promenade teems with local flavors and scents. Visit Barri Gotic, the city's old Gothic quarter with her narrow streets and squares dating back to the Middle Ages and the city's 13th-century cathedral. Drive the seaside Montjuic area and past the 1992 Olympic Stadium. Next stop Gaudi's whimsical temple, known as Sagrada Familia. This is described as "Art Nouveau run wild." You can fly to Malaga and see one of the oldest buildings in Spain perched on a clifftop called Ronda. A stop in Granada takes you to the Sierra Nevada foothills in Southern Spain. How about a tour of the 14th century palace and gardens at Alhambra in Seville? Explore the massive Renaissance palace of Charles V and the fountain-filed gardens of the Generalife, and continue through the white washed villages of Andalucia. Seville dates back nearly 2000 years.

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Maria Luisa Park or maybe a walking tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the old streets in the former Jewish Quarter. Don't miss the Seville Cathedral, the final resting place of Christopher Columbus and the Giralda Bell Tower. Cordoba reflects a city that evolved through centuries of Roman, Moorish and Christian influence; a city once renowned as a center of artistic and intellectual creativity and religious tolerance. Walk through the Jewish Quarter and visit the 8th century mosque which turned cathedral called La Mezquita. A high speed train called the AVE will take you from Cordoba to Madrid. In Madrid visit the Museo Nacional Del Prado, where one of the finest collections of European art includes numerous works by Goya, Velazquez, Rubens and Borscht top your visit to Spain, you must not depart without seeing a flamenco show. Venture into the mountains, stopping at the saw-toothed mountain of Montserrat, northwest of Barcelona.. Visit the Benedictine monastery and see the shrine of la Moreneta, the Black Madonna. The statue was discovered in the year 880 by shepherds who saw a strange light in the sky and heard music coming from a cave in the mountain. Even though this is legend, it has become one of the most famous pilgrimage sights in Spain. A short drive from there will bring you to Cardona, the Romanesque Church of Saint Vincent, consecrated in 1047. Your drive will take you through the snow-capped Catalonian Pyrenees.

There you will find a 12th century Romanesque Cathedral renowned as the finest in the Pyrenees. A short drive to Andorra and a Catalan cooking demonstration is not to be missed. Pamplona, Ernest Hemingway's immortalized town is mentioned in his book The Sun Also Rises. You can walk the route of the running of the bulls here and then go on to the coastal town of San Sebastian in Basque Country. The views from the top of Mt. Igueldo are magnificent. Visit the Guggenheim Museum in nearby Bilbao and venture to medieval Santillana del Mar in the Cantabria region of Spain. Throughout Spain you will see historic Paradors to stay at. To be designated as a Parador, a property must have a historic pedigree in the building it occupies or the setting it is located in. Look for Parador de Fuente De or Parador de Leon and the Parador de Santiago de Compostela to give you that feel of Spain's history.

Tour Quick Search
Select Your Travel Dates:
Length Of Trip:
Price Range:
Click here for travel specials.

Subscribe via RSS

RSS Subscribe to this blog:
Posts | Comments
Newsletter Signup