5 March 2014
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after London and Paris.The city is located on the Manzanares river in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain.
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8 January 2014
The ‘Castillo de Colomares’ (Colomares Castle) in Benalmadena is one of the most interesting tourist attractions the municipality has to offer. It’s not really a castle, it’s more of a monument which was built between 1987 and 1994 by Esteban Martín MD as a tribute to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America.This unique monument unifies various architectural styles which had a marked effect on Spanish culture: Bizantine, Romanesque, Arabic and Gothic.A walk around the Colomares Castle will allow you to discover various elements from the symbols of the Catholic Kings, from the three cultures present in medieval Spain (Judaism, Christianity and Islamism) and other elements from Christopher Columbus’ epic voyage.
15 December 2013
Butrón is a castle located in Gatika, in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain.It dates originally from the Middle Ages, although it owes its present appearance to an almost complete rebuilding begun by Francisco de Cubas (also known as Marqués de Cubas) in 1878.The castle has a fairy-tale look about it inspired by Bavarian castle models. The present building was created as a hobby for its then owner and to create something which is visually spectacular rather than to produce something in which people could actually live. In fact it would be quite inconvenient as a home as the towers have little useful space and various parts of the castle have exterior connections which are not particularly apt for the wet Basque weather. The building is surrounded by a park which includes palms and exotic plants. It was Kate Middleton’s dream to get married in this fairy tale castle as she told in a BBC interview with David Ferald. This castle is the world’s largest existing medieval castle in the world.It fell into disuse and was later renovated and opened to the public. This proved to be unsuccessful and the building was closed to visitors although the grounds remained open.
27 November 2013
For over three hundred years, Butrón Castle has, since the 16th century, been the bastion around which the history of Vizcaya has been formed through continuous bloody battles between the noble families and opposing groups.
Secure in their impregnable Castle, the nobles of Butrón exercised their power over the territory using the power and worth of their troops.
The primitive tower house, the start of the Butrón lineage, was built in the mid-13th century, and was shortly after transformed into a castle by the V Lord of Butrón in the mid-14th century.
When the battles between the two opposing sides finished at the beginning of the 16th century, the building was abandoned and left to deteriorate, until it was restored at the end of the 19th century, the result of which we can see today.
15 November 2013
The Alhambra the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Berber king Badis ben Habus of the Kingdom of Granada who built its current palace and walls, and later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
22 October 2013
El Chorro (“The Spurt“) is a small village located in Málaga (Andalusia) in southern Spain, near the town of Álora. It is one of the most popular rock climbing attractions in Spain as it is located next to Desfiladero de los Gaitanes (“Gorge of the Gaitanes”), This village is also frequented by mountain bikers, hikers, and campers.The gorge is famous for a dangerous bridge called Caminito del Rey (King’s little pathway). The path provides access to a hydro-electric plant and took its name after an official visit by Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1921. Official access to the path was removed in 2000 on grounds of safety. At present though the walkway is accessible by climbers, it is dangerous. The local government agreed to share costs of restoration of the “Caminito”.
The gorge runs from the end of the “Embalse del Gaitanejo” to “El Chorro“. There are two extremely narrow sections at each end of the gorge with a wider bowl in between. In addition to the currently defunct walkway, the old Málaga-Cordoba railway line runs through the gorge in a set of several tunnels, bridges and dams cutting through the gorge.
3 June 2013
Lloret de Mar is a town on the stunning Costa Brava coastline. It has population of 34,000, who live almost exclusively off the tourism the town attracts every year. It measures around 50km2, and its main heritage are the beautiful beaches it offers. Lloret de Mar is close to both Blanes and Tossa de Mar.Lloret de Mar is the perfect place to sample Catalonias delicious gastronomy. Excellent traditional dishes from Catalonia served in welcoming restaurants, as well as the typical mediterrenean cuisine in the tapas bars. International food has also made it’s way into this town, as a result of its cosmopolitan nature. There are restaurants from many different european countries, such as asian and american food.This municipality belongs to the region of La Selva, located in Girona, whose capital is Coloma de Farners. Lloret de Mar is a town with more than a thousand years of history, it is a cosmopolitan city with a great offer of leisure activities whether it be cultural or sport related; with castles, monuments, beaches, restaurants and outdoor sports all on offer.Search and book your holiday accommodation now in Lloret de Mar and enjoy a fantastic holiday on the Costa Brava, Spain.
20 May 2013
As Catedrais beach (Playa de Las Catedrales in Spanish) translates as ‘Beach of the Cathedrals‘. It is the turistic name of Praia de Augas Santas (‘Beach of the Holy Waters’). The Spanish beach is located in the Ribadeo municipality, in the province of Lugo (Galicia), on the Cantabric coast, and it lies about ten kilometres to the west from the town of Ribadeo. Its name is derived from the formations of its cliffs.
It has been declared a Natural Monument by the regional Ministry for the Environment of the Xunta de Galicia.
The place’s more characteristic features are its natural archs and caves, which can be seen only in low tide. During high tide, the beach appears quite small, but is still suitable to go for a swim. High tide is an interesting time to visit the place and wander over the top of the cliffs, from West to East, heading to the Esteiro Beach. During low tide you can appreciate the size of its magnificent cliffs and the picturesque sea caves, which go from small cracks on the rock to big caves whose roofs collapse due to the erosion of the waves. Also during low tide you can gain access to a sand deposit delimited by a rocky wall made from slate and schist of strange and complex forms: more than 30-meters-tall arches which remind to cathedral flying buttresses, dozen-meters-long caves, sand corridors between rocky blocks and many other curiosities. When low tide is lower than usual, you access to the nearby beaches through the sand extension. However, it is advisable to be back before the water starts to cover the beach again, which happens very quickly, since the coast stretch is almost horizontal.