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Spain - The City of Valencia

Overview

The wonderful medieval city of Valencia, situated half way down the east coast of Spain, is the perfect location for a city break in location costa blanca. The city boasts a large selection of attractions to suit all budgets and tastes. Many flock to Valencia for the shopping and fashion, whilst others who are more interested in the museums and galleries in the city, as well as the history.

Things to do in Valencia City

Those interested in wonderful architecture should head to the city Cathedral in the old town and marvel at its beauty and old artefacts housed in the museum. Those feeling adventurous can climb to the top of the bell tower for some beautiful panorama over the city. The cathedral is situated close to a popular square which is a popular area for people watching and drinking a cold drink or cup of coffee. The area also has some fantastic restaurants and bars in the Barrio de Carmen which is also a great place to go for some evening drinks.

Many will enjoy the interesting science museum which contains large amount of material and many interactive exhibitions. A short walk from the coast you will find the splendid Aquarium which is one of the largest of its kind in the world and certainly the biggest in the EU. The Palau de les Artes is a splendid location for listening to the many concerts and festivals put on at the Opera house throughout the year. Particularly pleasant are the frequent open air concerts which are perfect on a hot summers evening. Those who like art should not miss the institute of modern art for some local works of art. The institute also houses a decent restaurant as well as a good shop which will provide you with some excellent souvenirs.

For a spot of history head to the old town and check out the old Mercardo Central which is one of the longest running markets in Europe. Here you can buy all traditional market wares including local crafts, fresh seafood, fruit and veg as well as traditional crafts and clothing.

Others flock to the beautifully clean beaches and crystal clear sea in order to catch sun rays or take a dip in the ocean. Good public transport networks exist to transport you from the city to the beaches of La Malvarrosa or Las Arenas a short journey away.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:09, Category: Travel
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Spain – a brief historical overview

History

Spain has a varied and deeply unique past. It"s a gem for tourists interested in adding a little bit of history to their locations costa brava holiday, thanks to the preservation of many historical sights and the many towns and cities that were designed and developed by previous ruling leaders which have preserved their original layouts.

The Phoenicians, Romans and Goths all laid their claim to this land during its early populated history. The Romans left their mark in the various unearthed ancient towns and villages, where you can still view amphitheatres and old streets in some areas. Many cities and towns fell into decline after the fall of the Roman Empire until the Moors entered from the south and took over most of the country.  The Moorish influence is still visible to this day in Spain and areas such as Andalucia retain a distinctly Islamic feel thanks to the 800 years of Moorish rule.

It was only when the Christian rulers and kingdoms in the far north of the country regrouped and fought back the Arab settlers that Spain was finally regained as a Christian kingdom after 8 centuries of Arab rule. The reconquista was a huge victory for the Spanish Christians and its events are still celebrated in towns and villages around the country in vibrant festivals and parties. However, it is to the Moors that the Spanish owe their picturesque narrow cobbled streets that burst onto beautiful plaza squares, and their palm trees and fountains.

Modern History

As Spain headed to modern times the southern cities of Seville and Cadiz played important strategic roles in the discovery of the new world, launching ships and men to Latin America and receiving back many influences including music, food and dance. To this day Spain retains precious links with southern America and has welcomed a mix of Latin American populations to her shores.

Modern times

The history of Spain is therefore not straightforward, and the lingering affect of years of Arab rule lives on in the cities and towns. Heading to Granada one certainly feels the Arab influence in the beauty of the Alhambra and old town. Many Spanish streets or towns have romanised their old Arab names, and many of their churches and cathedrals are built on former mosques, some with their minarets still peekinf through the top.  These southern cities are a unique blend of old and new, and you will definitely enjoy the atmosphere of any town or village in Spain, as well as the good food and wine, and of course the friendly locals.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:07, Category: Travel
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The history of Barcelona

Like many towns and cities in Spain and elsewhere in Europe, Barcelona has a chequered past. With waves of different rulers in the past, including the Goths, location villa piscine and the Moors, the city has a wealth of historical points of interest for the interested tourist. The modern age of Barcelona can in some extent be traced back to the expulsion of the Moors from the area. As the moors withdrew the area began to come to the fore and the kingdom of Barcelona managed to control many of the islands in the Mediterranean as well as some areas of France and Greece. This was a golden era of Catalan power in the wake of Arab rule.

Unfortunately, plague, disease and sieges led to decline. Locals initiated a rebellion which resulted in the fall of the city to Felipe V from France who banned their language and maintained a military rule over the town. The area saw a period of re-growth during Spain’s adventures in the new world of the Americas. The city grew enormously and modernised thanks to its cotton industry, as well as undergoing a sort of Catalan renaissance thanks to the romantic movement of the time. This resulted in the growth of Catalan nationalism.

Turmoil erupted at the end of the 1800s with all sections of society attempting to manoeuvre into positions of power. At the same time, the city began to struggle with a growing population which went from just over one hundred thousand to 500,000 by the early 20th century. As the city grew in industrial strength it saw a further bloat in population as the city swelled to accommodate workers from the countryside and as the size of the working class population grew and became more demanding so did the number of strikes and protests.

The independence movement never went away and by the beginning of Spain’s 2nd republic there were calls for an independent state. This became a brief reality and for about 12 months the area was run by Marxists and anarchists in a show of independence. This peace didn’t last however, and infighting eventually erupted into riots.

During Franco’s rule Barcelona stood firm against the fascist dictator, until eventually falling to his henchmen just before the outbreak of WW11. Many locals rather fled to France than be ruled by a fascist, and disappeared out of the country. Franco’s oppression of the Catalan region began, but did nothing to halt the Catalan spirit which still remains fiercely independent to this day.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:06, Category: General
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Historical buildings of Madrid

Older buildings

There are quite a few historic buildings in modern Madrid that you should definitely try and see. Already well established by medieval times, the city boasts some fine construction dating back to the middle ages. Head to the Plaza de la Villa and check out the former prison of French King Francis housed in the Lujanes tower. Nearby, there’s a fantastic display of old newspapers, dating back to the 1900s and open daily for those interested in local history, housed in the Hemeroteca Municipal. Heading away from the square you’ll have to navigate narrow alleys but soon reach the church of San Nicolas de los Servitas. This red brick church is Madrid’s oldest, despite its well kept façade. Boasting a tower reminiscent of Spain’s Arab past, it’s located near to San Pedro el Real. A real point of interest is the old Moreria which still retains its Arab features.

Following the reconquista maison espagne was back in the hands of the Christians. During the Habsburg Empire the city buildings flourished. Near the main square you’ll find wonderful archways which lead into the Plaza Mayor, which during the era as now was a bustling meeting place and point of trade. In the past the area was the centre for entertainment and coronation, watched from the many balconies facing the square.

In the Plaza de la Villa you’ll find the town hall and a little further on you’ll reach the Palacio de los Vargas which is an interesting structure from the 16th century which holds a number of even more interesting local artefacts. Also interesting to view is the church of the Basilica of Atocha which was completely destroyed during Franco’s time and eventually rebuilt and renovated in the 1950s. The city boasts many other pleasant squares and plazas, too many to mention here, including the famous Puerta del Sol and the Plaza de las Descalzas amongst others, each with their own interesting buildings and histories and a very pleasant area in which to stroll.

Modern Madrid

In modern times Madrid has built and expanded on its historical roots. As the city began to grow and the population began to rise, town planners were faced with the problem of expansion. However, there have been a number of buildings built which are of note – these include the Telephone exchange, the Fine arts club and of course the Arc de triomphe which you can find in another of Madrid’s many squares – the Plaza de la Moncloa. Finally, head to the Plaza Picasso and view some of the newest buildings in Madrid.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:04, Category: Travel
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Parks in Madrid

Overview

Madrid boasts a number of lovely parks which are a great place to stroll in. They"re also loved by the locals who like to escape from the heat of the strong Spanish sun, and by tourists who, tired from a long days sightseeing and shopping, like to sit down and take a breather.

Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens are a wonderful spot. If you"ve been at the Prado museum you should take a break here. There"s a wide range of flora and fauna in the park, including thousands of different types of trees and flowers from across the globe. The park is organised into different areas with long boulevards along which to walk and information on every plant and tree. If you"re looking to spend an afternoon in this park then you should take the metro to the Atocha stop.

Parque del Retiro

One of Madrid"s biggest parks is the Parque del Retiro. A huge park which is full of trees and greenery and bordered by beautiful entrance gates through which you can gain access. There are elaborate sculptures and statues of Spanish royalty dotted throughout the park, and you can even rent a small boat to take out on the huge man made lake. It"s definitely a great way to relax after a long hot day. The Park del Retiro also contains a wonderfully fragrant rose garden and features romantic walkways for a secluded stroll. If you"re interested in art you may be lucky enough to catch one of the roving art displays that sometimes make an appearance in the location maison en espagne. If you want to take the metro to this park you should get off at Retiro stop.

Casa de Campo

There"s also Casa de Campo which you"ll find by following the river to the west of the city. Another large park, but not as large as the first 2, Casa de Campo provides a number of recreation facilities for those who wish to be a little more active. Here, you can hire a rowing boat and play some sports on the sports courts. This park is a great one to take the kids to, as it features a zoo as well as an amusement arcade which the kids are sure to enjoy. Take the metro to Lago and get off there.

Other smaller parks include Parque Finte del Berro and the Parque del Oeste in the west of the city. Quieter than the main ones, these parks are the perfect place for a quiet slow and secluded reflection.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:04, Category: Travel
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La Seu – Valencia’s Cathedral

Overview

The beautiful cathedral in Valencia – known as La Seu – is located in the beautiful old part of the City. Boasting beautiful medieval architecture and housing some valuable old paintings as well as a holy chalice, reputed to be the one used by Jesus Christ at the last supper and used by many Popes throughout the ages. Popes John Paul and Benedict have both visited the cathedral. Built on the site of an original church followed by a Moorish mosque, the Cathedral was built in mainly gothic style over centuries although construction began in the 13th Century and there is evidence of baroque and Romanesque styles as well. Despite damage by fire during the Spanish Civil War the cathedral remains a beautiful sight. Visiting the cathedral is free however you will have to give a small donation in order to receive the very interesting guided tour available.

What to see in the cathedral

There is a bell tower adjacent to the Cathedral which, if you’re feeling up to it, offers a beautiful panorama of the city and view of some of Valencia’s best landmarks. You’ll just have to manage the heavy climb up the many steps as there is unfortunately no lift!

Head round to the door of the Apostles (Puerto de los Apostoles) every Thursday before lunch and you could be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the rural farmers discussing their water and irrigation difficulties! This has been going on for generations and generations and the process remains unchanged throughout.

The church is open for prayer daily and tours and audio guides are available in many languages. If you are able to attend a service, you should do, as the choir is particularly talented and the building makes the sound of their voices ever more beautiful. There has been some remarkably detailed work done on the cathedral frescoes thanks to some talented artists and the paintings and frescos have now been restored to their full glory. Whether you are interested in the artwork, architecture, the holy chalice or the history of the building, the Cathedral will be sure to interest you. Or, you may want to pop in and spend some quiet time in between the shopping and sightseeing in the cool interior of the Cathedral walls. Either way, the Cathedral of Valencia will be sure to welcome you as it has done others for centuries.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:02, Category: Travel
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Las Fallas

Background to Las Fallas Festival in Valencia

The fantastic festival of Las Fallas is well known throughout Spain and worldwide. Thousands flock to the city during March every year to enjoy the festivities and holiday atmosphere during this special time. Numerous smaller towns and villages in the region also have similar smaller Fallas festivals which operate on a smaller scale but are no less enjoyable. Lasting 4 days, the whole region and city of Valencia adopt a carnival atmosphere and holiday feeling with the whole community getting involved in the preparations and celebrations.

The city hosts music festivals, concerts and shows, often featuring local celebrities. During the year organisers raise funds and collect money for the festivals, and preparations include the making of the large Fallas – the elaborate and stunningly colourful papier mache and wooden statues that give the festival its name – which then adorn the city streets during the celebrations. The statues will be paraded through the town in the build up to the celebrations and mounted on boards full of fireworks.

Celebrating San Jose, the Patron Saint of wood workers, legend has it that the festival of Las Fallas began when local workmen in the city would set fire to any leftover materials at the years end. The celebrations are marked with fireworks and music throughout, beginning with the grand opening ceremony and culminating in the burning of the Fallas statues. Some very lucky Fallas will eventually be rescued and preserved in the local museum. Their firework filled stands will launch colourful displays into the air. A good place to join in is at the Turia Gardens for fireworks each evening which is a spectacular display.

What to see during the festival

Locals also take great trouble in preparing their festival outfits and costumes. Local girls and women put on beautiful traditional dresses for key events and ceremonies during the festivals including the carrying of flowers to and the adornment of the Basilica of the Virgin of the Forsaken. During the festivities local delicacies are consumed in abundance. These include of course the delicious Paella (Valencia is the region from which paella originates) and the sweet and sticky sugar covered churros whose smell we are familiar with in fairgrounds throughout Europe. Celebrations normally last late into the evening and the Spanish are famous for partying long into the night. The city is very busy at this time, and it is therefore recommended to book restaurants and accommodation before you travel.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 19:01, Category: Travel
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Nightlife in Valencia

Overview

The Spanish are famous for sleeping in the afternoon, eating late and partying until early in the morning, and the Valencians are no exception! The city offers a wide choice of night life for everyone, from low key chilled out venue to loud and late parties in the old town or on the beach. There’s definitely something for everyone in this trendy, cosmopolitan and fashionable city on the east coast of Spain, just be prepared to stay out late if you want to see the best of it!

Where to go, what to do

Heading to Valencia for a weekend break means you will be able to experience the best the city has to offer in terms of night life. Although many venues are open mid-week, the weekend is when the party really begins for many of the locals. There are great clubs, classy cocktail bars and chilled out jazz lounges from which to choose, so you will never be disappointed whatever your taste! The best thing is that the clubs and bars open late and stay open until the early hours of the morning meaning you’ll have plenty of time to sample local delicacies in the restaurants and cafes without being in a rush.

Those interested in festivals and music will love Valencia too – during the good weather the city hosts an outdoor cinema in the Turia Gardens which is a brilliant experience. Others may prefer to head to the old cobbled streets of Barrio del Carmen for a more bohemian feel with bars and clubs in abundance and a laid back relaxed atmosphere. For fashionable cocktail bars and top end restaurants many like to head to upscale Canovas Square. And those who want to get off the tourist trail and live it up with the locals should head to Juan Llorens – here you’ll find bars and clubs open all hours for some serious partying.

Many will also like the cool and relaxed beach bars down by the beach front. In the summer this is a perfect place to relax with a cocktail as the sun sets before the bar owners turn on the music and you can party all night with the waves lapping against the shore. Head to Las Arenas or Malvarossa for the best spots, including beach bar Vivir Sin Dormir which is open all day and serves cool cocktails at night.

Whatever your tastes, the city of Valencia has something for everyone.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 18:55, Category: Travel
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Oceanografic – Europe’s largest aquarium

Overview

The interesting and uniquely shaped aquarium in Valencia is officially called L’Oceanografic and is a very popular open air marine park. Located in the huge City of Arts and Sciences complex the aquarium is officially the largest of its kind in the EU, and also one of the largest worldwide. The park attracts a large amount of visitors daily. Its unique design has led it to be compared to Barcelona’s landmark signature buildings designed by Gaudi, and Oceanografic’s designer Felix Candela has created a similar masterpiece. The City of Arts and Sciences complex is very easily accessible to those coming from Valencia by public transport or on foot via the Turia gardens. The Aquarium has a good range of facilities in order to welcome its many visitors including ocean themed restaurants and bars which have viewing tanks integrated into the walls.

What to see at the Oceanografic

The aquarium is itself divided up into different areas each with special features to delight adults and children alike. Officially called ‘Mediterranean’ the aquariums themselves house sea life typical to the Mediterranean region including some beautiful fish and scorpions. The Ocean section is a thrill for the kids as they can see the penguins act as if they were in the wild and watch them flop into the water or lounge on the rocks. The Arca del Mar section is an area dedicated to maintaining many different ocean creatures that are unfortunately in danger of becoming extinct and the Oceanographico area shows good examples of wetlands and natural swamps.

From Oceanographico, head to the Artic section which has been constructed in the style of an igloo. Here scientists analyse sea creatures including walruses. A large section dedicated to dolphins, called the Dolphinarium, is also a treat. Here you can see the dolphins perform tricks in the large arena. Other sections of the aquarium cover the other oceans and seas of the world, and their fish that live in their deep waters. The aquarium is a definite must do for families visiting Valencia, and there is enough to see and do to fill a whole day! If you have time you can also head over to the other facilities and attractions in the City of Parks and Sciences and take a tour of the other sites in the complex or simply marvel at the wonderful architecture in this modern complex.

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Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 18:53, Category: Travel
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The area of Barrio del Carmen in Valencia

Overview

The area of Barrio del Carmen in Valencia is a wonderfully tranquil area of the city which also boasts an interesting night life. Much loved and popular amongst the younger crowd, the area is trendy and relaxed and is located near the old town. The area has many bars and restaurants and a rather bohemian feel to it, reminiscent of other similar areas in many other European cities, with street artists and outdoor cafes.

Atmosphere

Closed to car access, the area has beautiful cobbled streets and was once in danger of falling into disrepair. Some of the older buildings of note have been lovingly restored and converted into bars and cafes. Now it’s a hip, vibrant area where young people from the city and tourist alike flock to dance the night away. The area will be buzzing every night, but head down at the weekends to experience the local party atmosphere. The outdoor terraces along the Calle de Caballeros are wonderful places in which to enjoy a quiet drink in the early evening before heading out on the town.

What to do

During the day there are numerous points of interest that will appeal to those interested in local history and art, and the Valencian Institute Of Modern Art is to be found in this area. Affectionately named El Carme by locals, the area is easily accessible to all and its pedestrianised streets make it a pleasure to still along. Here you can see the Serrano’s Tower which is one of the remaining defence walls from the old city wall. Torres de Cuart, another defence wall, is equally as impressive and the location of these walls will dictate whether you are in the old part of town or the new.

The combination of local history, good food and vibrant nightlife make this little part of town a real delight. If you can keep up with the Spanish and party into the small hours, then you should head to one of the many clubs in the area. Spanish clubs open late, around midnight, and provide a real party atmosphere. If that’s not your scene then there are more relaxed venues including bars with live music or jazz, or outdoor cafes for those just wishing to take in the scenery, do some people watching and drink a coffee after a brilliant Spanish meal or some traditional valencian paella.

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Club Villamar offers many holiday villas dispersed all over location costa brava and whether on the location moraira. For all these reasons, thousands of vacationers choose to spend their holidays in a beautiful villa begur. And here you can also read my other Articles Franck Lisle Articles and also read my other Bookmarking Franck Lisle Bookmarking.

Por francklisle - June 30th, 2011, 18:52, Category: Travel
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