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Places to visit in Spain

Madrid - is the capital of Spain and has its own page - Madrid

Seaside Resorts - the number one draw for many people visiting Spain are its wonderful beaches - 60 million tourist can't be wrong! Spain's main resorts can be found in the various 'costas' such as Costa Brava in northern Spain which includes the resorts of Tossa de Mar, Loret de Mar and Cadaques. Costa Daurada lies south of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast and includes the resorts of Torredembarra, Tarragona and L'Ametlla de Mar. The Costa Blanca is located on Spain's south eastern coast and includes Benidorm, Alicante and Calpe. Other popular resorts include Malaga and Marbella on the Costa del Sol in the south.

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Barcelona - is Spain's second city it is situated in the region of Catalonia on the Mediterranean Sea. surprisingly for a large city Barcelona has seven beaches which get very busy in summer. The area around the Plaça Catalunya makes up the city's historical centre and, alongside the upper half of Avinguda Diagonal, is the main commercial area of the city. The main landmark in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia - the gothic cathedral created by Antoni Gaudi which is a work in progress. Although started in 1882 this stunning building it is not expected to be finished until 2020. Head for the city's main street La Rambla for shopping, cafes and hectic nightlife. Oh - they've got quite a good football club as well!

Seville - is located in Andalusia, in southern Spain it is the forth largest city in the country. Seville is a lively city with a great architectural and artistic heritage. Visit; the Cathedral of Seville was built from 1401–1519 on the former site of the city's mosque; the Alcázar of Seville is a royal palace in Seville and was originally a Moorish fort; the Torre del Oro was built as watchtower and defensive barrier on the river. A chain was hung through the water from the base of the tower to prevent boats from travelling into the port.

The Alhambra - 'the red fortress' is a fortress and palace complex built by Moorish rulers of Granada in the mid 14th century. The history of the building is complex and spans several centuries and as a consequence the architectural styles are varied. What is certain is that the combined efforts have resulted in one of the most iconic buildings in Spain, if not the world. As you would expect it is a World Heritage Site. 

Zaragoza - is the fifth largest city in Spain and is located in the Aragon region in northern Spain. The city is famous for its folklore, a renowned local gastronomy and its trilogy of famous landmarks; the Basílica del Pilar, a church in the baroque style, the present building was mainly built between 1681 and 1872; La Seo Cathedral is a Late Romanesque cathedral dating from 1140; and the The Aljafería Palace - is a fortified palace built during the second half of the 11th century.

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San Sebastián - is a stylish resort town in northern Spain on the Atlantic coast. There are three main beaches in the resort, Playa de la Zurriola is popular with surfers. 

Andalucia - is a large region of Spain along the south coast. The capital of the region is Seville which is Spain's forth largest city. The region is known for its beaches, flamenco, Islamic architecture and distinctive cuisine. 

Catalonia - located in north eastern Spain towards the border with France. The capital is Barcelona (see above) which is the second largest city in Spain. Other well known destinations in the region are ancient Tarragona and picturesque Girona and the beaches of the Costa Brava. 

The Balearic Islands - are located in the Mediterranean Sea and consist of the main island Mallorca - which can get crowded, Menorca which is quieter, Ibiza which is the party island and Formentera which is more traditional.  

The Canary Islands - are located in the Atlantic Ocean of the coast of Africa and are a major tourist destination in their own right. There are ten islands of which the most popular are; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote.

 

Santiago de Compostela - is located in northern Spain in the region of Galicia. The main reason for people to visit is the Cathedral del Apostol which is the burial place of St James. The old part of the city around the cathedral is a World Heritage Site. 

Tapas - is the name of a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid).

Paella - is a Valencian rice dish that many tourists think of a Spain's national dish but it is fact a regional dish of Valencia. 

                                               

 
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