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    The lively city of Ibiza (or Eivissa) is the capital city of Ibiza island, which is one of the Spanish Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) in the Mediterranean Sea. Situated on the south-east coast of the […]

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    Founded in 1145 by Don Pedro Atarés, Señor de Borja, the Monastery of Veruela (Royal Monastery of Santa María de Veruela – Monasterio de Veruela) was the very first cistercian Monastery established in La Corona […]

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    Located on the breathtaking Cantabrian Sea Coast, in the province of Guipuzkoa in the north of Spain, Zarautz is a popular resort town only 20 km away from the beautiful Donostia – San Sebastian city. With a population of about of 23,000 inhabitants, Zarautz is really a famous tourist destination of high quality in Spain for people who like enjoying its traditional cuisine and its excellent beach, as well as leisure activities and sports among others.

    mapa san sebastian spainThe old fishing village of Zarautz became a favorite destination for aristocracy and upper class people who chose Zarautz to enjoy the quiet beach during their holidays in the late 19th century. Nowadays, one of the most important economic sectors in Zarautz is really tourism. Therefore, Zarautz has focused on the preservation of its heritage cultural, its healthy lifestyle, its traditions and its natural surroundings so that Zarautz goes on being a tourist destination of the highest quality.
    Gastronomy
    playa y paseo maritimoZarautz is known over all world for its delicious cuisine and its magnificent chefs who are used to cooking with the best and freshest ingredients. Moreover, the excellent food attracts not only local people, but also other visitors from other cities and countries. In fact, here tourists can find some of the most renowned restaurants and bars of Basque Country full of friendly people tasting the flavorful pintxos (a tiny haute cuisine) with the traditional txakoli (light white wine). If tourists visit the popular local market of Zarautz, they will certainly soak up the atmosphere of this town and understand its traditional gastronomy.
    Beach and Sports
    zarautzThe Beach of Zarautz, which is one of the longest beaches in the Cantabrian Sea coast with more than 2,500 m long of fine golden sand and clear blue water, is other attraction for lovers of the outdoor activities, such as surfers who can enjoy the spectacular waves; golfers that can play golf in the Real Club of Golf of Zarautz which borders a part of the beach on the eastern area. Moreover the beach is also bordered by the lively promenade, the main meeting point of the town, where visitors can find a lot of excellent restaurants, bars, terraces, cafés, shops and have a lot of fun.

    Visitors can also enjoy the outstanding natural landscape of Zarautz walking along its picturesque streets, taking a stroll about its peaceful surroundings as well as climbing its hills and mountains because there are facilities for most cultural and athletic activities. Besides, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking scenery if they decide to go to Getaria on foot bordering the Cantabrian sea coast. As for Getaria (Guetaria), it is a beautiful fishing village only 3 km away from Zarautz with medieval houses and the remarkable San Salvador’s church in Gothic style dating from 14th century. Both Zarautz and Getaria are connected by a spectacular promenade between the mountain and sea.

    basque country beachZarautz can also offer tourists interesting buildings such as Santa María la Real’s Church built between the 15th and 16th centuries in Gothic style; the Zarautz Tower, which is the oldest building in Zarautz from the 15th century, is used for the Museum of Art and History and for the bell tower. Inside the church visitors can find several impressive Baroque altarpieces and the tomb of Lopez Martinez de Zarautz from 15th century; the four storey-Luzea Tower was built in the 15th century in Gothic style; the Narros Palace built in the mid 16th century in renaissance style with lovely gardens; the Portu House is a remarkable three-storey building from 16th century ( Town Hall headquarters); Franciscans’ Convent Church from early 17th century; Makatxa House among others.

    If visitors wander through the streets and squares, they will come across impressive sculptures, other magnificent buildings and beautiful gardens and parks that are worth visiting.

     
    Other places to visit in The Basque Country (País Vasco)
    San Sebastian (Donostia) Situated in the north of Spain on the Bay of Biscay coast, washed by the Cantabrian Sea, San Sebastian (or Donostia)  also known as Perla del Cantábrico (the Cantabrian Sea Pearl) is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty.

    Bilbao: Bilbao is one of the main cities of the Basque Country, in the north of Spain. It has more than 700.000 inhabitants, counting the city and the metropolitan area. In this article we are going to tell you about what are the best places to visit in the city, and how to visit them on foot in a two-days weekend.

    More places to see in The Basque Country.

     

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    Mérida certainly has a monumental Archaeological Ensemble which is considered to be the best preserved in Spain. In fact, the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida was declared a World Heritage site in 1993 by UNESCO. This ensemble consists of 29 well-preserved remains of the old city.

    Situated in Badajoz province, in the west of Spain with a population of about 60,000 inhabitants, Mérida is the capital city of Extremadura region. Moreover, its favorable geographical location in the Silver Route with several highways to Gijón, Seville, Madrid, Lisboa among others and the Guadiana and the Albarregas rivers crossing the city make Mérida an attractive and easily accessible city.

    merida mapaMérida was founded in the year 25 before Christ by order of the Roman Emperor Octavio Augusto (68-14) who called it Emerita Augusta, which became one of the most important cities in the Roman Empire. In fact, the most emblematic monuments in Mérida were built during the Roman Empire. After the Romans, in the 5th century the Visigoths were in Mérida until the early 8th century that was conquered by Muslims. When Abderraman II (792-852) of the dynasty Omeya arrived in Mérida in 834 built the Alcazaba on Roman and Visigoth walls. After that, Alfonso IX (1171-1230) king of León reconquered Mérida in 1230.

     
    What to visit in Mérida
    Mérida is of special historic interest in where visitors can explore plenty of ancient monuments within the walled city. Although several of them are scattered around the city or outside the walled city, the followings monuments are must-see places.

    Roman Theater is the most remarkable building in Mérida being built by Marco Vipsanio Agrippa (63-12) son-in-law of Augusto and finished its construction in the year 15 BC. As for the current monumental proscenium (stage), it was built in the early 2nd century with marble colums and statues. Having a capacity of about 6,000 spectacles, the Roman Theatre is regarded as the most renowned Roman Theatre in Spain.

    In summer, visitors to Mérida should make sure to include an evening performance to the Roman Theater in their programs because this is the season that is celebrated the most important Festival of Classical Theater in Spain. Roman Amphitheater was inaugurated in the year 8 BC with a capacity of about 16,000 spectators. It is next to Theater.

    The House of the Amphitheater dating between the 1st and 3th centuries consists of remains of several Roman buildings. It is also worth visiting.

    merida puente romanoThe National Museum of Roman Art ( MNAR ) whose building is itself worth a visit, was built by world renowned architect Rafael Moneo Valles in 1986, here visitors can enjoy Roman sculptures, mosaics, documents and so on. In fact, the Museum is one of most great archaeological Museum in Spain. It is near the Theater.

    By the way, in this area there are terraces, cafés, restaurants, bars, shops and the pedestrian streets of the city center nearby. If visitors take a stroll along the pedestrian Streets they will find emblematic monuments. Diana Temple was probably built in the early first century under Emperor Augusto in order to dedicate it to imperial cult.

    Roman Bridge over the Guadiana River has 60 arches and almost 800 meters long and 12 meter high at its highest point, being the longest Roman Bridge in Spain. It was repaired several times in the 17th century being added 5 arches.

    La Alcazaba was a Islamic fortress to protect the Roman Bridge over the Guadiana River and was built by Abderraman II in 835 on the banks of the Guadiana River reusing Roman and Visigoth construction materials. Obviously, it is next to Roman Bridge.

    House of Mithreo is a grad home dating between 1st and 2nd century AC decorating with wonderful mosaics and paintings. Here the visitors can see the Cosmological Mosaic which is one of the best Roman mosaics in the world. Tourists should not leave Mérida without enjoying it.

    arco de trajano merida spain - CopySpain Square is he main meeting point in the city with important buildings such as the Cathedral, City Hall and several palaces, as well as, restaurants, open air terraces, cafés, benches, a lively and enjoyable place to have fun. Co-Cathedral of Santa Maria was built on the site of the main Visigoth Cathedral of Santa Maria. Dating between the 13th and 16th centuries the Cathedral was a burial site until 14th century.

    Old Santa Clara Church dating from 17th century in baroque style is used as the Visigoth Museum, here visitors will be able to see one of best sculptural Visigoth collection in the Peninsula. It is near the Cathedral.

    Arch of Trajano was probably an access gate to a temple, measuring almost 14 meters in height and more than 5 meters in width.  Old Hospital of Jesus dating from 17th century is currently a luxury hotel. However, tourists should not leave the city without seeing its cloister.

    Santa Eulalia’s Basilica was built on the side of remains of Roman houses and a Visigoth Basilica between the 13th and 14th centuries. Here people can find the Temple of Mars and tombs of different periods. It is also worth a visit.

    roman aqueduct merida spainRoman Bridge over the Albarregas River is near Los Milagros Aqueduct it was built in the late first century before Christ. Los Milagros Aqueduct was built by the Romans in the first century, it was a hydraulic system to bring water from Charca of the Albuera or Proserpina reservoir to the city. Nowadays, people can see about 800 meters long of this preserved Aqueduct which was 840 meters long and 25 meters high. It is near the Roman bridge over the Albarregas River.

    Roman Circus was possibly built in the first century AC outside the city walls. Measuring more than 400 meters in length and more than 95 meters in width. Having a capacity of about 30,000 spectators, the Circus of Mérida is one of the largest and best preserved circuses of Roman world. Close to the Roman Circus can be seen remains of the San Lazaro Aqueduct.

    Lusitania Bridge over the Guadiana River was built by the known architecr Santiago Calatrava in 1991. Mérida is not only popular with the tourists because its monumental Archaeological Ensemble but also its gastronomy, festivals, parks, sport, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, nightlife and above all, its tasty cheese, ham and wine.

    If you are thinking of visiting Mérida, you will come across many much interesting buildings, sculptures, monuments,and so on. Mérida is situated to 340 km from Madrid.

     

     
    More places to visit in Spain
    Extremadura: What to see in Extremadura Region.

    Andalucia: Andalusia Region is located close to Extremadura, and has many touristic cities as Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba or Cádiz.

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    People visiting Tenerife island (Canary Islands) should not miss out on Garachico which is situated in the northwest of Tenerife Island between the steep mountain slopes and the volcanic rock cliffs on the […]

  • Lago Martianez puerto de la cruz beach canary islands

    Situated in the beautiful Orotava Valley, on the Atlantic Ocean coast in the north of Tenerife Island (Canary Islands), 37 km. away from Santa Cruz de Tenerife city, Puerto de la Cruz is a lively town with lovely gardens and a population of about 30,000. To add, the town is at the bottom of foothill of the Teide Mountain (3,718 meters high).

    playa jardinThe annual average temperature between 15 degrees in winter and 27 degrees in summer, its mild climate and its nature beauty of its surroundings have really played an important role in the quality of life in Puerto de la Cruz, which is regarded as one of the main towns in tourist attraction in Canary Islands. Moreover, the volcanic sand beaches and the fresh mountain air make Puerto de la Cruz one of the best towns to have a lifestyle healthy, spend an enjoyable holiday or do all sort of sport. In fact, in this town visitors can stroll, play, rest, eat, drink, dance, have fun and enjoy its nightlife in a friendly, relaxed and pleasant atmosphere among other many things.

    the port and martianez beach tenerifeIn the heart of the historical neighborhood in the north of the town visitors can find the Plaza de la Iglesia (Church Square) and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia (Our Lady of the Rock of France Church), the square is a quiet and clean area to rest and enjoy its traditional buildings . It will take two minutes on foot from Church Square to get the remarkable Charco Square the main meeting point for citizens and tourists where people can find shops, cafés, restaurants, open air terraces. This square is immensely popular with the local people and the perfect place to spend the free time. Moreover, the old pier is nearby too. Tourists should not miss on out this area.

    The Castle of San Felipe was built in the middle of the 17th century in order to keep safe the place. However, if you like music you will listen concerts in this Castle currently.

     
    Puerto de la Cruz: Visiting the beaches of the Port
    san telmo beachPuerto de la Cruz has four black sand beaches:

    – Martianez Beach, is an ideal beach to go surfing, swimming, walking and enjoy water sports.

    – San Telmo Beach is near the Iglesia Square in the heart of the historical Town remaining as a typical beach for bathing. This beach is especially popular among the citizens.

    – The Jardin Beach, which is near the San Felipe Castle, is the largest beach in Puerto de la Cruz covering more than 16,000 square metres. It has plenty of gardens with paths to stroll, play or rest and a range of facilities. This beach – garden was designed by the world renowned artist and sculptor Cesar Manrique Cabrera ( 1919-1992) who expressed through his designs a love of nature.

    l martianez 4– Lago Martianez Complex, (Complex Martianez Lake) which is the most emblematic place in Puerto de la Cruz, has several seawater lakes or swimming spools, gardens, terraces, bars, excellent facilities. Its surface area is about 50,000 square meters and was designed by the artist canary Cesar Manrique Cabrera (1919-1992) who built the Complex like a natural environment space. By the way, the Complex becomes a bustling and lively place during the evening and the night. This beach is between San Telmo and Martianez beaches.

     

     
    The Botanic Garden, Taoro Park and Loro Park (Tenerife)
    playa jardin floresThe Botanic Garden (Jardin de Aclimatacion de la Orotava) dates from 18th century creating with astonishing variety of plants is a beautiful landscaped garden. It might have more than 4,000 different plants.

    It will take about 25 minutes on foot from Church Square to arrive at Botanic Garden. Its nature beauty makes it a must-see place

    The Taoro Park is also worthy of mention, it takes about 18 minutes on foot from Church Square to get this park, covering an area of about 100,000 square meters.

    Loro Park is one of the most interesting zoo in the world where people can see plenty of animals and spend all day strolling and enjoy the zoo. It will be a unique and unforgettable experience for children if they can see the intelligent dolphins acting as if the dolphins were in the sea.

    san felipe castle tenerifeIf you want to know more about Puerto de la Cruz , it goes back to the 16th century like Orotava’s seaport until the first years of the 19th century that it was renamed like Puerto de la Cruz. In fact, the seaport probably had quite importance between the 16th and 18th centuries when the pier was used for international trade of sugar and wine. Besides, Puerto de la Cruz was a fishing village and parts of the old seaport are still visible. By the way, the town has followed with its fishing seaport for several centuries.

    Strolling around the streets of this town tourists will come across of architecturally interesting buildings, museums, and so on.

     
    More about Tenerife and The Canary Islands
    Canary Islands: Read here all about the Canary Islands, Spain (Islas Canarias, España).

    Tenerife island: The beaches and places to go when visiting Tenerife.

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife: The main city of Tenerife Island.

     

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    Icod de los Vinos also called the Town of the Drago tree is not only famous for its Drago Milenario tree (millennial tree) which grows in this town, but also its nature, its forest, its vineyards, its […]

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    Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife Island is the largest island of the seven Spanish Canary Islands (known as Islas Canarias) off northwest coast of Africa. Tenerife covers a surface area of about 2,030 square kilometers and being Santa Cruz of Tenerife its Capital city.

    Its favorable geographical location, its pleasant mild climate, its tropical trade winds (vientos Alisios), its annual average temperatures between 17 degrees in winter and 25 degrees in summer, its sunny beaches, and leisure activity make Tenerife Island an ideal holiday destination. Moreover, Tenerife also has a lot of offer in the way of culture, nature, gastronomy, sport, festivals, and so on.

     
    The beaches of Tenerife
    beachThe exceptional warm climate makes the beaches of Tenerife its main attraction for visitors who can enjoy bathing, windsurfing or swimming in the clear water of the Atlantic Ocean during all the year round, sunbathing, relaxing on the Médano, the Cabezo, the Cristianos, The Gigantes, San Juan or some of the many sandy beaches which surround on the coast of Tenerife island.

    If tourists want to enjoy a different beach every day, they can take the public bus or tram which run very frequently from wherever village or city of Tenerife to all the most famous beaches of the island. It might take about an hour or less to arrive at the farthest beaches. Although the best way to reach the beaches is to hire a car and enjoy the incomparable beauty of the island.

    We suggest joying the fine golden sand of Teresitas beach in the north of the island, it takes about 12 minutes (9 km. away) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife city. The volcanic black sand of Arena beach in the south of the island which will take about an hour (100 km. away) from Santa Cruz de Tenerife city, or the exotic black sand Socorro beach near the Orotava Valley it takes about 30 minutes by car (42 km away).

    By the way, the beaches have excellent facilities for people of all ages.

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    The gastronomy in Tenerife
    Visitors can enjoy delicious food and excellent wine in Tenerife if they ask for traditional dishes at the cafés, taverns, or restaurants which offer Canary Islands’ cuisine such as montaditos de batata (sweet potato canapé), bacalao con mojo rojo (cod with red mojo sauce), queso asado con miel (fried or roasted cheese with honey), puchero canario (Canary Islands’ stew), grilled pork, chicken or fresh fish with the famous papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes boiled dry in sea salt) served with mojo picon ( a spicy of garlic sauce), Besides, the sweet and famous plátanos (bananas), aromatic goat’s cheese and the excellent honey are massively popular with tourists and local people.

    Anyway, all the villages on the coast have restaurants and cafés where tourists can try tasty fresh fish in Canary Islands’ style. Do not forget that many restaurants in Tenerife have terraces overlooking the sea and modern open-air terraces to have lunch, dinner or tapas with good red, rose or white Canary Islands’ wine.  Read more here about the Gastronomy of the Canary Islands.

     
    The Wine of the island
    tenerife landscapeAlthough international cuisine is served in all the restaurants and cafés of Tenerife, visitors should not forget the great quality of its wines which have just been chosen by world renowned chefs. Moreover, tourists must not lose the opportunity to see the vineyards, which grow on volcanic soil giving a delicate flavor to its vintages, such as in the beautiful landscape of the Orotava Valley, Gúimar Valley or Taracote among others. As for wine, people interested in knowing more about wines can also make the wine route which offers leisure activities, visits wineries, savors fine local wines and superb traditional cuisine, among other things.

    By the way, there are several guided winery tours of half a day, full day, nature and wine and so on. However, a few tourists make it on their own because the distances are short in Tenerife what let people combine several activities the same day taking the efficient and cheap public transport service. The Orotava Valley takes about 25 minutes by car ( 35 km away) from Santa Cruz of Tenerife city.

     
    More places to visit in the Canary Islands
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife city: A guide to visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

    – Towns, Ports and beaches in Tenerife: Garachico and Icod de Vinos.

    – Gran Canaria:  Find here our posts about the best beaches of Gran Canaria, and Towns and Mountains of Gran Canaria.

    The Gastronomy of the Canary Islands: In this post you’ll learn more about the traditional food and drinks of the islands.

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    The Lonja de la seda (Silk Market) in Valencia, also known as Lonja de los Mercaderes or Casa de Contratacion is one of the most emblematic Gothic buildings in Spain.  In fact, the Lonja is the masterpiece of […]

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    Oviedo is the capital city of Asturias. The city has around 225,000 inhabitants and is located 28 km away of Gijón.

    In this post we are going to talk about some of the most important places to see when […]

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    Gijón (or Xixón) is the bigger city of Asturias region, and the most touristic one. With near 300,000 inhabitants, Gijón is a nice seaside city which invites to all its visitors to enjoy its beaches, its […]

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    The Pilar Cathedral (also called Basilica del Pilar) is the most famous icon of Saragossa (Zaragoza).

    This church is placed in the centre of the city at Pilar Square (Plaza del Pilar), near the Ebro river […]

  • ThumbnailGran Via avenue of Saragossa is one of the most important streets of the city. It communicates Plaza Paraiso and Goya Avenue, and is commonly full of pedestrians and shops.

    In 2011 the new tram of the Saragossa […]

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    The Independence Avenue (or Paseo de la Independencia) is the main street of Zaragoza. It is a wide avenue with place for pedestrians, cars and trams, placed in the city centre.

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