The city where nobody is a foreigner

April 30, 2009

La CoruñaI could not miss this unique opportunity without talking about the city which saw me being born and growing up: La Coruña. This city is situated in a peninsula in the north west of Spain, specifically in the western province of the autonomous region of Galicia.

It can not be said that La Coruña is not a complete city, since you can enjoy the wonders that sea offers as well as the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of the mountains. Though city is complete, the sea has a great importance in the city, as all the city was built around it.La Torre de Hercules Moreover, the sea plays an important role in the city as the best touristic guide , since throughout the promenade which surrounds the sea along 5 kilometres It can be seen the main monuments of the city. So, walking along the promenade can be seen the Hercules’s tower, the only roman lighthouse which is running, or the superb Saint Anton’s Castle built in the 15th century.

But, La Coruña is not only sea, since throughout its streets can be seen great churches of the 14th century as well as beautiful parks as the Saint Maragarite. But what stands out most in the city is its main square. Situated in the heart of the city Maria Pita’s Square is a huge square built in honour of this woman who fought for saving us from the English invasion in the 17th century. Moreover, in this square is situated the City hall of the city, a fantastic neoclasic building.Maria Pita's Square

Indeed, a city to visit and taste its excellent seafood, since La Coruña is considered as one of the best cities where the best seafood is served. Do not doubt it and visit the city where nobody is a foreigner.

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Where the art begins…

April 20, 2009

CadaquésThe Spanish surrealism can be only identified with a name: Salvador Dalí. This great artist could never have started his career without the inspiration that this village gave to him. Indeed, this village, saw how this movement of art was born.

Geographically, Cadaqués is a town in the Alt Empordá comarca, in Girona province (Catalonia); Specifically, it can be found on a bay near the Cap de Creus Peninsula, on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean sea. Its proximity to Barcelona , it is only a two-and-a-half hour driving from there, has bestowed this village the flow of tourists that the beauty of this village deserves.

Among the crystal clear waters and its great vegetation of the Natural Park of Creus, can be found some cultural buildings. The first building is the Salvador Dali’s House, now become a museum where you can revise all his life and contemplate some of his wonderfull masterpieces. Otherwise, The white church of Cadaqués is also one of its best attractions. Dated in the Seventeenth Century, its gotic walls illuminate the whole village.Beach of Cadaqués

There is no doubt that the beauty, tranquility and history of this village have turned Cadaques into one of the best touristic lures of the East Coast of Spain. Indeed, a place to visit and enjoy.

P.S. Sorry for the delay! The Easter holidays made me be lazy!


¡Del barco de Chanquete no nos moverán!

April 1, 2009

Cave of NerjaNever before a Tv series had helped so much to promote a village. The Spanish show “Verano Azul” (Blue summer) during 2 years of emition announced the wonderful places of this village as well as its incredible food. Indeed, Nerja, situated in Malaga, has become a reference for the tourists in the south of Spain.

Beaches with crystalline waters fitted in the middle of the Penibetican range like Burriana, Calahonda, El Salón, La Torrecilla or Playazo, bestow the city the atmosphere of the South of Spain. But, in Nerja everything is not Beach and Sun , since two important monuments decorate the village: The European Balcony and its caves.

The European Balcony, named by Alfonso XIII in 1885, offers the best views of the zone. FromEl Playazo this point you can see the other attraction of the village: its caves. The Caves of Nerja ,discovered in 1959 with its huge stalactites and stalagmites, are one of the most prized bastions of Spain, so much so they are situated in third position, behind the museum of the Prado and “La Alhambra” in the ranking of most visited monuments.

A place to see and sing, since you can not go to Nerja without knowing by heart the Chanquete’s song. You can start practicing with this video!


Betanzos: A walk through the History

March 25, 2009

BetanzosAfter an arduous assigment week, it is time to discover one of the most beatiful village situated in the North West of Spain, specifically in the porvince of A Coruña, my home city. Among the great places that this province owns, Betanzos is considered as one of its most preciated bastions.

Just 15 kilometros from A Coruña, this village agglutinates all kind of the historical remains from the civilizations which settled down in this part of the Peninusule. So, from its Castro belonging to the Celtic culture as well as the Roman wall which surrounds the village, to its medieval churches and recently museums and buildings like “La Casa del pueblo”, this village oozes history.

Church of San FranciscoIt is impossible to talk about Betanzos without mentioning its village carnival where the biggest ballon made of paper flies through the sky above the crowded “Campo” square between canticles and jubilation.

By plane, car or even balloon! Just go there and understand why this place is one of the most beautiful places of the region.

Here you have a video from last carnival! enjoy it!


And the best beach in the world is…

March 10, 2009

in Spain!!! According to The Guardian, the best beach in the world is situaded in the North West of Spain,Islas Cíes specifically in the province of Pontevedra where the archipelago of Islas Cíes is found. In this geographical feature surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean is located the Rodas Beach, a marvellous enclave where let your dreams fly and feel the freedom in your lungs.

As the renowned newspaper says “the water is turquoise enough, the sand white enough to believe you are in the Caribe…until you dip your toe in the water. Then it feels more like Skegness. You can sleep in an idyllic campsite, shaded by tall pine trees, with a view over the ocean. And, this being Spain, there’s even a proper restaurant serving great seafood” Everthing you need to have a peaceful and funny vacations. You would never miss someone or something if you had the chance to go there

Rodas Beach

So, not in the Caribe, the Mediterranean or in Oceanía, the best beach is in my country! I am very proud of it.

Stop visiting the South of Spain looking for the sun and the good beaches and start to know something about the North, usually the most unknown part of Spain.


Where the asleep lion rests…

March 7, 2009

Most foreign people think that Bulls are the most representative animals in Spain. Yes, they are right, but there are also several animals which represent the different regions of my country. Indeed, one of the most characteristic “animals” is the asleep lion of the east coast of Spain. With its 1.181 metres high, this mountain protects one of the most characteristic and unknown destinations of the province of Alicante: Polop de la Marina.

Just ten minutes away from the city centre of Benidorm is situated this heaven on earth. Surrounded by the mountains ,which constituted the Massif of Ponoch, and the Guadalest river, Polop has been institued as one of the best nature reserves of the Mediterranean coast.

Indeed, it could not leave this blog without mentioning the narrow and ancient streets which surrounds the Castle built in the XII Century during the Spanish Reconquest and the 221 fountains which decorate the main square. Indeed, a spectacle to see.

If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to visit this wonderful village.

Tame the asleep lion!!


Spain is different

March 6, 2009

 

The Pyrenees 

Who said that Spain was only Madrid, Barcelona,Sevilla and Alicante?  There is no doubt that all these cities are a superb representation of my country but, thank goodness, there are hidden places where you can escape from the traffic congestion and the vibating pace of life of the big cities the next time you will be visiting Spain. So, join this trip and don’t miss the opportunity of knowing places as well as learn something more about the Spanish culture.

Come on! Get the tickets right now!