Spain - The Land of Museums
Located in South West Europe, Spain is a country that covers an area of more than 50,000 square kilometers making it the second largest country in Europe after France. Spain shares its borders with France and Portugal. The capital of Spain is Madrid ..
Being as diverse as it is, the climate in the country can be divided into five broad areas. In the inland areas of the peninsula including the capital Madrid, a continental Mediterranean climate prevails. The northern most part has an Oceanic climate and is referred to as EspaÃ±a Verde or Green Spain. Semiarid climate dominates the southeast. The south and south west part of the country experience typical Mediterranean climate given its proximity to the ocean. The Canary Islands which fall off the cost of Africa also fall under the Spanish government and this area has a sub-tropical climate.
There are several tourist destinations that one can visit in Spain but we will look closely at three of the most popular:-
Madrid â€“ The capital of Spain, Madrid is a vibrant city known for its wonderful museums and pulsating nightlife. The Museo Del Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza (known as the Golden Museum Triangle) frequently display artistic masterpieces from the masters like Goya and Caravaggio. There are plenty more museums as well as cathedrals that can be visited in Madrid. If you want to party like the locals, head to the MalasaÃ±a district to drink, dance and party till dawn. You can then indulge in a chocolate breakfast.
Barcelona â€“ The second largest city of Spain, Barcelona is also the party capital of the country. This beautiful city of markets, churches and museums has plenty of unique architecture as well. One of the favorite tourist attractions is an area called La Rambla. It's a place where lots of people just like to go walking among the street performers, flower sellers, painter, cafes and restaurants. The beach is also within walking distance from La Rambla. Barcelona is also a place where one can see many works of Antonio Gaudi including the Sagrada Familia which is still under construction! Hotel Diagonal Zero and W Barcelona are two reasonable options for hotel stay in this city.
Granada â€“ One of most cultural and historic places to visit in Spain is Granada. The city is known for its educational centers and is driven by student life. The Spanish often visit Granada for a weather break as the time of spring and fall are wonderful times to visit here. The most famous attraction in Granada is the La Alhambra. This fortress/palace and former administrative center was home to the Nasrid Sultans who lived here in the 13th and 14th century. Because this is an extremely popular tourist spot, advanced booking is recommended.
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