Valencia

Valencia is situated in Western Spain with one of its borders edging the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of Spain’s major business centres and has a vibrant, creative energy and a cosmopolitan flavour. Valencia has a very temperate climate, beautiful beaches and plentiful cultural venues and events, making it a prime destination for tourists to Spain who wish to soak up the local flavour.

Transport

Valencia is easy to navigate due to its smoothly running transport system, the Valencia Metro. Continue reading Valencia

Alcalá de Henares – the city of Storks

Overview

The name Alcalá de Henares means “citadel on River Henares” and the historical center in this city is designated by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. This city is situated 35 Km from Madrid and is at a height of 588 m above sea level. Its population is about 200,000. This city is also known as the University town and the Cradle of Cervantes.

The city centre has a large number of cobbled winding streets and historic buildings. This city attracts a lot of foreign students studying Spanish language and literature. It is also known for the white storks population and migratory storks come to this place because of the river Henares. Continue reading Alcalá de Henares – the city of Storks

Salamanca – the center of knowledge

Overview

The city of Salamanca is in western part of Spain and is about 210 Km west of Madrid. The old city is a Heritage site. Its population is about 200,000. This city is famous not only for its monuments but also for the University of Salamanca. The economy of Salamanca is driven both by tourism and the University. This is also known as the city of Spanish language and many people wanting to learn Spanish come to this city. When it is dusk, the monuments in Salamanca show a golden hue.

Climate

The summer in this city is very hot – 40 °C and the winter is cold – minus 13 °C.

History

The Vacceos were the Celtic tribe who founded Salamanca in pre-Ancient Rome period to defend their area. Romans conquered this city from Carthaginians and in this period this city became popular for commercial activities due to its location. Continue reading Salamanca – the center of knowledge

Seville – the gateway to US

Seville has inherited the rich Arab legacy; it also is a port from which trading is done with USA. It has lots of ancient buildings that are considered as Heritage sites. This is a popular business and service center in Southern Spain.

History

Seville has been in existence for more than 2,000 years. A number of different civilizations – Tartessans, Romans and Muslims – have founded Seville. This city’s culture is influenced mostly by Arabic culture which can be seen visibly in the places and monuments. Seville’s popularity peaked with the Discovery of America. This port was being used in the 16th and 17th centuries as the main port for trading with the colonies overseas. Continue reading Seville – the gateway to US

Palma – the city for entertainment

Overview

Palma is a major city situated in the island of Majorca and is the capital of Balearic Islands. Before the War of the Spanish Succession, this was called the City of Majorca and locals still use this name. This city has a population of 400,000. The average annual temperature in this city is about 18 ° C; tourists are attracted to this place because of the sunny atmosphere as well as beaches. Some of the popular places that visitors go to are – Almudaina Palace, Cathedral, Plaza Mayor square and Lonja fish market. The environment is scenic with palm trees, pine groves and fishing boats.

Climate

The city of Palma is located in the south-west of Majorca. The maximum and minimum temperature varies between 30 °C and 3 °C in a year. Continue reading Palma – the city for entertainment

Gijón – the city for soccer

Overview

Gijón is an industrial city as well as a municipality situated on the northern coast of Spain. It is at a height of 513 m from sea level. During the medieval period this was known as “Gigia”. This gained importance under the Romans. Its population in 2006 was about 280,000.

History

Gijón’s historic quarter is formed by the hill of Santa Catalina and Cimadevilla, the fishing neighborhood. Communities were established by the first settlers on top of this hill and the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida chose this site for the monumental work. Continue reading Gijón – the city for soccer

Deià – the artists village

Overview

Majorca is a Spanish island and Deià is a small village on the coast of this island. This village is well known for the talents of its residents in music, painting and literature. It contains olive and orange groves on the steep cliffs which made the expatriates – English, German and American return to this city after the World War I.

The origin of the name Deia is the word “ad daia” meaning hamlet. This name was given by the first Moorish settlers in the tenth century. The municipal cemetery was built in the 17th century behind the church and you get a very good view of the valley from this place. Many distinguished people have their final resting place in this cemetery. Continue reading Deià – the artists village

Cuenca – the city of hanging houses

Overview

The city of Cuenca is in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. This is the capital of Cuenca province which is one of the largest Spanish provinces. Cuenca is located at 956 m above sea level. The origin of the word Cuenca could either be from the Latin word Conca meaning two rivers in this city or from Kunka, the fort built by Arabs.

Since the city is located precariously on the gorge’s edge, it is called The Eagle’s nest. Las casas colgadas are the hanging houses that were built in the 15th century above the river Huécar on a rock and this building is the most popular one. At present there is a Museum of abstract arts and a restaurant in this building. Continue reading Cuenca – the city of hanging houses

Caceres – the heritage city

Overview

The capital of the province Cáceres in Spain is Cáceres; its population as per 2007 census is about 90,000. Romans founded this city in 25 BC. UNESCO declared this city as World Heritage city in the year 1986 because it has the blend of Roman, Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

History

The paintings in the Maltravieso Caves indicate that this city has been in existence since the prehistoric times – Paleolithic period. People visiting this city can see the remains from Roman and Moorish occupation and the Golden age of Jewish culture. The main areas that a tourist must explore are Jewish quarter, modern center, historical quarter and the outskirts. Continue reading Caceres – the heritage city

Alicante – the city of trade

Overview

Alicante is a Spanish city and is also known as Alacant; this is a historic port in the Mediterranean. Its population is about 340,000 as recorded in the year 2009.

History

During the period 5000-3000 BC the tribes, hunter gatherers moved from Central Europe to this city. In 1000 BC Greek traders established themselves. Mamicar Barca, the Carthaginian general established the settlement Akra Leuka which is nowadays known as Alicante. Continue reading Alicante – the city of trade

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