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Mancare traditionala spaniola – ce sa incerci in vacanta

12.06.2018 Spania

Știai că de aici provin dintre cei mai renumiți bucătari din lume? Dar că pentru o masă la unele restaurante în Țara Bascilor și în Catalonia ai nevoie de rezervare cu un an în avans? Iată câteva feluri de mâncare tradițională spaniolă, pe care să o încerci în viitorul tău sejur în Spania. Read more recommendations »

Vacanțe în Spania? Top atractii pe Costa del Sol

28.11.2017 Spania

A venit momentul să ne bucurăm și de vacanțe în Spania. Știm că insulele Greciei sunt în topul favoritelor noastre, însă Spania este o destinație deloc de ocolit. Când vine vorba de combinarea frumuseții naturale cu artificiile glamour, puține locuri pot stăpâni magia așa cum o face Costa del Sol. Read more recommendations »

Recomandari pentru vacanta exotica in Tenerife

05.12.2016 Spania

Ghid turistic pentru o super vacanta: unde si ce mancam, restaurante recomandate, obiective turistice - Loro Parque, Aqualand Costa Adeje, Mariposario del Drago, Pueblo Chico, Piramidele negre Güimar, Parque del Drago - plaje si cluburi populare, zonele principale de shopping Read more recommendations »

Vacanta in insula Mallorca. Ghid de calatorie

05.12.2016 Spania

Gasesti aici recomandari despre atractiile insulei - Magaluf, Palma Nova, Parcul Natural Mondrago, Catedrala La Seu, Muzeul de Arta Contemporana, Marineland, Placa d'Espanya, bucataria spaniola si viata de noapte Read more recommendations »

Ibiza - Top cluburi, plaje si experiente unice

02.12.2016 Spania

Recomandari privind cele mai faimoase cluburi din Ibiza: Privilege, Eden, Space, Pacha, Amnesia; plaje spectaculoase si ascunse: Cala Salada, Cala Vadella, Sa Caleta, Cala Xarraca; insula Formentera si parcul natural. Read more recommendations »

Information about Spain

Spania

Spain offers a wealth of tourist offer where every tourist can spend their holiday in hotels, villas and pensions spread over seashore, hidden in the mountains or isolated lands where time seems to stand still. Whether you opt for a city break in one of the great cities of Spain or want a fun within islands or Ibiza, why not, a journey in time through centuries-old festivals, Spain always offers something for everyone. Spain, by its geographical and cultural diversity, be it impress any tourist an adventurer, a devourer of art or gourmet lover and wines. Spain's economy, which is still expanding, making tourism in this country to be a high standard, road infrastructure railway and airports that serve excellent any tourist destination or region of Spain, making it very easy access by bus, plane, whether the line, charter or low cost or even by car. Every year millions of tourists choose Spain, special offers and early booking of accommodation and meal services at good rates, cruises and tours on the individual tourism destination but also increase online bookings each year, making Spain one of the most beloved and popular holiday destinations.

Spain is a beautiful country, which offer you a multitude of  accommodation deals in hotels, villas or hostels in special places, where the panorama fascinates you totally. Whether you are opting for a city break in one of the great metropolis of Spain or wanting a great deal on the island of Ibiza, this country is all that you need for a beautiful vacation in couple or with family. And if you choose a good period, you can enjoy a beautiful centuries-old festivals. Spain always offers something regardless of tastes, preferences and expectations. You will be amazed. DISTINCTION: Spain is a country located in southwestern Europe, constituted in the social and democratic state of law, whose constitutional monarchy is governed. I'm the capital in Madrid. In the northeast it borders with France and Andorra, along the Pyrenees. It is part of the Iberian Peninsula along with Portugal and Gibraltar, and also has two archipelagages located one in the Mediterranean Sea (Balearic Island) and the other in the Atlantic Ocean (Canary Islands). Spain also has two small territories in northern Africa (including the autonomous Ceuta and Melilla) as well as the Pyrenees Lilia. Spain has an area of 504,645 km², being a square country of the continent by size, preceded by Russia, Ukraine and France. It is the most popular country in terms of tourism in the world, after France, with 60 million visitors per year, and the destinations are the Madrid and Barcelona metropolises, plus the cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, Granada and Malaga in Andalusia. Spain is also a popular summer destination, with Valencia, Canary Island and Balearic Island being very visited.

CITIES IN SPAIN:

Madrid is the capital of Spain. Built on the ruins of a Mauerite fortress, the town became capital in 1561, during the reign of Philip II of Habsburg. As a result, Madrid has become a thriving city, and today it is only rivaled by Barcelona. Madrid is not only the capital of the country, but also the capital of the province and the autonomous community of Madrid. It offers all kinds of entertainment and recreation, it is a truly captivating city, first and foremost through its stunning buildings with a medieval Renaissance architectural style. Here you can find all kinds of comfort and high class service that can satisfy even the most captivating tastes - luxury hotels, good dining places, etc. Madrid also offers an abundance of attractions. Major cultural and tourist points include the famous Prado Museum, Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Regina Sofia Art Center (where Guernica's Pablo Picasso), Casón del Buen Retiro, Royal Palace, Templo de Debod, Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Puerta del Sol , Parque de Retiro, and Chueca. Other neighboring cities are popular for day trips in Madrid, including Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Aranjuez, Alcalá de Henares, the El Escorial Monastery and Complex, and Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos.
 
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community in northeastern Spain. It is also Spain's second largest city after Madrid. Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast, 160 km south of the Pyrenees mountain range, which is the border with France. The city's population is about 1.6 million, and the metropolitan area is about 3 million. Barcelona hosts dozens of interesting sights and historical sights. The Roman Catholic Church of Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum and the community of Poble Espanyol are just a few examples. You can make the most of the summer attractions and numerous water sports.
 
Palma de Mallorca is the largest city and capital of the province and the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands (Illes Balears) in Spain. It has around 401,000 inhabitants (2009), almost half of the total population of Mallorca. Palma de Mallorca is an important spa resort. There is also one of the holiday homes of the Spanish royal family, Marivent Palace. It became a tourist destination in 1950, the number of tourists growing substantially in the last half century. A complete tour of the city will necessarily include in its circuitry such as Pueblo Español - an architectural museum conceived as a small town, gathering together mock-ups of the most important works of classical Spanish architecture and major shopping centers - Av. Jaume III and Porto Pi, as well as the commercial ports, Castell de Bellver - built on the ruins of a Muslim site, houses a museum of archeological discoveries and classical sculptures, also having the advantage of a wonderful view of the bay. Historic city center to visit: La Seu Cathedral (with the largest rosette window in the world: 13 m in diameter, over 100 m²) and Museo Catedralicio - near the sea, Banys Arabs - Arab Baths , Museo de Arte Espanol Contemporaneo. There are many churches, squares and palaces in town.
 
Ibiza is an island in the Balearic archipelago, located in the west of the Mediterranean, which belongs to Spain. The capital of the island is the city of Ibiza. In the local dialect, the island and its capital are called Eivissa. The island is part of the UNESCO heritage, being noted for biodiversity and culture. It is part of the Balearic archipelago, being the third largest island, and together with its smaller neighbor Formentera forms the group of Pitius Islands or "Pine Islands". It is also called the "White Island" for its architecture.
 
Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain and also the capital and main city of Andalusia and Seville province. It is located in the southwestern part of the Iberian peninsula. Seville is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Andalusia and the province of Seville. Seville is also considered the artistic, cultural, financial, economic and social center of southern Spain. Interesting are the many tourist attractions (monuments, parks, gardens, churches, etc.). Among the most famous monuments are Giralda (The Bell of the Cathedral) and Golden Tower. The Triana Quarter is one of Seville's most famous neighborhoods. The cathedral, the Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias in Seville were listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. Among the main attractions are Santa Cruz, the Ancient Court (Old), Spanish Square, El Salvador Church, the Maddalena Church, Santa Ana Church (in the Triana district), Toros Square (the second corridor in Mexico, the Square of America, the palace of la Dueñas, the house of Pilatos and Alameda de Hercules (Gardens of Hercules).
 
Valencia is the capital of the autonomous community of Valencia, Spain. It is the third largest Spanish city, an industrial area on the Azahar Coast of Spain and a very popular tourist destination. Valencia is famous for many international sporting events such as Formula 1 Grand Prix in Europe, Champions League, Moto GP and many more. Valencia is a vibrant and colorful city, and besides the numerous tourist attractions, you can also enjoy luxurious accommodations and delicious cuisine.
 
Cordoba is at the foot of the Sierra de Cordoba, on a plain crossed by the Guadalquivir River. Cordoba is an important reference point for European culture, a mixture of the various cultures that have settled here throughout history. The entire city has been declared UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. There are many religious attractions and places of interest, such as the Cordoba Mosque and the Cordoba Synagogue. There are also many impressive churches, memorials, theaters, museums and other cultural sights. Cordoba also offers gardens, parks and leisure venues with many tempting options for relaxation.
 
Marbella is a city in southern Spain, on the Mediterranean coast. It has about 125,000 inhabitants. Marbella is one of the most important tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol. A lot of delicious food, non-stop beach parties as well as exciting tourist attractions such as the Bonsai Museum offer a very special experience. Moreover, the peaks of the Sierra Blanca Mountains offer great scenery.

What to visit in Spain:

Sagrada Familia is  the first stop. A church in the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona (in northeast Spain) that amazed an entire world. The cathedral, Antoni Gaudi's impressive yet unfinished work - the Holy Family - is one of the most visited monuments of Barcelona. For 43 years, Gaudi added to the original Gothic structure bizarre improvisations and towers like chimneys. Although unfinished, the Sagrada Familia remains the masterpiece of the architect. Neo-Gothic style has been replaced by Gaudi's modernist style, which was based on forms found in nature.
Alhambra is an ensemble of buildings in a fortress that dominates the plains and the city of Granada, in front of a popular and picturesque neighborhood, Albaicin. From here you can see the snowy peaks in Sierra Nevada. Among these buildings is a Moorish palace glorifying this complex, as well as Carol's 5th Baroque palace and a raised church on the site of a former mosque. The palace was built in the XIV century by the Nasr sultans. Alhambra is one of the most important monuments of Islamic architecture. This, along with the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, is the most prestigious evidence of the Muslim presence in Spain from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries. The word Alhambra comes from Al Hamra, "red" in Arabic, due to the color of the rocks on which the palace is built.

El Escorial is a palace, but it seems more than that. It is a monastery, but also a royal residence, has a church, but also a museum. It has a chapel, but also a creepy torture room. It is a monument protected by UNESCO but circumscribes and cultivates a very cold and rigid atmosphere. It is located next to the Spanish capital, Madrid, but it has a somewhat familiar new air, with its Soviet-style architecture. The edifice is located just 45 kilometers from Madrid, at the foot of Mount Abantos in the Sierra de Guadarrama. El Escorial was the political center of the Spanish Empire under the reign of King Philip II. Philip named Juan Bautista de Toledo as an architect in 1559 and together they made El Escorial, a monument that commemorates Spain's role as a center of the Christian world. Currently it is a monastery, a royal palace, a museum and a school.Cuenca, located between Madrid and Valencia, is a magnificent example of a medieval town built in the mountains. The many hanging houses are built directly into the cliff, making Cuenca one of the most fascinating cities in Spain, a gem of Castilla La Mancha.

The Segovia aqueduct is one of the most important monuments preserved from the Roman period on the Iberian Peninsula. Probably built in the 1st century AD, the aqueduct brought water to the Fuenfria spring to the city. The old aqueduct bears water over a distance of 16 kilometers from the River Frío to Segovia and was built of 24,000 massive granite blocks without mortar. He still supplies the city's water, even in the twentieth century. The Royal Palace in Madrid also known as the Palacio de Oriente (Spanish: Palacio Real or Palacio de Oriente) is the official residence of the King of Spain in Madrid and is the only residence of the State Ceremonies. With an area of 135,000 square kilometers and 3418 rooms, it is the largest royal palace in Europe. However, King Juan Carlos and the royal family do not live in it, but in a more modest palace, the Palacio de la Zarzuela, on the edge of Madrid. The site is owned by the Spanish State and administered by Patrimonio Nacional, a public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The building is located on Bailén Street, in the west of Madrid, on the eastern side of the Manzanares River, and is accessible from Ópera Metro Station. The palace is partially open to the public unless it is used for official events.

 

 

Food in Spain

When you go to a destination, you want to know its peculiarities. From gastronomy to historical monuments, Spain is amazing. It is a country that you can get to know in detail through its ornamental, behavioral and, of course, gastronomic details. If you've ever wondered what the traditional Spanish food tastes, take a vacation. Some of the world's most famous chefs comes from Spain. The country is so appreciated for the taste and delicacy of food, that in some restaurants in Catalonia you have to make a reservation one year in advance to catch a meal 😊 Whether you are a gourmand, a little bit cocky or just curious, street food will fit your glove. For this, we've compiled a list of some of the most typical Spanish dishes - the first Spanish traditional dishes to try on your vacation in Spain!

Paella

It is a traditional Spanish dish in Valencia. Basically, it is a rice product, which can contain meat, fish, seafood and vegetables. It is characterized, however, by the use of the famous saffron, which gives it that yellow color and unique flavor. There are three main types of paella:

  1. Paella valenciana: rice, green vegetables, rabbit, chicken or duck, snails, beans and spices.
  2. Seafood Paella (marinade paella): rice, seafood and spices. is generally served in thin slices, occasionally in cubes. This dish is very often served in mountain areas, where local people are used to salty meat and leave it to dry. So if you go to Spain at the beach, you're unlikely to find authentic Jamran serrano. reserve yourself a day and walk through the villages far away from the resort you are in.

Jamon serrano

Unlike Jamón ibérico, Serrano is a traditional product of the White Landrace pig. It's cheaper than jamón ibérico. Despite the differences between them, both jamons are delicious examples of salty cooking dishes in Spanish cuisine. Do not let go of anyone.

Queso manchego

Another traditional Spanish food, which is consumed together with jamón serrano or jamón ibérico. Queso manchego is a sheep's milk cheese from the La Mancha region of Spain. It is a strong and sweet cheese, considered a wonderful addition to many Spanish dishes.

Tapas

Impossible not to have heard about Tapas 😊 Tapasul is a great tradition in Spain. It is not a preparation itself, but several small dishes, considered appetizers or snacks. The preparations can be cold (jamón serrano, queso manchego, olives etc.) or hot (tortilla española, meatballs, etc.) and can be served as snacks or the beginning of a full meal. Tapas consumption is a great opportunity to taste from a variety of local dishes. So if you get to Spain, order tapas. So you will experience what the country has to offer!

Tortilla española

A typical Spanish food. A slice of scrambled potatoes, roasted in olive oil and served as tapas. It is a product full of flavor (with the addition of minced onion) and is often cut and served, both hot and cold.

Patatas Bravas

Spaniards are eager for spices. He likes spicy food. Exceptions to the rule do not make this famous preparation (favorite at national level): patatas bravas. Here, the red sauce is the star. Patatas Bravas is generally cooked from white potatoes, cut into irregular shapes about two centimeters, then fried in oil and serve hot, spicy red sauce or aioli. This dish is served in the restaurants and bars of Madrid, but also throughout Spain.

Gazpacho

Nothing gets better off on a hot summer day like Gazpacho! A cool soup of raw mixed vegetables. A classic Spanish cuisine, coming from the southern Andalusian region. Combining cucumbers with garlic, onion, pepper and tomatoes with olive oil, salt, water and wine vinegar, gazpacho gets the mark of most of the tourists for the finishing of cut cucumbers, onion, pepper and tomatoes.

Chorizo

Spicy and sweet. You will surely know when you dig this traditional Spanish food, because the taste persists a few hours after you took the first bite. Chorizo ​​means pork sausage. Traditionally, the natural intestines of the pig are used to cook them. A method used since the Roman era and still used by our grandparents. So, if you're on the way to a vacation in Spain, make your list and get ready to indulge what the Spanish gastronomy offers you.

Culture in Spain

Flamenco music and dance, bullfighting, paella, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine. This is the overall picture of Spain in the minds of many tourists. Well, Spain is much more. For thousands of years, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe. "Spain is different!" That's what you will hear from all the Spaniards. And no wonder. It's the country with amazing artistic fun. Toledo El Greco and Diego Velázquez are golden age artists, Francisco de Goya (18th century) is considered to be the most prolific painter of Spain. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the world of art grew in size thanks to a remarkable group of Spanish artists: Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí.

In Spain you will discover the prehistoric monuments in Minorca - one of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Also, you will find Roman ruins such as Merida and Tarragona. At almost every step, you will find exquisite architectural beauty. Among them are the decorative lonja of Sevilla, Mudéjar, Gothic cathedrals, castles, modernist monuments and complicated sculptures signed by Gaudi in Barcelona. All are representative of Spain's culture.

Another example of culture in Spain is the Spanish guitar, an instrument invented in Andalusia in the 1790s. It acquired a modern form in the 1870s. Spanish musicians took this guitar to high heights. The best-known class for classical guitar sounds is Andrés Segovia Torres (1893-1997), the first Salobreña brand, known as Andrés Segovia. A virtuous Spanish guitarist born in Linares, Spain, is a former professor of many classical professional guitarists from Segovia.

Flamenco, jondo-rooted music (a flamenco vocal style, an unaltered form of Andalusian folk music) of Andalusian gypsies (gypsies) is also experiencing a revival. Paco de Lucia is the world's most famous flamanco. And Camarón's friend from Isla was, until his death in 1992, the main star of his genre. In the 1980s, flamenco-rock fusion was developed by Pata Negra and Ketama, and in 1990 Radio Tarifa appeared with a fascinating mixture of flamenco and medieval sounds. Bakalao, the Spanish contribution to techno music, comes from Valencia. So if you opt for a holiday in Spain, you have a lot to visit and experience. A holiday in Spain is not just a beach. It is an ensemble of beautiful experiences, lived in detail, almost every step.

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