Capital of Spain: Madrid
Official Language: Spanish
Population: 46,704,314 as of 2013
Time zone: GMT -4
Calling Code: +34
Economy: Spain's capitalist mixed economy is the thirteenth largest worldwide and the fifth largest in the European Union, as well as the Eurozone's fourth largest.
Climate: characterized by dry and warm summers.
Religion: Roman Catholic 15.1 percent.
The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 to 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764.
Running of the Bulls
Pamplona is a city in Navarra, famous for its San Fermín festival held each year from July 6th – 14th. At the heart of the festival is El Encierro, the Running of the Bulls, an activity that involves running in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose, on a course of the town’s streets.
Aqueduct of Segovia
The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved monuments left by the Romans in Spain. The ancient aqueduct carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frío River to Segovia and was built of some 24,000 massive granite blocks without the use of mortar. Probably constructed around 50 AD it still provided water to the city in the 20th century.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During summer, the island’s population doubles as tourists flock to Ibiza to enjoy the night clubs, beach bars and restaurants.
Mezquita of Cordoba
The Mezquita (Spanish for “Mosque”) of Cordoba is a fascinating building famous for the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. The site was originally a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors built the Mezquita. After the Spanish Reconquista a cathedral was built into the center of the large Moorish building.
Part fortress, part palace and part garden the Alhambra is situated on a plateau overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.
Useful Tips: Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs. Make sure that the electrical appliances you are going to use (computers, mobile phone chargers, shavers…) work at this voltage.
Credit Cards: Payment using recognised international credit cards is also commonly available in Spanish shops.
Tipping System: Tipping is a common practice at bars and restaurants, hotels, and taxis, depending on the total price for the service, and on the generosity of the client. It is usually around five to ten percent of the total price.
05DAYS 04NIGHTS - BARCELONA + MADRID
DAY 1: Arrive Madrid and city tour (B / L / D)
After arrival lunch followed by taking down medieval streets, across majestic squares and through 1200 years of history. Among others visiting of: Royal Palace built during the 18th and 19th centuries nowadays the official residence for the Royal family, but they only use it for state ceremonies, Teatro Real, Plaza Mayor, Catedral de Almudena. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: Madrid city tour (B / L / D)
After breakfast continuation with exploring the city. The Calle Mayor (street) is adorned with many intricately designed buildings, and you'll pass by these before heading into a pretty square named Plaza de la Villa. This square has numerous buildings of interest including the Torre (tower) de Lujanes dating from the 15th century. Lunch. From the plaza pass through some tiny and charming little streets that make up Madrid's original Moorish quarter. You'll see some quaint little squares, each with their own interesting history, like the Plaza de Paja (Hay Square). Dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: Transfer to Barcelona (B / L / D)
After breakfast start traveling to Barcelona. Lunch en route. After arrival check-in to the hotel and free at leisure. Dinner and overnight
DAY 4: Barcelona city tour (B / L / D)
After breakfast start exploring the city with one of the most picturesque places in Barcelona Plaça Reial, Plaça del Pi, The old Jewish Quarter and Plaça Sant Jaume, where main government buildings dominate the square. Continuation with visiting Cathedral and then some free time at leisure at Las Ramblas, the world’s best-known tree-lined avenue. Lunch. In the afternoon visiting of Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s magnum opus with its almost inconceivable attention to detail this labour of love has come to define Barcelona more than any other buildings, and Parc Güell one of the most popular green spaces in the city. Dinner and
DAY 5: Barcelona departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport and departure.
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