Winter mainland Spain is a storehouse of sightseeing riches. For guests who come to conquer the peaks of the Sierra Nevada – a direct route to day trips to Granada, Cordoba or Seville. Well, vacationers in the north of the country, in addition to the “standard” Barcelona, can go to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most significant cities of medieval Christianity and just a very beautiful place. In addition, Spain is famous for its sightseeing routes. For example, the monastery of St. Pilar (Zaragoza), the monastic ensemble of Torresyudad (Huesca), Montserrat (Barcelona) and Lourdes (France). Between 10 and 12 million tourists visit these world famous monasteries every year.
The trained eye of a meteorologist divides mainland Spain into three distinct climatic zones at once. The north of the country (from Galicia to Catalonia) is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean – there are mild, wet winters and moderately warm summers. The southeastern coast (Andalusia and Extremadura) has a Mediterranean climate with very mild, short winters and dry, hot summers. Precipitation is scarce here, falling mainly in autumn and winter. And the central plateau of the country where the climate is sharply continental, with a noticeable difference (sometimes up to 15 * C) between day and night temperatures. Summers are hot and dry, winters are dry and cold. As for the Canary archipelago, the climate there is warm, mild and very stable.
According to Ehuacom, hotels in Spanish resorts are predominantly urban, do not have their own beaches and are located in small towns with many shops, bars, restaurants and discos. The use of swimming pools, as well as sunbeds on the territory of the vast majority of hotels is free.
Costa Dorada – the pearl of Spain. Costa Dorada is translated as the Gold Coast. This city can rightfully be called the golden coast of Spain. It is a popular city among tourists from all over the world. And indeed the beaches of the city are worthy of the highest praise. Costa Dorada is located south of Barcelona. Its most popular resorts are Salou and Cambrils, located on the coast. The entertainment program is quite rich, here you can play tennis. taste the national cuisine.
Small island Mallorca (Maiorica) is the largest of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. The administrative center of the island is Palma (Palma de Mallorca). The island keeps innumerable natural and architectural riches. One Mediterranean climate is worth something. And the cleanest beaches, warm sea and greenery of such a rich color that you will not find anywhere else. In some areas of the island, life flows so slowly that it is hard to believe that there is a civilization here. Mallorca has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period, the burials and artifacts found on the island belong to this period. The island belonged to Carthage, after the fall of which it became a pirate base.
Palma de Mallorca (Palma de Mallorca) is the main city and port of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The city is located on the coast of Palma Bay on the island of Mallorca. Here the culture and history of many civilizations and peoples are intertwined, whose monuments harmoniously fit into the rhythm of modern life in Palma de Mallorca. According to legend, the capital of the islands owes its appearance to the Roman consul Caecilius Metellus, who, seeing a hill hanging over the sea, fell in love with this place, and in 123 BC. founded the city.
Not far from the center of Palma, on the western side of the bay stands the Gothic castle of Castel de Belver, which was built as the residence of King James II in 1300-1311. Despite its age, the castle is in excellent condition. Powerful towers and walls of the building can be seen from almost every corner of Palma. It stands on top of a hill 140 meters high. From here you have a magnificent view of the bay. On a sunny day, from Castell de Belver, you can see the neighboring island of Cabrera. Belver is the only medieval round castle in Spain. Three towers of the castle fortress are built in a row, and the fourth one is located separately and is connected to the wall by a passage.
The Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca is a true gem of the Mediterranean. The building was built over three centuries. The temple stands on a hill, near the palace of Almudaina. Due to this, it is visible from afar, striking everyone with its huge size. The cathedral is 120 meters long, 58 meters wide and 44 meters high. According to legend, King James I in the 13th century, while on his way to Mallorca, where he intended to fight the Moors, was caught in a violent storm. The king swore an oath to build a temple if God would let him live. And so it happened. After the liberation of the island from Arab rule, a temple was built on the site of the mosque of Medina by decree of the king. The cathedral has been rebuilt several times.
Cities and villages of southern Spain. Andalusia. The map of southern Spain is like a soft, golden fishing net studded with pearls of towns and villages. These are in many respects significant and charming cities and villages, in which the history of the Spanish people has left many stone evidence – monuments of enduring value, created by Roman, Moorish, Arab and Spanish masters.
Ensembles of valuable historical objects, for the preservation of which the Spanish kingdom allocates large funds, in some cases form integral architectural complexes, cities-reserves, protected and preserved by a caring state.
The most significant cities, undoubtedly, include the center of southern Spain – Malaga, founded by brave sailors in the 8th century BC. e. The history of this beautiful city, full of dramatic and joyful events, has left a number of cultural and historical monuments to modern generations.
Majestic and beautiful are such cities as Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Almeria, Jaen and others.