Seville Spain - Spectacular City Of Color And Romance

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Alongsiderepparttar River and close torepparttar 140360 bullring isrepparttar 140361 Torre del Oro or Golden Tower. Built between 1221 and 1222, it formed part ofrepparttar 140362 last wall of defence fromrepparttar 140363 Alcázar to repparttar 140364 River and today housesrepparttar 140365 Naval Museum.

The Alcázar or Royal Mudéjar Palace which was begun in 931 has glorious gardens to enjoy. The Casa de Pilatos or House of Pilate is a 16th century mansion and a beautiful blend of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles.

Nearrepparttar 140366 Barrio Santa Cruz isrepparttar 140367 magnificent Plaza de España, a "must" for all visitors.

Seville is also renowned for its two major fiestas which take place in Spring. During Semana Santa or Easter Week, is a religious festival and there is alsorepparttar 140368 Feria de Abríl (April Fair).

Both are truly spectacular so come and enjoy them!

Linda Plummer is webmistress of Top Tour of Spain providing information on Spain for travel, food, language and living.

Spain´s Hotels - Why Not Pick A Parador

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The origins of Paradores go back to 1910, whenrepparttar Spanish Government assignedrepparttar 140359 Marquis de la Vega Inclánrepparttar 140360 task of creating a hotel infrastructure for vacations which would house travellers and improve Spain´s image abroad.

In 1926, throughrepparttar 140361 Royal Tourism Commission established in 1911,repparttar 140362 Marquis de la Vega Inclán initiatedrepparttar 140363 establishment of a hotel inrepparttar 140364 Gredos Mountains in Castilla La Mancha, making repparttar 140365 wonders ofrepparttar 140366 area´s landscape accessible to tourism.

King Alfonso XIII of Spain was very enthusiastic aboutrepparttar 140367 idea and he, personally, choserepparttar 140368 location. Construction began in August 1926 and was completed onrepparttar 140369 evening of 9 October 1928. The hotel was inaugurated that same day and becamerepparttar 140370 first establishment ofrepparttar 140371 future Paradores Spain network,repparttar 140372 Parador de Gredos.

Afterrepparttar 140373 opening ofrepparttar 140374 Parador de Gredos,repparttar 140375 Board of Paradores and Inns was formed and efforts were channelled into perfectingrepparttar 140376 original idea and into making use of selected historical/artistic monuments and beautiful landscapes forrepparttar 140377 establishment of new Paradores Spain.

So, why not consider making your stay in Spain rather unique by picking a Parador?

Linda Plummer is webmistress of Top Tour of Spain providing comprehensive information on Spain for travel, food, language and living.

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