Valencia Spain - Land of Orange Groves

Written by Linda Plummer

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Close by are such buildings as Almudín,repparttar Iglesia de San Esteban, Palacio de Almirantes de Aragón, Church San Juan del Hospital andrepparttar 140363 Convento de Santo Domingo.

The River Turia was actually diverted aroundrepparttar 140364 city after a catastrophical flood in 1957 andrepparttar 140365 Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno is to-day located inrepparttar 140366 old river bed.

Well worth seeing also are its three old bridges named Puente del Real, Puente de la Trinidad and Puente de Serranos.

Atrepparttar 140367 Plaza del Mercado you will find La Lonja, one ofrepparttar 140368 best civil Gothic buildings in Europe.

At its side isrepparttar 140369 Baroque church Iglesia de los Santos Juanes andrepparttar 140370 bell tower Campanil de la Iglesia de Santa Catalina.

Other buildings of note includerepparttar 140371 Palacio de la Generalidad,repparttar 140372 Town Gate or Torres de Quart andrepparttar 140373 Rococo-style Palacio del Marquis de Dos Aguas.

The Barrio del Carmen is an area representative of traditional Valencian life, while El Ensanche is more representative of to-day´s Valencia.

Valencia is also known asrepparttar 140374 land of flowers, and its parks and gardens reflect this withrepparttar 140375 Jardines de la Alameda,repparttar 140376 Jardines de Montforte,repparttar 140377 "Real" Gardens, repparttar 140378 Zoological Garden andrepparttar 140379 Botanical Gardens.

This Mediterranean city and land of orange groves you will surely enjoy!

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

Madrid Spain - Take A Tour Of A City That Rocks

Written by Linda Plummer

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The Puerta de Alcalá, located inrepparttar center ofrepparttar 140362 Plaza de la Independencia, is onrepparttar 140363 calle de Alcalá, where you will also findrepparttar 140364 Fine Arts Museum andrepparttar 140365 Casino.

Atrepparttar 140366 other end ofrepparttar 140367 street isrepparttar 140368 Puerta del Sol.

Moving along torepparttar 140369 Plaza Colón, you will find monuments dedicated to Colombus and his travels. Inrepparttar 140370 center of this square arerepparttar 140371 Gardens of Discovery, towered over by huge blocks of stone, inscribed with details of Colombus´ travels.

Madrid is famous for its museums and a major attraction is repparttar 140372 Prado Museum, housingrepparttar 140373 world´s greatest collection of Spanish paintings.

Two other museums well worth a visit arerepparttar 140374 Museo Thyseen-Bornemisza inrepparttar 140375 Palacio de Villahermosa, and repparttar 140376 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Madrid also has many pleasant parks and gardens,repparttar 140377 main one beingrepparttar 140378 huge, 12-hectare Parque del Buen Retiro with its two palaces and central lake.

Madrid is also noted for its beautiful fountains, for example, la Cibeles inrepparttar 140379 central Plaza de la Cibeles, andrepparttar 140380 Fountain of Neptune, close torepparttar 140381 Prado Museum.

So ... make your way to Madrid. You´ll love it!

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

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