Valencia Spain - Land of Orange GrovesWritten by Linda Plummer
Capital of Comunidad Valenciana this vibrant city is famous for being place where El Cid (Spain´s national hero) fought against Moors.
Situated close to Mediterranean Sea, it possesses two urban beaches still within township plus several beaches just a bus ride away such as Cullera, Gandía and Oliva.
Valencia also has a good, modern shopping center, a pulsating nightlife and plenty to interest children ... Gulliver Park Playground, Botanical Gardens, Zoo and l´Oceanogràfic that wonderful aquarium and biggest in Europe.
The most important fiesta of this city is that of Fallas which lasts from 15th-19th March. Easter Week is also very much celebrated, with some splendid processions.
And, of course, Valencia offers plenty of culture and history!
At heart of old Valencia is Plaza de la Virgen, once location of Roman Forum. Around this beautiful square is Cathedral dating from 1262, and its octagonal bell tower called Micalet or Miguelete which is landmark to Valencia.
In Cathedral´s Museum are works by several wonderful artists such as Goya, Jacomart, Cellini and Paggibonsi.
Next to Cathedral is Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados a temple dedicated to patroness of Valencia, built between 1652 and 1667.
Madrid Spain - Take A Tour Of A City That RocksWritten by Linda Plummer
One thing is for sure, "Madrileños" certainly know how to enjoy life to full, and you should too whilst in Madrid, for capital of Spain is a charming city, rich in culture and, at night it really rocks!
For shopoholics, its bustling Gran Via offers some of finest stores in Europe.
For children, there is plenty to keep them amused with Zoo-Aquarium, Faunia Theme Park, Wax Museum, Amusement Park, Warner Bros-Madrid Theme Park ...
And city comes alive at night for everyone. Cinemas, theaters, nightclubs, restaurants, floorshows, ballet, opera ... choice is yours!
During day, there are all those sensational sights to see, many of which can be viewed from an open-top tour bus if you´re feeling too lazy to walk!
The Palacio Real or Royal Palace has been residence of Spanish Royal Monarchy in Madrid since 1764. Across its courtyard is Royal Armoury and, close by, are beautiful Sabatini Gardens and Cathedral of Almudena, where Prince Felipe recently married his true love.
The Plaza Mayor is a huge square of 3-storey buildings constructed in 1617 with a statue of Felipe III on horeseback in its center.