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Spain - Popular European Vacation Destination

Aug 26, 2008
If you are planning a vacation to Europe, make sure that Spain is one of the vacation destinations you choose. Spain is a very warm country that offers numerous different attractions that will please the whole family.

Deeply rooted in their heritage, Spain is a remarkable land with a rich and intriguing history. The Spanish people are just as incredible as the magnificent countryside and there are a variety of different destinations and tourist attractions throughout the country. Because each region of Spain offers something different to its visitors, you should take the time to explore the many options and vacation opportunities available before deciding which part of Spain you will visit. Southern Spain, for example, is an ideal region for family vacations. The province of Andalucia is filled with family-friendly towns that offer a variety of things to do and see and the entire southern region of Spain is remarkably picturesque.

One of the most historic cities in Andalucia is Cordoba. Here, visitors can enjoy the breezy, year-round Mediterranean climate and explore ancient structures dating back to the Roman Empire. Those with an interest in ancient architecture find the town of Cordoba fascinating.

One of the most popular historical sites visited in Cordoba is the Great Cathedral and Mosque. The Mosque was once a Visigothic Church until Cordoba was conquered by the Moors. The church was unfortunately demolished by the Moors and the mosque was built in its place. The mosque was then turned back in to a church when Spain took back the city. The materials used in the construction of this remarkable church, with its double horseshoe arches are onyx, marble and granite and boasts over one thousand columns within the ancient building.

If you are interested in the history of Spain then Cordoba has quite a few interesting museums to visit. The museums of Cordoba contains the most valuable, historical artifacts that relate to the history of Spain, and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The most wonderful display of historical artifacts and plant life can be found in the Palacio Museo de Vianna. Here you can view numerous artifacts that are thousands of years old, or visit any one of the fourteen gardens that are so beautifully maintained.

Another city in the northwest of Spain that has a very historical past is San Sebastian. Throughout the ages this city has gone through many changes. Once it was a city full of religion, then later a town centered on military functions. Unfortunately San Sebastian has been devesdated by fires twice, only to have been rebuilt on both occasions to the splendour that is seen today.

San Sebastian is a festive city and as such, it hosts many festivals throughout the year. The Jazzaldia is the San Sebastian Jazz festival that has been held every year for the past forty years. It lasts six day and is filled with music, food and fun. Another festival that is held every year in San Sebastian is the San Sebastian horror & fantasy film festival. This incredible festival offers more than just horror flicks, it also offers street shows, stand up comics, and live music. Every year millions of people from around the world attend this festival.

The above are just two of the more popular festivals that people attend in San Sebastian every year. The culinary capital of Northwest Spain, San Sebastian cuisine has been heavily influenced by the Basques. The beach areas of San Sebastian are a great place to grab a bite to eat or you could try a traditional country style restaurant. One thing for sure, you are in for a culinary experience that will be remembered.
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