Thursday, October 25, 2007

A holiday in Spain

Spain is a country in my dream holidays wishlist. But with the currency exchange, it would mean going on a budget. I have 'roughed it out' before on holidays so this could be one way to visit Spain too. Backpacking could be the cheapest option if we're talking about shoestring budget. And with the Internet nowadays, it would be quite easy to make online bookings and find affordable hotels in Spain .

The areas to visit are on the Mediterranean coastline covering Barcelona, Seville and Granada and of course the food and beaches are a must to check out.

There are many tourist attractions in the various cities in Spain. Some of the attractions include a historical tower, Torre de Bujaco and Muralla de Avila, a wall that surrounds the military Romanesque old town of Avila, located in a Unesco World Heritage Site.

If you choose to start your trip in Barcelona, there are hotels in Barcelona (hostels, actually) going for a low EUR19. One of the hotels listed in this website is Hotel Sagrada Familia which is located in the center of the city, near the famous cathedral of the same name.

la Boqueria is another place to visit in Barcelona and from the pictures and reviews I came across, it sounds like a place to feast your eyes and mouth on. The la Boqueria market is famous.

The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona showcases the great gothic buildings which marked the high point of the city and its culture during the Middle Ages. You can find the remains of the ancient fortified walls and palaces built by the Romans on the "Mons Taber" such as the temple dedicated to Augustus.

There are three-star hotels in Madrid starting from EUR29. The Prado Museum is one of the premium attractions in Madrid which houses paintings of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, Hieronymus Bosch, and numerous other famous artists. Prado is one of the few museums that allows visitors to take no-flash photographs of its collection. Also in Madrid, the botanical gardens and the royal palace are must-see destinations.

After writing this, I'm now so tempted to just pack my bags and head to Spain....Unfortunately, I have to knock myself back to reality and continue to work hard and save for this dream vacation....

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