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Spanish Delights !!!

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The kingdom of Spain, located in extreme south-west of Europe, may not be an eye catcher in the world map in terms of size, but when tourism aspects counts it’s definitely a country that’s too good to be missed.

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In its not so large frame, Spain encompasses variety geographic landscapes. Along the coast of Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans there lies almost countless sun-kissed sandy beaches that draws plentiful visitors in summer. Not to mention the two exotic islands that comes under Spain – Balearic and Canary. Apart its splendid seashores; Spain, being the second-most mountainous country in Europe is an automatic winter tourism hub as its high mountains make perfect ski slopes.

More than those diverse landscapes and wetlands, Spain’s long eventful history that includes many a conquests and landmarks, makes it a place of historical importance too. No wonder this country, alongwith Italy, contains the maximum number of World Heritage Sites – Forty two! Thirteen of the Spanish cities have already been declared by UNESCO as world heritage cities. Spain’s inland consists of innumerable picturesque villages, well away from the beaten tourist tracks, that takes one back to a much earlier era.

Thus be it summer / winter tourism, nature tourism, heritage & cultural tourism, etc. Spain has an all-in-one answer. A magnificent combination that can be rarely seen anywhere.

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Prominent ones amongst Spain’s bountiful attractions…

Madrid

Spain’s ‘capital royal’ for the last five centuries as well as its most touristic city… Madrid is a city of elegant architecture and historical monuments including some outstanding ones like royal castle and city square. Art lovers can truly relish in Madrid’s world famous museums.

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Barcelona

Spain’s second largest city and location of some of the best tourist attractions in the country… A city of Gaudi’s architectural brilliance, Barcelona has been the home of many of the country’s famous artists.

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Bilbao

One of the most beautiful cities in the North Spain, Bilbao is best known for its sacred cathedral (a renowned pilgrim spot), the Guggenheim Museum and last but not the least, its seafood.

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Cordoba

A must see city in the South Spain… particularly famous for its Mezquita Mosque – a treasure trove of the Moorish Andalusian arts.

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Costa del Sol

Abode of some fine beaches… With mild climate throughout the year, Costa del Sol makes an ideal beach resort for people from all wakes of life.

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Granada

The gateway to the world renowned sky resort of Sierra Nevada Mountains… one notable Granada attraction is the charming Alhambra Palace, set at the foothill of Sierra Nevada.

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Salamanca

One of the UNESCO-declared Spanish world heritage cities… A city that retains the unspoilt old world charm.

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Seville

Another Spanish city of astounding architecture… Seville’s major assets are its majestic Cathedral (with the tomb of Christopher Columbus), the Giralda tower and the Alcazar – an awesome medieval Islamic palace. Besides, the city is much known for its cultural festivals like the Easter parades and April fair.

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Valencia

A city that lies in the Spanish Mediterranean coast, Valencia is a prime beach destination that automatically draws people in summer holidays… Also well known for its City of Arts and Sciences which consists of amazing eye-shaped buildings!


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Typical ‘Spanish Specials’…

Paella – Spain’s own unique cuisine… available in may versions, especially as a variety seafood…

Scenes from Seville’s annual ‘April fair’ – one of the most colorful festival fiestas in Spain…

Spain’s masterpiece event – the thrilling ‘Bull Fight’!

The ‘Parade of Resurrection’ that take place throughout Spain during the holy week of Easter… The procession is peculiar for its realistic depiction of biblical characters…

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In Spain, it’s delights ‘n delights all the way…

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The River with Rainbow

In this digital age an artist’s creativity can be unfolded via plenty of image editing / illustrating softwares where some biggies like Photoshop stand out. There is absolutely no lack of artificial sceneries too. But compared to the sheer versatility and prowess of the ultimate artist, the Mother Nature, these artificial beauties often fall short. The example of ‘Caño Cristales’ is more than enough to justify this time-tested fact.

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Located in Serrania de la Macarena in the South American country Columbia, River Caño Cristales is now far & wide famous for its peculiar geographical wonder. Not its size or location but the amazingly colored underwater world.

In between Columbia’s major seasons, wet season and dry season, for a brief period when the climate becomes ideal for plants and waters alike, one can witness the astounding artistic skills of nature at some very remote locations of Caño Cristales.

This river is a haven for innumerable multi-colored algae and moss. When the climate is optimal and waters are crystal clear these underwater plants bloom to the fullest; displaying a wide range of colours resembling the shades in VIBGYOR.

Call these RGB (red, green, blue) or CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) palette shades with due respect to the digital age, but it seems even the term ‘colorful’ doesn’t adequately describe the real feeling of this eye-feast.

Set in a serene environment well away from the urban life, reaching the location of River Caño Cristales from La Macarena town is itself an experience… well isolated from roads, it requires a delightful couple of hour’s walk that any adventurer will cherish. Considering the importance of this region, the state government has organized guided trekking tours from La Macarena to Caño Cristales.

The silence of nature, soothing sounds of waters, dazzling display of colours where it seems the rainbow is flowing… by getting absorbed in this rejuvenating atmosphere, what more that a nature-lover could ask for!

This colourful river region is normally off the limit for visitor after November, when the fry season steals away the river’s charm. But still a few get dragged to this beckoning location – perhaps the irresistible nature’s call.