SPAIN

One of the most visited countries in the world, Spain, has a lot to offer. It is famous for its excellent food and wine, scenic beauty, flamenco and great fiesta celebrations. As the largest country in Southern Europe it is home to about 47 million people. The country is divided into 17 autonomous regions and has a rich diversity in culture and geography.

 

Some of the most famous attractions are historical venues like cathedrals and museums. Spain is also known for its beautiful beaches and islands like the Canary Islands and Mallorca.

 

Soccer has been played in the country as far back as Roman times and nowadays it is home to some of the best soccer club teams in the world.

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MADRID

Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain, is a city where historical memorials meet elegant boulevards and lush parks. The beautiful square Plaza Mayor is one of the must-sees. It has been a site for public events since the 17th century and is nowadays a popular meeting place with lots of buzzing nice restaurants. The majestic Royal Palace has been the official residence for many Spanish kings and is definitely worth a visit as well as the beautiful Buen Retiro Park where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing. A perfect visit in Madrid also includes The Prado Museum that showcases masterpieces in the royal collection of art and the iconic Gran Villa, a wide pedestrian boulevard. 

 

With Real Madrid being one of the best clubs in the world, an important and very appreciated visit in the city of Madrid is the Bernabéu tour around Real Madrid’s legendary stadium.

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BARCELONA

Located on the coastline by the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a modern city with a resort vibe. The beaches are beautiful and the weather is nice all year around. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and a popular vacation destination for people who loves to combine beach and city life. Some of the most famous attractions are Las Ramblas, the main boulevard which acts like a social hub for both residents and tourists, the charming Gothic Quarter with narrow medieval streets and Mercado de la Boqueria, a large public market with lots of excellent food.

 

Quite a few of the city’s foremost landmarks are created by the modernist Antoni Gaudí. La Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic basilica, is the second most visited church in the world and it is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Park Güell is an unusual public park and an appreciated and well-visited symbol of Gaudí’s characteristic vivid imagination.

 

A must-visit for all soccer fans is the Camp Nou tour around FC Barcelona’s legendary stadium.

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SAN SEBASTIAN

Located on the banks of the Bay of Biscay San Sebastian is surrounded by beautiful beaches and green lushy mountains. Someone once said it is a city that provides a feast for the senses and that could not be more right.

 

Back in the days the city was a popular place for the European aristocracy’s summer holidays. It’s still noticeable through beautiful construction as the picturesque bayfront promenade.

 

San Sebastian’s three beaches are among the most popular attractions in the area. Each has its own personality: La Concha with its beautiful white sand has been voted as the second top city beach in the world, Ondarreta is the family oriented one and Zurriola is a well-visited hang out for youngsters and surf lovers.

 

The amazing old part of the town, Parte Vieja, is the city’s most authentic district and definitely a must-see. Its cobblestoned narrow alleys are surrounded by beautiful houses, upscale shops and vibrant restaurants.