Category Archives: Spain

Gaudi’s Masterpieces: UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Iris Milton; Tripoto

Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

Annually, about four million visitors come to beautiful and unusual Barcelona, to admire it and take a memorable photo. Incredibly amazing architectural buildings and creations of the great Gaudi are everywhere. Due to their uniqueness and beauty, they are included in the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO. Let’s have a closer look at them:

Casa Vicens Gaudí

Casa Vicens House is the first significant work of Antoni Gaudi, built by the order of the owner of the ceramic tile and brick factory Manuel Vicens i Montaner. Inspecting the future construction site, Gaudi discovered a giant blossoming palm, surrounded by yellow flowers – marigolds. All these motives Gaudi included in the design of the house. Since the house is a private domain, it is closed to visitors.

Güell Palace

Güell Palace is the next large-scale project.

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36 Hours in Granada, Spain; Andrew Ferren; The New York Times

Spain – Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

Beyond the magnificent Moorish Alhambra, visitors will find a distinctive cuisine and a charming city that was once home to celebrated writers and artists.

Like Agra, India, and the Taj Mahal, the Andalusian city of Granada in southern Spain is so well known for a single monument — the Alhambra, a walled fortress housing magnificent 13th- to 15th-century Moorish palaces and gardens — that the city itself is sometimes overlooked. With more than two million visitors descending on the Alhambra, a Unesco World Heritage site, every year, the city’s tourism industry had settled into a somewhat formulaic routine of shuttling visitors in and out of the city in about 24 hours. But recently some other ancient structures have been restored, and the region’s distinctive gastronomy has come into its own.

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6 spectacular sites to study the night sky in August; Xpose

Spain – Teide National Park

From Canada to Tenerife, the sky’s the limit when it comes to places of pristine beauty to look upwards in wonder.

We’re told to reach for the stars, but as that’s not physically possible why not settle for staring at them?

Stargazing tourism is becoming increasingly popular; witness the number of dark sky reserves that have sprung up in recent years. Even if you can’t make it out to the middle of nowhere to soak up the stars, there’s such an appetite for it that shows like Stargazing Live have started to dominate our screens.

August is the perfect month for stargazing, with both a solar eclipse and the Perseid meteor shower this month. In honour of this, we’ve listed some of the best places to go solar system sightseeing.

1. Teide National Park, Tenerife

Best for: Astronomy nerds

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Beautiful lighthouses around the world; Ciara Appelbaum; INSIDER

Spain – Tower of Hercules

Lighthouses have been guiding mariners to safety since 268 BC.

While many of them have been rendered useless today, thanks to modern technology, they still brighten the shores with their beauty.

These are the 26 most stunning lighthouses in the world.

Lindau Lighthouse, Germany

Lindau Lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse in Germany, and sits on Lake Constance. The medieval tower, built in 1856, even has a clock!

Tower of Hercules, Spain

This ancient Roman lighthouse, dating back to the late 1st century A.D, has gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can be found towering over the entrance of La Coruña harbor in north-western Spain.

Low Lighthouse, England, UK

Low Lighthouse is the only active lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, England. The small wooden lighthouse is a popular photo-op thanks to its nine “legs.”

Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina, USA

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27 world famous buildings to inspire you; Kerrie Hughes; Creative Bloq

Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

From the Colosseum to the Kabba, these buildings are amazing.

Whether you’re a busy art director or an illustrator working from home, every creative needs some downtime. And there’s no better way to both relax and be inspired than jetting off somewhere you’ve never been before.

Whenever we travel to far-flung places, we’re attracted to the famous buildings. Much like a photograph, architectural designs record details of specific moments in time. But unlike an photograph, physical structures go on to have a life of their own, becoming a central and functional part of countless people’s lives for hundreds, if not thousands, of years after they were built.

Here we have picked 27 of the most famous building designs from around the world to inspire you.

01. Lotus Temple

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Is that a toilet brush or are you just happy to see me? #travel #Spain #humor; Barb Taub

Spain – Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches

“Visit us in Spain! It will be so relaxing.”

An old friend was recovering from surgery and needed to escape her regular life which (on an intensity scale of 1-10) she generally lived at about 12.5. I pointed out my old blog post here which described our idyllic holidays in rural Spain every July and suggested it would be a relaxing place for her recovery.

The only sounds she would hear, I assured her, were the stream that had once powered the old mill we rented, the cow bells, and the occasional rooster. We could retreat from the summer heat to the pool or the cool interior of the mill with its three-foot thick stone walls. And we’ll take trips to gorgeous historical cities nearby like Salamanca and Avila.

Yup. That’s what I said.

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The 20 Most Sacred Places On The Planet – Places Of Worship; Elle

Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

From Notre Dame in Paris to the Mahabodhi Tree In India, these are some of the world’s most wondrous sites.

The world is so full of eye-opening places of worship. Take a look at 20 of the most sacred places on the planet.

Batu Caves In Malaysia

North of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves are comprised of limestone caves filled with unbelievable Hindu shrines.

Duomo di Milano In Italy

The Milan Cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary of the Nativity and is the seat of the Archbishop of Mila.

Boudhanath In Nepal

Tibetan Buddhists from around the world come to this place of pilgrimage, which is one of the largest stupas that exists today.

Church of St. George, Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Things to do in Ibiza; Elite Traveler

Spain – Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture

While this Balearic island is best known for its happening party scene, there’s so much more to uncover here, from its Unesco World Heritage Old Town to the hidden coves that are tucked into the coastline’s cliffs, and from authentic local eateries to the fine dining restaurants of five-star hotels. These are the best things to do in Ibiza.

Ibiza Town

Providing an insight into this island’s past as well as its cultural and culinary identity, Ibiza Town is an integral part of discovering the island. With around 2,500 years of history, the Unesco World Heritage Old Town—Dalt Vila—is celebrated for its historic architecture, and in particular the citadel’s castle, which now acts as a museum. The Mercat Vell or Old Market, which originates from 1873, is also located here, selling cheese, herbs, wine and olive oil among other local produce.

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The most remarkable Spanish UNESCO Sites; Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande; A Luxury Travel Blog

Spain – Pyrénées – Mont Perdu

Spain has the third highest number of UNESCO sites of any country in the world, with only China and Italy beating it by a few sites each. They include some of the most famous European monuments and instantly recognizable Spanish icons, from the spectacular Alhambra to Gauds fantastical Barcelona creations. There are other special places, however, which attract fewer headlines but which have a unique and irreplaceable appeal.

The indigenous blend of biodiversity and culture in many Spanish islands has received well-deserved UNESCO recognition. The beautiful, pristine island of Menorca captured UNESCOs attention for its landscape and its extraordinary plants and animals, many of which were both threatened with extinction and to be found nowhere else.

Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.

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George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s Motorcycle Route Through Spain; Jeremy Taylor; Bloomberg

Spain – Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada
Every year, Clooney and his best pal Rande Gerber take a weeklong bike trip, and twins notwithstanding, and according to Gerber this year is no different. Here’s a preview of their next jaunt.

He’s one of Hollywood’s best known faces—so how does superstar George Clooney keep a low profile on holiday?

The two-time Oscar winner is perhaps the subject of twice the normal scrutiny, now that he and wife Amal are proud parents of twins. Fortunately, Clooney has already found the perfect way to stay under the radar: When he needs to escape the smell of diapers and baby food, the 56-year-old can pull on a motorcycle helmet and dark glasses and head for the highway.

Riding alongside with him on long summer trips for the past few summers has been longtime friend Rande Gerber.

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