All posts tagged: Spain

Spain: Alcalá de Henares, Madrid

  Alcalá de Henares is a tiny university town, just 30 km away from Madrid. And what makes it special is that the city still conserves all history – even though it was severely damaged during Spanish Civil Wars between 1936 and 1939 – since the Bronze Age.  While strolling around the city’s most famous Cervantes Square, touring its university buildings or wandering on its pavements and alleys, you feel like you are in the Medieval Age. This is why you don’t get surprised when you see a couple wearing reinnesance costumes. Alcalá is Miguel de Cervantes’ birth town and also is one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It has a soul and a story to tell like any other Spanish town. This is the reason to spare a day and stop by at Alcalá if you are in Madrid. Advertisements

Spain: Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

  Being conquered by ancient Roman Empire and to be used as castra in 15 BC; handled by Visigoths and Arabians in the 3rd and the 8th centuries respectively, conquered by Franks in the year of 801, Barcelona today, is the capital city of Catalonia and the second biggest city of Spain. Barcelona, not only owns a rich culture but also it is one of the Mediterranean’s biggest ports and trade centers. Nowadays, Barcelona is a haunt spot for tourism; earned it’s deserved fame from the 25th Olympic Games took place in 1992, composed of streets filled with Gaudi’s and Montaner’s brilliant work of art, having beaches & festivals, including all of these, Barcelona has a a lot to offer. Barcelona is the 6th most populated city of European Union; composed of 6 regions and those regions are separated to district. The one that will be our wonder today is Ciutat Vella, located in the center of city, which means “old city”.