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Discover the Country of Spain


Barcelona, Spain
A tourist favorite, rising above the Barcelona harbor is Hilltop Montjuic Park, which was named for the Jewish community that once lived on its slopes. It's popular for the castle, amusement park, gardens and cluster of museums that occupy the land. If you are thinking of visiting, a cable lift links the harbor to the nearby park.

Barcelona's medieval Barri Grotic is an open-air museum based in 12th- and 13th-Century architecture. When wandering in the old quarters, stop in at a nearby café to enjoy a quick bite. Many of the nearby businesses make excellent use of the area's old buildings.

Mellorca, Spain
Native son Guillermo Sagrera designed the Llotja, Mallorca's 15th-Century commodities exchange. Its rich carving incorporates a fortified, defensive façade, but the interior is as elegant as architecture gets. Near the old harbor, there is no way to miss the Llotja. Behind the graceful structure Mansion del Arte are some of Francisco Goya's etchings and original works by Pablo Picasso.

Palma's gothic La Seu Cathedral is one of the most recognizable city landmarks. Constrcution on the building beganin the 13th century, but it took 300 years to complete. The Cathedral is the final resting place for the Mallorcan kings, as their tombs line the chapel. There are many steps, but the ornate interior - designed, in part by Barcelona architect Antonio Gaudi - is worth the climb. Perhaps most impressive is the enormous harbor-side doorway.

Valencia, Spain's Festival of Flowers, Fireworks and Flames
For Valencians, looking forward to spring does includes flowers, but it also includes lots of firecrackers, cannons, fireworks and flames.

Fallas, which runs from March 14 through 19 each year, is a ritual rooted in Pagan times that’s been recast as a Roman Catholic celebration of spring. It’s hard to imagine how any work gets done in this city of 820,000 during those six festival days.

On March 17 and 18, hundreds of thousands of blossoms are carried through the streets of this Spanish coastal town during two days of elegant ritual. Men, women and children dressed in traditional costumes — accompanied by bands playing everything from boleros to rock music — parade through the center of town carrying floral offerings to the plaza in front of the Basílica de La Virgen de Los Desamparados.

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