|A motherland of corrida and flamenco††Sep 18 2006
Where to begin a story about Spain? This country
lying on the South-West of Europe is one of the three most visited countries in
the world (along with France and United States). It’s known both for its
cultural attractions and beach resorts. Cultural heritage of this Pyrenean
country is really enormous – such names as Lope de Vega, Miguel Servantes,
Velasquez, Picasso and a lot of others will never be erased from the mankind’s
The area of the modern Spain was inhabited
thousands of years ago, but for a long time it was a colony of Celtics, Romans,
Goths and Arabs. In the Middle Ages, having thrown off Arab ago, it began its
own unique way. When Spain became Catholic country it gained a doubtful fame for
its Holy Inquisition – the most severe in the whole Europe. The amount of the
executed and the cruelty of the tortures still arouse fear and horror.
The complicated history of the country explains
its diversity – north and south differ like day and night in climate, traditions
and even language.
Despite all inner conflicts and troubles
Madrid has always been the center of the country, its
capital and its heart. Since Spain has become a very popular resort
destination, the stream of the tourists coming to Madrid has decreased, but
during last several years the situation has changed – visitors again choose
Madrid due to its magnificent architecture, interesting historic sights and
Prado – one of the best art museums in the world.
The second popular and the second biggest city in
Spain is Barcelona
- a city which began its rise in 1992 when the Olympic Games were held up in the
city. Now it has almost overcome Madrid in the amount of the hotels and its
coastal location makes the city a very popular stop during sea cruises.
cities are always on the top of the list of the visitors to Spain,
but to tell the true the authentic Spain
awaits you in other places – in modest Pamplona with its annual Fiesta San
Fermin, and, in one of the most colorful Spanish cities - Seville.
This city in southern province Andalusia is the brightest, the most vivid and
one the most festive cities in Spain. Here you enjoy the hottest flamenco, stray
in medieval city center and to take a breathe of the Spanish atmosphere with
siesta, paella and a lot of dancing.
Spain is such a big and rich country, that one
life is not enough to see it all, but you can try to see at least the best that
it could offer.