Spain

Where to go in Spain

The intensely metropolitan suburban feel with historic and rich architecture; Spain has won the heart of many travelers and tourists with its sheer beauty and grace. On every vacationer’s to-visit list this European country has tremendously serene landscapes, beautiful cities and much more.

Barcelona:

barcelonaYou can make your way through the mosaic steps of the Park Güell to indulge in a piece of artistic history. The sculptures and the Gaudi Museums are the prime attractions. The local artists, guitarists and vocalists set the perfect mood of an enjoyable visit. La Sagrada Familia is an architectural marvel that is open for public viewing. You can appreciate the artistry and the craftsmanship of this 18th century church as you enjoy your blissful tour. Casa Batlló is another artistic masterpiece that resembles a dragon on its roof. It is a museum housing creations from the history of Spain accompanied by a helpful audio tour.

Madrid:

As the capital of Spain, Madrid enjoys exclusivity in terms of significance alongside its rich inheritance. The feel of the entire city is enrapturing.  Plaza de España has huge sculptures, buildings and stone figures making this a monumental square with great vivacity. Catedral de la Almudena has a palette of colors stamped on its Gothic, Romanesque style and make. It also has a museum you can visit while you are there. The El Retiro Park is an ideal place for a relaxing family picnic. You can enjoy the beautiful rose gardens that decorate the place or a boat ride near the lake. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is a museum featuring art works from Gris, Dali, Picasso and Miro, dedicated to the addictive beauty Spain has to offer.

Tenerife:

tenerifeIt is deemed to have the largest Canary Islands in the entire country of Spain. There exists a dormant volcano, Mt. Teide which stands at 3,718 meter height as the tallest peak in all of Tenerife. This city is most famous for the De Santa Cruz Festival which features loud parades, celebration, live music and so much fun. Loro Park is a public zoo which has great many animals, like lions, gorillas, dolphins and other wild life on display for viewers. El Médano is one of the many Canary Islands of Tenerife. You can go to this secluded place, filled with sea breeze, good waves and water sports activities. Playa de Las Teresitas is a beach located in the north of the village of San André. It is filled with tourists and locals alike.

Majorca:

majorca This island in Spain is known for its vivacious beach resorts, Limestone Mountains and an entertaining night life. Serra de Tramuntana mountain range offers a great chance to go for hike or a trek. Palma Cathedral is a Gothic Cathedral near the sea. It has a breathtakingly inspiring built with many places to rediscover from the inside. Cabrera, Balearic Islands has serene beauty trapped in the open air and the wide sea spread. It is essentially a National park in Majorca located near the Mediterranean Sea.

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A Roger Davies

Air Tickets to Barcelona

Considered the busiest and most cosmopolitan of Spain’s major cities, Barcelona is a whirlwind of activity, sights, sounds, and life.  From the ancient and modern architecture, to the nightlife and art scene, Barcelona has something for everyone.  Get ready to explore the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain – a city that spans the time line to give you a taste of the old and the new.  If you act now, you can take advantage of some great deals on cheap flights to Barcelona.

After you arrive in Barcelona, be sure to explore the old Roman military fortifications in the Square of Sant Jaume located in the Barrio Gotico or Gothic Quarter.  One of the oldest parts of Barcelona, you can explore an old millstone on top of the Mountain Taber, where tribes of people lived hundreds of years before the Roman occupation.  The Gothic Quarter is also home to majestic gothic cathedrals and medieval palaces designed to inspire your imagination.

From there, you can jump forward several centuries to the modern Barcelona, where the El Ensanche district will will delight you with wonderful works of art and breathtaking architecture.  Built between 1870 and 1936 for the cities elite, the El Ensanche district enlarged Barcelona by over five times it’s original size.  Highlighted in this district are the works of Anton Gaudi, a Spanish architect known for his work in Modernism.  Seven of his works have been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, including the world famous Sagrada Familia.  This breathtaking Roman Catholic cathedral was not complete upon Gaudi’s death in 1926, and still remains incomplete today.  Most experts agree that this cathedral is one of the most dynamic displays of Gothic architecture today and should not be missed.

If you want to experience the modern cuisine and active nightlife of Barcelona, you will want to visit Santalo and Mariano Cubi streets.  You will find the most popular bars, upscale dining, and the latest trends in fashion displayed before your eyes.  Don’t let a visit to Barcelona go by without taking a turn in this district and seeing what makes Barcelona such a cosmopolitan place.

Now is the time to plan your trip.  Cheap tickets can be found from New York, Chicago, Houston, and Dallas for lower than $800 round trip.  If you live on the West Coast, you can find tickets for just under $850 round trip!  A really fantastic deal for a voyage that will take you across the continental United States and the Atlantic Ocean for a trip that you will never forget! Find more on “Flybilletter til Barcelona” and Kayak.com

Car Insurance in Spain

Car insurance in Spain is mandatory and it is taken very seriously if there is a violation of this law. Many tourists do not realize that they are only permitted to drive in Spain under their own insurance for 6 months after the 6 months are up than it is expected that licensing requirements and car insurance for Spain will be secured.

At a minimum you need third party liability insurance on your vehicle to legal drive in Spain. Do keep in mind that there are three branches of law enforcement in Spain that all have the authority to stop vehicles and request to see proof of insurance.

There have been many cases where a tourist is stopped and asked for proof of insurance and was able to produce proof of insurance from their home country but were unable to prove how long they were in Spain and were fined.

If you are traveling to or through Spain be sure to carry proof of your length of stay AND secure the proper auto insurance if you plan on staying beyond the 6 month period.

The Car Is Insured

Car insurance in Spain is a bit different than car insurance in both the US and other European nations in that the insurance covers the car not the driver. Usually the insurance will cover any driver of the car as long as they are over a certain age which is usually around 25.

Unlike other plans or policies you can not port your car insurance from one car to another. The insurance is only good on the car that it is written for. If you plan on driving another car you have to be sure that the other car is insured.

If you plan on travelling to other countries you should read more about car insurance on sites like Bilforsikring (Denmark), Internation and the information site from the European Union.

Options

The minimum coverage is good for anyone that has a car that is not really valuable. In other words if your car is not worth a lot than you will not miss it a lot should their be a total loss after an accident. If you value your vehicle than you will want to opt for more than just the minimum.

Full coverage or comprehensive coverage will cover your vehicle in the event of any accident, vandalism, injury or fire. You can shop for car insurance in Spain to compare prices and see the coverage options that are available to you that will work the best for your situation.

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Lee Cannon