On weekdays, hotel fees in Seville are lower. Take this into account if you’re planning a short stay.
Choose the Best Travel Season
One of the best months to visit Seville is January because the weather is dry and cold in the mornings, but by noon the sun is up and warm.
Visits in Exchange for Wine-Tastings
In most vineyards, when you visit the wineries they offer you a wine-tasting experience.
Drink Wine With an Exclusive Style
Although tasting wine is done practically the same everywhere, follow the steps they teach you at each vineyard.
Don’t Mix Aromas
It’s advisable not to wear any perfume on the day you’ll go on a wine-tasting tour. This way, external scents won’t mix with the wine’s aroma.
Get the Best View
In order to have a better view of Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral, visit the overlook at Monte do Gozo
Choose the Best Travel Season
Even though people walk the Way of St. James so as to arrive there on July 25th (on the apostle’s festivity), we recommend doing it in spring, when there are fewer tourists and there’s a milder climate.
Train Before Traveling
The Way of St. James is not just any walk, so train accordingly before taking this route. Start by climbing up the stairs instead of taking the lift.
Buy Quality Wine
In order to identify a wine’s quality, take into account these 4 elements: the weather, the type of grape, the elaboration process and its aging time.
Offer a Special Gift
A good gift for a friend can be a bottle of wine whose production has a interesting or cultural history
Toast with Sherry
As a recommendation, follow the route of Marco de Jerez in Spain. The architecture, monuments and the history behind this route will inspire you to taste Jerez, internationally known as “Sherry”.
Listen to Live Flamenco
In Seville there are many places where you can listen to and watch flamenco shows. One of the most popular is the Peña Flamenca. There are more than eighty in the city.
Take a Guided Tour Around the Alhambra
Check the Alhambra’s website and look for the itineraries and programs of the guided tours available each season. Profit the chance to learn more beyond the history of this monument.
Visit the Entire Alhambra
Early in the morning you can have access to all the areas of the Alhambra that are open for visitors.
Visit the Nasrid Palaces at the Right Time
In order to have access to the Nasrid Palaces you must check the hour specified in your ticket.
Reserve in Advance
As it happens in all important documents, you must buy your entrance tickets to the Alhambra in advance in order to avoid long lines.
Eat for Free
The best strategy to try free tapas in Granada is by ordering a cañita, because you usually get them with your drink.
Enjoy a Siesta
Siesta time in Spain is between 15 and 18hrs, so it’s probable that at that time you’ll find the streets empty. It will be the perfect moment to take pictures without people standing in the way.
Visit a Historic Museum
Visit the National Museum of Slavery in Angola. It’s located in the Casa Grande Chapel, the place where slaves were baptized before being shipped to America.
Find Art Everywhere
Visit the National Museum of Fine Arts in Argentina. It has the biggest collection of the country’s Artistic Heritage .
Berlin has 170 museums, but if you’re not a big fan of these sites, at least include the Pergamon Museum in your route.
Take Your Time
Reserve at least 3 hours to visit the Oceanogràfic and 2 hours for the Príncipe Felipe Museum.
Enjoy Art for Free
Visit the contemporary sculpture exhibit in the Paseo del Arte at the Umbracle. Entrance is free.
Check Out All You Can Do in Barcelona
Read the Guia del Ocio guide in which you’ll find publications about cultural activities and excursions in Barcelona.
Tip in Barcelona
Tipping in bars and restaurants is customary in Barcelona. Leave between 5 and 10% of your total bill.
Check Exchange Rates
Check exchange rates at local currency exchange establishments. Some of them charge extra fees that add up to excessive amounts.
The Statue of Liberty in Barcelona
There’s a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Barcelona. The other two are found in New York and Paris. The one in Barcelona is black and smaller than the original one, and you can see it at Arús Library.
Avoid mixing your Gin Tonic with lime; the bubbles will pop and the drink will lose intensity.
When you order a Gin Tonic make sure your drink is cold but without ice, because when it melts, it changes your beverage’s flavor.
Wear comfortable shoes
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes when you visit the Giralda. The climb to the top is tiring but it’s worth it.
Reserve a guided tour to the Giralda by visiting the Cathedal of Seville’s official website.
Tour for Free
Entrance to the Giralda is free on Mondays, so plan your visit on that day.
The Popularity of St. James
The Way of St. James was very popular until the 16th century. Yet, starting the early 17th century fewer pilgrims walked the route.
The Game of the Goose
They say that the Game of the Goose was invented by the medieval constructors guilds on their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
Evita in Compostela
At the Alameda Park in Santiago de Compostela you’ll find a 22m tall araucaria tree donated by Eva Peron in 1947. It’s known as “La Perona”.
In Mexico, there were types of vine that grew since before the Spanish conquerors arrived. Unfortunately, they were wild varieties so the grapes could not be used to produce wine.
Wine and Longevity
Around the world, many people believe wine makes people live longer and don’t suffer from heart issues thanks to powerful antioxidant it contains called resveratrol.
Talent to be Remembered
Paco de Lucia, one of the most emblematic representatives of Andalusian musical tradition passed away in Mexico in 2014.
A Historic Fair
The fair in Malaga has been celebrated since the province was incorporated to the Crown of Castille with the Catholic Kings on August 19th 1487.
The Origins of Flamenco
It’s not very clear when flamenco music was created, but the style that is most popular nawadates dates back to the 18th century.
Symbols of Power
The stone that is found on the details of the Alhambra’s main entrance door symbolized power.
A Union of Cultures
When the Catholic Kings gained control over the Alhambra they respected the spaces, ornamentation and symbols their predecessors had created, but they also inserted Christian symbols in the areas they inhabited.
The restorers of the Alhambra found 80 polychromatic drawings with human and animal figures that had remained hidden under the wood and plaster that covered the walls.
There are 151 known museums in Mexico City. After London, it’s the city with the greatest number of museums in the world.
San Angel and the Carmelites
San Angel was named after the Carmelite convent that was founded in the area and that was dedicated to this saint. Nowadays the convent houses El Carmen Museum.
A Huge Architectonic Complex
The architectonic complex located next to Turia River covers almost two kilometers.
The Biggest Aquarium in Europe
The Oceanogràfic is home to more than 500 marine species. It’s the biggest aquarium in Europe.
Introducing the Hemisfèric
The first area of the City of Arts and Sciences that opened to the public was the Hemisfèric on April 16th 1998.
Double-Deckers in Barcelona
In post-War Barcelona there were double-decker buses such as the ones commonly found in England.
The world’s greatest Gin Tonic consumers are Philippines, the United States and Spain.
A Gin Tonic is one of the best natural digestives you can find.
Did you know that if you expose a Gin Tonic to ultraviolet light it turns fluorescent?
To The Giralda on Horseback
There is no stairway to climb up the Giralda. Instead, there are 35 ramps that were built in such a way that they could be climbed up on horseback.
The Sculpture of Faith
The Giralda, a huge statue created by sculptor Juan Bautista Vazquez El Viejo that represents Faith, was named like that because it turned with the wind.
The Giralda in New York
There used to be a replica of the Giralda in New York, but it was destroyed and, instead, they build the Madison Square Garden in that same spot.
The Original Giralda
The Giralda was built in the 12th century in the Almohade style and with a height of 76 meters.
A Terrible Earthquake
The Giralda was originally adorned with three spheres which were brought down by an earthquake in the 14th century.
The brick ornamentation you can see at the Giralda is called sebka and it consists on small arches which, together, form rhombus shapes.
La Giralda moderna
En el siglo XVI, el arquitecto Hernán Ruíz confirió su aspecto actual a la Giralda.
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