Barcelona, Madrid & Lisbon
Visit three fantastic cities on the Iberian Peninsula. Arrive in Barcelona, the Catalonian Capital. Home of Gaudi, Park Guell and the Mila Home are particularly revered in Barcelona as is the unfinished but stunning Church of La Sagrada Familia. The oldest region in Barcelona is the Gothic Quarter, an oval-shaped region loaded with gothic style buildings like its cathedral, old City Hall Building, the Episcopal Palace and the splendid Palace of the Generalitat, home of the Catalan government. La Rambla, on the other hand, is the most famous and typical street in Barcelona, and, therefore, one of the places that is most frequented. Next continue your journey to Madrid. Whether you prefer a day spent examining the treasures of the world-famous Prado museum, strolling through one of many parks, or enjoying tapas dinners, Madrid offers a refreshing and fascinating change of pace. After your overnight train ride discover Lisbon which offers sandy beaches, art treasures, flavorful cuisine, unique architecture, charming handcrafts, a mild climate, and friendly people. On the right bank of the broad Tagus river, this capital of Portugal graciously reclines over rolling hills. Its location does much to explain the cosmopolitan history of the city.
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The capital of Spain since 1562, Madrid is located on the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments. Among its highlights are the medieval center dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the Prado Museum. Madrid is not just a cultural destination. It is also a lively metropolis with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs open late into the night.
Barcelona, the self-confident and progressive capital of Spain, is a tremendous place to be. Though it boasts outstanding Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings, and some great museums – most notably those dedicated to Picasso and Catalan art – it is above all a place where there's enjoyment simply in walking the streets, stopping in at bars and cafés, drinking in the atmosphere. A thriving port and the most prosperous commercial centre in Spain, it has a sophistication and cultural dynamism way ahead of the rest of the country. In part this reflects the city's proximity to France, whose influence is apparent in the elegant boulevards and imaginative cooking. But Barcelona has also evolved an individual and eclectic cultural identity, most perfectly and eccentrically expressed in the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Scattered as Barcelona's main sights may be, the greatest concentration of interest is around the old town (La Ciutat Vella). These cramped streets above the harbor are easily manageable, and far more enjoyable, on foot. Start, as everyone else does, with the Ramblas.
Portugal’s capital is an 18th-century city - elegant, open to the sea and carefully planned. Most places of interest are within easy walking distance. Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon since medieval times, is an ideal place to start exploring. Many rebuilt houses with original façades provide stores and restaurants with modern interiors. High above Baixa is Bairro Alto - with its teeming nightlife. There are many monuments and museums, such as San Jeronimos Monastery, Royal Coach Museum and Gulbenkian Museum. Two well-known landmarks are the Monument to the Discoveries and the Tower of Belem. A statue of Christ looms above Europe’s longest suspension bridge. Madragoa, Bica and Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s older sections, offer a variety of sights: the Church of Sao Roque, with its beautiful tiles; St. George Castle, which offers a splendid view from its location above the Alfama quarter; the botanical gardens, featuring an unusual, cold greenhouse; and the cathedral, stunning with its Moorish design. Renowned Gulbenkian Museum is the cultural center of Portugal.
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