Thursday, March 11, 2010

Other cities nearby

Madrid, Cadiz and Cordoba


After staying up in Barcelona we went to Madrid. The capital of Spain, located in the heart of the peninsula and right in the center of the Castillian plain. Here we stayed in the budget hôtel à Madrid which was close to the museums in the city. While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House. Around these attractions in the city i also saw Madrid Hotel , which is architecturally well built. this is a city as at home in the nightclubs and bars that give the streets their soundtrack as it is in the hallowed halls of high culture. While staying in the weekendje Madrid we also enjoyed the best food here.


From Madrid we started our journey to Cadiz. It is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Despite its unique site — on a narrow spit of land surrounded by the sea — Cadiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks. We stayed here in the Hotel specials Cadiz which is located in the main city center. The city can boast of an unusual cathedral of various architectural styles, a theatre, an old municipal building, an eighteenth-century watchtower, a vestige of the ancient city wall, an ancient Roman theatre, and electrical pylons of an eye-catchingly modern design carrying cables across the Bay of Cádiz. Our hotel in Cadiz was also close to the local markets in the city. The old town is characterised by narrow streets connecting squares (plazas), bordered by the sea and by the city walls. Most of the landmark buildings are situated in the plazas. Like a typical Spanish coast, Cadiz is blessed with the sun’s golden rays so is quite hot during the summer season. We enjoyed our royal stay in the Cadiz hôtels as well the city attractions and climate.


Later then we went to Cordoba. It is a city in Andalusia, southern Spain, and the capital of the province of Cordoba. This time we decided to stay in the Cordoba hoteles which is far from the city's hustle bustle. Tourism is especially intense in Cordoba during May because of the weather and as this month hosts three very popular festivals. The May Crosses Festival takes place at the beginning of the month. We also did sightseeing from our Cordoba Hotels only as it is a good place for sightseeing. During three or four days, crosses of around 3 meters of height are placed in many squares and streets and decorated with flowers and a contest is held to choose the most beautiful one. Usually there is regional food and music near the crosses. It is the main festival in the city. As Cordoba is connected to Madrid and Seville by the AVI high speed train, it is possible to visit the city as a day trip from either city. From Madrid the train ride is about one and one half hours (one way). But we decided to stay atleast overnight so we took a room in hotel Cordova promotion which was near to the city attractions but far from city's hustle bustle.

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