This is the oldest monastery in Spain, located near Barcelona., on the Montserrat mountain range, at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level. It was founded by the Benedictine monks at the beginning of the 11th century. The peculiar beauty of this mountain, the abundance of its stony peaks were a source of inspiration for many artists, musicians, poets, attracted travelers, pilgrims and rock climbers. Montserrat is a holy place for many believers and they come up here to be closer to God and to talk to him. In one of the sketes, a small wooden statue of the Madonna with a baby in her arms, possessing a miraculous gift, was found by shepherds in one of the many caves of this mountain. Currently, 80 ministers of St. Benedict live in the monastery, spending their day in prayer and work. Thousands of residents of Catalonia flock here to bow to the “Morenet” – this is how the Catalans lovingly call Madonna – the patroness of their country, and listen to the bewitching, clear voices of the boys of the ancient monastery choir La Escolania, performing a hymn to the glory of the Mother of God. In the museum at the monastery you can see the masterpieces of El Greco, Caravaggio, Degas, Pizarro, Monet, Picasso, Dali.
Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo Del Escorial
According to Top-mba-universities, this large museum complex, 45 kilometers from Madrid, was built in the second half of the 16th century by King Philip II of Spain to commemorate his victory over the French at the Battle of San Quentino. The monastery consisted of two palaces and a library and performed the functions of managing both the church and the state.
The complex houses a large art collection, including masterpieces by Titian, El Greco, Roger van der Weyden, Paolo Veronese, José Ribera. In the library of the complex, which was founded by Philip II for himself, there are more than 40 thousand volumes. This is one of the largest libraries in the world.
Segovia is located 92 km from Madrid and is best known for one of the best preserved Roman structures in the world, the Roman aqueduct. The aqueduct supplied the city with water some 50 years ago. It was built back in the days of the Roman Empire from 200,400 granite bricks, and no cement was used in the construction. The whole structure rests solely on friction. The aqueduct delivered water for the city from the river, which is located 16 kilometers away. Part of the structure is beautifully illuminated at night. Other sights of Segovia include the old royal castle Alcazar and the Gothic cathedral.
Port Aventura this is the main attraction of the Costa Dorada resort. It is the second largest and most important in Europe and covers an area of 115 hectares. This is a whole world of attractions and entertainment for all ages and for all tastes. The construction of the park took a long time, the grand opening took place in 1995. PortAventura offers a journey through space and time to five different worlds, where you can experience amazing and fantastic adventures like in reality. Tourists are waiting for a journey through time and different cultures – mysterious and exotic! You can see the Polynesian dances of the Mayan tribe, ride a fiery dragon, descend into the dark galleries of silver mines, feel like a real cowboy in a Wild West tavern.
Santiago de Compostela
The city of Santiago de Compostela is located in the autonomous region of Galicia and is the third world center of Christianity after Rome and Jerusalem. The main attraction is the Cathedral of St. James, built from 1078 to 1211. Subsequently, the cathedral was constantly being completed. In addition to the cathedral, the so-called “Pilgrim’s Ways” are interesting – these are narrow medieval streets leading to the temple with numerous churches, along which pilgrims flocked to the temple.
Figueres, although not one of the most beautiful cities in Catalonia, is worth a visit, especially for lovers of surrealism. Salvador Dali, the most famous son of the city, equipped a museum in the building of the city theater in 1974, where he gave free rein to his morbid fantasy. Since then, the Dali Theater Museum has been attracting visitors like a magnet.
Tarragona is the administrative and commercial center of the province of the same name, located in a convenient bay near Barcelona. This tour will introduce you to the ancient Iberian Kessa, converted by the Romans in 218 BC. from a small military camp to the brilliant capital of the Roman Empire in Spain – Tarraco. During the tour, which usually starts at the Archaeological Avenue, you can see one of the best preserved parts of the Roman wall built around the city (4 km), about 2,500 years ago. A small section of the wall, 1 km long, has survived to this day. with three towers and five gates. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of Roman Culture (Museu de la Romanidad), which is part of the monumental complex, it also includes the Praetor’s Tower and the Roman Colosseum. The museum exhibits more than 25,000 exhibits from the cultural and economic heyday of Torraco.
Monuments of the Roman era of Tarragona belong to the treasury of world history and are taken under the protection of UNESCO. The tour ends at the ruins of the Roman Amphitheater, built in the 1st century AD. and who witnessed the gladiator fights and the suffering of the first Christians.
Aqualeon is a natural park located in the mountains 40 km from Salou. Here is a huge water park with slides, pools, a children’s safari water playground, where animals live in freedom. In addition, you can see incredible performances with marine animals, reptiles, birds.
Water park “Water World”.
Not far from Lloret de Mar is the water park “WATER WORLD”. More than 250 meters of dizzying descents and ascents to be experienced, descending in a boat from a height of 50 meters. A pool with artificial waves, a Wild River, water tracks – all this awaits lovers of active water recreation. For lovers of a more relaxing holiday on the water, the Lake of Relaxation, Jacuzzi, and an extensive pool area are at the service of vacationers.
Gerona dates back to the 5th century BC. An integral part of the ancient appearance of the city is the well-preserved Jewish quarter. Girona Cathedral is one of the largest single-nave cathedrals in Europe (the second after the Cathedral of St. Peterin the Vatican). Here you can see the treasury of the museum, rise above the vast panorama of the greenery of the mountains and take magnificent photographs from the Daeu del Far observation deck, located at an altitude of 1.100 m. Rupit is an architectural monument of the XIV century. This area has been declared a national park and reserve.
“Marinland”. This is a water park and a marine zoo located near Blanes. The most enthusiastic impressions will be from the delightful, dynamic and kind dolphin show, parrot show and birds of prey show.