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Itinerary South of Portugal and Spain – 7 Days II

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1st day

In the morning we leave Lisbon towards the Alentejo village of Arraiolos, this village we highlight the museum and its carpets, with centuries of history, hand embroidery by generations and generations embroiderer are part of the best known of Portugal crafts.

It is being prepared his application for World Heritage and still have the Arraiolos Castle, one of the few circular castles in the world.

We follow then to Evora Alentejo capital which has as one of the main attractions of the Chapel of Bones where hundreds of human bones on the walls and ceiling will certainly be recorded in your memory.

The abundance of city monuments led to its classification as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, highlighted yet to Évora Cathedral, Giraldo and Roman Temple Square, Estremoz is the destination that follows.

internationally renowned for its white marble quarries, called Marble Estremoz, the exploitation of Estremoz marble has a very ancient origin as evidenced by the Roman Temple of Évora containing marble originating from Estremoz.

We will enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the town and its castle, followed later toward the border town of Elvas, due to its geographical position the city is strongly marked by its military foundation what now becomes a veritable museum of fortifications from various periods.

We start our visit by the Aqueduct Amoreira, with 843 arches and more than five arches and towers of 31 m height is considered the greatest aqueduct in the Iberian Peninsula with a length of 8.5km, the Elvas Castle is another attraction where the occupation human date at least the second century. C. when the Romans occupied Portugal. We ended our tour in Elvas with the visit to the fort of Santa Luzia, situated in the south of the city constituting today one important example of Portuguese military architecture of the seventeenth century. The Fort of Santa Luzia has a quadrangular plant with about 150 meters, today the Fort houses the interesting Military Museum of Santa Luzia Fort.

 

Day 2

We start our day with a visit to Badajoz, bathed by the Guadiana river

It was during the years of dictatorship in Portugal one of the exit points very Portuguese emigrants to Europe and also of young people who did not go to the Colonial War.

For the Portuguese of Lisbon and Alto Alentejo the city of Spanish closer to Portugal is Badajoz, it is where many Portuguese go to buy latin america products.

Highlights for the Badajoz Castle where Dom Afonso Henriques, the Conqueror command his men and mercenaries from Giraldo the “Fearless” fell from his horse and never walked.

We go to Merida who was a Roman colony established in 25 BC was part of the “Silver Route”, which crossed the entire northern peninsula to the south, is one of the most preserved Roman cities of the Iberian Peninsula, visit the Roman Theatre and Amphitheatre which has the oval, and a capacity of about 14 000 people for the fights and races between gladiators opened in the year 8 BC and the Roman art museum.

Caceres the name given to the historic center “Ciudad Monumental”, crossing the Arco de la Estrella we will know one of the best preserved medieval sets of Europe, World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

The walls erected in the 12th century by the Arabs to replace the ruins of walls raised by the Romans, who founded the original town in the 1st century.

The citadel is all made of stone with buildings ranging from 15th century to the 18th.

Before the arrival of the Madrid visit to Trujillo small town with over 3000 years of history, especially its imposing Plaza Mayor and guarded by Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru.

In Trujillo we can observe the passage of three great cultures, the Muslim with its castle, the Jewish to the Plaza mayor and the Christian with the temples, Trujillo is also known for its festivals and traditional events.

 

Day 3

We start our day in Madrid, the heart of Spain, intellectual and political center of a vast Catholic empire and of the various tendencies monarch.

Madrid left the orders of a fanatical Inquisition, the suppression of regional identities mainly Basque, Galician and Catalan, forced evangelization of Native Americans and it is precisely this rich and controversial past that made Madrid what it is today.

During our tour we will visit some of the most visited museums in Spain with special attention to the Prado, Reina Sofia, Puertas del Sol is famous for being the meeting point by Madrid, the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the city, Cibeles square considered one of the most beautiful in the world where the Royal Palace official residence of the Kings of Spain.

One of the great symbols of Madrid is the Puerta de Alcalá, its wonderful location next to the Bom Retiro Park.

The San Miguel market is one of the places where we will find people from all over the world and Spanish typical products as well as various locations around the world.

Real Madrid’s stadium where his museum is worth a visit for all those who love and appreciate football, one of the most popular football clubs in the world.

 

Day 4

In the morning we leave the city of Madrid towards the Sierra de Guadarrama to visit the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial that was commissioned by Philip II to commemorate the victory at the Battle of San chitin, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1984 within the Monastery will visit its fabulous library and the Basilica of San Lorenzo.

Still in the county of San Lorenzo have the “Valley of the Fallen” which is a monument built between 1940 and 1958 by order of Francisco Franco where buried Franco and 33,872 combatants of the Spanish civil war, highlighting the majestic basilica contruída the excavated rock and Santa Cruz with about 150 meters.

We follow then to Ávila which is a city founded by the Romans, this was over Muslim domination between the centuries VIII and XI and after the reconquest in 1090 began the construction of the monumental wall that surrounds the whole city.

The interior of the walled city in 2,5Kms with 88 towers and 9 semicircular gates is very well preserved and rich in monuments especially religious nature of which stands the Gothic Cathedral of the Saviour built in the same period of the wall.

Avila is also known for one of its most famous inhabitants name St. Teresa of Jesus founder of the order of Carmelites, religious also known as St. Teresa of Avila whose tomb is in the convent of St. Joseph.

We ended our tour with a visit to Segovia, whose old Roman aqueduct and city are UNESCO World Heritage Site, located interview the-rivers Eresma and Clamores Segovia is famous for aqueduct, numerous Romanesque churches, the Cathedral and Alcazar fortress make up a majestic landscape, highlighting the historical center of the entrance door and the Roman aqueduct located in the Plaza de Azoguejo.

This jewel of engineering built under the imperial Rome carries water to the upper town about 15 km away.

Its 163 arches and almost 29 meters high at its highest point are supported by blocks of stone from the Sierra de Guadarrama without mortar, lead or any other material.

 

Day 5

In the morning we leave the city of Madrid towards Toledo which is one of the Spanish cities of greatest wealth of monuments.

Toledo is known as the city of three cultures due to the fact that for centuries Christians, Arabs and Jews shared the walls of the inner city, the city preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues, this great diversity of artistic styles makes the old part of the capital and an outdoor museum which led to its declaration as a World Heritage Site.

During our tour highlighting some of the most important monuments of the city such as Toledo Alcázar now houses the Library and Army museum in the historic district the New Gate of Bisagra which serves as a gateway to the historic center of the city, main city square that is Zocodover, the cathedral of Toledo which measures an impressive 120 meters, the churches of Saint Thomas, Santiago del Arrabal and San Salvador and Puerta del sol. Also noteworthy was the synagogues of Santa Maria la Blanca and Transito.

Before returning to Madrid we will make a visit to the city of Aranjuez where we will visit its royal palace.

The origins of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez dates back to the reign of Philip II, was this king who had built in 1561 and the definitive plans designed by Juan Bautista de Toledo, the architect of El Escorial, when Toledo died in 1567 his disciple Juan de Herrera was commissioned to finish the work.

 

Day 6

We start our day with a tour of the city of Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and one of the best symbolize the country in the 21st century.

The city is located on the Mediterranean coast in southeastern Spain, with beautiful beaches and an architecture that impresses all who visit.

Valencia is home of the most famous dish and typical of Spain’s famous “paella” and boasts excellent Mediterranean cuisine with emphasis on seafood.

Certain that the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians, have left their marks in Valencia, recently built the futuristic “City of Arts” which houses the Science Museum, a planetarium, a Palace of Arts and Oceanographic Museum, one of the images recent added will townscape of this area of the city is precisely the Arts Palace Reina Sofia signed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava that triggered a revitalization process in that part of town.

You can see a mixture of very modern buildings that stands out for being one of the most impressive urban projects in Europe in recent years and this has seen sense in tourism that Valencia has become in one of the most popular destinations in Spain.

Highlighting the “Fallas” are one of the most known and popular festivals in Spain and every year attract thousands of tourists to Valencia.

 

Day 7

In the morning we leave the city of Zaragoza towards Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, is still the largest metropolis of the entire Mediterranean coast.

Barcelona brings the story the years that has suffered over the orders of the dictator Franco until 1975 and since then the city lives a constant renewal and in 1992 with the Olympic Games in the city this event served as an impetus to undergo a true transformation urban where some of the best architects in the world have made work especially Gaudí and Domenech i Montaner authors of fancy icons like the Casa Mila and the Palau de la Música Catalana respectively.

The history of Barcelona is noted widely in their geography, towards the sea we find one of the oldest and most important sites of the city the Gothic Quarter

that until the 80s was the typical district of a harbor city turned into a China-Town species, today the neighborhood has become one of the most refined neighborhoods of the entire city with international brand shops and seductive cafes with terraces.

One of the characteristics of the city is the air we breathe, the light and salty wind from the sea even in the less warm months.

The city is clean, cheerful, careful and rich museums and galleries where you can enjoy great works of the past and the vanguard of this.

The most spoken language is Catalan containing terms very French, this language is not a Spanish dialect but a real own language of the Catalans.

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Where are we going

Day 1 – Arraiolos – Evora – Estremoz – Elvas – Badajoz

Day 2 – Badajoz – Mérida – Cáceres – Trujillo – Madrid

Day 3 – Madrid

Day 4 – Madrid – Escorial – Avila – Segovia – Madrid

Day 5 – Madrid – Toledo – Aranjuez – Valencia

Day 6 – Valencia

Day 7 – Barcelona

Places to visit daily

Day 1: Hotel – Lisbon – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Arraiolos – Arraiolos Historical Center – Arraiolos Castle – Museum of Arraiolos carpets – Évoramonte – Castle Évora Monte – Évora center – Plaza Giraldo – Temple of Diana – Chapel of Bones – Cathedral of Evora – Estremoz center – Estremoz Castle – Marble Museum – Elvas – Historical Center – Elvas Aqueduct – Castle of Elvas – Forte de Santa Luzia – Hotel

Day 2: Hotel – Badajoz – Plaza Alta – Castle Alcabaza – Palmas Bridge – Merida – Merida Historical Center – Roman Theatre Merida – Roman Temple – Aqueduct of the Miracles – Craft Market – Trujillo – Trujillo Historical Center – Plaza Mayor – Castle Trujillo – Church Santa Maria la Mayor – Madrid – Hotel – Madrid

Day 3: Madrid – Gran Via – São Miguel Mercado – Retiro Park – Plaza Mayor – Puertas del Sol – Royal Palace – Praza Cibeles – Puerta de Alcalá – Calle de Alcalá – Prado Museum – Plaza de Toros Las Ventas –  Urso e Medronheiro Statue – Bernabéu Stadium – and other places – Madrid – Hotel

Day 4: Madrid – Hotel – Madrid – the Escorial Monument – Valley of the Fallen – Segovia – Aqueduct of Segovia – Alcazar of Segovia – Segovia Cathedral – Plaza Mayor – Jewish Quarter – Calle Juan Bravo – Avila – Plaza del Grande Market – Cathedral Avila – Walls of Avila – Cuetro Postes – Madrid – Hotel – Madrid

Day 5: Madrid – Hotel – Alcazer Toledo – Puerta de Bisagra – Historical center – Plaza Zocodover – Puerta del Sol – Toledo Cathedral – Church of St. Thomas – Church of Santiago de Arrabal – Church of San Salvador – Puerta del Sol – Monastery Juan de los Reyes – Paseo de San Cristobal – Puente de San Martin – Maria la Blanca Synagogue – Synagogue of Transito – Aranjuez – Royal Palace of Aranjuez – Valencia Hotel

Day 6: Hotel – Valencia – Arts Reina Sofia Palace – Central Market – Water Marques Palace – Plaza of the Virgen – North Station – Lonja de la Seda – Valencia Cathedral – Basilica of the Virgin of the Helpless – Miguelete – Casco Antiguo – building of Posts and Telegraphs – Carmen Neighborhood – Torres de Serranos – the Ayuntamiento Square – Calatrava Bridge – Toros Plaza de Valencia – Ponte las Flores – Royal Monastery de la Valldigna – Ponte las Artes – Barcelona – Hotel

Day 7: Hotel – Barcelona – Sagrada Familia – Barcelona Cathedral – Ramblas – Gothic Quarter – Plaza Catalunya – Spain Square – Columbus Monument – Agbar Tower – Church of Santa Maria del Pi – Sacred Temple Heart of Jesus – Eixample district – House Guell – Park Guell – Casa Mila – Casa Batllo – Picasso Museum – Fundacion Juan Miró – Arc de Triomphe – Montejuic Castle – Barcelona Market – Ciutadella Park – Camp Nou Stadium – among other monuments

Places to hosting

1st Night – Badajoz
2nd Night – Madrid

3rd Night – Madrid
4th Night – Madrid
5th Night – Madrid
6th Night – Zaragoza
7th Night – Barcelona / Madrid / Lisbon

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