Reasons to Travel to Spain

Reasons to Travel to Spain
Aside from being one of the world's most fascinating countries, Spain is a walker's paradise. Not only does each city and town have its own distinct character, even the rural areas are paved with sidewalks. Walking is a way of life in Spain. Like the Italians, the Spanish enjoy their after-dinner walks as a means of socializing with their friends. With the abundance of parks and museums, a walk through the streets of the cities of Spain will never leave you bored.

The Wellington Society of Madrid Walking Tours

Stephen Drake-Jones is an English gentleman who has lived in Madrid for more than 30 years. His company, the Wellington Society of Madrid, offers a variety of interesting walking tours, including Hemingway's Madrid, which features Papa's favorite watering holes. Tours are only available to members of the Wellington Society, which studies Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington's life in Spain. While membership costs 50 euros, it entitles you to a free tour with three stops for wine and tapas.

The Wellington Society of Madrid
www.wellsoc.org/WellingtonTours.htm
60-914-32-03

Tapas Walking Tours

Tapas are a unique type of appetizer, popular throughout Spain. They are usually served with bread and can consist of vegetables, cheeses, olives, meats or any combination of foods. Each restaurant has its own unique tapas recipe. Certain walking tour groups provide tours of the various tapas pubs. You sample a few items, and then walk them off until you get to the next pub. Sandeman has a four-hour tapas tour of Madrid that meets daily at 4 p.m. at the the Carlos III statue at Puerta del Sol. To get there, take Metro lines 1, 2, or 3 to Sol station.

Exploring Barcelona

Barcelona is famous for the mosaic architecture of Gaudi, which is characterized by its animal depictions as well as its jeweled splendor. Just about every hotel or tourist office in Barcelona will provide you with a walking-tour map of Gaudi architecture. Barcelona also has a number of hop-on, hop-off bus tours, which provide three different routes. A 20-euro ticket allows you to take any of the three routes, at your leisure. You are given a set of disposable headphones, so that you can listen to a guided recording that explains the different sites along the tour. The recording is available in multiple languages. You can purchase your bus ticket in the lobby of any major hotel. The Green Route takes you through the Diagonal Mar section of Barcelona and the Forum. This is the most commercial section of Barcelona, which includes a huge shopping mall. The Northern Red Route covers many of the Gaudi architecture sites, such as the Sagrada Familia and the Parc Guell. Highlights of the the Southern Blue Route include the Barcelona Zoo, the Maritime Museum and the World Trade Center.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

The 100-year-old Tibibado Amusement Park is located on the top of Tibidado Mountain, which overlooks the city of Barcelona. The mountain is about 500 meters above sea level. You get there by taking the L7 train that leaves from Plaza de Catalunya station to the Plaza de John Kennedy. Cross the road and take the enjoyable Tramvia blau, otherwise known as the blue tram, up to Placa del Doctor Andreu, where you can stop to enjoy a drink while taking in the splendid views of Barcelona. From Placa del Doctor Andreu, a funicular goes up to the amusement park. However, if you're up to it, you can climb the mountain to the park.

Tibidabo
Plaza Del Tibidabo, Nº 3-4
08035 Barcelona, Spain
93 211 79 42

Teach English for a Free Vacation

The Vaughantown program provides you with five days of free room and board in exchange for teaching English in the medieval town of Avila. No teaching experience or knowledge of the Spanish language is required. All you need to do is spend the day speaking English with the Spanish participants, who are involved in a total English-language immersion program. Some of the one-on-one sessions take place on hikes through the village, which meander through bucolic farmlands and provide splendid mountain views. You get free transportation to and from Avila, a tapas party in Madrid on the night before you depart, and three full meals daily, and a lively farewell party.

Vaughan Systems.
Avda. General Perón 38, Edificio Master's I, 2ª Planta
28020 Madrid
0034 91 7485950
www.vaughantown.com

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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