Spain is one of the worldwide preferred cultural destinations. The amounts of cultures and distinguished characters that have existed in this country have left a deep and indelible trace.
The wealth of the architectural heritage among the streets, squares, museums, castles and churches, turn Spain into one of the most preferred destinations for millions of people every year. With Avexperience you will feel art at every corner and you will enjoy World Heritage cities and monuments.
The tourist in Albacete can enjoy, through a pleasant walk, a wonderful museum route, starting at the Abelardo Sanchez Park with the Museum of Albacete, organic architecture that integrates and merges with the environment, and which include the archaeological collections and the collection of pictures of Benjamin Palencia.
Moving down the Spain Avenue tourist is in the Plaza del Altozano with the Local Museum (Old Town Hall), eclectic style and has, among others, the permanent exhibition of the Collection of Folk Art “Ramirez de Lucas” (the blond of Albacete to cite in his poem Lorca).
A few steps forward front of the current City Hall, is the iconic Museum of Cutlery, in the known as the “Casa del Hortelano” neo-Gothic style, where you can enjoy magnificent pieces of various types.
Finally the tourist, it can be traced back to the childhood of many generations visiting the Children’s Museum, unique teaching museum dedicated to the history of education and childhood.
The city also has many important centers and exhibition areas, such as the Cultural Center of the Assumption or the House of Culture José Saramago, feeding the artistic and cultural concerns of Albacete and visitors throughout the year, and that manifested in a special way during the September Fair, the International Film Festival, -Abycine-, in October, the International Circus Festival in February and the Classical Theatre Festival in July, in the beautiful and monumental town of Chinchilla 15 km of Albacete.
The museums and monuments of Alicante are attractive and amazing and will enrich your experience in the city.
By visiting the outstanding Volvo Ocean Race Museum, you will be able to experience the extreme challenges of the sea race starting in Alicante. The MARQ is an archaeological museum of the 21st century. In the Museo de Hogueras (Bonfire Museum), you will be able to feel the emotion of the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of San Juan) festival even if you are not in Alicante in June.
There are many temporary exhibitions in all the museums all year round.
Alicante also possesses many historic, religious and civil buildings, revealing a passionate past, influenced by history and the proximity of the Mediterranean sea. Many of these buildings are in the old part of the city, close to Santa Barbara Castle.
The town of Antequera, located in the heart of Andalucía, enjoys a magnificent monument complex represented by more than fifty buildings from the religious and civil architecture which tell us our past history.
The Dolmen Complex, formed by Menga, Viera and El Romeral, is from the Bronze Age. Many archaeological sites show the Roman past of Antequera, being its best representation El Efebo (Adonis): a unique sculpture in bronze from the 1st century AD. We also keep several remains from the Arabian world, such as the old Citadel, with its Homage Tower called “Papabellotas” (acorn daddy) by the Antequera people.
During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, many religious orders settled down in Antequera and turned our town into the “town of the churches”. The Royal Collegiate of Santa María la Mayor, the first church in Renaissance style of Andalucía, and where a Chair of Grammar and Latin was founded, was constructed in the 16th century.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Baroque style occupied the new temples with curling plasterworks and magnificent altarpieces, such as the one in the El Carmen Church. It was also the time for civil architecture through the construction of beautiful palaces and mansions belonging to the noblesse.
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with a rich historical and cultural heritage. There are Roman and medieval remains and remarkable modernist buildings in the city. The Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter) has narrow streets and charming places with many examples of Gothic civil and religious buildings. The Modernist style from the end of the 19th century shows all the creativity and avant-garde of Catalan architects, such as Antoni Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner or Puig i Cadafalch. Some of the works have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, like Park Guell, Palau Guell or Casa Mila, all three from Gaudi.
Barcelona has also a wide variety of quality museums, with spaces dedicated to the work of great artists like Picasso, Miro and Tapies, as well as museums with woks of art from different eras, such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Museum of Art of Catalonia) and the Museu d’Art Contemporani (Contemporary Art Museum) which coexist with other recently opened museums like the Museu del Disseny (Design Museum) or the El Born Centre Cultural (El Born Cultural Centre). The city also has an extensive cultural agenda, with a full programme of cinema, music, theatre and dance, and more than 150 festivals.
Calatayud, declared a Historical and Monumental City in 1967, and its Mudejar architecture, declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, offers agreeable walks full of beauty waiting to be discovered.
The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria is the most important monument in Calatayud. Its vertiginous octagonal Mudejar tower, 68 metres in height, dominates the urban landscape. Built on the site of a mosque, it still conserves the Mudejar cloister, the only one remaining of what some have called the ‘city of Mudejar cloisters’, and the chapter house.
The Castillo Mayor, Great Castle, or Ayyub –which gives the name to the city-, is at the highest point and is the ideal spot to contemplate the walls and the city. It is also the best preserved part of the old fortress, with its two towers and the path along the wall which joins them.
We can also enjoy the magnificent landscape from the Bilbilis archaeological site, with Calatayud to the right, the Great Castle presiding it, the Vicort mountains to the left and, behind them, the Armantes mountains, with the meandering River Jalon as it passes by the foot of the site.
To learn more about the city, cross the monumental area of Calatayud, the Jewish Quarter, the Islamic Fortified Complex and the Moorish Quarter. The complex created by the Company of Jesus is also outstanding, especially the Church of San Juan el Real, with its pendentives painted by Francisco de Goya.
Alfonso X “The Wise” founded Villa Real in 1255, which later became Ciudad Real, initially a walled city, with 130 towers and seven medieval gateways.
The three Gothic churches: the Cathedral, San Pedro and Santiago, are the oldest legacy, along with Puerta de Toledo and the Alarcos archaeological site, the earliest part of the city and where the Battle of Alarcos between Christians and Almohads took place.
The museums contribute to disseminating the origins and the culture: the central Ciudad Real Museum has one area for archaeology and palaeontology, and another area for contemporary art which is located in the Antiguo Convento de la Merced, the Diocesano Museum shows the religious art of the province, and the municipal museums are the Lopez-Villaseñor Museum, exhibiting the work of this extraordinary painter from Ciudad Real, and the one dedicated to Don Quixote, the only one in Spain. The traces of Don Quixote can be found in every corner, in the Glockenspiel clock, in sculptures dedicated to the author and to the characters, in benches with tiles with passages of the book, etc.
Cordoba is a city with a huge cultural and monumental heritage. Its strategic position, close to the Guadalquivir River, which used to be sailable, and the legacy of the different peoples that settled in this fertile land, have made Cordoba a privileged place.
UNESCO recognised in 1994 the universal importance of the Cordoba historic sites, including as World Heritage Sites not only the Mezquita Catedral (Mosque Cathedral), but also the whole urban area surrounding it. Also, in December 2012, Cordoba received yet another recognition: the Fiesta de Los Patios (Patios Festival) was included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
Therefore, Cordoba now holds three UNESCO World Heritage recognitions: the Mosque‑Cathedral (1984), the historic centre surrounding it (1994) and the Fiesta de Los the Patios (2012). Cordoba also shares, with the rest of Spain, the recognitions of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Flamenco (2010) and for the Mediterranean Diet (2010).
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The most prominent feature of the city is the beauty coming from, on the one hand, the harmony between nature and architecture, and on the other hand, the long history of the city which has left an important cultural and monumental legacy. Cuenca was declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site on the 7th of December, 1996, thanks to its magnificent preservation of the original urban landscape, the medieval fortress, the rich civil and religious architecture, and because of the exceptional fusion of the city with the beautiful natural environment where it is located.
The long historical past is reflected in the artistic wealth, especially in the monuments. One of the most prominent features is the variety of styles which can be found. From the early Gothic style of the end of the 12th century to the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century. There are not many artistic styles which are not present in the city. Tradition and present times are going to live in harmony and are going to adapt in such a way that Cuenca will be an obligatory reference place for art lovers (either figurative or abstract art).
Visiting Lleida is like going for a passionate trip to the past, the present and the future of a unique city which, because of its strategic location, has been highly sought after by conquerors and where Julius Caesar defeated the armies of Pompey. Seu Vella, the old Romanesque cathedral is located on one of the two hills of the city, and the Templario de Gardeny Castle on the other one.
The most prominent buildings of the monumental heritage are Seu Vella (the old cathedral), of Romanesque-Gothic style and with one of the most original medieval cloisters in Spain, the Arab castle of Suda and the surrounding defensive system, one of the largest groups of monuments within city walls in Europe.
Festivities and important events
The cultural and festive options are defined by two words: variety and quality. Popular activities full of colour like the Fiesta de Mayo (May Festival), the Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians Festival), or the Aplec del Caragol, as well as top cultural events, like the Feria de Marionetas (Puppets Fair), the cinema festivals (Animac, Muestra de Cine Latinoamericano), and also the standard programme for theatres, opera, exhibitions, jazz or classical music.
Madrid is one of the great centres of culture in the world. There is no other place like the Paseo del Arte (the Avenue of Art), where in less than one kilometre there are three important museums: Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Great works of Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Rubens or Picasso can be seen in Madrid, and also a large number of museums, foundations, art galleries and multidisciplinary centres with a diverse programme which make Madrid one of the most active cultural cities in Europe.
Places like the National Archaeological Museum, the Sorolla Museum, the Mapfre, Telefonica or Juan March foundations, the Marlborough, Juana de Aizpuru or Helga de Alvear galleries and Matadero Madrid, CentroCentro, Conde Duque or CaixaForum Madrid are a guarantee of quality and enjoyment for visitors looking for something more than sun and sea.
With over 3,000 years of history, Malaga is one of the most internationally renowned cultural destinations. It is the birthplace of artists like Picasso, and it has been able to show the value of all its potential and provide visitors with all types of unforgettable experiences.
You can observe and admire the monumental heritage, the legacy of Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs, or enjoy the beauty of the art exhibited in the many museums of the city. You can also try the exquisite and varied food in bars and restaurants which offer the best local and international products, and go shopping in the excellent shops in the city. All this while feeling the breeze, the sun, the smell of the sea and the aroma of jasmine which perfume the city.
Puertollano’s mining past has left its mark on a unique industrial heritage whose best example is the Mining Museum, a building in where it is shown the link between this territory and the coal. in addition, there are several routes to see first-hand the mining area and its main assets items such as masts, Terri tip or the former power plant converted nowadays into a conference hall called ‘La Central’.
Alongside this historical mining heritage, Puertollano boasts about its most emblematic monument, the Fuente Agria, whose medicinal waters resulted in a glorious past with the bathhouse, currently the tourist information office.
Both buildings are located on the Paseo de San Gregorio. Nearby, the church of Virgen de Gracia is the epicentre of the annual celebration Santo Voto, a festivity of Regional Tourist Interest dating back to 1348.
The religious architecture is represented in the church La Asunción, which tied to the Calatrava Order based nearby in Almagro, was designated a property of cultural interest.
Segovia has a large number of tourist, culture and leisure options all year round. Relevant festivals like Titirimundi, the Musica Sacra Festival, Segovia en Danza, La Noche de Luna Llena, the Segovia Festival, Folksegovia, Hay Festival, or MUCES – Muestra de Cine Europeo (European Cinema Exhibition) are some of the most relevant annual events.
Exhibition lovers will also find options meeting all types of tastes in the diverse museums and exhibition rooms in the city (Segovia Museum, Rodera Robles Museum, Esteban Vicente Museum, Zuloaga Museum, Diocesano Museum, Antonio Machado House Museum, Francisco Peralta Puppets Collection, Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia, Centro Didactico de la Juderia, the Artillery Academy, etc.).
Theatre plays are also very important in Segovia. The Juan Bravo Theatre, La Carcel Segovia_Centro de Creacion and the Taller Municipal de Teatro offer new and well-known plays all year round for lovers of theatrical art.
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Seville has an impressive cultural legacy. The monuments, the artistic heritage, the inspiring character, its importance in history: all these elements place Seville as one of the most important cultural capitals in the world.
Besides the many architectural jewels enriching one of the best historic centres in Europe, the heart of Seville also has monuments which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: the Cathedral, the Archivo de Indias and the Reales Alcazares.
The epicentre of art in Seville is in the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum), the second most important art gallery in Spain. Other places of great interest are the Archaeological Museum, the Metropol Parasol (the largest wood structure in the world), the Contemporary Art Andalusian Centre or the Flamenco Dance Museum (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity).
Seville has also been declared a City of Music by UNESCO. It has always inspired many works. Excellent masterpieces from authors like Verdi, Bizet or Mozart were created in Seville, providing the gift of its magic essence for the creation of universal myths like Carmen or Don Juan.
Seville is a city where art and culture are encountered in every corner.
Tarragona, a city of history (World Heritage Site)
He hoped Minerva would protect them. That is why the Roman centurion Manius Vibio, wrote a relief inscription in the tower with his dagger, dedicated to the goddess of wisdom. Without knowing it, he had just written the oldest Latin inscription in the Iberian Peninsula. He was an Etruscan man and was commanding the soldiers who were building the walls of Tarraco, which would become the oldest Roman construction in Europe, outside of the Italian Peninsula. The Romans had arrived in Hispania and they were here to stay.
In Tarragona, history emanates from the stones, from books and comes to life. The city has specialised in activities related to the recreation of history. Archaeologists, historians, scriptwriters, narrators and actors work intensively to promote and share the history of the city and of the classic civilisation in events like the TARRACO VIVA festival in May, the programme of Tarragona Historia Viva (Living History) during the summer, or the events dedicated to the Napoleonic war.
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Many people consider Toledo as a second Rome, but Toledo is a unique city. The three religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) left their traces in this imperial city. Throughout the centuries, the capital of Castilla-La Mancha has been able to preserve a millenary and incomparable architectural, artistic and urban heritage. You can walk around the narrow streets, the historic squares, the chemins de ronde, the places where Cervantes or the romantic Becquer used to walk… synagogues, mosques, churches, convents, sheds… Inspiration for the mystic San Juan de la Cruz and Santa Teresa de Jesus. We recommend you to let yourself get lost in the streets of the city, it will be a unique experience.
Look towards the horizon and you will see at dusk the ochre colours which made El Greco fall in love with the city, making him choose Toledo as the canvas where he would produce his most important paintings.
There is a large number of monuments in Toledo which delight visitors and local people. In fact, all this makes Toledo be an “outdoors museum”. This is why it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Do you need any more reasons to take the AVE train and come to Toledo?
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In the narrow streets of its historical city centre that has preserved the essence of all that it used to be, Valencia is a treasure trove of buildings and monuments that deserve a leisurely visit. Discover the remains of Valentia Imperial in the L’Almoina Museum, the site of the old Roman forum.
Also in the heart of the city, the cathedral complex houses the Holy Grail and in the Door of the Apostles, each Thursday sees a session of the Water Tribunal, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Some of the can’t-miss visits are buildings like La Lonja, a jewel of civil Gothic architecture, and the bustling, colourful Central Market. In the historical city centre of Valencia, over 2,000 years of history await; countless corners with charm…. don’t miss it
There are many things to see and enjoy in Valladolid, as testified by the large number of monuments: the Pimentel, Santa Cruz and Royal palaces, the Church of San Pablo and Vera Cruz or the Cathedral, convents, and civil buildings of great interest like the University, the Cavalry Academy… There are over 20 museums, some very important ones like the National Museum of Sculpture, the Science Museum, the Contemporary Art or the Oriental Museums, as well as the houses museum of Colon, Zorrilla and Cervantes.
Monarchs, courtiers, the best visual artists and architects, and renowned writers were connected to the city very deeply.
Valladolid offers a wide quality cultural programme all throughout the year. The Calderon Theatre is one of the most important places in the city, along with the Miguel Delibes Cultural Centre and the Zorrilla Theatre and LAVA Arts Laboratory.
The festivities calendar has important established dates: the Holy Week, declared of International Tourist Interest, the Theatre and Street Arts International Festival, the popular patron saint festivities in September, the Cinema International Week and the National Competition of Skewers and Tapas, to name but a few.
The landscape of Villanueva de Cordoba (Los Pedroches) shows a mixture of granite stone and whitewashed walls, influenced by the regions of Extremadura, La Mancha and Andalusia.
The Plaza de España has the most important civil and religious buildings built from the 16th century.
The Church of San Miguel, the main religious church, is from the 18th century, although there are still traces of the first building from the 16th century.
The Town Hall is also from the 18th century, initially created as a jail and a granary, still with the original structure.
The Audiencia building is amazing because of the façade of granite blocks. It was a court and the Town Hall in the 19th century.
The convent and the Capilla del Dulce Nombre are in Calle Real with a neo‑Baroque style of the 20th century. The Church of San Sebastian, from the 16th century, originally a hermitage, is an example of this type of buildings in Los Pedroches.
The Local History Museum of Villanueva de Cordoba, located in the old narrow track railway train station, has old remains of Los Pedroches, especially from the rich Chalcolithic period in the area.
Ourense was born over 2,000 years ago at the foot of the hot springs of As Burgas. In its surroundings you can visit the archaeological remains of the buildings erected by the Romans around these fountains, with both thermal and religious purposes. At the interpretation centre visitors can learn about the role of these springs on the origin and evolution of the city.
The human presence in Ourense before the arrival of the Roman legions can be explored in the Provincial Archaeological Museum. Although its seat, a magnificent example of Romanesque civil architecture, can not be visited currently, a selection of its collection, as well as temporary exhibitions, can be seen at St Francis’ old convent, in the upper part of the city. Here you will also find the Municipal Auditorium, with a programme that includes concerts, theatre, ballet, shows and conferences. Next to it, there is a beautiful cloister of Romanesque-Gothic style, one of the most representative and best preserved in Galicia.
Contemporary art finds its space in facilities such as the Municipal Museum, the Jose Ángel Valente Cultural Centre or the Marcos Valcárcel Cultural Centre, with a large offer of temporary exhibitions. Among the museums also stand out the curious collection of Bagpipe Museum (at the University Campus) and the treasures of St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Ourense’s cultural calendar has several remarkable events, such as the International Film Festival, the jazz spring season or the cultivated music programmes Enclave de Cámara and Pórtico do Paraíso. Performing arts also have a prominent role, with three annual festivals devoted to university, children’s and independent theatre.
Villena is a tourist destination full of treasures in inland Costa Blanca. You can enjoy the immense cultural heritage, with jewels like the Churches of Santiago and Santa Maria from the 16th century with the almost identical towers, the impressive Atalaya Castle from the 12th century or the incomparable Villena Treasure, the most important prehistoric treasure in Europe, which is over 3,000 years old.
Visiting the museums of the city is a must: the Jose Maria Soler Archaeological Musuem, located in a Renaissance palace (currently the Town Hall), which has, for example, the Villena Treasure; the Museo del Festero (Festivals Museum), with everything related to the Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos of Villena (Moors and Christians Festival); and of course, the Museo del Escultor Navarro Santafe, a renowned sculptor of works of animals, such as the “Oso y el Madroño” (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree) of Puerta del Sol in Madrid.
The Chapi Theatre is also worth visiting. This is a monumental building opened at the beginning of the 20th century. Teatro Chapi is one of the most active theatres in Comunidad Valenciana with top national and international artists.
And the festivities, such as the most attended Moors and Christians celebrations in the world which are held in Villena in September. The festivity started back in the 17th century and over 10,000 people take part in it nowadays. It is an unforgettable show of music, colour and light. Also the Fiestas del Medievo (Middle Ages Festival), when the historic centre of the city, site of cultural interest, goes back to the Middle Ages with original medieval weddings, torch parades or medieval fights.
History, culture and art intermingle in Zamora. Within the incomparable setting of the city par excellence of the Romanesque, Zamora unfurls a diverse and interesting offer of cultural activities. Regarding museums, the largest is the Ethnographic Museum of Castilla y León: a modern building which houses a significant collection of highly valued ethnographic objects and which also displays interesting temporary exhibits. The Museum of Zamora is located in one of the most intriguing corners of the old town: the Palace of Cordón in the plaza of Santa Lucía juxtaposed to an interesting addition conceived by the architects Tuñón and Mansilla. This renovated building accommodates, among other exhibits, a compelling archaeological section which depicts the history of the province from the Palaeolithic to the Modern Age and a notable collection of pre-Roman jewellery in gold and silver known as the treasure of Arrabalde. The Museum of Semana Santa, one of the most-visited, conserves and displays the sculptures which parade through the streets during Holy Week. The thirty-seven pasos (sculptured religious scenes mounted on platforms) in its interior represent the sequence of the Passion of Christ. Many of them are works of famous artists like Ramón Álvarez or Mariano Benlliure.
More modest galleries, like the Cathedral Museum or that of the Diocese, exhibit notable works of Christian art. In the former we can contemplate a surprisingly magnificent collection of Flemish tapestries, most notably the Tarquinio Prisco or those of the Trojan War.
Contemporary art also has its space: the Baltasar Lobo Museum, in the plaza of the Cathedral, is dedicated to the legacy of this exceptional Zamoran sculptor, exiled in France from 1939 and component of the group of artists known as the School of Paris.
Two theatres, the Principal—a Baroque jewel with four centuries of history—and the Ramos Carrión—dedicated to the memory of the zarzuela opera composer of the same name—promote an interesting programme throughout the year. The exceptional and internationally renowned Festival Internacional de Música Pórtico de Zamora takes place before Holy Week and owes its prominence to its originality as well as the quality of its participants who specialize in antique religious music. The performances take place in the Romanesque church of San Cipriano which provides a perfect symbiosis between architecture and music and serves to divulge the rich historical-artistic legacy of the city of Zamora.
In the month of June, the city holds the one-of-a-kind Little Opera Zamora Festival https://www.littleoperazamora.com , where spectators can attend chamber, small and medium format operas in historic scenes around town.
Lest we forget, for over twenty years Zamora has also been home to an extensive plein air Puppet and Marionette Festival which fill the streets with humour and drama in May.
We must also not fail to mention the awe-inspiring International Magic Festival at the beginning of September which, in its twentieth edition in 2013, launched Zamora into the internationally famous Guinness Book of World Records.
Zaragoza is a two-thousand-year-old city with a rich monumental and historical heritage. In the historic centre of the city, laid out by the Romans, the imperial legacy has left its traces in impressive archaeological remains. The Puerto Fluvial, Teatro, Foro and Public Thermal Baths Museums of Caesar Augusta show the value of these remains.
The luminosity of the Gothic style is very evident in La Seo, and the Mudejar style ‑UNESCO World Heritage Site- has great examples also in La Seo, San Pablo or in La Aljaferia, a Palace from the 11th century, one of the best preserved works of Muslim palace architecture in the West.
Zaragoza is also an open door to future and progress, with renovated and cutting‑edge infrastructure, legacy of the International Exhibition of 2008, like for example Torre del Agua, Pabellon Puente, a work of the prestigious architect Zaha Hadid or the largest river Aquarium in Europe.
The city of Zaragoza was the place where Francisco de Goya spent his childhood, his youth and where he was trained. He is a universal painter, considered by critics as the “father of modern art”.