Aljaferia Palace, Zaragoza - Spain

Aljaferia Palace, Zaragoza – Spain

Aljaferia Palace Aljaferia Palace, located in the heart of Zaragoza, is a jewel of the Spanish cultural heritage of the Islamic period. This 11th century palace is the only perfectly preserved Islamic castle in Spain. Aljaferia Palace The construction of the Aljaferia Palace was started by order of the Emir Read more…

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park - Spain

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park – Spain

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park occupies a relatively small area of ​​the Spanish Pyrenees close to the French border – only 15.6 hectares of beautiful and impressive landscapes.The main attraction of the park is the top of Monte Perdido, 3355 meters above sea level. The park is famous for its picturesque views: numerous mountain rivers, pristine waterfalls, bizarre canyons, gorges and sheer cliffs, coniferous forests and mountain pastures – all this attracts lovers of nature and outdoor activities to Ordesa y Monte Perdido.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is located in the province of Huesca (with the administrative center of the same name), which is part of the autonomous region of Aragon (the capital is Zaragoza). The city of Huesca is a small provincial town with a population of about 55 thousand people. The population of the city of Zaragoza exceeds 660 thousand people, it is a large industrial center, ranking fourth among Spanish cities in terms of economic development.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

Ordesa y Monte Perdido – the oldest national park in Europe

Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park was founded by royal decree in 1918. In the coming summer, on August 16, 2018, the park will celebrate its centenary. This is the first national park in Spain, one of the very first in Europe. The flora and fauna in Ordesa y Monte Perdido is very diverse, including some endangered species in the park. So, according to information from Wikipedia, a brown bear and a common vulture survived in the park, which disappeared in most of Europe.

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Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

The Cascade De La Cueva Falls, pictured here, is located near the Senda de los Cazadores tourist area, which features the Calcilarruego Observation Deck with stunning views of the canyons of the Ordesa Valley: a landscape remarkably reminiscent of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The one that is recognized as one of the natural wonders of the world (not to be confused with the global competition “Seven New Natural Wonders of the World”). (more…)

Temple of Debod, Madrid - Spain

Temple of Debod, Madrid – Spain

Temple of Debod Madrid Spain Temple of Debod is one of four Egyptian temples outside Egypt. He ended up in Madrid in 1968, when Spain took part in saving the sanctuaries of Abu Simbel from flooding during the construction of the Aswan Dam. In gratitude, the Egyptian authorities donated one Read more…

Palamós, Costa Brava Landmarks - Spain

Palamós, Costa Brava Landmarks – Spain

Palamos Spain
Palamós Spain

Palamós is a small town on the Costa Brava, 45 km southeast of Girona, Spain. Of course, first of all, it is a wonderful resort: cozy and comfortable. But not only – the port of Palamós is the largest in the province of Girona and one of the largest in Catalonia. And at the same time, the water even near the city beach is amazingly clean!

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Palamós Spain

Another feature of the resort is that there are few package tourists. This means that there are no crowds of people, faceless “chain” hotels, endless ranks along the coast with a “typical” set of services, the same in both hemispheres at any latitude. In addition, the town almost managed to avoid the development of high-rise buildings – there are only a few of them on an area of ​​14 sq. km.

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Palamós Spain

History of Palamós

According to archaeological excavations, the first settlements in the vicinity of the modern city appeared between 2500 and 1500. BC e. Approximately Ⅴⅼ century. BC e. one of the settlements was mentioned in documents, and in the ⅼⅼ century. BC e. northeastern Catalonia, like most of the Pyrenees, has undergone romanization. Information about the presence of people in these places during the first centuries A.D. e. are available. But nothing is known about the later period – up to the Ⅹ – Ⅹⅼ centuries.

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Palamós Spain

The founding date of modern Palamós is December 3, 1279, when the king of Aragon and Valencia, Pedro ⅼⅼⅼ, signed a decree establishing a new royal port. However, the settlement grew and developed rather slowly – due to regular pirate raids. The inhabitants of Palamós were engaged in fishing and selling cork, that is, the usual crafts for this region. (more…)

Naranjo de Bulnes, Picu Urriellu - Spain

Naranjo de Bulnes, Picu Urriellu – Spain

Naranjo de Bulnes is located in one of the most iconic areas of the Picos de Europa National Park, Spain. It is about Picu Urriellu, better known by the name of Naranjo de Bulnes. It is one of the most famous peaks in this national park and is located in the central massif. It is 2518 meters high and was first climbed in 1904. Since then, these peaks have become one of the important stages in the beginning of Spanish mountaineering.

In this article we will tell you all the features, geology and curiosities of Naranjo de Bulnes.

Naranjo de Bulnes Spain
Naranjo de Bulnes Spain

Naranjo de Bulnes Climbing

This is a peak that is composed of a calcareous monolith formed for the most part by light gray limestone rocks. These rocks were massive and built of microbes. These materials originate from a large platform with a high content of marine carbonates and were developed during the Carboniferous period . The ups and downs that the sea level experienced during the Carboniferous period caused the uplift of the upper part of the platform and karst processes have developed.

In karst relief, the cavities arise as a result of the karstification process and are filled with materials from the Permian period . These materials have been identified as with reddish gaps and clays. The main characteristic of Naranjo de Bulnes is that it has its morphology as an origin, fundamentally created by glacial modeling. The modeling of the glacier was responsible for the general aspect that the geology of the terrain occupied during the glaciations. The entire area of ​​Picos de Europa underwent glaciation during the Quaternary era , the last glacial peak of which occurred about 38,000 XNUMX years ago.

Naranjo de Bulnes Spain
Naranjo de Bulnes Spain

By the time the icing began, the upper part of the central massif was covered with a mountain hat. The peak is composed of a rocky outcrop, completely surrounded by hieros, belonging to two glacial tongues. It has a polished wall and no edges. These are different characteristics that show the abrasive action of glacial tongues on the walls of Naranjo de Bulnes. Glacier modeling has unique characteristics that allow geologists to identify the formation of each.

Geological and cultural interest of Naranjo de Bulnes

As expected, a peak with these characteristics, the result of a glacial process and known as a cornerstone in Spanish mountaineering, has great geological, cultural and social interest. If we turn to the geological interest that Naranjo de Bulnes may have, we see that it is of a geomorphological type. The geomorphology of this peak is a good example of a nunatak. Nunatak is a type of rocky outgrowth that takes place within a mountain hat. This mountain hat is characterized mainly by the presentation of highly polished walls due to the action of glacial ice. (more…)

Windmills Consuegra - Spain

Windmills Consuegra – Spain

Windmills Consuegra Spain This chain of 12 Windmills in Consuegra, Spain is described in the history of Don Quixote and is one of the most iconic landscapes in Spain. At the top of Monte Cerro Calderico, in the picturesque historic city of Consuegra, there are 12 white windmills surrounded by Read more…

Palau Nacional, Barcelona - Spain

Palau Nacional, Barcelona – Spain

Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain
Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

The Palau Nacional in Barcelona is one of the most important attractions in the city and one of the main architectural monuments in the whole of Spain.

The Palace may at first look like an old and majestic building. The large building that houses the National Art Museum of Catalonia was only built in 1929 for the International Exhibition.

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Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

This museum has one of the best collections of Romanesque art in the world. The museum also houses an extensive collection of Catalan paintings from the Gothic period and later.

Some distance from Plaza de España, above the territory of the Exhibition Center, at the top of a wide flight of stairs stands a huge Palau Nacional, vaulted and somewhat architecturally embellished, where the Museum of Catalan Art has been located since 1934. The Palau Nacional, originally built for the 1929 World’s Fair, was renovated by Italian architect Gae Aulenti.

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Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

On the way to the Palau Nacional, you will see the Magic Fountain. From June to September, it is a magnificent show of light, water and music.

The Museo d’Artes de Catalunya, with its remarkable collections spanning all periods of Catalan art history , is one of those unmissable places in Barcelona.

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Palau Nacional Barcelona Spain

National Art Museum of Catalonia

In the design of the Palau Nacional’s Gothic art section (14th and 15th centuries), the emphasis is more on systematics than on chronology. The content of their collections is not limited to the territory of Catalonia, but also includes works created in other regions of Spain. The exhibition features wood and stone sculptures as well as altar decorations, including a huge 14th century altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary by members of the Serra artist family who worked in Barcelona between 1357 and 1405. (more…)