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Bridges in San Sebastian

Having arrived to the city located in the Bay of Biscay and having chosen apartments in San Sebastian where you are going to stay during your holiday, you are ready to explore the city and enjoy sightseeing. San Sebastian offers a lot of opportunities to learn about its history and art, but we will now focus on bridges in San Sebastian. The city lies on the mouth of the river Urumea, which goes through the city.

The first bridge that was built in San Sebastian was the Santa Catalina Bridge. Initially made of wood, the bridge has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in the past. The final version of the bridge that still exists today, together with the lamp posts was finished in 1926.

Zurriola Bridge is closest to the mouth of the river. The bridge was built in 1921. Interesting lamps along the bridge were designed by Víctor Arana in Art Deco style. The bridge is sometimes called Kursaal Bridge as it stands next to the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium, a large complex with several halls and auditoriums. The Palacio de Congresos-Auditorio Kursaal is also part of this complex, and it is especially interesting as the San Sebastian International Film Festival is held here.

María Cristina Bridge was first built in 1893 as a wooden bridge. The purpose of the bridge was to connect downtown with northern part of the city. However, the wooden construction was soon destroyed and the new bridge was introduced in 1905. The opening of the bridge was a great ceremony and the city has organized a special celebration, while introducing the bridge with four obelisks, 18 meters high. The construction of the bridge was inspired by Pont Alexandre III Bridge in Paris. The bridge also has a pedestrian area with lots of sculptures placed alongside.

The Mundaiz Bridge was opened in 2000 and it is interesting as the first bridge in San Sebastian being built with no supports in the river. The bridge is built in a modern style in order to fit the urban like surrounding.

Mikel Laboa Bridge is a footbridge which connects the Riberas de Loiola district with Cristina Enea Park. The bridge is part of the modernization of the Riberas de Loiola district that started in 2000.

The Lehendakari Agirre Bridge is the newest bridge, being opened in 2010. The idea is similar like with the Mundaiz Bridge, as both bridges rest on the banks of the river Urumea, without any support in the river itself. In addition, both bridges exhibit modern design and innovations in building construction.

The Real Sociedad Bridge was introduced the same year, being built in the place of old Iron Bridge. The purpose of the original bridge was allowing trains the passage towards the station in the northern part of the city, but the bridge was taken down in 2008 in order to be replaced by a new bridge. The new bridge is much larger and allows greater traffic flow, due to more tracks.

 

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Visiting Buen Retiro Park

Madrid is well-known for having the highest number of trees and green surfaces. It is estimated that as you walk around the city you would come across a green surface on each 15 minutes. Hundreds of parks and small green oasis are scattered around Madrid, but one of the largest and most famous is Buen Retiro Park.

The Spanish name of the park is Parque del Buen Retiro, which means Park of the Pleasant Retreat. The park is most often called El Retiro. Founded in 1631, the park was owned by the Spanish Monarchy, but in the second half of the 19th century it became a public park.

It all started with creating a new residence for the king and architects Giovanni Battista Crescenzi and Alonso Carbonell were responsible for designing several buildings of this complex. Two of these buildings are still in the park. Those are Casón del Buen Retiro and the Salon de Reinos where the military museum is located. Experts were hired to design the garden around the complex, as well as to take care of the pond. Special attention was devoted to the gardens, so various different plants and trees were planted to enrich the landscape of the park.

The park had great importance in the life of royal family and was a place for gathering of members of high class. Operas and plays were even held in this park at some points during its history. Astronomical Observatory was built in between 18th and 19th century, but most of the park was destroyed during the war with French army in the first half of the 19th century. The beginning of the 20th century brought renovation of the park, during which statues, fountains and monuments have been placed in the park.

Today Buen Retiro Park is an important part of Madrid, especially due to tourists who enjoy visiting the park. Other Madrid’s landmarks are near the park, such as the Prado Museum and Puerta de Alcalá. The most prominent feature of the park is the Crystal Palace, in Spanish Palacio de Cristal. It is made of glass and metal in the late 19th century to house the exotic pieces of flora and fauna from around the world. Although it was used as the greenhouse in the past, now it is the place where art exhibitions are held.

Being one of the favorite destinations for tourists, there are opportunities to find accommodation in this part of the cities, especially in hotels and hostel Madrid Spain. The area is also full of restaurants and café perfect for spending an enjoyable afternoon in the city.

Some activities are organized in the park, especially during the summer season, which usually starts in May and ends in late October, depending on the weather. On Sundays you can attend free concerts performed by the Banda Sinfónica de Madrid. The annual Book Fair is also held in Buen Retiro Park. There are performances in the park, especially around the Retiro Pond, where you can also rent rowboats.

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Summer in Barcelona

Although Barcelona is a large, metropolitan city, it is also a perfect location to spend summer holiday, since it is located on the Mediterranean coast. The most amazing beaches and resort-like atmosphere are perfect for spending a holiday in this city. While the nature and the beach are perfect landscape for relaxation, the urban city is right there if at any point you wish to go shopping or have dinner in a restaurant.

With Mediterranean climate, Barcelona has warm and dry summers. The warmest month is August, with temperature ranging from 25 to 32 °C. Even though this would be the peak of the holiday season, the summer season in Barcelona usually lasts six months, from May to October. There are a lot of sunny days in May and it’s quite warm, but the water is not warm enough in this period, so the swimming season usually starts in June.

In total, Barcelona has seven beaches, with almost 5 kilometers coastline. La Barceloneta, one of the largest beaches is located in the Cuitat Vella district of the city. It is also one of the most popular beaches, especially among tourists. It is a sandy beach with lots of cafes and nightclubs along the coast. Sant Sebastià and Somorrostro beaches are also very large with lots of visitors during summer.

These three beaches are separated by a marina, called the Port Olímpic, from four more beaches: Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella and Llevant. Mar Bella beach is favorite beach for all of those interested in water sports, while Bogatell is the beach where rollerbladers, cyclists and joggers are usually active.

Along the beaches you can find a lot of cafes and beach bars, where you can find refreshments to cool you down, while you sit in the shade of a parasol. There are lifeguards along the beaches, as well as the possibility to rent scooters or small boats in some parts of the beach. You can also play volleyball on the sand, and take a shower after a swimming.

The beaches are in the part of the urban area, so you can easily get there on foot or using public transportation such as metro or city buses. Some parts of the beach are quite near the residential areas, so there are a lot of Barcelona apartments overlooking the beach. In addition, there are hotels near the beach, if you are interested in this type of accommodation when visiting Barcelona.

Finally, Barcelona is a perfect place to spend your summer, as besides sunbathing and swimming, you can enjoy visiting Barcelona, and its famous landmarks, such as La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batlló, The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St. Eulalia, National Museum of Art of Catalonia, Montjuïc Park, the world famous street La Rambla and many other places. To make your holiday even more interesting, visit some of the Barcelona amusement parks, such as Tibidabo Amusement Park or PortAventura which is an hour away from Barcelona.

 

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Monuments and Cultural Sites on Ibiza

Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands near the eastern coast of Spain. It is a small island, primarily known as a place of all-night parties and exciting music performances. It has become an internationally famous tourist destination, especially for younger generations.

Besides parties and concert, large part of the island of Ibiza is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The goal is to protect the traditional sites from commercialization and further development. If you are interested in visiting these sites, it is advisable to rent a car Ibiza, as the transportation on the island is not that much developed.

One of these locations is Sa Caleta Phoenician Settlement. It is an archaeologist site dating back from 650 BC. It is around 10 kilometers away from the Ibiza Town, so you can use your car to get there. It is estimated that Phoenicians, who arrived in on the island constructed this settlement on the rocky headland. The construction represents the urban are with streets, small squares and neighborhoods. The site has been discovered during the late 20th century, and in 1999 it has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Near the Sa Caleta, there is a small cove that used to be a harbor for the Phoenician settlers. Nowadays, this cove is still used by local fisherman to store smaller boats.

The second important World Heritage Site is Ses Feixes, an area of wetland, located on the north. This area is primarily important as a resting place for migratory birds. In addition, it is a home to more than hundred species of birds. Rich flora and fauna make this part of the island a truly picturesque, so if you are fond of nature and its beauties, you will enjoy visiting Ses Feixes. The fields are shaped in a big mosaic with long, narrow plots. Some of the plants that were grown in here are cabbage, potato, tomato, melons, etc.

Another landmark on Ibiza is frequently visited by tourist. It is The Egg, the monument built in the honor of Christopher Columbus. Located in the center of Sant Antoni in Ibiza, it was built in early 1990s. The shape of the monument is certainly unusual, as it shaped as a large egg. In the middle of the egg there is a model of Columbus ship, the Santa Maria.

The monument was shaped as an egg because of the story about Columbus. As he wanted to sail to the west, he was asked that the route was impossible. In order to prove them wrong, he asked them if standing an egg upright could be done, which everyone believed it was impossible. Columbus cracked the base of an egg, and made it stand upright. According to this story, this is what helped him get necessary funds to embark on his journey.

Ibiza is so much more than a party island. These monuments and sites are some of the landmarks that witness of Ibiza’s history and culture.

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Traveling to San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a small city in the northern part of Spain. Located in the Basque Country near the road that connects Spain to the rest of the Europe has made this city an important area. The city lies on the Atlantic shore. Summers are warm and sunny, but not too hot, while winters are usually mild which makes this city a perfect holiday destination regardless of the time of the year you travel.

There are lots of beautiful beaches, hidden away from the city hustle but you will need a car to get there. However, the beach la Playa de la Concha is a perfect alternative. One of the best beaches with fine sand and clean water is in the middle of the city of San Sebastian. It is easily accessible regardless of the location apartment San Sebastian. Variety of apartments is available for renting as they provide more comfort and flexibility in comparison to the hotels.

Once you feel relaxed enough you are ready to get back to the city. Parte Vieja or the Old Town is the part of the city closest to the la Cocha beach. Parte Vieja is considered to be the heart and soul of San Sebastian. Lots of local unique shops, friendly people, lively atmosphere, narrow streets and old façade create the most pleasant experience as you walk. The sense of history and tradition is mirrored everywhere around you. There are two churches in this part of the city: Santa Maria and San Vicente.

This charming atmosphere is complemented by the traditional restaurants and smell of pixtos. San Sebastian is internationally known for this small-sized appetizers served in variety of tastes. The combination of seafood, vegetables, ham, cheese, etc. You name it. Different kinds of foods are combined in the most creative portions that are usually served with wine in the local bars and restaurants. Tourists are amazed by the variety of pixtos and their magnificent taste.

If you love long walks, there is a beautiful promenade going along la Concha beach. It is a well-known promenade in San Sebastian as it connects the old part of the city to the mountain Urgull. Once used as a defense point and as a natural shield, today this mountain is a popular designation among tourists as well as among the locals. There are lots of picnic areas and walking trails around the mountain, as well as a small museum and a castle at the top. Nature has created a colorful landscape with wide selections of plants and trees. People love to visit the mountain and enjoy the outstanding view of the city on one side and vast sea surface of the bay on the other. It is a great site, especially in the morning or in the evening when sun shines and creates a vivid pallet as it intertwines with clouds in the sky. If it is dark you will be able to see the city lights shining in the distance.

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Best Beaches in Basque Country

Basque country is the autonomous community in the northern part of Spain. This part of the country is located at the Bay of Biscay, a beautiful bay which connects the coast of Spain and France. This bay is known to have fairly shallow waters and beautiful beaches along the shore.

The three provinces form Basque country, Alava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa. The capital of Gipuzkoa is San Sebastian. This is probably the most famous tourist destination in Basque Country, and it is certainly a place where you have lots of opportunities to find accommodation during any time of the year. However, since there are a lot of tourists during summer, if you want to be sure to find the best apartments San Sebastian, you should probably make a reservation in advance.

If you love summer and if you would like to spend your vacation on the beach, Basque country should be your first choice as it has some of the best beaches.

A well-known beach, especially among surfers is Sopelana, a beach near Bilbao. The climate in this part is oceanic, so harsh wind tends to make waves, especially suitable for surfers. This beach consists of three smaller beaches. Even though the weather is warm and sunny during the summer, there is constant sea breeze that will cool you down even during the hottest days.  You can easily get to this beach from Bilbao using metro or highways.

Zurriola beach is in San Sebastian, and it is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bay of Biscay. It is surrounded by the mountains which provide an intimate atmosphere and areas of shade in the hot sun. Sandy beach stretches along the coast, diving into bright water of the bay. If you happen to roam along the streets of the old part of the town, you will get to this beach as it is connected to the old part of the city. Due to the frequent wind, this beach is also popular among surfers.

Another beach in San Sebastian is La Concha. It is larger than Zurriola beach. La Concha is more popular among tourists as a good place for sunbathing and swimming, since it is less windy that Zurriola and there are less surfers in the water.

Both beaches are actually in the city center, so there are a lot of visitors every day, especially tourists. This beach town is a perfect place for relaxation and peaceful vacation in the sun. In addition, there are a lot of cafes and restaurants near the beaches, so you can go for a drink or have lunch there, without the need of going far away from the beach and fresh sea air.

And if you like walking, there is a path along the coast. Therefore, you can spend your day in a nice walk while you enjoy watching the bay and the sunny beaches on one side, and the historic buildings and monuments on the other.

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Moving to Madrid

Even though I liked the town where I grew up and where I have spend years of my life, recent developments at work have influenced my moving away. I want to advance in my career and when the opportunity for a huge promotion came along, I was thrilled. Not only did the new job include promotion, but it also meant huge increase in salary. However, the job was in Madrid, which meant I had to move away from my home town.

When I decided to accept the offer, I have started searching Madrid accommodation apartments. I knew exactly what I wanted. I needed a two bedroom apartment, because I knew my friends and family would visit me often, so I wanted to have enough room for everyone. I preferred the apartment with the terrace, because I knew that Madrid was well-known for having lots of sunny days during the year. I simply love having coffee on the terrace in the morning.

My new office was located in the part of the city called Las Acacias, in the district of Arganzuela.  Las Acacias is in the city center, so I knew that finding accommodation there would be very expensive. As I was on the limited budget, I have decided to search for Madrid accommodation apartments in some other parts of the city. Having in mind that metro line 5 runs to Las Acacias, I have searched the apartments that are well-connected with this metro line. This way I was able to reduce the time I would have to spend commuting.

At first, I visited couple of apartments, but even though the location was good, I was not satisfied with them. The first one was on the eleventh floor and as we entered the building, there was a sign that the elevator was out of order. I could not believe it. Even if the elevator was in order, I doubt I would like to live that high up in the air, especially having in mind the fact that I grew up in a house. The second apartment was very nice and it was on the third floor. However, I did not like the kitchen. As I love to cook, this was a huge drawback for me. There even was not an oven in the kitchen, and it was completely unacceptable. I would have bought my own, but the kitchen was so small, that it would have been impossible to place it in there.

And finally, as I was just about to give up, and try to search in other districts, I have found the most amazing apartment. It had everything I wanted, plus it had the terrace. The kitchen was perfect and the whole apartment was nicely furnished. In addition, it was very close to the metro station, which meant I did not have to walk a lot in the morning. I have been living in this apartment for more than two years now, and I have no intentions of finding the other apartment.

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Design Hotel in Balearic Islands, Ibiza

Balearic Islands are a group of islands near the coast of Spain in the west part of the Mediterranean Sea. This archipelago near Spain consists of a group of small islands and it is the autonomous area in Spain with Majorca being the main island. The three other important islands are Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera. Although Balearic Catalan is the official language of the Balearic Islands, Spanish is the main language on the island, together with English and German which are more and more spoken by the locals due to the fact that tourism is the most important part of the economy.

Design hotel in Balearic Islands, Ibiza are increasingly more popular as Ibiza became internationally famous tourist attraction. Ibiza is considered to be a place of exceptional entertainment and unforgettable parties. Nightlife of the city is mainly oriented at two main areas, Ibiza Town, the old part of the town located on the southern coast and Sant Antoni, in the west. Some of the world’s most famous DJs are performing in various clubs on Ibiza, especially during summer.

If you are looking for a stylish and yet comfortable accommodation, then design hotel in Balearic Islands, Ibiza is the best recommendation for you. Design hotel in Balearic Islands, Ibiza are known for providing perfect conditions for tourists to enjoy the serenity of this resort. The goal is to keep the guests satisfied and to provide them with the best possible service in order to for them to enjoy and have the time of their life. Hotel staff is very polite and helpful, always being available to assist guests with anything they need help with. In addition, design hotel in Balearic Islands, Ibiza are also well-known for having the receptionists who are non-stop available regardless of the period of day or night.

Despite of the fact that Balearic Islands, especially Ibiza, are primarily known as party places, they are working really hard on promoting the family-oriented tourism. Besides being able to enjoy magnificent beaches, tourists are also able to enjoy in cultural and entertainment activities. A guarantee for a family to have a great day on one of the islands is to visit one of the water parks. Furthermore,  there are daily trips organized, where you can explore the fantastic nature of the Balearic Island, enjoy the flora and fauna, visit natural caves and enjoy their spectacular beauty as they preserve over thousands year old stones carved out by water. Other leisure activities include sports on the beach, ride in a balloon or exploration of the island’s culture and visiting the local villages.

All of these provide a perfect setting for you to enjoy your perfect vacation and have unforgettable memories. In the end of the day, it is always nice to return to a good hotel and have some rest to get ready for a new day of fun and entertainment in the hot Mediterranean sun. Design hotel in Balearic Islands, Ibiza is therefore a perfect solution for you.

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Vacation rentals San Sebastian

Despite the small size of the city, San Sebastian is a well-known tourist destination. Located in the Bay of Biscay, in the north of Spain and close to the French border, this small city’s main economic activities are tourism and commerce. You will not be wrong should you choose to visit this city as it is one of the most famous and most popular destinations for people visiting Spain.

There are several ways how you can arrive to San Sebastian. Traveling by plane is certainly the fastest way, and since there is a small airport 20km away from the city centre, this could be one of the most convenient traveling. If you decide to travel by train or bus, you should know that the city is well connected to some of the largest cities in its vicinity, such as Barcelona and Bilbao, but also to some cities in the south of France. After you arrive to the city, you will have to find your vacation rentals San Sebastian. Although it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the summer season due to the large number of tourists, it is possible to find vacation rentals San Sebastian after you arrive to the city.

People usually get around the city on foot or by bike, as the city is quite small and easy to get around. There are bicycle lanes all around the city, with the possibility to rent a bike on several locations in the city. It is also possible to take the tour around the city on foot or by bike. However, taxies are relatively cheap and can help you get from one place to another very quickly. They are usually located at the taxi stands, as well as in front of hotels. The buses are well organized and they connect most of the city parts, with timetables available on the bus stops all around the city.

When you arrive to San Sebastian there are a lot of activities to do. Besides attending some of the festivals organized during the year, you should visit the beaches and spend some time there. If you do not feel like relaxing on the beach, but instead you want to do some sport, there are several things you can do in San Sebastian. You can go surging, water skiing, hiking, you can play tennis and squash.  Apart from that, you can visit the famous aquarium and the amusement park located at the top of Mount Igeldo.

The great majority of tourists visit the Old Town, and most of them even decide to find their vacation rentals San Sebastian in this part of the city. The Old Town is a unique representation of the history of this city with magnificent architecture. Being the most visited place by the tourist, the largest number of restaurants as well as a lot of boutiques and stores offering fashionable and trendy clothes are located in the Old Town.

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Why choose Barcelona apartments?

There are quite a number of options to choose from in Barcelona where accommodation is concerned. The Barcelona apartments that are availed for the tourists and visitors vary from low-end and easily affordable to high-end and expensive. Since Barcelona has everything for everyone across the board, it is no small wonder that they have a substitute for hotel rooms, which more often than not, remain crowded and fully booked especially during the peak seasons.

Barcelona apartments lie mostly on the modern side of life. The ones near the shore provide the most splendid view of the ocean and the pristine beaches around. They are a good idea for those that love quiet time, unobstructed view and access to the beach, not to forget those who do not mind doing self-catering to cut down on costs while touring Barcelona. These apartments are usually to your specifications, with most of them having wonderful patios with spacious seats for lounging outside during the evenings and reflecting on issues about life or even trying to catch the first rays of sunshine in the morning.

Due to their great demand, these apartments might be a little bit more expensive to rent than the ones farther away from the beach. They may also provide a distraction especially during the peak seasons when the beach is crowded during summer, an ideal place to rent if you enjoy people watching and a constant hum of noise in the background as you go about your daily chores and duties. The distraction is quite alluring and can in most instances see you lose track of time as you become part of the families on the beach and quietly dole out advice like someone watching a soccer match. On the flip side of the coin, these apartments may not be that suitable especially for those people who adore total solitude and tranquility; those who want their vacation in Barcelona to be one of those out of the world experiences where nobody knows you and it stays that way as you generally keep to yourself and look introspectively.

There are quieter apartments for the people who prefer total tranquility in the day and more so in the night. These are found in the areas of El Born and Gracia. These apartments are available for both long term and short term rental. They are definitely a good value for money as they come fully furnished with most having all the essential utilities in the rooms and the kitchen. There is indeed no better way to spend your vacation than doing it in a well furnished apartment with all the electronics you need coupled with a working air conditioner and the peace and calm that is uncharacteristic of the hassle and bustle of the urban life. In these apartments you find a deeper sense of peace, more like fortitude and a special covering. They make it possible for you to wrap up into yourself and unwind. They are the antidote for all those who want to refresh and get charged up before going back to the demanding and grueling work life.

The interior décor and design of the Barcelona apartments is also worth the mention as most of the rooms are painted with soothing yet fresh colors. The aquamarines and the baby blues are used sufficiently with the creams to create an overall decent effect. The bolder versions of colors and designs are done skillfully with a taste for art that it awes rather than boggles. The ultimate accommodation to seek for a successful and affordable vacation is in the apartments of Barcelona.

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