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While in Spain visit the Barcelona Sagrada

While visiting Spain I highly recommend taking a tour of the Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona. José María Boca Bella came up with a plan to build a church for the Holy Family, and called on his first architect, Diocese Francisco del Villar, who originally created the church in Gothic Style, and the crypt was the first thing built in 1882. After a year, he had disagreements with Bella and resigned from the job. Then architect Antoni Gaudi was hired, and worked on the church until his death in 1926. The design of the church and the intricacies are so elaborate that people began to call it a “Cathedral” even though it didn’t house a bishop. Construction has continued since the time of ground breaking and will not finish until 2026. Most of the inside is now finished, and now you are able to view the original details of the work that Gaudi put into it.article-2440014-186bb23c00000578-629_964x541

The details of the church are so breath taking, you need to linger for a long while to take it all in. From the moment you approach the beautiful building you are taken by its spirals and towers, 18 in all. Each one is different from the next and each one is meant to represent specific biblical representations, with the central tower representing Christ. The design of the towers was also a representation of the elevation toward God. The façade also holds representations of Jesus’ life and death, and was built to be complimented by the suns rotation. As it moves across the stone of the building it highlights the various scenes. The three entrances represent faith hope and love.

When entering the building, you are overcome by the height of the columns and the beauty of the architecture. The stunning way the columns look like trees and shine through skylights and stained glass. The stone used in the columns bring a natural beauty to them.

The floor is a beautiful polished cork. Cork is a strong material made for high traffic areas, come in a variety of colors and is great the acoustics in large buildings. There are gaps in the floor of the apse so visitors can see the crypts below.

An organ was installed in 2010. It has over 1400 pipes, but is awaiting the installation of other organs to be installed throughout the church. When completed there will be over 8000 pipes throughout the church. The organs will have the ability to be played individually or all together on one console.


Just the history alone should be an invitation for visitors to see the Barcelona Sagrada, but it is the beauty of the building, maybe the strange looking structure that draws people to visit. To some it may look like a carnival tent, while to others it is symbol of God and Jesus, and the thought of what heaven may hold for us. Gaudi’s ideas for this building outlived his ability to finish the structure and remains to this day under construction. It has become a Barcelona attraction and is an affordable place to visit. It is a must see!

Top Travel Destinations In Spain

Top Traveling Destinations In Spain

Spain is a vacationers’ destination and also a prominent travel destination favorite. It is a preferred nation for vacationer in Europe, with vacationers crowding in to sample excellent food, pleasant as well as fun citizens, special way of living, and also and also the numerous visitors’ tourist attractions such as coastlines, archaeological sites, and spectacular country sides. And also with its excellent weather throughout the year, your ideal travel in Spain could offer you the unique getaway travel. Right here are several of the well-known travel destinations in Spain you need to have a look at:

Canary Islands Tours

Made up of 7 big islands, the Canary Islands are namely: Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Palma, El Hierro, Lanzote, and La Gomera. The islands were developed as a result of volcanic eruptions, and also lie near the African shore. The Canary Islands are excellent travel locations if you are trying to find beaches, bright skies, and also spectacular landscapes. It is virtually summer season all the time around. Each island is unique and is extremely various from the others, however just as stunning and also rich in culture, perfect for ultimate travel location and also among minority vacationers’ destinations in the nation.

Valencia trips

In the eastern area of Spain lies the district of Valencia. It is noted for its wonderful landscapes, comprised of hills, rock developments, range of mountains, and the coastal location, an additional utmost must-see on your travel locations list for your Europe tours. There are lots of fantastic beaches in Valencia, such as La Malvarrosa, Saler Coastline, Gandia, where one could take a walk to absorb the view as well as select from the many restaurants an example of authentic Spanish cuisine. There are likewise numerous cinemas, theaters, and also museums to check out. Make Valencia your primary travel destinations and also you’ll become one of the most of your experience tours in Spain.

Excursions in Madrid

For additional travel destinations on your journey traveling list, Spain’s funding, Madrid, is the center of company and also business and also is a cosmopolitan city. It has actually long been a one among the best and also preferred travel locations in Europe, recognized for the bullfights, flamenco programs, and many historical sites. In addition to the bullfights and also flamenco dances and travel, locations such as the popular museums as well as parks, such as Retiro Park, Queen Sofia Arts Center, Sobrino de Botin, El Rastro, and Templo de Debod must not be missed whatsoever. Its nightlife and road life is likewise significantly to life, so make certain not to miss out on any one of these travelers’ attractions.

Basque Country tourists’ destinations

In the northern area of Spain, the Basque Country is likewise known for its magnificent landscapes, one of the most popular of the travel locations are the Basque Hills. Its abundant and also varied history can be experienced with several galleries as well as historical sites, however don’t forget to visit the travelers’ destinations like the valleys, rock formations, cliffs, that will just blow your mind away. Terrific visitors’ tourist attractions like the Bordering France, the Pyrenees is a must-see in the Basque Nation. The farms, valleys, and also fields in the nation sides are a blend of several societies which the location is a boundary of.

With this overview on the tours and travel locations in Spain, you make certain to obtain the most out of your excursions!

Running of the Bulls

Once in awhile when I am in Spain I like to participate in the running of the bulls. The running of the bulls, or the “Encierro” as they like to call it takes place in a part of Spain called Pamplona. It is a tradition that has taken place every year since 1581. bulls2bullsIt’s a week long event that celebrates the Patron Saint of Pamplona, San Fermin. I like to call it a heck of a lot of crazy fun.  Many people from around the world show up every year to celebrate life by risking death. It may sound crazy but it is a lot of fun and such a rush. People are friendly and out to have a good time. Thru out the week there are many parties and everyone is just getting drunk. There is really so much to do during this time that you don’t have to actually participate in the running of the bulls to have a good time. However that does defeat the purpose and you will miss out quit a bit if you chicken out and choose not to run. Before I go I make sure that I train for at least a month or longer straight. I want to be in good shape for the event. I think it’s a good idea because you don’t want to pull a muscle or run out of breath when your running. When the event starts my adrenaline in really pumping. I start to shake because of how nervous I  am but also very excited. It is really such a rush. My tecknique is to run inside the pack on the side of the bulls. It sounds dangerous to do this but I feel it’s actually the safest place. The bulls weigh a ton and can out run a human pretty easily. If they are behind you they will catch up and if they hit you it’s like being run over by a car. When you try to get beside them they tend to run straight and it is hard for them to turn and hit you. The run itself is about 800 meters and usually takes the bulls about three to four mintues to complete it. If you decide to ever give it a try here are some pointers for you.

  • Observe what bulls run on which day. Some bulls can be more agressive than others and you may not be ready to handle that.
  • If your new and a little scared try not to run on the weekends. The more aggressive bulls run on the weekends and also it can be more crowded. Many more people tend to run at that time
  • Don’t run if you are to drunk. There is a lot of drinking going on for this week and if you are to drunk you will get hurt. Trust me, I’ve seen it happen many times.
  • Observe all the rules. They have set rules for your safety. Obey them at all times

Well that’s it. Go out and have a good time. Let me know if you are going to be there. Maybe we can meet up and I’ll show you how it’s done. Be safe and have fun.

My Last Trip to Spain

Mark Jones here guys, I hope all of you are doing well. As this is my first post to this new blog I’d like to start off by sharing my last trip to Spain with you. As you can tell if you read my about page and by the set up of my website in general, I’m a big fan of Spain and the Costa del Sol. Just last month I came back to Colorado from there after. This was one of my longest stays there, but as always time flies by so fast. It always makes me sad to leave and I count the days till I can go back. This trip was a little more special than usual for me compared to the others I have had in the past. I’m a single guy so usually I make these trips by myself. destacado_nightlifeI’m an outgoing guy and I like the adventure so I don’t mind going alone on theses or any other trips. However this last time one of my buddies decided he would tag along with me to see what Spain was all about. My buddy’s name is Josh and he lives in a great place already. He’s from Hawaii. I know, pretty sweet. Hawaii is one place that can be hard to top as far as travel destinations go, but I knew Josh would love to see Spain. Josh runs a carpet cleaning business and at times it can be very demanding. Due to the fact that he is so hands on in his business, it can be very hard for him to get away. I made sure to give Josh the ultimate tour. Since the airport we arrived at is located in Malaga we decided to start there. I took him to a place the pays tribute to their most famous resident. The Picasso Museum. He enjoyed seeing the many types of art and it was a great way for him to get the feel of how Spain is. From there we made our way to the rock of Gibraltar. We took the cable car up and took pictures with some native monkeys. That was quit an experience. Josh was only planning to stay for a little over a week but he ended up staying with me for well over a month. He was having to much of a good time. We would go out and eat at great restaurants and hang out at many of the beaches. Josh couldn’t get over all thecosta beautiful women all around us. Costa del Sol also is know for having a great night life and we got to experience that first hand. Benalmadena Costa is a place that is full of awesome bars and clubs that are all walking distance to each other. I can go to a different place every night. One of the best highlights of this trip was the El Caminito del Rey. It is a terrifying but amazing walk thru a small path in a narrow gorge. With four kilometers of trails over one hundred meters high El Caminito del Rey is considered one of the most dangerous paths in the world. This was very special to me because even though I have been to Spain many times before, this was the first time I walked this path. For many years it was not opened to the public. We did many other things and we both got to unwind and relax this trip. Eventually Josh went back home to Hawaii and I stayed an extra two months. Being back in Colorado is great but I’m already counting the days till I return to the coast.