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Saturday, 18-Aug-2012 02:15 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Appreciating the Art of Flamenco

Flamenco is more than a tradition in Spain. It is considered an art which every Spaniard must be familiar with as they grow up in Spain. Flamenco is deeply ingrained in the Spanish culture which stirs the hearts of the audience through its moves, music and songs.

The culture of Flamenco was established through many generations with an unclear origin. It is expressively structured by its song or ‘cante’, dance or ‘baile’ and guitar playing or ‘guitarra’.

Origins

No one can truly claim the origins of Flamenco although it is widely practiced by gypsies in Spain. They are active in generating the dances through Andalucian songs and music; today there is more innovation in presenting the Flamenco with sounds of salsa, jazz and bosa nova.

The art of Flamenco is believed to emerge between 1765 and 1860 as Flamenco schools came on the scene. However, this art was only popularized in the late 19th century.

Art Forms

Flamenco first started off with mere vocals and rhythmic hand clapping called ‘toque de palmas.’ Over time, great flamenco artists and composers introduced music through the guitar to accompany the art.

At its peak, the Flamenco performed was well defined to be presented at cafes cantantes or music cafés.

There is a more serious form of the Flamenco where deeper feelings are expressed; this is known as cante jondo. A special guitar is used to include more guitar music to accompany the Flamenco presentation.

Vocals were added to the Flamenco during the early 1900s with ‘opera flamenca’ emerging on the scene. These are flamenco presentations with cantes music and fandangos accompanying the Flamenco vocals. However, not all of these modifications were well received as they were considered untraditional and not reflecting Spain’s true culture.

Fame of Flamenco

There were many famous Flamenco performers emerging since 1955 who performed at cafes cantantes and concert halls or theatres. Flamenco guitarists also contributed to the art’s fame as an accompaniment to the Flamenco as well as showcasing the talents of the guitarist.

Fame came aboard for the Flamenco through the mass media and tourism industry which showcased its beauty proactively. The Flamenco is still very much appreciated and performed in small groups around Andalucia at numerous occasions in the still nights of Spain where the Flamenco vocals are heard flowing through the atmosphere with the guitar accompaniment and Flamenco steps of the skilled dancer on the pavement, villa spanje costa brava.

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Saturday, 18-Aug-2012 02:10 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Must-Visit to Some Popular Spanish Cities

There is so much that Spain offers with the numerous cities in it. The country is full of history, culture and traditions in each city which holds different offerings to any visitor. The various architectural styles and local hospitability would be sure to enrich the visitor’s experience in Spain.

Barcelona

One of Spain’s most popular cities is Barcelona. This great and vibrant city is a very popular tourist resort in Spain. Tourists are delighted to view the historical architecture of the spires found on the Holy Family Church as well as the neo-Gothic architecture of many buildings there.

The cobbled Las Ramblas pathways make an interesting walk in discovering the best of Barcelona’s ancient days with famous landmarks along the way such as Santa Eulalia Cathedral of Gothic architecture and church of San Pablo Ocampo Church.

The Santa Eulalia cathedral is located in the ancient quarters of Barcelona in honor of Christopher Columbus, Spain’s best and most renowned explorer. Barcelona also offers many splendid architectural buildings such as the Barri Gotic and Arc del Triomf.

Barcelona boasts of being a quality educational provider in Europe with the many top learning institutions like the Barcelona University. Art institutions abound in Barcelona for art lovers while there are many museums to house many historical findings.

Madrid

Madrid has a busy lifestyle and a lively nightlife with no lack of bars, pubs, cafes and summer terazas which delight locals and tourists for a time of relaxation day or night. These places offer a relaxing atmosphere with live music and entertainment to while the night away.

Madrid also has many good museums to enjoy the rich history of the city as well as the region. The best three museums in Madrid are Prado Museum, Las Meninas Museum and Goya’s Las Majas.

Madrid is privileged to have Picasso’s beautiful art masterpieces displayed in Reina Sofia art center along with those reflecting the nation’s Civil War. The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum alone boasts of 800 art paintings while the Lazaro Galdiano museum houses all local publications.

There is the famous Bullfighting museum which showcases many pieces relating to the nation’s famous tradition and culture as with the Madrid Cultural Center that forms the local zarzuela theatre or opera house, vakantiehuizen spanje huren.

Granada

One of the fantastic sights in Granada is the Moorish Alhambra Palace with fabulous patios and splendid courtyards put together in a beautiful architecture that has intricate designs on the ceilings and inlaid walls.

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Saturday, 18-Aug-2012 02:04 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Exciting Offerings at Jerez de la Frontera

The origin of the name Jerez is Sherry which is the region’s lucrative production of fine wine. Jerez de la Frontera is more fondly called Jerez. It is famous for its production of sherry. The sherry quality from Jerez differs from other two sherry production towns; namely, Sanlucar and El Puerto.

Jerez has plenty of sherry vineyards to make it an established commercial winery industry over time. This industry commenced during the Anlo-Andaluz generations and thrives today with a high social status yielding good economics gains.

Jerez has a town slogan ‘Jerez-Pura Andalucia’ which means this region of beauty with fruitful vineyards, grand ancient palaces with large modern estates and vast lands offering a rich culture that includes fine horse breeding, flamenco and bull fighting.

Tourist Attractions

With a rich culture offering, Jerez is an ideal holiday location. One can enjoy the vineyards and bodegas while in Jerez. The bodegas or winery production houses allow visitors to enjoy the whole process of wine or sherry production and a chance to taste the sherry or purchase some for home.

Jerez has an established equestrian school that offers many high quality breeds of horses for racing and performance. There are numerous stables at this school with beautifully decorated carriages that are well maintained for the school’s use.

Horses are trained to perform at special functions and many tourists have been delighted with the school’s weekly training performances every Thursday. The very polished equestrian show has horses and trainers moving to the lively Spanish music. Its performers are dressed in costumes from the 17th century.

Relojes museum is an interesting museum that houses many of Europe’s best art collection in a great diversity. The 300 art pieces are from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Jerez Fiestas

There are two special fiestas which are celebrated in Jerez annually. The first is the Jerez Horse fair and the second is the Otoño fiesta. The former is impressive with lots of European traders coming as active participants since the Middle Ages. This is the place where well bred horses are sold with a simple act of holding the horse’s reigns to confirm the sale, huis te huur spanje.

The Fiestas de Otoño is a festival that is celebrated together with Feria de Caballo; hence, the celebration of these combined festivals is very large and festive. There is much festivity with vibrant merry making to delight the large crowd that comes from near and far.

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Saturday, 18-Aug-2012 01:56 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Taking In Malaga’s Beautiful Offerings

Malaga is one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations whether for the locals or foreign tourists. With a strategic location at Costa del Sol, the beautiful sandy beaches and wonderful climate offer tourists all their hearts desire for a great holiday.

Accessibility

Malaga can be easily reached as it is Costa del Sol’s the first port for all entries into Andalusia. It is the province’s major coastal city with a lot of original charm and culture in the midst of its booming tourism. There are thousands of tourists who fly into Malaga via its international airport to enjoy the numerous holiday resorts around Malaga; these include Fuengirola, Torremilinos and Puerto Banus.

Malaga can also be reached by road; there are plenty of local buses which come by ferrying dozens of tourists every day. Many locals drive to Malaga along the well structured highways for a splendid weekend throughout the year.

Tourist Attractions

Malaga has plenty of beautiful sights to offer tourists; its rich history and fine arts attract tourists like bees to honey. It is the birthplace and home of the talented artist, Picasso. Hence, there are numerous Picasso art masterpieces displayed in this city.

Tourists would enjoy Malaga with the many wonderful historical sites that exude of a rich Moorish presence. One of the most popular Moorish sites would be at Seville which is Andalucia’s capital. This cosmopolitan town has a lot of interesting Moorish architecture such as the Alcazar which is a renowned Mudejar palace with an impressive architecture. There is also a huge cathedral that is purportedly one of Europe’s largest.

Natural beauty

Malaga exudes natural beauty inside out. Situated in Andalucia, Malaga enjoys the beautiful natural landscapes. The sandy beaches of Costa del Sol draw many visitors every weekend especially in the summer where the crowd can be humongous.

There are amazing cliffs on the east side offering panoramic view over the sea along the coastal roads. It is here where one gets enthralled with the majestic Sierra Almijara Mountains conjoining with the calm blue Mediterranean Sea. A coastal drive with this scenic surrounding makes it most memorable. One would enjoy great sunsets over the natural landscapes which would be imprinted on the minds of beholders, vakantiehuizen spanje costa brava.

It is a smart choice to make Malaga the holiday base where one can move around outside Malaga to enjoy the best of a Spanish holiday. One would enjoy the best of Granada with impressive ancient structures and landscapes through a day trip and the best of Seville on another day trip.

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Thursday, 16-Aug-2012 01:36 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Nature at its Best at Valle Hermoso

Valle Hermoso is located on the beautiful isle of Isla Gomera. Its name means beautiful valley; the town is appropriately named for it is really picturesque in its strategic setting at the high Roque Cano steep ridges. This is also a volcanic area which is fertile and productive for all vegetation.

Nature Activities

Valle Hermoso has plenty of great trekking trails for nature lovers who love a hike, stroll or walk. Many hikers, both local and foreign, come to Valle Hermoso for its myriad of trekking trails. The high and steep terrains are challenging even to veteran hikers but the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside prove to be a strong lure.

An exhilarating hike can commence from the ridge at Cumbre de Chijeré at the town’s west near the beach. It is a 4-hour return hiking expedition that proves to be very popular with the locals and visitors.

There are plenty of beautiful sceneries along the way such as a steep gorge and a tight ridge with astounding huge rocks and hills before a descent to the beach. There are challenging zigzag paths ascending to some rocky slopes which offer fantastic rugged cliff views.

There is no lack of the tranquility and the sea all around with Teide in the background.

One can hike all the way to the top where the ridge opens up to a vast space with an impressive ochre rock which has eroded with time into splendid swirls. Tranquility, natural beauty and fresh air flow freely.

Town Beauties

Valle Hermoso town has not too many items to clutter its natural landscape; at most is its town plaza with necessity shops in the form of banks, post office, medical center and a petrol station; a local bus stop near by functions as the local meeting spot with bars contributing to the social and night life of the town.

There are comfortable tourist accommodations in Casa Bernardo with apartment and room options.

The local cuisine is exquisite and served at any restaurant, bar or café. The locals are very hospitable and go all out to satisfy the visitors with any local dish at any time.

The beach at vakantiehuis te huur spanje Valle Hermoso is close to the town centre. There is also the cool breeze from the sea for a nice stroll on the beach although many surfers wait for the tempestuous surf which breaks against the barrel rocks nearby. Hence, swimming or bathing is dangerous and prohibited.

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