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The Cities of Spain
Transcript of The Cities of Spain
By Liana Lai
Introduction of Spain
Spain has several beautiful cities filled with many amazing sights to see. Spain is also a country that is rich in culture. Four of the most popular destination cities in Spain are Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, and Granada. Barcelona is known for its famous unusual architecture, its history, football team, and culture. Madrid is the capitol of Spain. It is famous for being home to the royal palace, its museums, and the excellent shopping. Valencia is known for its orange groves, sports, and beaches. Lastly, Granada is famous for its old world architecture, which is still in great condition.
3 Things to Eat in Barcelona
1) Paella- actually from Valencia, but Barcelona variation is noodles instead of rice
2) Escalivada- a salad of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, onions, salt, olive oil and vinegar.
3) Crema Catalana- a classic Catalan dessert flavored with lemon zest and cinnamon and the sugar on top is caramelized
Madrid is not only the largest city in Spain, but it has also been the capitol since the 17th century
Madrid is the home of the royal palace, although the Royal family does not currently reside there.
Bullfighting is considered to be a sport and an art in Spain.
The Plaza de Torros de Las Ventas, one Spain's most famous bullfighting rings, is located in Madrid
Geography & Climate of Barcelona
-Barcelona, Spain, is a city in Catalonia region and the capital of Barcelona province.
-After Madrid it is the most popular city in Spain.
-Barcelona lies in the northeast on the Mediterranean coast.
-Barcelona receives a Mediterranean climate of gentle winters and comfortable hot summers.
Places to Go
-The Magic Fountains of Monjuic
- Camp Nou Stadium (one of the biggest football/soccer stadiums in the world)
-Sagrada Familia Cathedral by Gaudí
Sagrada Familia Cathedral
Montjuïc Magic Fountain
Geography & Climate of Granada
3 Things to Eat in Granada
Places to Go
-In 2010 Barcelona was the 48th most populated city in the world
-Barcelona attracts over one million visitors every week.
-3500 pedestrians walk down the Portal de l'Ángel every hour.
-There were no beaches in Barcelona until 1992.
-Granada is located next to the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalusia in the south of Spain.
- Granada's climate is friendly and dry, the air clean and healthy, and strong winds, fog and snow are rare.
-The Carmen de Los Mártires- is on the grounds of a 19th- century manor house.
-Puerta de Elvira- the gate through which Ferdinand and Isabella made their triumphant entry into Granada in 1492.
-Alhambra-was originally the capital city of a series of city-fortresses intended to protect the last Muslim state
1) Tapas- Local tapas feature sausages, hams and cheeses from the nearby mountains; olives and bites of omelets; stuffed peppers and meatballs.
2) Gazpacho- a cold soup made from ripe tomatoes, local olive oil, bread, garlic and salt.
3) Jamon Iberico- an air-cured ham made from the small, pata negra (black-hooved) pigs that eat acorns
-More than 2.5 million tourists from all around the world visit Granada every year.
-Granada was a Muslim Kingdom for 800 years, which is the longest Muslim rule in Spain.
-Granada's symbol is a pomegranate considering "granada" means "pomegranate" in Spanish
-Granada has 250 days of sunlight.
Carmen de Los Mártires
3 things to Eat in Madrid
Geography & Climate of Madrid
Places to go
Geography & Climate of Valencia
-Valencia is a port city lying in eastern Spain about two miles from the mouth of the Turia River, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
- There is little rain, but irrigation canals, built by the Moors in the 8th century, water the city and surrounding fertile plain.
-The climate is mild
3 Things to Eat in Valencia
Places to Go
1) Valencian oranges- variety of sweet orange
2) Horchata- a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice.
3) Paella Valenciana- the traditional version of Valencia’s signature rice dish with rabbit, chicken and snails.
-Tomatina, a giant tomato throwing festival is held in a town called Bunol 30 miles outside of Valencia on every last Wednesday of August
-Valencia is the third largest city Spain
-Valencia's population is aproxamately 800,000
-Every year Valencia holds a 4 day festival called Las Fallas to celebrate the arrival of spring that includes food, music, fireworks, and puppets.
-Plaza Del Mercado- home to 3 buildings of interest Lonja, Iglesia de los Santos Juanes and the Mercado Central.
-Torres de Serranos- considered to be the largest Gothic city gateway in all of Europe
-Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital- one of the oldest churches in Valencia, built around 1261.
-Royal Palace: The Palacio Real de Madrid is the official home of the Spanish Royal Family, although they currently do not reside there.
-Museo National Del Prado: art museum
-Puerta del Sol: One of the best known and busiest places in Madrid . The centre of the radial network of Spanish roads.
1) Nougat Candy- a candy made from sugar or honey, nuts, and egg white.
2) Spanish Tortilla- an omelette made with potatoes, eggs and sometimes onion.
3) Manchego Cheese- the cheese is made from the milk of a special type of sheep, called Entrefino.
A street in Valencia
Puerta del Sol
The Royal Palace in Madrid
Museo National Del Prado
-Madrid is a city that comes under the Mediterranean climate. Due to high altitude winters are cooler with periodic snowfalls.
-Most of Madrid lies in southern sub-meseta which is comparatively flater than the West region.
-Madrid mountainous regions consist of peaks rising above 2000m.
Habenara from Carmen
by Spirit of Spain