The greatest monument in Las Palmas is the Cathedral of the Canaries, whose construction began in the early sixteenth century. It was completed in the nineteenth century. Located in the historical downtown and considered the most important architectural monument of Gran Canaria, it hosts the seat of the Canaries Diocese.

Another famous place you have to discover is the Casa Colon. It is the former palace of the first governors of the island visited by Christopher Columbus during his first trip to America (1492). Today, it houses a museum about the expeditions to the New World.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria also hosts numbers of interesting museums such as the Museo Canario where you can see the substantial remains of the time of the Guanches. It is a scientific and cultural institution established in 1879 which houses studies and exhibit collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials and artistic creations. Finally, the Museum of Modern Art, located in the historic district of Vegueta, houses an impressive collection of historical vanguards and current manifestations of art.

With 2.800 years of history, Málaga is one of the world oldest cities. The Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras have left a rich cultural and artistic heritage making of the city center a real open-museum. Indeed, with more than twenty museums, Málaga has turned into an authentic City of Museums.

The city offers the advantage of being able to combine, in one destination, a wealth of monuments, museums, culture and gastronomy with the possibility of stretching out in the sun or simply taking a walk along its beaches. In the one same city, you can enjoy the genius work of Picasso or visit the Alcazaba-Gibralfaro-Roman Theatre, and at the same time enjoy some great beaches where you can relax and rest.

Driving by all these assets, the city applied to be the European capital of culture in 2016.

The Puerta del Sol is the centre of Madrid and is the point from which all Spain’s radial highways begin: the ‘kilometre 0′ of the country. In the central area of the Puerta del Sol you will find a statue based on Madrid’s coat of arms. It shows a bear standing against a tree. You will find this symbol all over Madrid.

The Palacio Real, or Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish royal family but actually used for state ceremonies. It is probably one of the most important places in Madrid and it is open to the public, except when official business is taking place. It is set in formal gardens on the site of a Moorish fortress that burned down in 1734.

The third most important place in Madrid is the Plaza Mayor, a huge square constructed in 1617. It has been pedestrianised and can be entered by any one of nine arches. From time to time, events such as concerts and fiestas are staged here. The square contains 136 houses with 437 balconies from which people used to watch the events held here!

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What is the art triangle?

Por el 3 August, 2012

The Art Triangle is an area of Madrid where we can find the most notable museums, the ideal situation for a group wishing to discover Madrid and all its treasures! The three main museums you can find are the Prado museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Galleries which will bring you through the art history of Spain from the 12th century to the most contemporary styles.

The Prado Museum hosts an impressive selection of masterpieces which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Not far from there, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum welcoms the visitors through its impressive historical collection that counts more than 1600 pieces. To finish with a moderner style, the Reina Sofia Galleries offers you to admire contemporary Impressionist, Expressionist European and American paintings.

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