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Spain is one of the most fun and exciting countries in the world to visit. From snowcapped peaks and ski resorts down to the palm treed semi-tropical shores of the blue Med, Spain will delight your senses and keep you coming back.

Cosmopolitan cities like Madrid and Barcelona are rich with art and culture. The extraordinary coastline along the Mediterranean hosts dozens of resort towns where guests from all over Europe stay for weeks on end in high rise hotels, condos and villas. It’s not hard to find the sun, sand and surf in Spain. Yet hundreds of quaint villages in the interior wait to be explored far from the hustle of cities and tourist destinations.

This site will help you explore all Barcelona and Spain have to offer the visitor including 1000+ Hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping, Spanish Recipes, Tips for Tourists, Spain Forum and our Spain Photo Gallery. We even have a Bookstore with a good selection of travel books about Spain. Browse around our site and let us know what you think!

Calpe’s Penyal de I’fac or Piñon de Ifach

Piñon de Ifach and Calpe’s Port

Located between Valencia to the north, and Alicante to the south, the town of Calpe is dominated by the 332-meter tall “Piñon de Ifach,” or the rock of Ifach. The rock itself juts out into the sea as imposingly as does the Rock of Gibraltar, and is a beautiful protected mountain wilderness area and park with several spectacular hiking trails and excellent rock-climbing.

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Villa Rentals in Spain

If you’d like to visit Spain, but don’t want to stay in hotels or apartments, you should consider renting a villa. If you’re going to stay in one place for a week or more, we highly recommend Spanish villas because they provide a more unique experience and can usually save you a lot of money, especially in the off-season. It’s also a good idea if you’re looking to buy property in Spain to rent a villa in the area you’re considering first, to see what it would be like living there.

Most rental villas are located along the beautiful Spanish coast, and usually have stunning seaviews, a swimming pool, lots more room than apartments, and normally can accommodate six or more persons. While there are some older style villas available, more and more villas are relatively new or have been recently remodeled. This means a modern kitchen with a big refrigerator, and sometimes a dishwasher. All villas have a washing machine, but few have dryers as drying your clothes outdoors is one Spanish tradition that’s hard to change.

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Museu Picasso

The Barcelona Picasso Museum was donated to the city of Barcelona by the artist. He trained as an artist here, and what he experienced here opened him up for him the path that he followed in the modern art world.

The museum has a collection of works by Picasso from between 1895 and 1904, the years in which the he lived in Barcelona.

The Picasso Museum occupies five medieval palaces: Aguilar, Baró de Castellet, Meca, Casa Mauri, and Palau Finestres, which have been restored various times throughout the centuries.

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Museu Fundació Joan Miró

This wonderful museum displays more than 150 works by the noted surrealist/abstractionist, Joan Miró, including paintings and sculptures. The museum is itself a work of art and stands on a hill overlooking Barcelona, surrounded by beautiful views of the city.

Click to view larger image or to purchase this poster!Miró’s works stand alongside those of his contemporaries and friends like Calder, Moore, and Max Ernst. The foundation also features temporary exhibitions and concerts.

This museum is a must for those who love abstract art!

Location: Avinguda Miramar 71, Parc de Montjuïc
08038 Barcelona

Phone: +(34) 93 329-1908
Fax: +(34) 93 329-8609

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Thurs – 10am-9:30pm
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Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya

High above Barcelona in Parc Montjuic is the Palau Nacional de Montjuic, home to the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya, and filled with 19th and 20th century artworks.

This elegant palace is home to a permanent collection of Romanesque art, Catalunyan Gothic art, European masters collections including the renaissance and the baroque periods. Modernisme, Noucentisme, Avant-Garde and more are to be found here.

Temporary exhibits of paintings, coins, sculpture, photography and more come and go, supplementing the extensive collection of art in the palace.

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