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04 Mar 2017

Weekend Australian, Australia


Author: Angela Saurine Section: Magazine Article type : News Item
Audience : 227,465 Page: 34 Printed Size: 1189.00cm Market: National
Country: Australia ASR: AUD 38,829 Words: 1130 Item ID: 734313239

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SPANISH SPIRIT
EXPERIENCE THE BEST OF SPAIN, AND ITS FASCINATING NEIGHBOUR PORTUGAL,
ON A EUROPEAN TOUR TO REMEMBER. ANGELA SAURINE REPORTS

A RT and architecture, cuisine and culture,


history and heritage Spain is a country that
has them all in abundance. If youre looking for the
located four and five-star hotels to make sightseeing
easy and accessible.
The 15-day tour begins in Madrid with a guided
god of wine with a group of drunk men, is another
must-see.
In Toledo, explore the maze of narrow
quintessential European travel experience, this is it. tour along the Paseo de la Castellana, past the cobblestone streets with a local expert and visit the
Stroll along cobblestone streets in medieval cities, landmark fountain in Plaza de Cibeles to the Royal Church of Santo Tom to see Greek artist El Grecos
dine on paella and sangria in outdoor restaurants Palace, Cervantes monument and Puerta del Sol masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgazg .
and see some of the worlds most impressive public square. Guests also visit the Prado Museum Drive past the ancient walls of vila en route to the
museums and monuments, all in one holiday. to see its impressive collection of Spanish and university city of Salamanca.
Spain sits on the Iberian Peninsula at the south- foreign art with an art historian. Crossing the border into Portugal, visit the
western tip of Europe beside Portugal, one of the Housed in an 18th-century Neoclassical building countrys second-biggest city, Porto, known as the
worlds hottest emerging travel destinations. that opened as a museum in 1819, the museum capital of port wine, on the River Douro. Sample
It makes sense to explore them both in the same showcases the work of a suite of European masters, some local drops during a tasting at the Vila Nova
trip. Insight Vacations Best of Spain and Portugal including Velzquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and de Gaia wine stores, just south of the city.
premium tour combines the main attractions of the Bosch. Its most famous painting is Las Meninas, See the basilica and the Chapel of the
two countries with authentic regional experiences. which means ladies in waiting, a 1656 artwork by Apparitions in the holy city of Fatima, which
Guests travel in comfort on an air-conditioned Diego Velzquez of the child Princess Margarita commemorates an apparition of the Virgin Mary
40-seat coach with plenty of leg room and Theresa surrounded by her entourage. His 1628 seen by three young shepherds in 1917, and walk
complimentary onboard wi-fi, and stay in centrally painting The Triumph of Bacchuss, portraying the the medieval streets of the fortified town of Obidos
04 Mar 2017
Weekend Australian, Australia
Author: Angela Saurine Section: Magazine Article type : News Item
Audience : 227,465 Page: 34 Printed Size: 1189.00cm Market: National
Country: Australia ASR: AUD 38,829 Words: 1130 Item ID: 734313239

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence. Page 2 of 2

5 SPAIN AND PORTUGAL


TRAVEL TIPS
More and more travellers are looking beyond
France and Italy and booking holidays to Spain and
Portugal instead. Flight Centre travel consultant
Leesa Mills shares her top five tips:

1 WHEN TO GO
Summer is really busy in Spain and Portugal as
a lot of people from the UK go there for holidays
then. Its better to visit during the shoulder season,
from September to October or April to May. Youre
not dealing with extreme cold or extreme heat and
its not as crowded.

before arriving in the capital, Lisbon. Here, a local MAIN: Sevilles historic
2 TAKE YOUR TIME
A lot of people try to do too many countries
in one trip when they go to Europe and end up
expert guides guests along the avenues of the Lower Plaza de Toros. regretting it. Its better to visit a couple of countries
Town, beneath the bohemian Bairro Alto quarter ABOVE: Picturesque and do them properly, spending at least a week
to Terreiro do Paco square and the historic Belem Porto on Portugals in each.
Duoro River.
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quarter. PREPARE TO SHOP
Try the Portuguese delicacy Pastis de Belm, LEFT: Experience an Make sure you leave room in your bag for the
made from a secret ancient recipe, at a centuries- authentic flamenco trip home as the shopping in Spain and Portugal
old patisserie before continuing to the Monument performance in Spain. can be quite good. Spain has beautiful artwork and
to the Discoveries, the Belem Tower fortress Portugal has some amazing cork leather products.

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and Jeronimos Monastery, which was declared a
BE ALERT
UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its Unfortunately, pickpocketing can be a
Manueline architectural style. problem in Europe, so make sure you invest in
Returning to Spain via the Tagus Bridge, see a decent slash-proof travel bag and be aware of
the cathedral that houses the tomb of explorer your surroundings at all times. Some thieves will
Christopher Columbus, held aloft by four kings, on an introductory sightseeing tour in Valencia the use children to pretend theyre raising money for
a walking tour in Seville. Explore the Santa Cruz next day, see the contemporary City of Arts and charity you have to get a little bit tough.

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quarter and visit the Moorish palace Alcazar with a Sciences leisure complex, the impressive city gates LOCATION COUNTS
local expert before enjoying a fiery flamenco show. of Serranos and Quart and take part in a cooking When deciding which company to travel with
Another tour highlight is a visit to the famous demonstration to learn to make paella that night. you will see some are cheaper than others, but you
Rock of Gibraltar, where the Atlantic Ocean and Film buffs will love a stop to see the stone castle might end up staying 10km or more outside the
the Mediterranean Sea meet. Explore St. Michaels that featured in the 1960s movie El Cid d, about the city centre which adds extra time to your holiday.
Cave and see the colony of Barbary apes before medieval military hero, while wine lovers will relish Insight Vacations has good quality accommodation
driving along the glamorous Costa del Sol, past joining an expert for a tour of the vineyards and in a good location.
glitzy resorts and multi-million dollar yachts. cellars offering the sparkling wine known as cava at Leesa Mills is a
Spend the next day relaxing and swimming Sant Sadurni dAnoia. travel consultant
in the Mediterranean, strolling the promenade The epic adventure ends on a high in Barcelona at Flight Centre
and dining on Spanish cuisine at a waterfront with a tour inside Gaudis extraordinary Roman Strathpine in
restaurant. Or, visit the port city of Malaga, where Catholic church, La Sagrada Famlia. Queensland.
Picasso was born, and visit the museum dedicated
to the artist.
Wander through the old streets and gardens
GETTING THERE
of the white-washed coastal village, Mijas, before Ask your local Flight Centre travel
continuing to Granada to visit the Alhambra palace consultant for more details
and fortress complex. 131 600
That night, guests will pick from a choice of flightcentre.com.au
restaurants and divide up into smaller groups. After