Spain is impressive (18 photos)

I'd like to visit the home of the brave toreros and passionate Carmen. Freeze with delight near the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's fantastic. Visit the Prado Museum and the house of El Greco. See the fiery flamenco dancing. Hear Spanish guitar. There are many reasons to travel to Spain. This surprising kinship Spanish and Russian soul. This hot sun and the beautiful sea, picturesque sochetani6e bright blue sky and golden beaches. This dizzying rides at Port Aventura and exciting bullfights, incredibly tasty paella and the famous red wine.









1. The Alhambra Palace in Granada, whose construction was completed under the control of the Muslims in the 14th century, is one of the world wonders architecture. Today, the famous architecture of the Alhambra is one of the main tourist attractions. In 2007, the palace lay claim to being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. (Jose Luis Roca / AFP - Getty Images)




2. Fireworks over the Guggenheim Museum in the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao. The museum has an exhibition of contemporary art, and the museum was designed by world-famous Canadian-American architect Frank Geary. The building is made of glass, titanium and limestone. (Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images)




3. Although the Spanish monasteries and shrines, such as the Monasterio de San Benito outside Barcelona traditionally opens its doors to all pilgrims and other spiritual Sanam, they increasingly began to accept non-religious visitors looking for spiritual reflection and tranquility. (Cesar Rangel / AP)




4. Tarifa, located in the south of Spain through the Strait of Gibraltar, is particularly popular with windsurfers and water skiing because of strong winds. Two windless days in a row here - a rarity. (Jose Luis Roca / AFP - Getty Images)



5. Two fishmonger wait for customers at a shop seafood market in Madrid. Traditional markets are still part of the Spanish way of life, and many of them scattered throughout the city. On such a market you can find a huge variety of quality products and see the scenes of the traditional way of life. (Angel Diaz / EPA)



6. The architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava designed the bridge 'L'Azud D'Or' (in the foreground) and the museum «Principe Felipe» (in the background) in the complex "City of Arts and Science" - one of the main attractions in Spain Valencia. In the museum visitors can touch all the exhibits, so that they can learn science through experience. (Heino Kalis / Reuters)



7. Tourists swim in the hotel pool "Costa Encantada" in Lloret de Mar, Spain. This coastal city - one of the most popular resorts on the Costa Brava. (Cate Gillon / Getty Images)



8. The San Fermin festival in Pamplona bull run away from. Every day, six-day festival, which begins on July 6 and ends at midnight on July 14 bulls produce the narrow streets of the old town at 8 am on the 850-meter run. Before them run fans of adrenaline, try to stay close to the bulls, but they do not get caught on the horns. (Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images)



9. famous Spanish bullfighter Miguel Abellan bull encircles his muleta (red fabric) during the first bullfight San Fermin festival in Pamplona in 2008. (Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images)

10. Spanish flamenco dancer Fuensanta "La Coin" performs on stage during a rehearsal show «Entre la luna y los hombres» («Between the moon and the people") in the theater "La Zarzuela" in Madrid. Flamenco combines a complex musical and cultural tradition, is considered part of Spanish culture, but in fact the roots of this dance go to Andalusia. (Ballesteros / EPA)



11. Architecture Alpujarras moves back to the days when the village was a stronghold of the Spanish Moors. Flat bleached houses and their typical cone-shaped tube reminiscent of Berber villages, located in the nearby mountains of Morocco. (Jill Kooyoomjian / AP)



12. March 19, 1882 the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar began work on the cathedral "La Sagrada", but by the end of next year for its completion was appointed the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. He worked on the project until his death in 1926, when the church remained unfinished. Since then worked on the construction of the Cathedral of different architects. They continue this idea of ​​them - to build a cathedral that reflects the lives of those who built it. (Cesar Rangel / AFP - Getty Images)

13. Ricardo Penalba preparing to taste the wine in stock in Aranda de Duero, northern Spain. With more than 2, 9 million acres Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and the nation's largest producer of wine ... (Felix Ordonez / Reuters)



14. The picturesque view of the center of Madrid highlights the beauty of the area with the same Cibeles fountain and Communications Palace, built in the period between 1905 and 1917 as a postal office. In 2007, he became an official town hall. (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images)



15. A man looks at the "Execution Toresa and his companions" of the artist Antonio Gisbert in the Prado Museum in Madrid. Spanish architect Rafaelo Moneo has designed a modest and elegant red-brick building in the shape of a cube, which opened in 2007. (Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images)



16. Members of the palace guards take part in the first changing of the guard at the palace Palacio Real in Madrid. Every Wednesday before the palace guard is replaced, in order to attract tourists. (Pierre-philippe Marcou / AFP via Getty Images)



17. Santa Maria del Mar - famous church in Barcelona. Located in the area of ​​La Ribera, it was built between 1329 and 1383 at the time of flourishing maritime and commercial life of the city. This is a wonderful example of Catalan Gothic style with the purity and unity of style, which was quite unusual for medieval buildings. (Espai d'Imatge via Turisme de Barcelona)



18. Scenic Area General Torresa and fountain "Las Tres Gracias" to the castle in the background Alcazaba in Málaga. Alcazaba was built in the 11th century and enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries. Initially, its main function was to protect the city from pirates. (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images)

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