The Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport opened in 1928 and has grown to become one of the most important airports in Spain and Europe. Formerly known just as Madrid Barajas Airport, it was renamed following the death of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez. The airport has since been revamped and its newest terminal, Terminal 4 was designed by award winning architects Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers and boast increased illumination with glass panels and domes that allow natural light to pass through.
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The long-time capital of Moorish Andalusia offers important reminders of this period of time in Spanish history, with the world-famous "Alhambra" at the top of the list. Visit also the Albaicin, the old Arabic quarter located on the hill just opposite the Alhambra. Walk through beautiful gardens, charming narrow streets filled with flowers and sit down in one of the taverns to have some of that famous "Trevélez" ham and local wine. Hear the gypsies singing "Flamenco", and visit their famous "Cuevas" (caves) in the mountain of the monastery of Sacromonte where some of them still stay. Located at the foot of the "Sierra Nevada", the Iberian Peninsula's highest mountain-massif, there are great opportunities for winter sports in Granada
Buzzing and bustling, there is something for everyone in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Stroll down the La Rambla and browse through the various shops or visit the famous La Boqueria Market to pick up some snacks. Marvel at Antonio Gaudi’s famous architecture and design at Park Guell or the magnificent Sagrada Familia. When you’re tired of shopping and sightseeing, rest your weary feet at the sprawling Parc de la Ciutadella which includes a zoo, a lake and several museums.
Often also called Costa del Sol, Malaga is a big bustling port city that is full of life and charm. Visit the beautiful Malaga Park or the Castillo de Gibralfaro to walk the ramparts and get panoramic views of Malaga. Also don’t miss a trip to the Alcazaba, an old Moorish hill fort.
Hot, dusty and oh so very exotic is the beautiful city of Marrakesh. An old boom town that has transformed into a tourist hotspot, there are many things to see and discover in the city. Take a look at Marrakesh’s most famous symbol of the Koutoubia Mosque, and wander around the seemingly endless maze of the Medina and pick out souvenirs and knick-knacks. When you get tired of walking, seek respite from the African sun at the Arset El Mamoun Gardens.
See stories come alive in this historic capital of Europe. A city of mythology, ancient wars and splendid monuments, Athens is a modern metropolis of unrivalled charm. Start at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and pass Hadrian’s Arch, walk along the ruins and climb the sacred rock of the acropolis and see sprawling views of the city. Aside from these ancient ruins, you could also head to Monastiraki, an area of Old Athens that has developed into one of the nightlife hotspots, and walk around the narrow streets to find bazaars, tavernas and even clubs.
The capital of Italy, Rome is the epitome of timeless grandeur. The best way to experience the city is on foot. This allows you to wander along the streets and unearth unexpected finds like a crisp slice of pizza dripping with mozzarella cheese, or a craftsman fashioning a leather purse. Of course, don’t miss out on sights like the magnificent Pantheon or the imposing Colosseum, both testaments to the architectural prowess of the ancient Roman Empire. Also don’t forget to see the beautiful St Peter’s Basilica, sit at the Spanish Steps or make a wish at the Trevi Fountain for a speedy return to Rome.
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