Guipuzcoa Guipuzkoa Euskadi

Guipuzkoa is one of the three provinces that form the País Vasco or Vascongadas.


Donostia

It is the dramatic coastal and inland area of Northern Spain. Guipuzcoa in Castillian, has some similar characteristics to Scotland. Dramatic coast lines, Green rolling hills and jagged, mountainous valleys. Some of it’s lands will remind you of “Lord of the Rings” parts of which could easily have been filmed here. Donostia, San Sebastián holds one of the best international film festivals.

Human Towers

A castell is a human tower built traditionally in fiestas at many locations within Catalonia. At these fiestas, several “colles castelleres” or teams often succeed in building and sustain a tower’s structure for a certain length of time.

This video shows a perfect example click to play

Competition in the Bull Ring video

 

 

The tradition of building human towers originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, in the southern part of Catalonia towards the end of the 18th century. Later it developed a following in other regions of Catalonia even Majorca and, after prohibition under Franco, currently has become very popular in parts of Spain. However, the best and most skilled castellers are still found near Tarragona.

La Patum

La Patum de Berga, or shortened to “La Patum”, is a highly popular and traditional festival that is celebrated every year in the Catalan city of Berga during the festival of Corpus Christi.


The dances or balls include.

  • Els Turcs i Cavallets (Turks and Little Knights)
  • Les Maces
  • Les Guites (Folkloric “mules”)
  • L’Àliga (The Eagle)
  • Els Nans Vells (The Old Dwarfs)
  • Els Gegants (The Giants)
  • Els Nans Nous (The New Dwarfs)
  • Els Plens

The most spectacular, and dangerous of these is the fire dance.

Els Plens

One of Catalonia’s liveliest festivals. The event gets its name from the folks who used to chant patum (the sound of a drum). Streets spill over with merrymakers as fireworks crackle and dwarfs, devils and dragons dance.

Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain and it’s political hub. It is also a province of Spain. It is an historic and architecturally beautiful city, whilst also a hub of new technology and youth culture.

This Timelapse video shows the city off in just 4 minutes. It includes The Prado, Reina Sofia, Goya, Preciados, Buen Retiro, El Capricho, Debod Temple, Puerta de Alcalá, Puerta del Sol, Metropolis, Gran Via, Puerta de Europa, AZCA, Quinta de los Molinos, Sabatini, Almudena, Teatro Real, El Rastro, Puerta de Atocha.

Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife. It has preserved it’s beautiful parks like “Parque del Buen Retiro” which could be easily twined with Hyde Park and the Serpentine.


Parque del Buen Retiro

The Parque del Buen Retiro is the most popular park in Madrid. It can get crowded during weekends when many Madrilenian families go for a stroll in the park and street musicians, sidewalk painters, fortune tellers, jugglers and street performers animate the crowd.

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Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is renowned as being the largest art gallery in the world. It also exhibits sculptures, drawings, coins and other works of arts, but it is undoubtedly its large collection of paintings which has given it fame worldwide. It houses more than 8,600 paintings, of which they exhibit less than 2,000 because of lack of space available.

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