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Spain Culture

Spain is a land full of historic cities, towns, buildings, museums and art galleries. Most beach holidays can be combined with cultural activities be it a walk through the old, shady quarter of a town or a visit to a museum or art gallery to escape the sun for a few hours. The old Moorish bastion of Ronda is a popular day-trip from the Costa del Sol. Perched on top of a massive rocky outcrop the location is simply stunning and there are plenty of examples of Moorish plasterwork and mosaics in the old town. Ronda’s Plaza de Toros is one of the oldest and most important bullrings in Spain. Admirers of Picasso should head for Malaga also on the Costa del Sol to see the recently opened Museo Picasso and the house he was born in has now become the Fundación PicassoHolidayloop.co.uk offers Spain holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Costa del Sol directly from your local home owner. Meanwhile, Barcelona (See Attractions) is easily visited from the Costa Brava with many modern art galleries to explore including Museu Picasso, Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Fundació Joan Miró. Further north and just inland from the Costa Brava is Figueres, birthplace of Salvador Dalí and home of the Teatro-Museo Dalí, nowthe most visited museum in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. (See Attractions).
 
Central Spain has many historic cities well worth a visit; Burgos in Castile-Leon boasts Spain’s third largest cathedral, Gothic in style and the old quarter has many buildings of interest. The fine university city of Salamancaalso in Castile-Leonwith its 2cathedrals has some wonderful Renaissance buildings and an excellent Museo de Art Nouveau y Art Decó. Valladolid(Castile-Leon)has some of Spain’s best Renaissance art and architecture– don’t miss the Museo Nacional de Escultura (Sculpture)with wooden items from the 13th to 18th centuriesandthe Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Españolwith works on display by more than 200 Spanish artists. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Spain holiday accommodation, Spain holiday apartments, Spain holiday villas and Apartments. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Spain holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Spain home. Toledoin Castile La Mancha sits on a rugged cliff and overlooks the Tagus River. Here you will find fine examples of medieval architecture and being the former home of the painter El Greco several of his works can be seen there.  The entire city was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1987. Don’t miss the impressive Gothic cathedral, the Alcazár fortress or the Museo de Santa Cruz with its archaeological and fine arts collection. Cuencaalso in Castile-La Mancha sits high above deep gorges and has a fine cathedral, famous 14th century Casas Colgadas (Hanging Houses) jutting out over the ravine one of which contains the Museo de Arte Abstracto (Museum ofAbstract Art)with works by Tàpies and Chillada.
 
Most Spanish museums have free entry days which usually coincide with Public Holidays or fiestas. A holiday visiting cultural attractions in Barcelona or Malaga, Spain, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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