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    Around the soccer program we will organize excursions, cultural and recreational activities to make this experience something unforgettable, combining the improvement and practice of the sport with the necessary leisure space to exchange experiences and to enjoy the culture and customs of this spectacular country.

    On our tours we will explore the roots of the Spanish culture and get a sense of what has allowed it to be known as one of the richest Europe's history.

    We'll sample some of Spanish's world famous cuisine as well as visit some of its ancient villages from which innumerable voyagers launched off in search of discovery. We will not only stay in some of the most beautiful Castilian villages, we'll also enjoy the vibrant city and Capital of Spain, Madrid, with his museums, imperial gardens, palaces, monuments, etc.

    MADRID

    The capital of Spain since 1562 is located on the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters.

    While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid; the Teatro Real (Royal theatre) with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro Park, founded in 1631; the imposing 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; an Archaeological museum; and three superb art museums: Prado Museum, which hosts one of the finest art collections in the world, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofÌa, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace.

    But Madrid is not just a cultural destination. It is also a lively metropolis with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs open late into the night. Don't be surprised if you get stuck in a traffic jam at four in the morning, and the people you meet are not necessarily going off to work....

    Santiago Bernabeu Gastronomy Flamenco


    TOLEDO excursion
    Toledo
    is one of the luxuries found in Spain. Its privileged location, and the natural turn of the of the Tagus River, together with its continuous population from ages ago, create a unique city in which beautiful and harmonious buildings of an array of architectural styles. In its medieval past, Toledo appears as one of the cradles of Western culture through its Toledan School of Translators, which in itself is an example of the tolerance and coexistence of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures.

    Toledo was capital of Spain from the Gothic epoch until 1560, fact that explains its really impressive medieval architecture. Walking through its streets one feels like having stepped back into the Middle-Ages, but in the best sense of it, and perhaps you will search your pockets for a few gold-ducats to buy some of Toledo's fine artisan or just to enjoy of its highly recommendable cuisine. Being that close to Madrid, of course it is an ideal place to visit if you are in Spain's actual capital.

    Murallas El Alcazar Molinos

    Historical Monuments in Toledo

    Alcazar: This outstanding castle is one of Toledo's most emblematic monuments and was used as a fortress by Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and Christians. King Alfonso VI built his residence here and some of Spain's most prestigious artists and architects intervened in the construction of the royal palace.

    Cathedral of Toledo: Founded in the 1st Century by San Eugenio, the first Bishop of Toledo. It was changed into a mosque by the Arabs during Moorish occupation of Spain, and then converted back into a cathedral by Alfonso VI.

    Monastery Cisterciense de Santo Domingo de Silos: 16th century monastery with paintings of El Greco who is buried here. The Spanish artist painted the church. The monks who still live in the monastery sell home-made sweets and pastries to visitors.

    Puerta Bisagra: The main entrance to the old City of Toledo. It is of Moorish origin and is formed by two independent sections with two high crenellated walls that join them and forma courtyard between them.

    Museums in Toledo

    Museum of El Greco: The famous Spanish painter El Greco lived in this house which today has an impressive exhibition of his paintings, as well as exhibits of other artists.

    Museum parroquia de Santo Tome: This museum is where El Grecoís most famous painting "El Entierro del Conde Orgaz" is exhibited.

    Museum of Contemporary Art: Set in la Casa de las Cadenas, an interesting 16th Century building, this art gallery has exhibitions of 20th Century artists.

    SEGOVIA Excursion

    Segovia is Spain and Castile at its best - twisting alleyways, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, pedestrian streets where no cars are allowed, the aroma of roast suckling pig around every corner - all surrounded by the city's medieval wall which itself is bordered by two rivers and an extensive green-belt park with miles of shaded walks. On the north-west extreme of the wall is the famous Alcázar castle, source of inspiration to Walt Disney, and where Queen Isabel promised Columbus the financial backing he needed to discover America. On the south-east extreme is the world renowned Roman Aqueduct, the largest and best preserved of its kind anywhere, which served as the mintmark on all coins struck in the city from 1455 to 1864. The tallest building in Segovia is still the 16th-century Cathedral, a prominent landmark as one approach from any direction. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is surrounded by walls built in the 8th century AD.

    Aqueduct Alcazar Castle Cathedral

    Historical monuments in Segovia

    Aqueduct, without a doubt, this millennial prodigy of the roman ingenuity. Since its almost 2000 years, it still faithfully continues to perform its service. It maybe that because of its great importance of delivering potable water to Segovia and maintains is magnificent conservation having resisted the passing storms, earthquakes and hurricanes. These feats elevate its construction as a masterpiece of engineering from which 20,400 stone blocks are not united by mortar or concrete. Yes!!!, you read that correctly, the Monumental Aqueduct of Segovia maintains itself because of the prefect equilibrium of forces which make quite vulnerable to manís deliberate actions!!!.

    The Alcázar of Segovia stands proudly at the junction of the Rivers Eresma and Clamores, surrounded by thick vegetation. A fusion of palace and military fortress, it sits over an elevated promontory that possibly housed other structures since the Prehistoric times of the Celtic culture. It has multiple underground levels and secret passages that even reach the rivers and connected with other palaces of the city, and that even today continue to yield new discoveries.

    The Cathedral of St. Mary is known as the Lady, and it is a great stone temple constructed upon the highest point of the city (at 1,006 mts. above sea level) at the Main Plaza of Segovia.

    Church of San Millan Found in the old suburb of the MorerÌa, a suburb of artisans of Mozarab origin (Muslim Visigoths), it was constructed around the 1120 during the reign of Alfonse I of Aragon, therefore with marked references with Aragonís Romanic style. It has beautiful capitols and a tower with horse shoe arches.

    Visiting all these attractions in Segovia is particularly easy due to the city's close proximity to Madrid and its international airport. The 54 mile drive is done in less than an hour.


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