The Wonders of Spain

The Wonders of Spain

By Nick P. Mendoza III

December 9, 2019

The second European country I was stationed at during my time in the military was Spain, particularly Rota Spain, which is situated on the western side of the country, south of the capital, Madrid, in between the country's of Portugal and Gibraltar. Though living in Rota, Spain was a huge country for me to see during my two years of living there and Portugal  was not too far from me. In this blog I will speak about both Spain and Portugal.

The primary language spoken in Spain is Spanish, but slightly different than the Spanish spoken in the United States. Euro is the currency used all around and the weather is mostly warm, mild climates all around. It rains heavily during the springtime, but, during the summer, the weather is magnificent. The temperature during the winter is very cold. The summer is the best time to visit. Not too hot and not too cold. When traveling to Spain, I would recommend visiting the capital, Madrid. When flying into the country, Madrid International Airport is where you would be flying into. To see much of the city, I would recommend using a rental vehicle. Taxi use is very costly. There is a metro within the city, but, it stops at places that are far from the highlights to visit.

There are many hotels to stay at while in Madrid. Among the most popular and accommodating, The Madrid Marriott Auditorium. It's situated in the center of the city and within walking distance from the main attractions. If you prefer a more inexpensive stay, there are several hostels offered that are safe and well within budget.

Madrid is a city so full of life and culture that it’s hard to do justice to it in a few paragraphs. Artistically the city holds its own against any in Europe, with the of the best art museums on the continent where renaissance masterworks and seminal 20th-century pieces are waiting to captivate you. I recommend seeing The Prado Museum. 

Absolutely essential, the Prado is one of the best and most popular art museums in the world. There’s an overwhelming collection of masterpieces by renaissance and baroque masters. Spain is represented by Velázquez and El Greco, the low countries by Rembrandt, Brueghel, van Dyck and Rubens, while Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Tintoretto form the Italian contingent.

The Madrid Royal Palace is another location to see. Built in the mid-1700s for King Philip V the Royal Palace is on the site of Madrid’s Moorish Alcázar fortress-palace, which burned down in 1734. It’s the largest royal palace in western Europe, and has a blend of baroque and neoclassical styles.

The cuisine in Madrid is well diversified. You have different cultural foods all around the city, but, to get the authentic taste of Spain, you definitely cannot miss the seafood cuisines.  Paella is the most famous dish offered and found in almost every corner of the city.