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Visit Cervantes Home for free
(He wrote "Don Quixote")
The Cervantes Birthplace Museum is a monographic museum owned and run by the Autonomous Region of Madrid, and housed in the building where, the scholars tell us, the writer was born. It brings to life the various areas of an affluent household during the 16th and 17th centuries, recreating an environment intended to provide visitors to the rooms with a sense of the former residents as they went about their daily lives
Address
C/ Mayor, 48
28801 Alcalá de Henares
Tel.: 91 889 96 54 – Fax: 91 881 87 52
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am until 6 pm (last visit: 5.30 pm).
Closed on Mondays, also 1 January and 24, 25 and 31 December.
Admission free

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or a museum about Don Quixote

Museo del Quijote - Don Quixote Museum

Contact Address:
Ronda  de Alarcos, s/n 13002  
Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926200457 
The universal Don Quixote
This museum combines art and multimedia exhibits in tribute to the immortal character created by Miguel de Cervantes.
The different exhibitions in the centre are dedicated to Cervantes' famous novel, Don Quixote. Here you can see a montage in which 10 characters from the novel have a conversation. There are also ten or so paintings on Cervantes-related topics by José Jiménez Aranda, one of the best 19th-century illustrators of Don Quixote One of the rooms recreates the atmosphere of a Madrid printing press at the beginning of the 17th century - this is when the first printed edition of the book was produced; in another there is a short multimedia montage about the novel. Furthermore, the museum library has a major collection of books on Cervantes-related topics comprising 3,500 volumes.

Information for visits

Timetables: 1 July to 31 August, Monday-Sunday, 9am-2pm. 1 September to 30 June, Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm and 5-8pm. Sundays, 10am-2pm. Closed: public holidays.

Entry fee:
Free admission.
 
ANDALUSIAN CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
If you like contemporary art, then this is the place you must visit in Seville. Part of the Cartuja Monastery this centre of excellence is an educational facility with exhibitions, conferences, films and so much more.
Don't forget this is free admission
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Visit The Picasso Museum and get a free guide tour

FREE GUIDED TOURS SERVICE
Pay admission then a free guided tour
New service: guided tours to the permanent collection in catalan, spanish, english and french.

Schedule:
- Thursdays, from 16 to 18.15 p.m.: 16.00 p.m. (catalan); 16.15 p.m.(french);18.00 p.m.(english); 18.15 p.m.(spanish)
- Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to12.15 p.m. : 10.00 a.m.(catalan); 10.15 a.m. (french); 12.00 p.m.(english); 12.15 p.m.(spanish)

 

http://www.museupicasso.bcn.es/
eng/index_eng.htm
 
 
Visit Moraira and feed the fish for free in the harbour
The kids will love this and it's all free.
Moraira is a fabulous little town on The Costa Blanca, Spain and it has a lovely harbour, Fishing is not allowed but feeding the fish is. Watch the fish fighting over chunks of bread.
Moraira, (Teulada-Moraira) is a great place to enjoy scenic vistas, or relax on a sun soaked beach. It is also an exciting place, full of revelry, and steeped in a rich cultural tradition. The great weather, scenery, food and culture make Teulada-Moraira an ideal destination for those seeking fun and sun.
 
 Moraita has 8 kilometres of coastline, ideal for water sports all year round.

Moraira is one of the towns that make up Teulada-Moraira, 80 kilometres from Alicante. It is a traditional fishing harbour, at the centre of 8 kilometres of coastline, with fine white sand beaches such as Portet or L’Ampolla, and small coves like Andragó or Cap Blanc. For a large part of the year, its Mediterranean waters are excellent for sports such as sailing and scuba diving, thanks to its special microclimate: the average year-round temperature here is 18ºC.
 
teulada@touristinfo.net
www.teulada-moraira.es
 
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Attend on of the many wonderful Semana Santa ( Easter ) that happen for free in every community in Spain
 
Semana Santa in Málaga
Apr
(annual)
Where:Málaga
Cost:Free

Cofradía de la HumiliaciónSemana Santa is one of Southern Spain's most famous religious celebrations and has become a major part of the booming tourism industry in the region. Every year, the different stages of the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, are commemorated in every Andalusian town and city with ornate processions that have a long and rich tradition. In Malaga, a series of richly decorated processions takes place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Each paso or procession is led by an hermandad or brotherhood, each of which has its own history and traditions. La Hermandad del Cristo de la Veracruz and La Archicofradia del Cristo de la Sangre are among Málaga's oldest, dating back to the 15th and early 16th centuries respectively.
Some of Málaga's most distinctive processions take place on Palm Sunday. The children's Pollinica procession on this day is the first paso taken to the streets every year and the spectacular Cofradia del Cristo de la Esperanza en su Gran Amor, which pilgrims must carry on their knees according to tradition, gives visitors a taste of the unique character of Málaga's celebrations.
The 20th century is referred to as the "golden revival" of Málaga's processions. Following the 19th century decline in religious traditions due to the Napoleonic wars, which led to the disappearance of many cofradías, the 20th century witnessed the revival of the city's Easter traditions.

SEVILLE MUSEUM OF POPULAR ART AND CUSTOMS
It is located in the Mudejar Pavilion of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. The museum houses ethnographic collections, mostly decoration. It exhibits posters announcing the Spring Celebrations, jewellery, glass tiles, pottery, embroideries, furniture, music instruments, traditional trades, etc.
Free admission.
Plaza de América, 3
+34 954 23 55 76
+34 954 23 55 40
Tuesday: 14:30 - 20:30
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 - 20:30
Sundays: 9 - 14:30
Monday.
1, 6 January / 9, 27 April / 1 May / 16 August / 1 November / 6, 24, 25, 31 December.

SEVILLE MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY
It is located in the Fine Arts Pavillion of the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929. It houses the Astarte of el Carambolo, Roman sculptures, a Visigoth bell, a Byzantine anchor, two gargoyles of the old San Francisco convent and 15th century glass tiles from Triana.
Free admission.
Plaza de América s/n.
+34 954 23 55 76
+34 954 23 55 40
Tuesday: 14:30 - 20:30
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 - 20:30
Sundays: 9 - 14:30
Monday.
1, 6 January / 9, 27 April / 1 May / 16 August / 1 November /6, 24, 25, 31 December.
 
SEVILLE MUSEUM OF CARRIAGES
It is located in the old convent of Los Remedios on the riverside of the Guadalquivir. It exhibits 25 carriages used at work, in the fields and in the city. Only the church remains from the convent, which was the origin of figures such as Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross.
Free admission.
Plaza de Cuba, s/n.
+34 954 27 26 04
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11 - 14

SEVILLE BULLRING AND BULLFIGHTING MUSEUM
The guided visit will not only
show you the different parts of the Bullring, such as the infirmary, the Museum,
the chapel of the bullfighters and the stables, but it will also offer you a journey
through centuries of bullfighting history, with explanations on the peculiarities
of one of the oldest bullrings in the world.
Free admission.
Paseo de Colón, 12
+34 954 224 577
www.realmaestranza.com
realmaestranza@terra.es
9:30 - 19:00
 
Seville La Carbonería
Flamenco Show
 Calle Levies 18, Seville, 41004
 Calle Levies at Calle Vidrio
Phone 34-95-421-44-60
Free
Seville is chock-full of touristy flamenco shows, but this is where the aficionados converge. Housed in a former coal storage warehouse, the rambling, makeshift space has a corrugated fiberglass roof, communal picnic tables and a small stage where ponytailed flamenco guitarists and dancers give impromptu performances late into the night. The crowd of university students and flamencophiles stream in and out between shows, puffing on cigarettes in the leafy garden.
 
Teatro Romano de Málaga – Malaga Roman Theatre
 
Calle Alcazabilla, s/n 29015 Málaga (Malaga)
Tel. +34 686130978 Tel. +34 686130983
After being hidden underground for many centuries Malaga's Roman theatre lies at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress in the western part of the city. Discovered in 1951 it dates back to the first century and  was built during the Empire of Augustus.
It was used up until the third century.
The Arabs used parts of the theatre for their own building purposes. They took capitals and column shafts for their own Alcazaba fortress as support for the horseshoe arches over the doorways. The theatre has a radius of 31 metres is 16 metres tall and has an orchestra of 15 metres. The area has three main stands and gateways that lead into the stands (vomitorium).
Timetables: 1 April to 30 September, Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-2.30pm and 5-8pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm. 1 October to 31 March, 10am-2pm and 4-7pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm.
Entry fee: Free admission.
Services: Guided tour
http://www.malagaturismo.com/home.jsp
 

Bird Watching in Spain
 


 
 
 
Theme Park Monte Tossal
 mini-golf, giant chess and petanque in the city centre next to the Castle of San Fernando, on the side of Mount Tossal. It has fun and cultural attractions such as mini-golf, giant chess, pétanque, skating, skateboarding, a rock climbing practice wall, multi-purpose hall, children’s games, all set on a spectacular lookout point over the sea and the city. There is also a cafeteria, shop and car parking.
 Entrance is free and the park is open all day.
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Ronda
 
Ronda the city on a cliff. Spectacular is somehow not good enough to describe this amazing Andalucian city. Be amazed as you drive up to and walk around this beautiful city which seems to have grown out of rock.
 
 
Attend a free festival in Spain such as:-
 
Festival de la sidra natural
12th and 13th July
- Natural Cider Festival
Activity: Popular Holidays.
Theme: Arts and culture. / Popular Holidays.
Field: National Tourist Interest.

Nava hosts this event, revolving around cider

 The second weekend in July and the whole week running up to it, the village of Nava, in Asturias, lives its most outstanding festivities: the Cider Festival. The event was first held in 1969. Over these days the village is packed with cultural activities related to the drink – so deep-rooted in the region.

There are talks, discussions, exhibitions, concerts, theatre all for free… until Saturday’s proclamation and the firecracker that marks the start of a free tasting session where thousands of litres of cider are consumed. The only requirement to drink for free is that you are wearing a green handkerchief tied around your neck. On Sunday, the last day of the fair, there is the International Pouring Competition
 
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Enjoy Spains free Natural Beauty
 
Visit a Natural Park such as:-
 
Mount Montgó Natural Park
The Montgo mountain is situated between Javea and Denia and is famous for it's likeness to an elephants head. Travel along the road from Benitachell towards the mountain and see how the cave looks like an elephants eye and the trunk is the extension towards the lighthouse.
The Montgó Natural Park was declared as such in 1987.
 An area of great natural beauty the landscape is the natural habitat to a large amount of flora and fauna .
The Montgo mountain rises to  753 metres above sea level  shelters the kermes oak, the red lavender, maritime fennel, the Valencia rock violet, the rock scabious, the black sabine or the palmetto.
As far as fauna is concerned, you can watch birds for free  as the yellow legged seagull or the Audouin seagull, several crows, ravens and birds of prey (the partridge eagle, a couple of royal owls, popular kestrel ad the pilgrim falcon), reptiles, amphibians and mammals such as the dormouse, rabbit, badger, genet, etc
There are many walks around the area and several routes to the top.
Go through the  free Short Distance Trails (PR V 152) or the green route. All these routes have been signposted and range from low to medium difficulty.
Discover the free caves such as the Cova de l’Aigua (Water Cave) or the Cova del Camell (Camel Cave), where you’ll be impressed by the views, feel nature around you, with the sea behind.
Read more including the routes to the top
 
 
Parque Nacional de las Tablas de Daimiel
Useful information
Apdo.  Correos, 3 13250 Tel. +34 926693118 /Fax 926693118
 
 
 
 
Bird paradise
The Park forms an exceptional and unique ecosystem, called wetlands, formed by the overflows of the rivers in their middle sections, that cause great pools. it great ecological worth is the bird life that uses this area in winter and for nesting, thereby creating a whole area of water birds.
Tablas de Daimiel formed as the result of overflows at the confluence of the rivers Guadiana and Cigüela, a fact favoured by the slight slope of the land. The Wetlands are strategically located on the migratory routes of many species of birds, that use the area to rest, and even spend the winter. The water birds are the absolute protagonists of the Park. They include the great crested grebe, the common grebe, black-necked grebe, herons, egrets, and all kinds of Iberian ducks. In the Wetlands numerous aquatic flowers grow.. Some grow underwater (like the horwart or musk grass), float (such pondweed) and emerging (cladium mariscum, reed and rush).

Type of area: National Park

Surface: 1.928 Hectares

Information for visits…

You can get to the Park from Ciudad Real on the N-420 and from Manzanares on the N-430. Eleven kilometres outside of the town of Daimiel, take a signposted turn off to the Park's Visitor Centre.

Natural assets
Tablas de Daimiel is Spain's best example of the wetland ecosystem . Its ecological attraction lies in the bird life that winters and nests here.

Cultural surroundings
The Wetlands sprawl through the towns of Daimiel and Villarrubia de los Ojos.
 
 
Attend one of the many silly, funny, free open air sports events such as:-
 
Fiesta de las Piraguas.
4th August
Descenso Internacional del Sella - Canoe festival. International descent of the Sella River
 Popular Holidays in Spain.
 Arts and culture in Spain.
International Tourist Interest in Spain
This sporting event has been held since 1930. It is full of music and colour, and has become one of the most important dates on the international canoeing calendar.
Every year, on the first Saturday in August, canoeists from all over the world come to Asturias to take part in the Sella River race. In order to participate you must have a valid competition license. More than one thousand canoes battle it out to be first home over the 20-kilometre course on the Sella River, which runs from the village of Arriondas to the finish line in Ribadesella. On the shore, thousands of spectators enjoy themselves, shouting and encouraging the participants.
That day, first thing in the morning, the river train sets out from Oviedo and Ribadesella packed with people to see the start. At 11 o’clock, while the canoeists get ready on the river, colourful crowds of people in fancy dress make their way through the streets of Arriondas to watch the race, either on foot or on board all kinds of strange vehicles. At 12, the traditional verses to mark the start are read out and the competition is officially underway, with a stampede of canoes towards the river and the excited shouts of the spectators. On the way, the river train and the unusual motor cavalcade accompany the competitors in a joyful atmosphere.
Once at the finish line, the party transfers to the Campos de Ova, where trophies are awarded to the winners in each category and there is a huge picnic. There is food, cider, song, dance… When night comes the fun continues in Ribadesella until the early hours, with its terrace bars and open-air parties.
 
Visit a museum such as:-
 
Museo Diocesano - Diocesan Museum
Contact Address:
Calle  Caballeros, 7 13001  
Ciudad Real (Ciudad Real)
Tel. +34 926250250  / Fax +34 926251258 
Religious art
The exhibition is in the old Episcopal Palace, and displays an important selection of the artistic-historic heritage of the diocese.

The museum comprises three rooms, displaying images and paintings from the 13th-16th centuries, choir books from the 16th century and liturgical adornments from the 17th and 18th centuries. There is also a room dedicated entirely to the Baroque style, with works from the 17th and 18th centuries. The objects you can see include missals from Uclés Monastery and a stunning Easter statue called “La Santa Cena” (The Sacred Supper).
 Information for visits

Timetables: Tuesday to Friday, 11am-2pm. Saturdays, 10am-Midday. Closed: Mondays, Sundays and public holidays, and 1 July-31 August.

Entry fee:
Free admission.
 
SEVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

It is the second most important painting gallery in Spain after the Prado Museum. The building is a former mercy convent renewed in the 17th century. The fifteen exhibition rooms show a comprehensive picture of Sevillian art from the Gothic period to the early trends of the 20th century.

Free admission.

Included ticket E.U. citizens only

Other data:

Plaza del Museo, 9

+34 954 22 18 29
+34 954 22 07 90

Tuesday: 15 - 20
Wednesday - Saturday: 9 - 20
Sunday: 9 - 14

Monday.
 
SEVILLE MILITARY HISTORIC MUSEUM

Building located in the Plaza de España, which was the site of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. It hosts the funds of the former Artillery Factory and the Military Explosive Factory including important collections of maps, flags, weapons and wooden crafts from Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Free admission.

Plaza de España. Puerta de Aragón.

+34 954 93 82 83

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 - 14

Sundays, Monday.
August.
 
 
Seville Cruceros Torre del Oro

Enjoy the beautiful views of the millenary and legendary Guadalquivir River in a one-hour cruise with comments in six languages. Departures every half hour after 10 am. A trip along the river will complete your image of Seville.

Free admission.

Estación Marítima Torre del Oro
Pº. Marqués del Contadero s/n.

+34 954 56 16 92
+34 954 21 13 96

www.crucerostorredeloro.com
reservas@crucerostorredeloro.com
 
Al Carrer International Theatre and Entertainment Festival
Vildecans, Catalonia
July
 Festivals in Spain.
Arts and culture in Spain.
Theatre in Spain.
A world important festival held for street performing arts The Al Carrer (to the street) International Theatre and Entertainment Festival in Viladecans, Catalonia.
A wonderful, enchanting event where every street is a giant stage where artists and theatre companies from all over the world offer their best ideas in theatre, dance, circus, music and street entertainment. The streets and squares of Viladecans alive with magic and imagination, where there is a stage for actors, actresses, dancers, clowns, musicians, organisers and, of course, local residents and visitors.

http://www.viladecans.net/jsp/informacion/
festival/festivaln.jsp
 
Archivo de Indias
Av. de la Constitución 3, Seville
Tel. 954211234
Price Free admission
The Archivo de Indias is said to contain some four million antique documents, including letters exchanged between patron Queen Isabella and explorer Columbus (he detailing his discoveries and impressions). These documents are locked in air-conditioned storage to keep them from disintegrating. Special permission has to be acquired before examining some of them. Displayed in glass cases are other fascinating documents in which the dreams of the early explorers come alive.

Juan de Herrera, the great architect of Philip II's El Escorial, designed the building. It stands next to the cathedral and was originally the Lonja (Stock Exchange). Construction on the Archivo de Indias lasted from 1584 to 1646. In the 17th century it headquartered the Academy of Seville, which was founded in part by the great Spanish artist Murillo. In 1785, during the reign of Charles III, the building became a general records office for the Indies. 
Seville Best Things To Do.
 
 

THE SEVILLE MILITARY HISTORIC MUSEUM
Building located in the Plaza de España, which was the site of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. It hosts the funds of the former Artillery Factory and the Military Explosive Factory including important collections of maps, flags, weapons and wooden crafts from Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

Free admission.

Plaza de España. Puerta de Aragón.

+34 954 93 82 83

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 - 14

Sundays, Monday.
August.
 
 
 
Visit Casa de las Conchas, Salamanca
Prices
Admission free
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