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Departure from bus terminal, located in the underground parking of the Plaza de Oriente at 08:30 a.m. Drive to Avila, a city that preserves its medieval wall. Short stop to know its walled and old town. Then to Salamanca. Free time in this University City Heritage of Humanity of great architectural and artistic wealth. Departure to the Portuguese border until you reach Porto.
Accommodation and overnight in Porto.
Accommodations : Eurostars Heroismo,Porto(Gold)
, Tryp Porto Expo,Porto(Gold)
, Black Tulip,Porto(Gold)
, Eurostars Heroismo,Porto(Silver)
, Tryp Porto Expo,Porto(Silver)
, Black Tulip,Porto(Silver)
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The culture of Madrid was dominated by its religious and royal history, evident by enormous, monolithic cathedrals and churches, although nowadays Madrid is just as much a cosmopolitan city as Berlin or London, full of new architecture, life style and nightlife. Madrid is best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, and is considered one of the top European destinations concerning art museums. Best known is the “Golden Triangle of Art,” located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three museums, the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, and the Reina Sofia Museum, which is home to Pablo Picasso's Guernica.
Ávila, is the capital of the province of the same name, which is now part of the autonomous community of Castile and León, Spain. The city is 1131 meters (3665 feet) above sea level, the highest provincial capital in Spain. It is built on the flat summit of a rocky hill, which rises abruptly in the midst of a veritable wilderness: a brown, arid, treeless table-land, strewn with immense gray boulders, and shut in by lofty mountains. The city walls are the symbolical emblem of the city. They contribute to the defining image of the warring and monastic center that Ávila was and has been able to maintain throughout the years. It constitutes a unique symbol that encloses within its walls mysticism and history, art and heroic chivalry. Ávila is a city of contrasts, the hustle and bustle of the Mercado (market) contrasts with the quiet repose of the temples and its cloisters. Churches, convents, and hermit; beautiful palaces and the impressive cathedral provide Ávila's character and identity, in which the spirit of Santa Theresa of Jesus and of Saint John of the Cross still vibrate.
And yet, the crowning point of Ávila is, that once you have spent your energies walking through, gazing, admiring the beauty and, and you have allowed its peace to permeate through you, to sit in front of a well laden table. To sweeten your memories, Santa Theresa's yolks, and many other Castillian desserts, constitute one of the most exquisite culinary forms of this land of saints and knights.
Salamanca is a city in western Spain, the capital of the province of Salamanca, which belongs to the autonomous community of Castile and Leon (Castilla y León). It is situated about 200 km west of Madrid and 80 km east of the Portuguese border. The knowledgeable Salamanca, with its two universities, two cathedrals and its many palaces and churches, peaks at the beauty of its Plaza Mayor. So much richness in such close quarters shares perfectly the youthful air of a prosperous and bustling city.
Its stones reflect the university students' life from yesterday and today, that prohibit the city from aging. Within its classrooms and its libraries studied erudites such as Saint John of the Cross, Father Luis of Leon, and Unamuno. Today you will find within those walls the Spanish generations of the 21st. Century.
The visitor will find within Salamanca little streets brimming with history and life, that create the enchantment of this city which is not based only in its monuments. It is a summary of history throughout the centuries. In its mix of quietness from the ancient masonry, time has passed together with the joyful noise of the youth, that in its invigorating spirit, resides the magic of Salamanca. The visitor will easily fall in love with this city of centennial stones. Discover its universities, la Casa de las Conchas (The House of the Shells), its majestic cathedrals, its plazas, palaces and convents, and also its taxing cuisine with its traditional country ambrosia of flavors.
Porto, also Oporto in English, is Portugal's second largest city and capital of the Norte region. The city was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary, and its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small Romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco, the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses.