Christmas in Spain Tour
Experience Christmas in Spain, a Southern European country characterized by cities embraced by history and streets saturated with traditions. The first celebrations of Christmas date back to the 4th century AC. Today, the celebration begins in November with the traditional music of “pandereta” and “zambomba,” and the “belenes” or Nativity Scenes. Setting up a “belen” or nativity scenes is a 10-century old tradition, one of the most popular in the country. Among the typical Christmas foods stand out “turrones,” “mazapanes,” “polvorones” and the “roncón de reyes,” all of them hand-made in the traditional fashion that is transmitted from one generation to the next. We invite you to discover the historical and cultural diversity of our country from city to city and the wealth and beauty of the Christmas traditions of Spain.
|Day||Learning objectives and activities||Cities visited||Museums and Historical sites|
|22nd of December||The consensus of the 3 cultures, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.||Toledo||Cathedral, El Greco’s master piece, Santa María Synagogue, El Alcazar|
|23rd of December||Castilla-La Mancha, a unique, flat and arid place chosen by Cervantes, the most universal of all authors. Visit Don Quixote de La Mancha places that are maintained as they were in the 17th century.||Lagunas de Ruidera, Puerto Lápice, Consuegra||Cueva de Montesinos, Las Ventas, The Windmills, The Castle|
|24th of December||Visit Madrid on Christmas Eve. Walk its historical streets adorned for the occasion, listen to the carols and finish your Christmas shopping. Evening return to Toledo.||Madrid, Toledo||Historical Madrid, Plaza Mayor, Sol, Traditional dinner and optional Misa del Gallo at the Cathedral.|
|25th of December||Christmas Day in Aranjuez, a small city selected in the 16th century by the Spanish Monarchs for their holidays and relaxation.||Aranjuez||Aranjuez palaces, magnificent gardens and its museums.|
|26th of December||Visit the Cathedral, the Roman Aqueduct, the 12 th century Romanesque Quarters and other hidden treasures of this city.||Segovia||Cathedral, Aqueduct Romanic quarters and Alcazar.|
|27th of December||El Prado Museum, Tapas madrileñas, El Buen Retiro Park, Chrismas Tales and stories||Madrid||El Prado Museum|
|28th of December||The Middle Ages in Spain and the 10 century long “Reconquista”. A completely fortified city by a 12th century intact wall.
A visit to “Las Edades del Hombre,”Ages of Mankind” exhibition of artworks from churches in Avila and nearby cities.
|Avila||The wall, The cathedral, Palaces, Convents and Monasteries, “Las Edades del Hombre”|
|29th of December||Monasterio de El Escorial, Real life Nativity scene that extends throughout the city. The Valley of the Fallen||El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen||Monastery, Life-size Belén (Nativity Scene), Valley of the Fallen|
|30th of December||The Roman civilization in Spain||The Roman City of Segobriga, Cuenca||Theater, Amphitheater, and temples. Hanging houses of Cuenca|
|31st of December||Madrid monuments and parks, Traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations and greeting the New Year.||Madrid||The Royal Palace, Parque de los Rosales, Casa de Campo, Templo de Debot|
|January 1st||Have a traditional New Year’s Breakfast and enjoy a free day||Free day||Free day|
|January 2nd||Travel to Madrid and Return home|
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