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As Spain's cosmopolitan capital city, Madrid continually captures the hearts of its visitors with world-famous museums, historic buildings and lively plazas. The Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia exhibit Spanish and European artwork ranging from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The Palacio Real, considered one of the finest palaces in Europe, stands as a symbol of the monarchy and the power of the former Spanish empire while the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor simultaneously embody the spirit of old Madrid and the modern nation.

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As Spain's first capital, Toledo is saturated with history. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986, this is the city that inspired Renaissance painter El Greco in the 16th century. Since then it has remained largely unchanged in its blend of Arabic, Jewish, Christian and Visigothic elements. Toledo is famous for its splendid Cathedral, which houses several of El Greco’s paintings along with many other art treasures.

Excursion included in: Malaga 2, Malaga 1, Malaga 3

Gibraltar & Cádiz

Gibraltar is one of the most unique places on earth. Rising out of the ocean, the Rock of Gibraltar can be seen from over 20 miles away and has a very different climate, culture and feeling from Spain. The British colony enjoys beautiful weather all year with spectacular views of Africa and Spain and is home to the famous Barbary macaques ape community that is known for its common interaction with visitors.
Students will also head for the beaches of Cádiz to tour the ancient Roman ruins of Bolonia, a once important fishing village located right on the Atlantic seashore.

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One of the oldest cities in Spain, Ronda sits perched on the edge of a breathtaking ravine known as El Tajo. Widely known as the town's most impressive feature, for centuries this natural barrier played an integral part of the city's fortified defenses. Aside from its natural beauty and location, Ronda is home to an 11th-century Arab bath and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros, where modern bullfighting was born.