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With easy access through Ryanair, Alicante makes a great weekend break with a chance to sit back and enjoy the Med as well as dine out at a number of good restaurants.

Harbor Pier Walk, Alicante

Highlights include the Port with its array of yachts and small boats alongside Postiguet Beach which is surprisingly nice for a city beach.

Port, Alicante

Other landmarks include Santa Barbara Castle, the Town Hall and San Nicolas Cathedral Church, all within close walking distance from each other.

Santa Barbara Castle and Port, Alicante

City Hall - Ayuntamiento, Alicante

San Nicolas Cathedral Church, Alicante

The interesting Central Market – Mercado Central is also well worth a look around. Prices are very reasonable and the freshness of the products, second to none.

Central Market - Mercado Central, Alicante

Luceros Fountain and Square, Alicante

Finally sit back and enjoy a coffee on the Explanada de España which has an attractive tile mosaic surface.

Explanada de España, Alicante

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Puente Viejo Bridge, Murcia

The city of Murica famous for its university and cathedral, sits on the banks of the Segura River was founded in 825. The oldest bridge is the Puente Viejo Bridge and forms the entrance to the city from the south.

The Santa Maria Cathedral built in 1358, has a splendid baroque facade and peaceful interior.

Santa Maris Cathedral, Murcia

The famous Semana Santa – Holy Week or Easter Processions are held around the cathedral each year. The photo below is of the practice one week before the main event.

Semana Santa - Easter Holy Week, Murcia

Other highlights of Murcia include the Royal or Real Casino. The Casino was constructed in 1847 and designed by Manuel Castraños. Even though it is a private club it is open each day to tourists. Pay special attention to the dome at the entrance, the main gallery and the ballroom.

Royal - Real Casino, Murcia

Girona boasts a magnificant medieval centre, but it is not only this aspect that makes the city a great stopover on your way to Barcelona or the Costa Brava.

St Augsti Bridge, Girona

Firstly, its interesting bridges along the River Onyar. The St Agusti Bridge alongside the colorful facades, the Pedra or ‘Stone’ Bridge near the Main Square and the the red metal Pescateries Bridge designed by Eiffel.

Pescateries Bridge by Eiffel, Girona

The Cathedral is a lot older than its Baroque facade suggests from Cathedral Square there is an impressive set of steps up to the main entrance.

Girona Cathedral

Art Museum stands alongside the Cathedral and is hosted in the Palau Espiscopal Building.

Art Museum, Girona

The city has a second great church, the 13th Century St Feliu. The atmosphere inside is peaceful and fresh making it a great escape from the burning streets in summer.

St Feliu Church, Girona

Cathedral Square and the area behind behind St Feliu next to the river host many nice bars and restaurants. Independence Square is also a nice place to chill out with some food and drink.

Independence - Independencia Square, Girona

Other museums to check out include the Bonastruc Ca Porta Jewish Museum in the Call Jewish Quarter off Forca Street, which bears witness to the city’s rich Jewish history.

Jewish Museum - Bonastruc Ca Porta, Girona

Forca Street and the Rambla Libertat both offer interesting shopping options.

Libertat Rambla, Girona

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Tarragona Station and Port

When popping off the train at the railway station besides the port one might be forgiven for thinking that the industrial landscape that surrounds this area will dominate the city. It is true that industry in these parts employees thousands of people especially connected to the oil refinery, however, just a few steps away one will come across a very interesting city centre.

Start the tour on the Rambla street where you can enjoy a drink on a terrace or whilst looking out onto the Mediterranean besides the Roger Lauri Monument. Here one has a bird’s eye view of Miracle Beach which although crowded in summer, must be one of the best urban beaches around.

Miracle Beach, Tarragona

From here it is easy to move into the Roman part of the city which used to be called Tarraco. The Pretoriat, Circus and Forum are all worth looking into as it the amazing Amifiteatre. If time allows you can also pop into the Architecture Museum.

Roman Statue, Tarragona

Roman Pretoriat, Circus and Forum, Tarragona

Time for refreshments, and no better place than the nearby Font Square with loads of interesting bars with their summer terraces. Make time to enjoy the facades of the square, some of which have seen better days.

Font Square, Tarragona

At the top of the town you will find the Cathedral, built between 1171 and 1331 with its beautiful cloister and museums. Although at present in reforms, it still makes for an interesting visit.

Cathedral Cloister, Tarragona

Salisbury, just over an hour from Waterloo station in London by train is the provincial capital of Wiltshire.

Salisbury is dominated by its sublime Cathedral built between 1220 & 1258 in early English gothic style.

Salisbury Cathedral

The spire, the tallest in England, was added in the 14th Century and weighs 6500 tons standing at 123 meters tall. The West Front Facade is one of the most stylish of all cathedral facades in the UK and looks out onto Cathedral Close. Nearby is the Walking Madonna Sculpture by Elizabeth Frink.

Salisbury Cathedral, England

The interior of the Cathedral is well worth a visit. In the centre is the dramatic font designed by William Pye.

Font by William Pye, Salisbury Cathedral

At the eastern end of the building Trinity Chapel hosts the splendid Prisoners of Conscience stained glass window with pure blue light travelling through the modern design.

Trinity Chapel - Prisoners of Conscience Window, Salisbury Cathedral

The nave also hosts the Medieval Clock, one of the oldest working clocks in the world.

Medieval Clock, Salisbury Cathedral

The Cathedral Chapter House in the Cloister maintains one of the very few still surviving copies of the Magna Carta. Here the original is on display alongside various explanation boards revealing the full history of this famous document.

The cloister has a wonderful cafe terrace to sit back and enjoy a cuppa, before heading back into town a seeking out the other architectural gems the city has to other.

Cloister and Cafe Terrace, Salisbury Cathedral

College of Matrons was set up in 1682 and stands proud in one corner of the Cathedral Close. The Close is also home to Salisbury Museum and Mompesson House. Heading along North Walk one will pass Sarum College and Malmesbury House where a sundial commemorates the calendar reformation just before you arrive to St Ann Gate.

St Ann Gate, Salisbury

Head back to the High Street and through North Gate and follow the street to the end to find the stunningly simple St Thomas of Canterbury Parish Church built in 1220. This magnificent building is full of frescos, better examples of which are hard to find throughout British parish churches.

St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Salisbury

Pop in for a pint on the Market Square and witness the Guildhallbefore heading back up to the station via Mill Road passing the meadows and the River Avon with a view of the Cathedral spire made famous by Constable’s celebrated painting.

Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows and River Avon