With its 250,000 inhabitants and its centuries of history, the legendary Granada is ready to become one of the most anticipated venues of Spain 2014 thanks to the Palacio Municipal de Deportes, which will host 7,322 fans during the matches. Meanwhile, Granada will display its magic on the streets and inside the Alhambra, the Moorish palace that represents the cultural gem of the whole country and one of the most visited monuments in the world. Its charming corners overlooking the Generalife Gardens are a journey through time and history of this city. The cultural tour continues from the Cathedral of Granada, which houses the tombs of the Catholic Kings, to the picturesque streets of the Albaycin area, with its baroque churches and Arab baths. The charm of Granada, however, does not end there. The Sacromonte neighborhood of artists completes the myth of the city.
The subtropical climate of the Canary Islands was created to be enjoyed in the city of Las Palmas, one of the most beautiful and characteristic enclaves of the archipelago. Basketball fans will enjoy here the popular Canteras Beach with its golden sand and crystal clear water, a symbol of the island. And to continue with more sea, Piedras Caidas Beach, Puerto de la Luz or the seaside neighborhood of San Cristobal will shape the next steps. Out of the water, the visit to Vegueta Area is mandatory. Here the city began to form itself and it was also where Christopher Columbus lived before sail for America. Due to its historical and cultural vestiges, the area was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After swimming in the sea and in history, the Palacio de los Deportes will host the 10,000 souls who will enjoy the matches on the island.
From the South islands to the North. Some time ago we enjoyed a coffee in Bilbao and its culture of pintxos. This is a city to be lived in its streets, bars and restaurants. The 15,500 spectators attending the Bizkaia Arena will have already verified that. Bilbao was created for walking around and, especially, for eating. The cuisine here is linked to the enjoyment of the Seven Streets, the oldest area which shows the most artistic and architectural splendor of the city. Walking here means immersing yourself in the living history of Bilbao. The Cathedral of Santiago, Arriaga Theatre and the Parque de Doña Casilda share their antique beauty with modern Guggenheim Museum or the Zubizuri Bridge. Bilbao has the perfect harmony between old and new.
If we say that Seville is probably the city which has received more compliments over time worldwide we are sure we would not be wrong. The list of monuments and artistic remains that Seville has accumulated in the shadow of its walls is endless and its charm has captivated poets and painters throughout history. More than two thousand years have passed since its foundation ant that is something that you can notice from the historic site of the Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias to the district of Triana, the birthplace of flamenco. Nearby, the Torre del Oro chairs the Guadalquivir River on the way to one of the most important bull rings of the country: the Maestranza. After a carriage ride through the stunning Spain Square, 10,500 basketball fans will full the Palacio Municipal de Deportes thinking that they have just awaken from the most beautiful dream.
Barcelona will join the 2014 World Basketball Cup a bit later, along with Madrid, one of the venues for the Cup from the second round with its Palau Sant Jordi and its 17,960 spaces available. Barcelona is the most touristic city of Spain and one of the favorite ones for travelers worldwide. The reasons are obvious: from the peculiar Guell Park with wonderful views over the city to the popular Church of the Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi, as many of the buildings around Barcelona, a symbol of the vanguard and modernism. To rest between the matches, nothing better than enjoying the tumaca bread (bread with tomato) on the beach of Barceloneta. Little pleasures.
This time, our road ends in Madrid. The capital will host the last matches and the final, when the winner will lift the World Cup at the Palacio de los Deportes in front of 15,000 spectators. Madrid is a city with a unique personality and character where the traveler is struck by the beauty of its classic buildings, its museums and its lifestyle. Madrid never sleeps: the day runs from the Plaza Mayor to the Gran Vía and the famous 'Madrid night' needs to be enjoyed in tapas bars or clubs in the city. The Prado Museum, Retiro Park, the Malasaña area, Madrid de los Austrias, the Royal Palace .. until the winner celebrate its victory in the fountains of Neptune and Cibeles. From Madrid to Heaven.