• Spain receives major overhaul for 2011


    Countries in Europe have been quite busy giving their tourist attractions a major overhaul, allowing for better opportunities in 2011. Italy and France have spent millions of euros making renovations and upgrading their systems, and Spain has also hopped on the bandwagon.

    Health-conscious vacationers will be happy to hear that the Catalonian country has banned smoking indoors, so those who are hesitant to visit crowded restaurants and bars for fear of smoke inhalation need not worry any longer.

    Madrid is currently under major construction, with streets becoming more pedestrianized, brand new Metro stations popping up in place of former eyesores and other infrastructure projects being implemented in hopes of winning hosting duties for future Olympic games.

    Those who are visiting Barcelona may notice that the Sagrada Familia cathedral by Antoni Gaudi completed significant work back in November. It is now open for Mass every day, now that Pope Benedict XVI has consecrated the church.

    Lastly, the Hall of Kings at Palacios Nazaries in Granada's Alhambra will reopen to the public later this year due to renovations. However, visitors are still able to see the famous lion statues in the courtyard.

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