Six Spanish cities with a single dream

The Spanish cities of Burgos, Cordoba, Las Palmas, Segovia, San Sebastian and Zaragoza all have their individual style and unique character that make them stand out from the crowd. At the moment, though, they have one important thing in common: they are all aspiring to become European Capital of Culture in 2016.

Six of Spain city's share a dream to be in the European spotlight in 2016. Mosques, cathedrals, basilicas and synagogues; beaches, bridges, people and history; shops, gastronomy and lifestyle... the reasons and arguments put forward by the cities to support their own claims are many and varied. First, though, in the coming years, other nations and cities will have their turn: Turku (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia) in 2011; Guimaraes (Portugal) and Maribor (Slovenia) in 2012; Marseille (France) and Kosice (Hungary) in 2013; Umea (Sweden) and Riga (Latvia) in 2014; Mons (Belgium) and Pilsen (Germany) in 2015. Then in 2016, one Polish and one Spanish city will be named European Capital of Culture and share the honour of this award that aims to raise awareness between the peoples of Europe, to highlight their rich heritage and diversity, their common features and their individualism, and, above all, to further mutual understanding among the citizens of Europe. Now, therefore, each of these six Spanish cities is focused on promoting itself within the bigger picture of the Spanish culture. The result will be announced in 2011.

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