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  1. Crown jewel

    The Alhambra palace in Grenada, completed in the 14th century under Muslim rule, is one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Today, The Alhambra's famous Ismlamic architecture is one of Spain's major tourist attractions. In 2007, it was among the contenders to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World through a massive worldwide vote. (Jose Luis Roca / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Defining lines

    Fireworks explode behind the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in the Spanish northern Basque city of Bilbao. The museum features modern and contemporary art, and was designed by world-renowned Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The structure is made with glass, titanium and limestone. (Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Quiet retreat

    Although Spanish convents and monasteries such as the Monasterio de San Benito de Montserrat convent outside Barcelona have traditionally opened their doors to accept pilgrims and other members of the cloth, more and more they are accepting non-religious visitors looking for spiritual reflection or a relaxing break from city life. (Cesar Rangel / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Windy city

    The town of Tarifa, located in southern Spain across from the Straits of Gibraltar, is particularly popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers due to its strong winds. Two consecutive non-windy days are rare. (Jose Luis Roca / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A taste of tradition

    Two fishmongers wait for customers at their fish and seafood shop at a market in Madrid. Traditional markets are still a part of the Spanish way of life, and many are distributed through the city. A visit to one of these markets will reveal a large selection of quality vegetables, meat and much of the traditional way of life. (Angel Diaz / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. All lined up

    Architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava designed the 'L'Azud D'Or' bridge (foreground) and Principe Felipe Museum (background) of the City of Arts and Sciences complex, one of Spain's top tourist attractions, in Valencia. Visitors are encouraged to touch everything in the museum so they can learn the sciences through experience. (Heino Kalis / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Dipping into the culture

    Tourists enjoy the pool of the Costa Encantada Hotel in Lloret de Mar, Spain. The coastal town is one of the most popular holiday resorts in the Costa Brava. (Cate Gillon / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Running tradition

    Participants run ahead of Cebada Gago fighting bulls during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. On each day of the festival six, which starts July 6 and ends at midnight on July 14, bulls are released at 8 a.m. to run from their corral through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town over an 850-meter course. Ahead of them are the runners, who try to stay close to the bulls without falling over or being gored. (Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. An ancient art

    Famed Spanish matador Miguel Abellan gives a pass with a muleta (the red cloth) to his Conde de la Corte fighting bull during the first corrida of the 2008 San Fermin festivities in Pamplona. (Rafa Rivas / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Cultural moves

    Spanish flamenco dancer Fuensanta "La Moneta" performs on the stage during rehearsal for the show "Entre la luna y los hombres" ("Between Moon and Men") at La Zarzuela theatre in Madrid. The flamenco, which embodies a complex musical and cultural tradition and is considered a part of the Spanish culture, actually originates from Andalusia. (Ballesteros / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A sign of the times

    The architecture of the Alpujarras harkens back to when this was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain. The villages' flat, whitewashed houses and distinctive conical chimneys are reminiscent of Berber villages in the mountains of nearby Morrocco. (Jill Kooyoomjian / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Unfinished beauty

    On March 19, 1882, work on the La Sagrada Familia cathedral was started by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, but by the end of the next year, Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to finish it. He did not abandon his task until his death in 1926, when the grand church was left unfinished. Since then, different architects have worked on the cathedral to continue his original idea -- that it mirror the people who built it. (Cesar Rangel / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Liquid currency

    Ricardo Penalba prepares to taste a wine at Penalba's winery in Aranda de Duero, northern Spain. With more than 2.9 million acres planted, the country is the third largest producer of wine in the world, but the most widely planted wine-producing nation. (Felix Ordonez / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Grand headquarters

    A scenic view in downtown Madrid highlights the beauty of the Plaza de Cibeles, which features the Fountain of Cibeles and the Palacio de Comunicaciones, which was built between 1905 and 1917 as the headquarters of the post office. In 2007, it became Madrid's official city hall. (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Square expansion

    A man looks at "The execution of Torrijos and his companions" by Antonio Gisbert at the Prado museum in Madrid. Spanish architect Rafaelo Moneo designed the sober and elegant red-brick cube-shaped expansion building that opened in 2007. (Pedro Armestre / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Tourist attraction

    Members of the Royal Guard take part in the first changing of the guard outside the Palacio Real in Madrid. Every Wednesday, the guard changes in front of the palace in an effort to boost tourism. (Pierre-philippe Marcou / AFP via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Imposing architecture

    Santa Maria del Mar is an imposing church in Barcelona. Located in the district of La Ribera, it was built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large mediaeval buildings. (Espai d’Imatge via Turisme de Barcelona) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Awash with history

    A scenic view of Plaza del General Torrijos shows the "Las Tres Gracias" fountain with the Alcazaba Castle in the background in Malaga. The Alcazaba was built in the 11th century and extended in the 13th and 14th centuries. It originally defended the city from pirates. (Joe Murphy / NBAE via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 3/27/2009 10:38:56 AM ET 2009-03-27T14:38:56

The real deal: Round-trip international airfare on Air France (arriving in Paris and departing from Barcelona), a continuing flight from Paris to Barcelona, six nights' accommodations split between the two cities, continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes, service charges and airline fuel surcharges, from $1,099 — plus estimated taxes of $120.

When: March 30–May 15, Sept. 1–Oct. 25, 2009; add $250 for July 5–Aug. 25; $350 for May 16–July 4, Aug. 26–31.

Gateways: Newark, New York City; add $60 for Chicago; $70 for Boston; $80 for Philadelphia; $110 for Baltimore, D.C.; $130 for Buffalo, Detroit; $150 for Fort Lauderdale; $160 for Charlottesville, Harrisburg, Houston, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Richmond; many other cities are available.

The fine print: Based on weekday departures; add $35 per person each way to fly Friday–Sunday. Airport taxes and fees are an additional $120 per person. Optional airport-hotel transfers start at $32 per person each way in Paris and at $37 per person each way in Barcelona. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $310. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Air France Holidays, 800/237-2623, airfrance-holidays.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest multicity fares from New York to Paris, Paris to Barcelona, and Barcelona to New York, for travel during the second week of April, start at $921, including taxes (Air France).

For an additional $298, the Air France package covers international airfare as well as six nights' accommodations split between Paris and Barcelona, breakfast daily, and all taxes and charges.

Highlights: This trip doesn't include sightseeing tours, so you'll be free to explore Paris and Barcelona on your own.

Slideshow: Perfectly Paris Lodging: Three nights in a standard double room at the 66-room Comfort Hotel Lamarck in the heart of the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris and three nights at the 208-room Hotel NH Numancia in the financial district of Barcelona. Add $140 per person to stay three nights at Hotel Le Royal Montparnasse in Paris and three nights at the H10 Marina Barcelona hotel; $170 per person for three nights at the Comfort Hotel Mouffetard in the Latin Quarter of Paris and three nights at Hotel HCC Open in Barcelona; $490 per person for three nights at Hotel Mayfair in Paris and three nights at the Gallery Hotel in Barcelona; and $750 per person for three nights at the Hotel François 1er (Premier) in Paris and three nights at the boutique hotel Granados 83 in Barcelona.

More: Optional sightseeing tours in Paris range from $9 per person for a one-hour open-excursion river cruise to $225 per person for a 12-hour excursion to the Loire Valley castles. Sightseeing tours in Barcelona can be added for an additional $16 per person for a two-hour walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. Or book an eight-hour tour of the city with a private chauffeur for an additional $254 per person. See the complete list of optional tours. If you'd like to extend your stay, additional nights start at $48 per person at the Comfort Hotel Lamarck in Paris and at $101 per person at the Hotel NH Numancia in Barcelona.

Before you go: For more information, visit the official tourism Web sites of France and Spain.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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