Flying in style to explore Spain


The Star-Qatar Airways La Liga Contest winner Abhijay Jayaraj says he enjoyed flying with Qatar Airways and hopes to fly more often with the reputable airline.

“I have flown a few times with other airlines but I must say I was impressed with the first class service from the cabin crew from Qatar Airways. The meals were good.

“I also enjoyed the Oryx One inflight entertainment system on their aircraft which had close to 2,000 movies and TV shows,” said Abhijay, adding that he truly enjoyed the smooth and comfortable flight aboard the Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner which he took from the Doha to Madrid sector and vice-versa.

The 18-year-old’s business studies foundation student’s winning slogan was: “I want to travel with Qatar Airways because it is a five-star hotel in the sky and a holiday itself to watch the explosive tiki-taka of Spanish football.”

The Dreamliner provides passengers the very latest inflight experience, with Business Class passengers enjoying an enhanced travel experience with 80-inch fully flat beds and17-inch televisions screens.

The contest in which The Star readers were required to answer correctly questions about the Spanish La Liga, Qatar Airways and Spain received overwhelming response and the judges had a tough time picking the winner who apart from getting to watch the Valencia-Barcelona match live at the Mestalla Stadium also got to tour interesting places in Spain.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of Qatar has a modern fleet of 160 aircraft flying to 150 business and leisure destinations across six continents.

The airline, which is a member of the oneworld alliance, has been honoured with three of the top aviation accolades at the annual Skytrax World Airlines Awards, winning Airline of the Year for a third time.

“We are delighted that travellers are increasingly choosing Qatar Airways for our award winning service. Our Malaysia-based travellers have been enjoying the 21 weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Doha and the significantly shortened transit times at Hamad International Airport.

“We are committed to continuously advancing this experience”, said Qatar Airways Malaysia and Brunei country manager Emmanuel Oswald.

Qatar Airways and Valencia CF made Abhijay’s trip to Spain a memorable experience as he also got to see some of the best tourist spots in Valencia, Madrid and Toledo.

A visit to the Bioparc in Valencia, which was voted by Tripadvisor as the Travellers Choice last year, is a must especially for animal lovers.

During our trip, we took in the sights and sounds of several tourist spots in Valencia.

Among the areas visited was the sandy beach at Albaraya overlooking the Balearic Sea, before being treated to traditional Valencian dishes such as paella and steamed squid at the Casa Navarro Restaurant by Valencia CF marketing director Peter Draper.

Valencia Tourism market manager for Asia, Miguel Angel Perez, said a favourite place tourists liked to hangout in Valencia was the fountain at Plaza de la Virgen, which is adjacent to the Valencia Cathedral and the Basilica of the Virgin.

“One of the statues at the fountain is named Mestalla because one of the nine waterways created after the Turia River was closed flows below the Mestalla Stadium and this waterway is called Mestalla – that is how the stadium got its name,” said Perez.

On the modern side of Valencia, places such as the Science Museum Principe Felipe, The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofea a large auditorium for theatre and opera, Hemisferic projection hall, the Umbracle art gallery and the Oceanografic which is the largest aquarium in Europe are a must to visit.

Madrid, the capital of Spain, has plenty of charm from its many museums, beautiful parks and monuments to quaint churches tucked away in every corner.

Among the popular squares in this city is the Puerta de Sol, which also houses the Real Casa de Correos (post office building).

The Statue of Mariblanca is also located at this square. Not far here is the Monastery of the Descalzas.

The city tour of Madrid includes passing by the Puerta de Alcala, the iconic city gate at Madrid, which was commissioned by King Carlos III midway in the 18th century. Another monument you will see along the city tour is the Plaza de Colon built to honour the famous Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus.

Toledo, the former capital of Spain, is renowned for its arts and history and has breathtaking views of its historical buildings and old neighbourhoods. It has plenty of hills, valleys and rivers.

The Primate Cathedral of St Mary of Toledo is one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain.

A walk around the old city centre of Toledo will take you to the Plaza del Ayunamiento, Church of St John of the Kings, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue and the old Palace of Justice.

Toledo also houses the famous painting of EL Greco “ The burial of Count Orgaz”.

For details, visit www.qatarairways.com, http://en.valenciacf.com/ and www.visitvalencia.com

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