The popular Spanish-language international online publication "Hechos de Hoy" published an article dedicated to Uzbekistan by the columnist of the Spanish Tourism Association Augustin Alberti: "Samarkand is a key direction on the Silk Road connecting China with the Mediterranean".
“A contemplative walk through madrasas, mausoleums and sights preserved from the time of Amir Timur can introduce us to the world that has played and continues to play today a fundamental role in relations between the East and Europe,” the article about Uzbekistan says.
The author writes that Uzbekistan’s capital – Tashkent is a modern and beautiful city, merging harmoniously with antiquity. He also mentions that the Tashkent metro is built with the same luxury as in Moscow, using earthquake-resistant technologies.
The author says that when you find yourself in Samarkand, an hour's flight from the capital of Uzbekistan, the impression of visiting the preserved historical buildings, which are the eloquent witnesses of Temur's empire, is difficult to describe. The article describes how Uzbekistan has been increasing its importance in the international community every year, since gaining its independence. Uzbekistan’s natural resources and geographical position, its historical and artistic significance is described as one the major factors that makes our country attractive internationally. The author then highlights the city of Samarkand as Uzbekistan’s ancient capital, where King Henry III of Castile and León sent Ruy González de Clavijo as an ambassador.
After reading the article, the readers conclude that visiting Samarkand alone is not enough to get acquainted with Uzbekistan. Visiting Bukhara, which is just over an hour's flight away from Samarkand and Tashkent is highly advised by the author. There are about 140 monuments in Bukhara, dating back to various periods up to the Temurids, including medieval baths and the Ark fortress, or the Kalyan minaret, surrounded by mosques and madrasahs. Alberti also recommends to visit Khiva, which is known as a city-museum, due to Ichan-Kala (the inner town), which has preserved the whole complex of ancient monuments, madrasahs and authencity. Itchan Kala is protected by brick walls some 10 m high of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans of the Great Silk Road before crossing the desert to Iran.
Alberti also highlights the new visa-free travel to Uzbekistan and electronic visas / e-visas, which have made visiting Uzbekistan a lot easier and hassle free. “Modern tourist complexes in Tashkent and the main cities, administrative facilities for tourists who in most cases do not require a visa or can obtain it electronically, the euro exchange rate against the national currency and, especially, the safety and hospitality of the Uzbek people in relation to foreign visitors, make Uzbekistan an ideal destination for European tourists,” the observer concludes in his article about Uzbekistan.
We would like to remind you that a total of 93 countries can travel to Uzbekistan visa-free today, while over 50 countries can visit Uzbekistan with an e-visa. The countries that are able to visit Uzbekistan without obtaining a visa cover all EU member states and UK citizens.