Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, the fifth largest city in Australia, and one of the most popular places to go on holiday in the country. It is situated on the Adelaide Plains, between Gulf St. Vincent and Mount Lofty Ranges.
Named in honor of Queen Adelaide, the consort of King William IV, this city was founded in 1836 as capital of the only freely-settled British province in Australia. The settlement was shaped by religious and political freedom that led to many reforms. The locality is nowadays a very popular holiday destination due to the abundant tourist attractions and excellent accommodation conditions both in hotels and in properties for rent. It is particularly renowned for festivals, as well as for wines, arts and cultural events, and consequently to this area are available lots of vacation deals and tour packages.
As main commercial center of South Australia, Adelaide hosts many governmental and financial institutions, largely concentrated in the central part of the city along the Boulevard of North Terrace, King William Street, and in various districts of the metropolitan area.
The capital of the state houses a large number of holiday attractions and landmarks, and as a result city tours in Adelaide are highly demanded on the Australian travel scene, but also by foreign travelers. Hotels in Adelaide welcome every year many voyagers booking longer holidays or coming just for a relaxing weekend. The town is also home to many cultural institutions, most of them situated on the Boulevard of North Terrace. The Art Gallery of South Australia, storing roughly 35,000 works, hosts Australia's second largest art collection.
Adjacent to the gallery are located the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia, while the Adelaide Botanic Garden, National Wine Center and Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute are located nearby, in East End. Adelaide Festival Center is the focal point for most cultural trips and tours in the city, besides Adelaide Entertainment Center and the smaller theaters and cabaret.
The area has a mild Mediterranean climate, meaning that most of the rainfall occurs in winter. Frosts are rare and usually there is no appreciable snowfall, excepting Mount Lofty's region and some places in the Adelaide Hills, a tourist area with plenty of accommodations providing shelter to winter sports enthusiasts. However, holidays in Adelaide are unforgettable at any time of the year, reason why most of its hotels are crowded and finding a free room in the peak season is generally a pretty difficult task.
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