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  • 1 Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paseo del Prado 8 E - 28001 Madrid

    Some 250 works of art assembled by the wife of the founder of this eponymous museum are displayed in its contemporary wing. Occupying two floors, the rooms follow the same chronological order and each floor can be visited after exploring the correspo..

  • 2 Colegio de San Gregorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cadenas de San Gregorio 1 E - Valladolid

    This Isabelline monument was built in the 15C by Alonso de Burgos, Confessor to Queen Isabella. The portal, attributed to Gil de Siloé et Simon de Cologne, is a masterpiece of Spanish art (exuberant decoration and fine heraldic carving). The chapel (..

  • 3 Treasury of the Collegiate Church of San Isidoro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Plaza de San Isidoro E - León

    This ecclesiastical museum's collection is of considerable historical and artistic significance. Among its treasures are the reliquary of St Isidore (11C), a wood casket covered in hammered gold and silverwork; the Doña Urraca chalice composed of two..

  • 4 Cigarrales Tour Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Carretera de Circunvalación E - Toledo

    Toledo's situation is unique, and can be appreciated all the more from the Cigarrales, extensive olive groves on the south bank of the River Tagus (accessed by the Carretera de Circunvalación as far as Puente de San Martín), where there are several v..

  • 5 Costa Rocosa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - Alcúdia

    Extending along the west part of the island between Palma and Alcúdia, this is one of the wonders of Majorca. Popular with cyclists, the mountains fall away sharply into the blue and turquoise waters of the sea. Its stark relief is softened by abunda..

  • 6 The Raval Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rambla del Raval E - 08001 Barcelona

    The Raval is the "creative heart" of Barcelona. This formerly ill-reputed old Chinese quarter has changed enormously with a great deal of regeneration work carried out. Initiated in 1995 with the opening of Barcelona's Contemporary Art Muse..

  • 7 Aclimatación de La Orotava Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    calle Retama 2 E - Puerto de la Cruz

    This botanical garden was established in the 18C by order of Charles III. The small 2ha enclosure houses an extraordinary profusion of all sorts of species of trees and flowers. While some of the species are native to the Canary Islands, others origi..

  • 8 Salamanca University Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle de los Libreros E - Salamanca

    Founded in 1218, the university has over the centuries gained international prestige. It boasts a magnificent Plateresque-style façade with a majestic portal dating from 1534. Its buildings are laid out in a square around a patio. Make sure you see t..

  • 9 Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. del Obradoiro E - 15705 Santiago de Compostela

    The cathedral dates almost entirely from a period running from the 11C to the start of the 13C, although the so-called Façade do Obradoiro is a finely sculpted Baroque masterpiece. In the narthex is the Pórtico da Gloria, with its exceptionally beaut..

  • 10 National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 22376 Torla

    Since 1918, the Valley of Ordesa has been a 2 066ha national park. Since 1982, the park has encompassed the whole Massif of Monte Perdido and the valleys of Ordesa, Añisclo, Escuain and La Pineta, in all 15 608ha. The limestone reliefs are striking: ..

  • 11 Praza do Obradoiro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 15700 Santiago de Compostela

    The square, named after the cathedral façade which is known as the "work of gold", is the historical heart of Santiago. Its four sides are lined by impressive buildings erected over 700 years in various styles: Baroque, the façade of the ca..

  • 12 Roque de Los Muchachos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 38700 Santa Cruz de la Palma

    The road winding north of La Palma is lined with laurel bushes and pine trees and climbs up to one of the world's most important astrophysical observatories (2 423m). Here you are just a few metres from the summit and an impressive vista of the whole..

  • 13 Pico del Teide Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 38000 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    At an altitude of 3 718m, this impressive volcano is the highest peak in the whole of Spain. On getting out of the cable car (3 555m), there still remains a good 30min walk up the slope, when the path is open (the volcanic slag is unstable, as is the..

  • 14 Corniche road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 07150 Andratx

    The winding MA10 corniche road runs along cliffs that extend all the way along the northwest coast of Mallorca. It boasts superb views and is shaded by pine trees along almost its entire length from Andratx to Sóller. Stop at the Mirador Ricardo Roca..

  • 15 Parque Nacional del Teide Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - Aguamansa

    This national park lies around the Las Cañadas corrie, a spectacular collapsed volcanic cone rising to a height of 2 000m and dominated by El Teide (3 718m) to the north. A crest of lava rocks laid bare by erosion and known as Los Roques stands in it..

  • 16 Parque Nacional de Timanfaya Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 35570 Yaiza

    Timanfaya National Park encompasses a massif that was formed by the volcanic eruptions of 1730-1736. The colour of the landscape varies from red to black. In the centre are the Mountains of Fire (Montañas de Fuego), whose depths remain active, just a..

  • 17 Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 38750 El Paso

    The Cumbrecita Pass (1 833m) and especially the Lomo de las Chozas 1km away afford incredible panoramic views over the Caldera de Taburiente, a designated national park. The area is dotted with thickly covered Canary Island pines and up above loom to..

  • 18 Mirador de la Curota Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 15940 Lesón

    La Curota rises to an altitude of 498m (1hr walk) and commands a magnificent panorama of the four inlets of the Rías Bajas: Ría de Muros y Noia to the north and that of Arousa, Pontevedra and Vigo to the south. On a clear day, the view stretches from..

  • 19 Huerto del Cura gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Porta de la Morera 49 E - 03200 Elche

    A listed "national artistic garden" is a delightful retreat in the palm grove. The "priest's garden" takes its name from José Castaño Sánchez (1843-1918), a chaplain who inherited the garden and then devoted his life to it. In an ..

  • 20 Passeig de Gràcia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passeig de Gràcia E - 08008 Barcelona

    Although it used to link the old town to the village of Gràcia, it is now, along with Eixample the residential area of the upper class. It links beautiful buildings epitomising early 20C architecture, such as those by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and P..

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