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  • 1 Colegio de San Gregorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cadenas de San Gregorio 1

    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 (..

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

    Museums and art

    Plaza de San Isidoro

    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..

  • 3 Mallorca's Costa Rocosa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 4 Salamanca University Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    calle de los Libreros

    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..

  • The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela dates almost entirely from the period of the 11C to the early 13C, although the so-called Façade do Obradoiro is a richly sculpted Baroque masterpiece. In the narthex is the Pórtico da la Gloria, with its excep..

  • The jewel in the crown of the Aragonese Pyrenees, popular with hikers and climbers, the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park encompasses four valleys: Ordesa, Añisclo, Pineta and Escuain. More or less accessible, they still offer the promise of impre..

  • 7 Praza do Obradoiro Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 8 Roque de Los Muchachos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 9 Pico del Teide Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Peaking at an altitude of 3 718m, El Teide is an impressive volcano and the highest point in the whole of Spain's territory. From the cable car station (3 555m), you need a permit to continue the climb on foot (around 30min walk on unstable volcanic ..

  • 10 Corniche road Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 11 Parque Nacional del Teide Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 12 Parque Nacional de Timanfaya Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Timanfaya National Park encompasses a massif that was formed by the volcanic eruptions of 1730-1736 and 1824. The colour of the landscape varies with hues of red to black. In the centre are the Mountains of Fire (Montañas de Fuego), whose depths rema..

  • 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..

  • 14 Passeig de Gràcia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 15 Casa Batlló Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pg de Gràcia 43

    This masterful work by Gaudí is part of the famous "Illa de la Discòrdia" and was built between 1904 and 1906 in pure Modernist style, with ceramic coloured glass disks and a fishscale roof. At the time, the unique enlarged windows on the f..

  • 16 Fundació Joan Miró Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc de Montjuïc

    Housed in a fine building designed by Josep Lluís Sert (1902-83), the Joan Miró Foundation contains over 10 000 works by the artist, who is one of the great names of the 20C avant-garde movement in Europe. The remarkable Barcelona Series, comprising ..

  • 17 Roman and Visigoth town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Roman and Visigothic town was discovered beneath the Clariana-Padellàs house and the Plaça del Rei. An extraordinary underground walk leads to the Palau Reial Major and the 14C Capella de Santa Águeda, housing the magnificent altarpiece of the Co..

  • 18 Museu Episcopal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Bisbe Oliba 3

    Occupying a modern building dating from 2002, this museum is over a hundred years old. It houses one of the largest and most impressive collections of Romanesque and Gothic art in Catalonia, as well as sections dedicated to archaeology and arts and c..

  • 19 Sant Pere de Rodes' Monastery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The ruins of the imposing 10C monastery stand in a beautiful setting that dominates the sea, the Cabo de Creus headland and El Port de la Selva. The truly outstanding church shows a marked pre-Romanesque influence. It has splendid capitals and its 12..

  • 20 Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Abandoibarra 2

    The Guggenheim Museum is Bilbao's star architectural attraction. The building designed by Frank O. Gehry (winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1989), is considered a masterpiece with its amazing half-sculpted curves and walls of yellow li..

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