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  • 1 Pirineos Catalanes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - Beget

    The Catalan cordillera is cut by deep, often isolated valleys (Arán, Ripagorce, Pallars, Alt Urgel, Ripollès, Garrotxa and Ampurdan). The region's seclusion encouraged the development of local art, visible in the churches of the Boí valley, the monas..

  • 2 Mirador San Nicolás Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Nicolás E - 18010 Granada

    The view from the terrace of the church of San Nicolás is superb: the red and ochre Alhambra stands out on the lush hill opposite, with the snowy slopes of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. To one side, note the city's new mosque and the Centre of Isl..

  • 3 Alhambra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 18009 Granada

    With its fascinating architecture, sumptuous gardens and delightful water features, the Alhambra is the embodiment of refinement, where words fail to do justice to this paradise created by the Nasrid princes as the ultimate expression of a civilisati..

  • 4 Pozo de las Nieves Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 35001 Las Palmas

    This sometimes snow-capped summit (1 949m) looks out over the entire island. To the south San Bartolomé de Tirajana lies in the foreground, while the spectacular view stretches as far as the Playa de Maspalomas. To the west the unusual shapes of Roqu..

  • Spain's largest nature reserve extends over an area of 214 300 hectares. Its landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. Its villages, its unusual vegetation (one of the most amazing plants is the Cazorla violet), and its fauna (wild boar, deer) all contr..

  • 6 Seu Vella Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Roca Mitjana E - 25002 Lleida

    The cathedral dedicated to St Marie is on a wonderful site, La Roca Mitjana. The church is a masterpiece of the Romanesque school of Lérida with its historiated capitals. In the 13-14C cloister, we find Islamic influences in the decoration with a veg..

  • 7 Church of Sant Nicolau Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    calle Sant Josep 18 E - 25250 Bellpuig

    This 16C building houses the magnificent Renaissance tomb of Ramón Folc de Cardona, viceroy of Sicily and Naples. It is one of the finest masterpieces of 16C Catalan sculpture. To visit the church, ask for the keys at the Convent of Sant Bartomeu.

  • 8 Roman aqueduct Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Roma E - 40003 Segovia

    Segovia has its water delivered by a famous aqueduct which was built at the time of the Emperor Trajan. The Romans built it to bring water from the river Acebeda in the Fuenfria Sierra to the highest part of the town. It is 728m long and 28m high and..

  • 9 Royal Pantheon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza de San Isidoro 4 E - 24003 León

    Twenty-five kings and queens of León and many children are buried in this pantheon, which is one of the earliest examples of Romanesque art. This is illustrated by the sturdy columns crowned by capitals decorated with plant motifs reminiscent of Astu..

  • 10 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paseo del Prado 8 E - 28014 Madrid

    Baron Thyssen, the heir to a fabulous collection of paintings, donated it to the Spanish State which then housed it in a neo-Classical palace renovated by Rafael Moneo. The collection is an opportunity to explore Western art from the late 12C to the ..

  • 11 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    calle de Santa Isabel 52 E - 28012 Madrid

    This contemporary art museum occupies the former San Carlos hospital. As well as leading names in international art, it also boasts a collection of 20C Spanish painting and sculpture. The building's spectacular extension, opened in 2004 along Ronda d..

  • 12 Picos de Europa Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 33589 Covadonga

    Deep gorges cut by gushing mountain rivers filled with fish, impressive defiles and high jagged snow-capped peaks, form the majestic backdrop to the Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa. Created in 1995, it incorporates the former Parque de la Mont..

  • 13 Desfiladero de los Beyos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 33589 Covadonga

    Carved by the River Sella out of an exceptionally thick layer of limestone, the river rushing down this 10km-long defile is too fast-flowing for anything except the occasional tree to have put down roots on its sides. It is however wide enough for th..

  • 14 Pico de Tres Mares Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 34800 Aguilar de Campóo

    The Pico de Tres Mares (Three Seas) got its name because it is the source of three main rivers which flow from it into three different seas - the Híjar, tributary of the Ebro which flows into the Mediterranean, the Pisuerga, tributary of the Douro wh..

  • 15 Artà caves Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 07570 Artà

    Mainly sculpted by the seawater from the cape which encloses Canyamel bay, these magnificently situated caves, whose giant mouth overlooks the sea from a height of 35m, are accessed by a winding road. Inside, admire the 22m-high Queen of Columns, as ..

  • 16 Coves del Drach Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Ctra Cuevas, s/n E - 07680 Porto Cristo

    Four enormous chambers, home to transparent underground pools, succeed one another over a distance of 2km. The marine origins of the caves seem unquestionable but the French speleologist Édouard Martel who first explored them in 1896, believed that i..

  • 17 La Giralda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    E - 41004 Sevilla

    Emblem of Seville; a masterpiece of Almohad art, the minaret (96 m) of the old mosque was built in the12C. In the 16C the Cordovan architect Hernán Ruiz gave it its current appearance of a belfry by adding the bell chamber and four upper rooms and by..

  • 18 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza Virgen-de-los-Reyes E - 41004 Sevilla

    "Let us build a church so grand that those who see it will think we are mad": that is what the cathedral chapter decided in 1401 when the mosque had to be knocked down. It is one of the last Spanish Gothic cathedrals and the third largest i..

  • 19 Alcázar : palatial buildings Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de Banderas E - 41004 Sevilla

    Modified and added to over the centuries, these stunning palatial buildings, first built in the 10C, are notable for their architectural diversity. Highlights here include Charles V's room, originally built in the 13C by Alfonso X the Wise; superb 18..

  • 20 Santa Cruz district Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 41004 Sevilla

    This is the heart of Seville: it is impossible not to fall under the spell of this neighbourhood that extends up to the church of Santa María la Blanca, with its winding little roads, picturesque whitewashed houses, secret flower-decked patios and ti..

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