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  • 1 Mezquita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    calle Cardenal Herrero 1 E - 14004 Córdoba

    The architecture of this monument, the only one of its kind in the world, tells a fascinating story. It is living testimony to the Muslim and Christian faiths. The mosque was built from the 8C to the 10C on the site of the Visigothic Church of St Vin..

  • 2 Panorama Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 16213 Alarcón

    Lovers of unspoilt landscapes must not miss the chance to see Alarcón! You will immediately be won over by the melancholic beauty of this site with its brown earth hill encircled by the meandering Júcar and dominated by a medieval fortress.

  • 3 Cueva de los Verdes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 35500 Arrecife

    At the foot of the Corona Volcano, the subsoil of Lanzarote is riddled with underground galleries formed by lava streams. Upon contact with the air, the surface of the lava streams cools and hardens into a dense layer of basalt, underneath which molt..

  • 4 Costa Brava Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 17488 Cadaqués

    The Costa Brava or Wild Coast is hugely popular with holidaymakers from northern Europe. In spite of the pressure, it still deserves its name thanks to its lovely scenery. Beautiful beaches, guaranteed liveliness in summer, charming villages (Cadaqué..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Nasrid palaces Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de los Aljibes E - 18009 Granada

    The Nasrid palaces, which comprise three sections, are the Alhambra's hidden jewel. The south wall of the Golden Room Patio provides a concise summary of Nasrid art. In the Myrtle Courtyard, admire the imposing crenellated Comares Tower, the Barca Ro..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 Alhambra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Real de la Alhambra 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..

  • 9 Pirineos Aragoneses Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 22001 Huesca

    The central Spanish Pyrenees cover the northern part of the province of Huesca. They include the highest peaks of the Pyrenean range: Aneto (3 040m), Posets (3 371m) and Monte Perdido (3 355m). Although the foothills are ravined, the heart of the mas..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Nature Reserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 23005 Cazorla

    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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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.

  • 14 Plaza Mayor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Mayor E - 37002 Salamanca

    The heart of Salamanca life, the Plaza Mayor is surrounded by myriad cafés, restaurants and shops, and provides the perfect setting for a drink or a stroll. Built by Philip V between 1729 and 1755 to thank the city for its loyalty during the War of t..

  • 15 Patio de las Escuelas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Patio de las Escuelas 1 E - 37001 Salamanca

    This small square leading off the old Calle Libreros is surrounded by typical monuments in the Salamancan Plateresque style. It is home to the university, founded in 1218 and which boasted 7 683 students in 1568 (30 000 in 2007), a record for the tim..

  • 16 León cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la Regla E - 24007 León

    This is the only cathedral in Spain to have adopted the French taste for high, slender and light naves. The outstanding stained-glass windows illuminating the nave, and covering an area of 1 700m 2, have compromised the strength of the building. The ..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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 ..

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

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 20 El Escorial monastery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    av. de Juan de Borbon y Battemberg E - 28200 El Escorial

    To celebrate his victory over the French in Saint Quentin on 10 August 1557, Philip II decided to erect this monumental building dedicated to St Lawrence, which would serve as a monastery, palace and pantheon. This mammoth project took just 21 years,..

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