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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Nasrid palaces Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Pirineos Aragoneses Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 22001 Huesca

    The Aragonese Pyrenees are dominated by the highest peaks in the Spanish Pyrenees: Pico de Aneto (3 040m), Pico Posets (3 371m) and Monte Perdido (3 355m), crowning the Ordesa National Park. Here, the magnificent landscapes, hiding little freestone v..

  • 6 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Plaza Mayor of Salamanca 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..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 700m2, have compromised the strength of the building. The R..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Museo Arqueológico Nacional Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    calle Serrano 13 E - 28001 Madrid

    Founded in 1867 by Isabella II, this is the finest archaeological museum in Spain. Among its treasures are a reproduction of the Altamira caves and its cave paintings, exhibits from the Iberian civilisation, such as the famous and mysterious Lady of ..

  • 14 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 Sabatini 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 de ..

  • 15 Museum district Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    E - 28001 Madrid

    Madrid's elegant residential district extending eastwards from its old town boasts wide, tree-lined avenues bordered by opulent buildings, luxurious palaces and old mansions now converted into museums. It is a pleasant area for a stroll, perhaps betw..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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 ..

  • 20 Mirador des Colomer Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 07470 Port de Pollença

    The Cabo de Formentor Road winds its way up a cornice road that commands many spectacular points of view, including the well-known Mirador des Colomer. A stepped path takes you to the spot overlooking the impressive drop that dominates Mallorca's &qu..

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