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  • 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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.

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Old Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Anaya E - 37008 Salamanca

    The builders of the New Cathedral luckily respected the Old Cathedral that stands by its side. It seems like a good example of a romanesque cathedral, and the lantern tower, with two levels of windows, is one of the most beautiful of its kind. The Ch..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 ..

  • 9 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. San Fernando E - 09003 Burgos

    The third largest in Spain after Seville and Toledo, Burgos cathedral has combined the Flamboyant Gothic style from France and Germany with the exuberance of Spanish decoration. Inside, the numerous works of art on display combine to form a priceless..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 Museo del Prado Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paseo del Prado E - 28014 Madrid

    A visit to the Prado is an opportunity to view numerous masterpieces of Spanish and European art. Its highlights include Las Meninas by Vélazquez, the Majas and Executions at Moncloa by Goya, as well as the latter's Black Paintings ( Saturn Devouring..

  • 14 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,..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 Mirador del Fito Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    E - 33341 La Isla

    Savour the wonderful view from this lookout point of the Picos de Europa and the Costa Verde.

  • 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 gradually up to the narrow jagged crest at the top. On the way, it commands numerous spectacular points of view, including the well-known Mirador des Colomer. A stepped path takes you to the spot overlooking a..

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