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  • 1 Mirador des Colomer Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    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..

  • 2 La Giralda Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 3 Santa Cruz district Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 4 Bahia de La Concha Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    San Sebastián owes its nickname, "pearl of the Cantábrica", to its scallop-shaped bay, La Concha. Partially closed by the islet of Santa Clara, it stretches from Monte Urgull to Monte Igueldo. Two vast sand beaches follow the curve of the b..

  • 5 Monasterio de Santes Creus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Sant Bernard

    Nestled in a deep, lush valley, the magnificent Cistercian complex of Santes Creus (Holy Cross) extends along the left bank of the Gaià river. Since its foundation around 1150, the monastery has been an important political and cultural centre, as wit..

  • 6 Monasterio de Poblet Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    N240

    This monastery, which stands in an attractive setting planted with poplars, is one of the most important and well-preserved religious buildings in the Cistercian world and a museum of architecture in its own right. Built between the 12C and 18C, it h..

  • 7 Old Toledo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The delightful Mudéjar decoration of the 14C Sinagoga del Tránsito, the intricately carved capitals of Santa María la Blanca (a former 12C synagogue), the rich carving of the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes and the Plateresque façade of the Museo..

  • 8 Museo Nacional Colegio de San Gregorio Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cadenas de San Gregorio 1

    The national museum of sculpture, housed in the Colegio de San Gregorio, contains a huge inventory of Spanish statuary as well as numerous paintings from various periods. It displays one of the most beautiful collections of polychrome wood statues in..

  • 9 Saint Paul's Church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de San Pablo

    Saint Paul's Church is especially remarkable for its façade from the beginning of the Renaissance. It illustrates the transition from the Isabelline style to the plateresque style. The lower part of the main church, designed by Simon of Cologne, belo..

  • 10 Cigarrales Tour Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Carretera de Circunvalación

    Toledo's situation is unique, and can be appreciated all the more from the Cigarrales, extensive olive groves on the south bank of the River Tagus (accessed by the Carretera de Circunvalación as far as Puente de San Martín), where there are several v..

  • 11 Aclimatación de La Orotava Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    calle Retama 2

    This botanical garden was established in the 18C by order of Charles III. The small 2ha enclosure houses an extraordinary profusion of all sorts of species of trees and flowers. While some of the species are native to the Canary Islands, others origi..

  • 12 Huerto del Cura gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Porta de la Morera 49

    A listed "national artistic garden" is a delightful retreat in the palm grove. The "priest's garden" takes its name from José Castaño Sánchez (1843-1918), a chaplain who inherited the garden and then devoted his life to it. In an ..

  • 13 Casa Milà (La Pedrera) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Provença 261

    More commonly known as "La Pedrera", this building, with its façade evoking the movement of the sea and its fantasy decor, is one of Gaudí's finest achievements. A tour of the roof provides wonderful views of the entire Eixample district, a..

  • 14 Sagrada Familia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gaudí dedicated 40 years of his life to his best-known work, which remains unfinished. He gave it great symbolic power by claiming that it was an atonement for the world's materialism and an expression of human solidarity and fraternity. When he died..

  • 15 Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc de Montjuïc, s/n

    This museum contains ten centuries of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the modern day. Housing the art museum, department of drawings and prints, museum of modern art, the numismatic cabinet of Catalonia and an art history library, it is now..

  • 16 Centro histórico de Cáceres Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The unadorned sober architecture of the residences of Cáceres' noblemen bears witness to the hard lives of the former Christian knights who lived here. Only a few details such as a sculpted cornice or a coat of arms adorn the austere façades. Among t..

  • 17 Mezquita Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    calle Cardenal Herrero 1

    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..

  • 18 Alhambra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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..

  • 19 Salamanca's Old Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de Anaya

    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..

  • 20 Roman aqueduct of Segovia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Roma

    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..

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