Spain is a country filled with stunning landscapes and unforgettable vistas. From the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, to the hilltop castles of Granada and Malaga, picturesque spots are a mainstay of this beautiful country. But what are the places that will send you searching for deals on flights to Spain? Here are the hotspots:
Located in the province of Huesca, Ainsa is a medieval hilltop village whose rugged buildings and 17th century castle are hewn from uneven stone and hold La Peña Montañesa for a backdrop.
The oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain, Cádiz sits on a peninsula along the Costa de la Luz, and features stunning coastal city views along with Roman relics and the cupola of Cádiz Cathedral.
Santiago de Compostela
Famously known as the final destination for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia, and its standout feature is its Gothic cathedral, a World Heritage Site and reputed burial place of St. James.
Also in the province of Huesca, Alquézar is a tiny village with a population of 301 built on a limestone outcrop of Eocene age – i.e pretty old. The local area features ancient limestone caves with prehistoric paintings.
The Calata Alhamra was a small 9th century fortress, built-up to its current form in the 11th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar. The surrounding hillside grounds feature beautiful English elms and fountains.
Just a day trip from the bustle of Barcelona, Baix Emporda is replete with medieval villages, shimmering beaches, and lush rolling hills. Be sure to stop-by the town of Begur and wander the Moorish streets.
Santillana del Mar
Commonly known as the town of three lies—it’s neither a Saint (Santi), nor flat (llana), nor by the sea (Mar), Santillana del Mar’s name is actually derived from Santa Juliana whose remains are held in the Romanesque Colegiata, a Benedictine monastery.
Situated at the confluence of the Huerva, the Gállego, and the Ebro river, Zaragoza is famous for its folklore, gastronomy, and the baroque 17th century Pilar Basilica. Be sure to visit the Cathedral of Teruel, featuring the World Heritage inscribed Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon.
Salamanca, Castile y Léon
Castile y Léon is Spain in its most bare and natural form, with wide-open plains and towering mountains. It is also home to the pre-Roman city of Salamanca, whose Old City is a World Heritage Site and features a 12th century cathedral and stunningly varied architecture.
Sitting in the hills of Cadiz province, Grazalema is a small town made up entirely of pueblos blancos, which stand out starkly with the surrounding rock-strewn mountains. With plenty of hiking trails in the local area, there is no shortage of stunning views if you like walking..
So next time you book a flight to Spain, be sure to have one of these incredible places on your itinerary.
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