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  • The most magical places in Spain



    Spain is a favorite destination for visitors coming to Europe and attracts many tourists with its extensive beaches and spectacular coastline. However, many expect more from their holiday than just to dangle at the beach or at the pool.

    As you may see in the video and article below, Spain also offers incredible adventures and magical places, so here are some sights that you should definitely not miss if you want to get goosebumps. 

    Running of the Bulls (“encierro”) in Pamplona

    Alhambra, Granada

    The Alhambra is a large and beautiful Castle also called the Sultan’s Palace on the Sabikah hill of Granada. It is considered the finest example of Moorish style architecture from the Islamic rule in Spain and since 1884 it belongs to the world cultural heritage. In the 9th to 12th century it was used as a fortress and has a separately fortified citadel for the rulers. The complex includes the Court Of Lions, a wonderful fountain with a marble lion – the whole place is amazing.

    The Alhambra in Granada

    The Alhambra ©Will Clayton/Flickr

    It is wise to reserve tickets in advance, as only 8,000 people are permitted per day and the demand is much higher sometimes.

    Cave of Altamira

    The Altamira cave near the town of Santillana del Mar, Cantabria is famous for its stone age cave paintings and is part of the UNESCO world heritage. It contains approximately 930 images, pure charcoal drawings and colored illustrations as well.

    Most drawings depict deer, bison, horses and wild boars. Having almost 5,500 square feet, the cave is large, about 270 meters long. Altamira was known since about 16,000 BC to 11,000 BC, but it collapsed and was only rediscovered in 1868.

    The original cave is no longer available because the breath of the visitors made severe damage to the paintings. So now only a selected audience has access. As the demand was still very high, the entrance of the cave was copied so today the faithful replicas of Stone Age paintings can be seen in the museum, 500 meters away from Altamira.

    Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park

    The Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park is the oldest national park in the Spanish Pyrenees in Huersca province. The 15,608 hectares large park is also home to the 3,355 meter high Monte Perdido, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

    Canyon in Ordesa National Park

    Canyon in “Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido” ©Anders Lanzen/Flickr

    Some 600,000 people visit the park every year partly because of the unique flora and fauna. You can find the deepest canyons of the continent here, with bizarre rock formations. In addition, many plant and animal species that are already extinct in many parts of Europe also live here.

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