Top 7 places to visit in Spain – Part I

If you are looking for advice on what to do in Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao or Sevilla you got to the wrong post because this has nothing to do with large, crowded, and widely-known Spanish cities. This post is about my favorite – and some, in my opinion, most underrated- places to visit in Spain. And because it was too difficult for me to choose just 3 or even 5 so that the headline would look catchier, ladies and gentlemen (drum roll), let me introduce you my top SEVEN places to see and enjoy in Spain:

  1. Nerja

This should always be included in an article about sightseeing in Spain: beach! Spain has about 7905 kilometers of coastline, many of which have suffered severe damages due to mass tourism. Fortunately, a bunch of these kilometers remain pretty and untouched. This is the case of Nerja, a small Andalusian town located near Málaga that has a lot to offer: beautiful landscapes, streets full of white little houses, delicious fresh seafood and turquoise waters.

Nerja

  1. Cáceres

As many other southern regions of Spain Cáceres has a strong mix of influences from diverse cultures. The city’s history of battles between Moors and Christians is reflected in its architecture, which is a blend of Roman and Islamic styles. Its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet, the town is, together with the whole region of Extremadura where it belongs to, one of the least visited places in Spain.

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  1. Campo de Criptana: essence of La Mancha

Once a man said “(…) for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay (…)”. These scary giants Cervantes described through the eyes of the genuine Don Quijote de la Mancha probably looked like the windmills in the picture below. Castilla La Mancha is indeed one of the most picturesque and unique regions of Spain and its windmills, the icon of the most prominent work of Spanish literature.

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To be continued

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