Planning a getaway from stress and work? Find new places without having to go looking for them: Swide takes charge with a pocket guide of top 5 places to see in…Spain.
The city of Cáceres is located in the province of Cáceres, in the Extremadura region of western central Spain. Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by Unesco because it mixes Roman, Moorish, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. The Islamic period is marked by thirty towers, the most famous being Torre del Bujaco. This is the perfect season to visit, as it is very cold in winter and very hot in summer. Visit the Iglesia y Convento de San Pablo, XV Century church; the Barroque style Convento de la Compañía de Jesus, which today is used for art exhibitions; the Palacio de los Golfines de Abajo.
Altea is a town and municipality located in the province of Alicante, Spain, North of Benidorm on the section of Mediterranean coast called the Costa Blanca. The beauty of this town is in strolling its labyrinthine narrow streets with glimpses of the bay. Visit also the church Nuestra Senora del Consuelo ("Our Lady of Solace"), with its white domes and ceramics.
Girona is a city in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain. Sometimes overlooked because of the much bigger Barcelona, Girona is a pearl, the Amsterdam of Catalonia. The old fortifications are a must see. They have protected Girona from invaders for hundreds of years. The city wall of the old town was an important military construction built in Roman times in the 1st century BC. The Roman wall was used as a foundation. The Jewish heritage of the town is small yet keenly felt, so visit the Catalan Jewish Museum in town.
Salamanca is a city in western Spain, in the community of Castille and Leon. One of the most beautiful cities in Spain because of its beautiful buildings, the Old City was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1988. With a long history that dates back to the Pre-Ancient Roman period, Salamanca is the most important university city in Spain. Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful squares in the world, and the Old Town is built with a special uniform sandstone in Plateresque architecture to be found only here: at the sunset, the whole city turns to shades of pink. Search for the Lucky Frog on the Universidad Civil of Unamuno.
You probably know Sevilla already, but in a top 5 places to see in Spain, as different as the tourist-crowded ones can be, Sevilla has definitely a place especially during this season, when it gets much more tranquil and yet stays with warm temperatures. The Alcazar palace complex, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies have been declared a World Heritage Site by the Unesco. Must-see are also the old minaret of La Giralda, Plaza de Espana, and the Cathedral of Saint Mary. Stroll around to see the city, beautiful even in the residential buildings.
Written by: Elisa della Barba