10 places in Spain that are an alternative to the best destinations in Europe: Museums, palaces, mountains, beaches, castles, forests and dream waters. In Spain we should not envy the rest of Europe. Find out!
It is a classic case that happens to a large number of travelers: you end up knowing some countries far better than your own. When you take a vacation and leave your job for a few weeks, you usually look for a total disconnection during which you can recharge your batteries. The traveler’s gaze centers on remote places on the map, thinking that the physical distance will bring the mental, but it does not have to be that way. And less in a country like Spain.
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Spain was the third country in the world with the largest number of foreign visitors in 2015. Almost 66 million tourists decided to spend their holidays in our country. Mountains, dreamy beaches, monumental cities, medieval villages, forests and natural parks … And all this accompanied by a great climate and one of the best and most varied cuisines in the world.
Yes, traveling around Europe allows you to meet new cultures and that is a good reason to do so. However, if you are more interested in landscapes and monuments perhaps with this list you will realize that you will not find much more beautiful places than you have in Spain:
Palace of Schönbrunn in Vienna v Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso, Segovia
The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most famous icons of the beautiful and imperial Vienna. Declared Patrimony of the Humanity by Unesco in 1996 was, in its origins, a small palace of hunting used at the end of Century XVI. This is just one of the similarities with the Royal Palace of the Farm of San Ildefonso, located to 13 kilometers of Segovia.
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Both palaces have a great influence of the one of Versailles, in France. The Duke of Anjou, who later became the Spanish king Philip V and had the palace of the Farm built at the beginning of the eighteenth century, was educated at the court of King Louis XIV of France, and this was noted in his architectural taste . Its beautiful gardens and impressive fountains saw the Bourbon heirs walking during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is, undoubtedly, one of the most important palaces in Spain.
Black Forest of Germany v Selva de Irati, Navarra
It is the two largest beech forests in Europe, winning the German Black Forest gold medal and Irati silver. However, you will also find firs and other species in the large forest area of 17,000 hectares that make up the Selva de Irati.
10 places in Spain that are an alternative to the best destinations in Europe: La Selva de Irati, located between the valleys of Aezkoa and Salazar, is one of the most beautiful natural places in Spain and, for you to communicate more deeply with nature, it has been for years prohibited to cross its forest tracks in private vehicles, leaving To hikers and cyclists a landscape free of noise and pollution. Walk along its paths and enjoy the idyllic landscape meditating on the banks of the Irabia Reservoir.
Beaches of Malta v Beaches of Menorca
Famous for its tranquility and the different turquoise tones of its crystal clear waters, the small coves and wild beaches of the islands of Malta are famous throughout Europe. However, even more popular are the ones you will find in Menorca.
The Balearic island offers coves surrounded by nature such as Cala Macarella, Cala Galdana and Cala Mitjana. Some suitable for families with children and others remote and difficult to access, allowing the traveler greater privacy and feeling of disconnection. Accompany all this with a gastronomy like the Balearic and you will have no doubt in leaving Malta for another occasion.
The Charles Bridge in Prague and the Roman Bridge in Cordoba
Every year, millions of tourists walk and take pictures next to the statues that decorate the Charles Bridge in Prague. From the beginning of the fifteenth century it is laid out on the Vltava River, connecting, at present, the new city with the old one. 600 years fulfilling its function. Not bad, but has little to do before the more than 2,000 years that contemplate the Roman bridge of Cordoba.
With 16 arches and more than 300 meters this bridge has, like Charles’s, several additions (such as the tower of Calahorra and the Gate of the Bridge) and reconstructions behind it, such as those of the Caliphate and some in the 20th century . Cross the Guadalquivir on these stones full of history and venture into monumental Cordoba, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
Tate Modern Gallery in London v Guggenheim in Bilbao
The Tate Modern Gallery is one of the most renowned modern art museums in Europe. It was. Since the arrival of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 1997, lovers of contemporary art travel to Bilbo to admire the magnificent works of the collection housed in a building that already draws the attention of all types of public. The Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry created his work on the banks of the Bilbao estuary, making the Guggenheim an international tourist attraction
Mont Saint Michel in France v Alhambra in Granada
Perched on Mont Saint Michel is one of the most emblematic monuments in Europe. The abbey stands out on the rocky promontory just as the palace of the Alhambra dominates Granada from the heights.
The most visited monument in Spain consists of a set of palaces, gardens and fortresses that served as accommodation for the rulers of the Nazari Kingdom of Granada. The Courtyard of the Lions, the Alcazaba, the Hall of Kings … If its interior is monumental, its exterior, surrounded by vegetation, is not far behind.
Swiss Alps v Picos de Europa in Cantabria, Asturias and Castile and Leon
Switzerland is the most mountainous country in Europe and the idyllic images of green valleys and dramatic rocky peaks are the first that come to mind when hearing the name of the Swiss country. However, Spain, silver medal in the European ranking of rocky masses, has nothing to envy the country of watches.
In the central part of the Cantabrian mountain range is the mountainous massif of the Picos de Europa. Mountains above 2,500 meters alternate with valleys, rivers and small villages until almost reaching the sea. A landscape of contrasts that delights lovers of hiking and life in nature.
Colosseum of Rome v Roman Amphitheater of Merida
It must be recognized that it is difficult to find another monument of the imposing and historical importance of the Colosseum in Rome. However, few people know that the Merida amphitheater, called Augusta Emerita in Roman times, was built a century earlier than the famous Amphiteatrum Flavium (original name of the Coliseum).
In the arena of the amphitheater of Mérida fought, between century I AC and IV, the gladiators to preserve their lives in the cruel games Roman. Nowadays, the struggles have been replaced by dramatic art and the public applauds without asking for the lives of art gladiators.
Notre Dame in Paris v Burgos Cathedral
Two of Europe’s Gothic jewels are found in neighboring countries. The construction of the French lady began about 60 years earlier (second half of the twelfth) but her deployment would come 80 years later than her sister Burgos
10 places in Spain that are an alternative to the best destinations in Europe,The facades of both cathedrals show characteristics of a common architectural style, the French Gothic, however the interior of the one of Burgos exhibits a great number of Renaissance and Baroque decorative elements. On clear days, the sun seems to draw a dazzling glow to the white stone of one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical monuments, not only of Spain, but of all of Europe.
Route Lycia in Turkey v Way of St. James
The Licia Route, a 500-kilometer route that winds its way along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, was considered by The Times to be one of the 10 best trekkings in the world. However, no other path on the planet has the historical, mystical and scenic legacy that treasures the Camino de Santiago.
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Of the different Roads of Santiago, the Frenchman is perhaps the best known and most spectacular landscape. If you have more than a month of vacations, start from the Pyrenean mountains and get ready to live one of the greatest adventures of your life, with which, perhaps, you get to know yourself better.