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El Albaicín is the old Moorish quarter of the city. The Albaicin along with the Alhambra in Grenada are designated UNESCO world heritage sites. The narrow winding streets and architecture give a real feel for the moorish life that existed in Grenada.... more

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Turol Jones

The handsome cathedral, with its collection of 16th-century Brussels tapestries, is interesting to visit, and it is fun to explore the numerous ceramics shops selling their locally made wares. ... more

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The Alcaiceria (the old silk market) around the cathedral is now a tourist area full of souvenir shops. The name, Alcaicería, comes from the Romans meaning "house of Caesar" and was given when Emperor Justinian gave the Moors permission to sell silk. At one time the bazaar was where the silk w... more

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Michal Osmenda

The Alcazaba was the fortress which acted as military headquarters for the Nasrid dynasty. It was built on the highest point of the hill to defend the royal family and house their army. The original construction had 24 towers but only a few remain. If you've already collected your ticket th... more

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Ignacio Garcia

Constructed in the year 835 from the remains of a Roman fort, it is located near the Roman Bridge, which it was designed to protect. There are great views from the top. ... more

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In Malaga, just down from the 14th-century ramparts on the nearby Gibralfaro are gorgeous gardens with magnificent views of the town and harbor.  Just down from there is the 11th-century Alcazaba (Moorish fortress). ... more

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Most of the Moorish part (the Alcázar) dates from the 14th century. The palace of the Emperor Charles V, one of the finest Renaissance structures in Spain, was designed and begun in the 16th century. It now houses a museum of pieces from the Alcázar and a fine-arts collection of religious pai... more

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To the south of the cathedral is the Alcázar—not as impressive as the Alhambra in Granada, but a lovely and refreshingly cool spot to spend a hot afternoon. Most of it was restored by King Pedro “The Cruel” (14th century), but he used Moorish architects and thus retained much of its auth... more

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Frank Kovalchek

The highlight of Segovia is the 14th-century Alcázar castle. Dramatically situated like a ship on the high sea, it is a sight not soon forgotten. This is the castle used in the film Camelot, from whose ramparts Lancelot launches into the song C’est moi before crossing the English Channel to ... more

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Search out the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of Christian Monarchs) just a couple of blocks from the mosque in Cordoba. Its gardens with their water terraces built in the 14th century are a sight to behold... more

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alhambra

The Alhambra with its Generalife Gardens takes a complete day to visit. The ticket booths open at 9 am and it is handy to be there a few minutes early to avoid lines. Alhambra comes from the Arabic name “Red Fort” and, although it is red, its somewhat plain exterior belies the richness and ... more

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Another attraction of this area is its rich archaeological heritage. The Altamira Cave with its 14,000-year-old paintings of bison and other animals became so famous that visitors were damaging the ancient paintings with the large quantities of carbon dioxide they exhaled in the caves every day... more

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On the opposite side of the cathedral from the Giralda is an impressive Renaissance building—originally built to be a customs house but later converted into the Archives of the Indies—which contains most of the documents (comprised of some 86,000,000 pages spanning 400 years) pertaining to ... more

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Arco de la Estrella ( Star's Arch ) was built in the 18th century by Manuel de Larra Churriguera and it's Barroque style. It was built over a 15th century construction and it's wide so that the carriages could pass without difficulties. In the back side (when you arrive from Plaza Mayor - Mayor... more

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Within the medieval city, the fortress-like cathedral is a particularly fine one: mostly early Gothic in form, it contains some beautiful stained glass and ironwork.... more

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The Jewish quarter is a complex network of little streets with a typical Andalusian flavour. You must pay it a visit and get lost in its streets. Barrio de la Judería lies directly to the northwest of Campo Santo de los Mártires. Arabs and Jews once lived in harmony in this mediev... more

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Although surrounded by the congested, modern city of Cáceres, the old city is totally walled-in. Called Barrio Monumental it has abundant medieval atmosphere though it appears more as a museum because few people live there.... more

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Santa Maria Monastery became one of Europe's most important cultural centres during the High Middle Ages. The Benedictine monastery of Ripoll was founded in the ninth century. Successive extensions were added up until the twelfth century.Timetables: Daily, 10am-1pm and 3-6pm.Entry fee: Gen... more

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The name Bibarrambla means "Gate or door of the River" since the square originally stood on the sandy river bank. In Moorish times, festivals and jousts were held here, and later in Christian times bullfights. Unlike the bullfights of today, these were extremely violent. Over time, ma... more

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The monastery at the crown of Montserrat is home to the famed Moreneta, or Black Madonna. The figure, reportedly made by Saint Luke and brought to Barcelona by Saint Peter, was hidden in the Santa Cueva (holy cave) at the time of the Moorish invasions, then found by shepherds in the 9th century... more

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Bujaco Tower is also know by the name of Torre Nueva ( New Tower ). This tower was built in the 12th century (on top of some Roman stones) and its style is Arabian. The tower is square and it's 25m high. It is called Bujaco because of the califa Abú-Ya'qub that conquered the city... more

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The bullring in Ronda is open to the public, with a small admission charge. The bullring also houses an interesting museum dedicated to the sport. One of the oldest bullrings in Spain is located in the hilltop village of Ronda in Andalucia, southern Spain. It is the venue for one of the most s... more

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Even more intriguing are the works of another famous Barcelona artist, Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926), the avant-garde architect. His Holy Family (Sagrada Familia) Church is the city’s most famous landmark, its perforated spires visible from various points around the city. You&rsq... more

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If you are traveling with children, don’t miss a visit to the huge Casa de Campo where there is a zoo, an amusement park, and a lake. The area used to be the royal hunting grounds.... more

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9a-9p M-F, 10a-2p & 4p 7p Sa, 10a-2p & 4p-7p Su & holidalys. The House of Shells is in the Gothic style. Its construction was begun at the end of the 15th century, although it also has Renaissance and Mudejar elements. It belongs to what is known as Isabelline art.... more

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One of the most unique mansions in Segovia is the Casa de los Picos, a 15th-century home adorned with diamond-shaped stones.... more

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An archaeological museum. Timetables: 1 June to 30 September, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm and 5-8pm. 1 October to 31 May, 10am-2pm and 4-7pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm. Closed: Mondays, local holidays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December.Entry fee: General admission: &euro... more

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Open daily of 10:00 to 18:00 The price of the entrance is of 500ptas. The Casa del Rey Moro is to some extent a fraud, since the house was never the home of the Moorish King. It was built in the 18th Century, when Moorish Spain was already a distant memory. Its apparently Moorish gardens are ev... more

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Even more intriguing are the works of another famous Barcelona artist, Antonio Gaudí (1852–1926), the avant-garde architect. His Holy Family (Sagrada Familia) Church is the city’s most famous landmark, its perforated spires visible from various points around the city. You&rsq... more

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The Casa Museo de Goya is definitely worth a short stop to see the simple house where he lived. The house is furnished with 18th-century pieces in an effort to re-create the way it must have looked when Goya lived there. You can even see the room where he was born. An admission ticket also give... more

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You must not miss the Casa Pilatos, a stunning palace built in 1540 for the Marqués of Tarifa. The name derives from Pontius Pilate’s home in Jerusalem (which supposedly the Marqués visited and admired). The palace is a delight—filled with brilliantly colored tiles, su... more

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The house of the Amphitheatre of Mérida, call this because of its proximity to the monument. Figures of Venus and Cupido and scenes of vendimia and others with pictures of marine species. SCHEDULE: 1 June to 30 September: from 9:30 to 13:45 and 17:00 to 19.15. 1 October to 31 May: from 9... more

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The cathedral dates from the 11th to 13th centuries and was built on the site of Saint James’s tomb (and several earlier churches). An unusual feature of the building is the existence of plazas on all sides, which allow encompassing views of the cathedral from the plazas and vice versa. B... more

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CATHEDRAL (Entrance on Calle Gran Vía de Colón) Admission price: 3 euros Monday - Saturday 10:45 - 13:30; 16:00 - 19:00 (winter) / 16:00 - 20:00 (summer) Sunday and holidays 16:00 - 19:00 (winter) / 16:00 - 20:00 (summer) As is the case of most Christian buildings in Granada, the ... more

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The fortified town of Zamora seems to be wall-to-wall churches; but if you can see only one, visit the impressive 12th-century cathedral, whose tower dome ringed by arched windows should not be missed. Its museum has a stunning collection of 15th- and 16th-century Flemish tapestries.... more

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The most impressive structure in Santo Domingo de la Calzada is the 12-th century cathedral where a live rooster and hen are in residence in commemoration of a miracle which supposedly occurred when a young pilgrim's innocence was proved by the crowing of an already roasted cock. The chicke... more

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This cathedral is outstanding for the elegance and harmony of its architectureAlthough it is predominantly Gothic, the cathedral also displays other artistic styles, given that it was built over a period lasting from 1221 to 1795.Timetables: Monday through Saturday from 09:30 to 13:00 and 16:00... more

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Santa Maria d'Urgell Cathedral is the most emblematic building of the town. In addition, it is the only Romanesque cathedral preserved in Catalonia. It was built during the 12th century, thanks to bishop Saint Ot's drive. The current building has a basilica shape, with 3 naves, a large ... more

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Gothic-era cathedral of golden sandstone with soaring stained glass windows and richly decorated West portals.... more

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Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-6pm; Sun 2-6pm; main body of cathedral closed daily, noon-3pm Cost: Treasure Room, chapels and chapter house €4.95 Free admission to cathedral Photos: Not allowed inside... more

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The highest mountian in Spain. Mulhacén is the highest mountain in continental Spain (second after Pico de Teide / Tenerife). It stands at 3482m in the Sierra Nevada. The National Park of Sierra Nevada and reserve... more

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The Church of Saint Stephen is a lovely Romanesque building from the 13th century.... more

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The houses of Manresa are arranged around the basilica of Santa María de la Seo. This structure combines both Romanesque and Renaissance elements, although its mainly a Gothic building.... more

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At the Church of the Vera Cruz you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. To wind up your sightseeing with more city views, return to town via the Cuesta de los Hoyos.... more

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Recommended by Arianella de Can Coral: Modernist wine cellar set in a magnificent park. English tours available. The Codorniu Wine cellars will introduce you to the Spanish sparkling wine called "Cava" along with showing you the 30km of tunnels in which the bottles rest until they are perfect ... more

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Wander down into town to the Plaza de España flanked by the town hall (ayuntamiento) with a Renaissance façade, the arcaded 15th-century Lonja (trade hall) with its gothic arches, and the highly elaborate, baroque façade of the colossal Colegiata de Santa María (Sai... more

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The Convent of Saint Francis was founded by the saint himself in 1214. ... more

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The Convento de San José is the first convent founded by Santa Teresa—now home to a museum of mementos about her life.... more

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The Convento de Santa Teresa, a few blocks southwest of the cathedral, is built on the birthplace of the famous 16th-century mystic writer, who is generally credited with defeating the Reformation in Spain by carrying out reforms of her own. Inside there are relics related to the saint and some... more

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The Corral de Comedias can be found through an entrance in the center of the south portico of the Plaza Mayor. The Corral de Comedias is a 16th-century open-pit theater. It is a microcosm within the plaza. A rectangular space open to the sky it is bordered by passageways above which are two lev... more

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