The 5 most beautiful cities in Spain that you did not know about.
Noisy Barcelona, colorful Seville – the most famous cities in Spain, attracting tourists en masse. But in addition to the most popular holiday destinations, in this country there are a number of real pearls that only avid travel lovers know about. All cities in Spain are distinctive: those that experienced their heyday during the Renaissance, are significantly different from those that for many centuries were ruled by the Moors or Visigoths. Visiting these unique places, tourists find a new, hitherto unknown Spain.
Located in central Spain, Salamanca owes its breathtaking beauty to the sandstone buildings quarried nearby. At sunset, the rays of the sun illuminate the buildings, so Salamanca is also called the “golden city”.
There are also many students here, because in 1218 an educational institution was founded here, one of the best in Europe. The town has many old historical buildings, including the Cartagena Cathedral of the 12th century and the castle of Casa de las Conchas, built in the 15th century and decorated with shells. A visit to Salamanca usually begins with Plaza Major, where students gather for communication and good time.
Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Spain, the city of Granada is the capital of the province of the same name in Andalusia. This place invites visitors to experience the former splendor of Moorish Spain. This period of the country’s history ended when Ferdinand and Isabella, the monarchs, passed through the city gates of Puerta de Elvira in 1492. The attention of all travelers was attracted by the beautiful Alhambra palace with its exquisite architecture, numerous fountains and lush gardens. Built in the 13th century.
It is no less interesting to wander through the streets of the Muslim quarter, watching the whitewashed walls of old buildings. Fans of beautiful landscapes will enjoy the sunset view from the observation deck of Mirador de San Nicolas. From here you can see how the sun illuminates the main attraction of the city – the Alhambra Palace.
At first glance, Spain’s largest port city has little to offer tourists. But if you look closely, this city will reveal a lot of interesting things. For example, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which was built by the prominent architect Frank Jerry. The building, inlaid with titanium panels, hosts more than one hundred exhibitions of contemporary art.
A short walk from the museum is the futuristic bridge that leads to the old part of the city. Here are the Cathedral of St. Santiago, built in the 13th century in the style of the Gothic Renaissance and decorated with the works of the artist of the Italian Baroque period, Luca Giordano Basilica de Begonia of the 16th century.
The northern city of Logrono was once a medieval fortified outpost. The old quarter of the city is still the main attraction of this area. Casco Antiguo has long served as a stop for pilgrims who want to visit the grave of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.
Guests of the city also visit the gothic church of Santa Maria de Palacio with numerous statues and the church of St. Bartholomew in the Romanesque style. Logrono is also known for its world-class wines, which can be purchased at a nice price at a local mall.
Located in the northeast of Catalonia, Girona is a small medieval town with a rich past. It is called the city of a thousand sieges, as it has long resisted the invasions of warlike armies. A traveler who has got here, scouting the old quarter, will see the Moorish baths and Gothic churches, will stray along the narrow streets and stone paths and go straight to the cathedral.
89 steps to overcome the pilgrim in order to see the monumental “Tapestry of Creation”, hand-embroidered in the 11th century. There is also a very picturesque promenade with many cafes, shops and restaurants.