Spain has a lot to offer beyond Madrid, Barcelona or Seville. There is much more to surprise the tourist in Spain than the imposing Alhambra, Gaudi's architecture or the Prado Museum's bicentennial. In this entry we will divulge places who are nothing short of a treasure, historic and cultural jewels unknown to the general public where you can go and disconnect from the routine while connecting with the locals, their way of life and their enjoyable traditions. We will tell the tale of places which year after year are recognized by a society named "The Most Beautiful Towns of Spain".
Did you know that Cadiz was founded in 1100 bC? As our farewell to the past year we have chosen to retell the origins of a city with over 3000 years of history and chosen as one of the “52 places to go in 2019” by the New York Times. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors… have been some of the cultures who called the shores of Cádiz “home”, all of them having shaped the incredible history of the Andalusian city, the oldest of all Western Europe.
At no time in the past were markets more popular in Spain than now. Maybe it is because of the freshness and superior quality of its products, or because some of those markets have redefined themselves as gourmet or touristic spots. Whatever the case, these temples of gastronomy are a must-visit during our Spanish itinerary.
Every year the Mediterranean city of Cartagena, in the south-east of Spain, takes upon itself to reenact the historical events of the Second Punic War between Hannibal the Carthaginian and Scipio Africanus resulting in one of the most peculiar regional festivities countrywide. You will be able to experience such a rollercoaster from the inside, but a few preliminary explanations are mandatory.
To enter a building and have your jaw drop is not, at least for us, an everyday event, but every time we enter Córdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral exactly that happens to us. Some places in the world take you back to times past and this one is among them. There is no effort needed here in order to imagine how the building was hundreds of years ago because, as soon as we step in, we already feel transported to the past.
Soon, the mythical TV-series Game of Thrones will air its eighth and last season and grant us the perfect pretext to walk on the footsteps that this global phenomenon has left in Spain. Millions of followers of the HBO fiction series have been, inadvertently, traveling across different locations of the Iberian Peninsula. Places like The King’s Landing, Dorne, Highgarden, Meereen and Volantis are in fact in Spain, so are you willing to visit the most notorious ones?