Spain's Mediterranean coast contains some of the most amazing places to be found: Catalonia, the Valencian Community or Murcia teem with magical corners blessed with enviable weather which invites us to go out, walk along the beach and, especially, enjoy the local gastronomy in a cosy terrace. The world-renown "Mediterranean diet" is on itself one of the most highly praised in the world, and if to that we were to add the tradition of enjoying said gastronomy next to the fireplace where it is cooked then the result cannot be anything less than delicious.
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.