Have you ever been to Spain? Or maybe it is still on your list? Either of those, continue reading. There is a chance you might discover something new since we asked few local Spanish to recommend some undiscovered places for you to see. ¿Interested? Let’s go!
We are going to start from the centre of the Iberian Peninsula – yes that would be Madrid. Some people say that no city on Earth is more alive than the Spanish capital. The elegance and the feeling of some kind of magic creates something that you can call a good atmosphere. If you have ever been there you probably know what we are talking about. Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Templo de Debod, Madrid Cathedral, rooftop terrace at the Círculo de Bellas Artes from where you can see the whole city – those places are amongst the most popular to see in Madrid and we are sure you will. Anyway, there are probably some hidden treasures still waiting to be discovered.
It might seem impossible but we know a place where you can find some peace in the busiest part of the city. Near the already mentioned Puerta del Sol there is a small hidden terrace, located just on the top floor of the Salvador Bachiller store and called El Jardín Secreto de Salvador. Believe us, the terrace which looks just like a lovely garden will recharge your batteries after the day full of sightseeing and will make you cool down in just a second. If you feel more like having a beer, head to Lavapiés neighbourhood which is centered on the Plaza de Lavapiés. It has exotic, cosmopolitan flavour and it draws many visitors from other parts of Madrid, as well as foreign tourists so you might find the atmosphere totally different than the real centre of the city. Another great place for going out for a couple of drinks is Malasaña district – it is a vibrant neighbourhood and a centre for the "hipster" phenomena, full of lively bars and clubs overflowing with young people. Our recommendation for this place would be unique Ojalá bar, where you can find a... beach inside.
If you are more a lover of nature, Gaztelugatxe islet on the coast of Biscay must leave you satisfied. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge of two arches and a path which consists of a narrow road that leads to the highest part of the island. On top of the island stands a hermitage (named Gaztelugatxeko Doniene in Basque; San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spanish), dedicated to John the Baptist, that dates from the 10th century. After you conquer 237 steps to reach the top, you will be able to enjoy one of the nicest spots in Basque country. The views are unparalleled, on top the beauty of the landscape will leave you breathless.
La Costa de los Dinasaurios (Dinosaur Coast) will prove that dinosaurs existed if you ever had any doubts. This part of the Spanish coastline between Gijón and Ribadesella is characterized by an abundance of fossil remains and footprints of dinosaurs and other reptiles that were alive during the Jurassic period. Some of them are more than a metre in diameter and definitely a sight to see. A great place to visit for scientists, archaeologists and dinosaur fanatics! For fanatics of literature, we suggest Consuegra - one of the most iconic images of Spain, home of the famous windmills of La Mancha, as in Don Quixote. This is traditional Spain at its finest, and Consuegra is home to the best preserved windmills in the country. While standing on a hill you can see for miles and miles. It’s a really cool place to visit and not very well-known. There is also a historic castle next to the windmills.
Setenil de las Bodegas in the province of Cádiz is famous for its dwellings built into rock overhangs above the Rio Trejo. The town extends along the course of the Rio Trejo with some houses being built into the rock walls of the gorge itself, created by enlarging natural caves or overhangs and adding an external wall. For even more "rocky" experience there is a place that not even every Spanish is familiar with – it is called Las Médulas. It is a true monument of nature at its best which is listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. As the sources describe it, the serrated relieve of this landscape, marked by red clayey mountains and covered by chestnut trees, owes its appearance to the Romans, who altered the natural environment in this area when they established a gold mine in the 1st century AD. For this purpose they came up with an ingenious system called "ruina montium", which used water force to crumble down the soil and expose the gold. The two centuries that this type of mining went on, caused the formation of the peculiar relieve of Las Médulas. Red-clay erosion gullies, towers, and underground galleries, all surrounded by chestnut trees, make up this cultural landscape. Eight kilometres away from Las Médulas, the viewpoint of Orellán offers one of the best views of the whole place.So whatever it is – the cities with their magic atmosphere and harmony between busy and relaxing or amazing landscapes of the rest of the sunny Spain, you would be able to find your happy place there. Remember, travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. And who does not want to be richer?
2015.08.11 11:00 Tue