Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca

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  • 1. Albufera Nature Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This beautiful freshwater lagoon was named by Moorish poets— albufera means "the sun's mirror." The park is a nesting site for more than 250...Read More

  • 2. Cap de Creus


    North of Cadaqués, Spain's easternmost point is a fundamental pilgrimage, if only for the symbolic geographical rush. The hike out to the lighthouse...Read More

  • 3. Castillo de Santa Bárbara


    One of the largest existing medieval fortresses in Europe, Castillo de Santa Bárbara sits atop 545-foot-tall Monte Benacantil. From this strategic...Read More

  • 4. Catedral de Valencia

    Ciutat Vella | Museum/Gallery

    Valencia's 13th- to 15th-century cathedral is the heart of the city. The building has three portals—Romanesque, Gothic, and rococo. Inside,...Read More

  • 5. Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the heart of the Força Vella, the cathedral looms above 90 steps and is famous for its nave—at 75 feet, the widest in the world and the epitome...Read More

  • 6. Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències


    Designed mainly by native son Santiago Calatrava, this sprawling futuristic complex is the home of Valencia's Museu de les Ciències Príncipe...Read More

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  • 7. El Call

    Historic District/Site

    Girona is especially noted for its 13th-century Jewish Quarter, El Call, which branches off Carrer de la Força, south of the Plaça Catedral...Read More

  • 8. La Moreneta

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The shrine of La Moreneta, one of Catalonia's patron saints, resides in a Benedictine monastery high in the Serra de Montserrat, surrounded...Read More

  • 9. Lonja de la Seda

    Ciutat Vella | Notable Building

    On the Plaza del Mercado, this 15th-century building is a product of Valencia's golden age, when the city's prosperity as one of the capitals...Read More

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  • 10. Monasterio de Santa María de Poblet

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1150 by Ramón Berenguer IV in gratitude for the Christian Reconquest, the monastery first housed a dozen Cistercians from Narbonne...Read More

  • 11. Museo de Bellas Artes

    Trinitat | Museum/Gallery

    Valencia was a thriving center of artistic activity in the 15th century—one reason that the city's Museum of Fine Arts, with its lovely palm...Read More

  • 12. Sant Pere de Rodes

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, 7 km (4½ miles) by car (plus a 20-minute walk) above the pretty fishing village of El Port de la Selva...Read More

  • 13. Teatre-Museu Dalí


    Museum" was not a big enough word for Dalí, so he christened his monument a theater. In fact, the building was once the Força Vella theater...Read More

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  • 14. Amphitheater


    Tarragona, the Emperor Augustus's favorite winter resort, had arguably the finest amphitheater in Roman Iberia, built in the 2nd century AD...Read More

  • 15. Ayuntamiento

    Government Building

    Constructed between 1696 and 1780, the town hall is a beautiful example of baroque civic architecture. Inside, a gold sculpture by Salvador...Read More

  • 16. Banys Arabs

    Hot Spring

    A misnomer, the Banys Arabs were actually built by Morisco craftsmen (workers of Moorish descent) in the late 12th century, long after Girona...Read More

  • 17. Basílica de Santa María

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Constructed in a Gothic style over the city's main mosque between the 14th and 16th century, this is Alicante's oldest house of worship. The...Read More

  • 18. Basilica of Sant Feliu

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of Girona's most beloved churches and its first cathedral until the 10th century, Sant Feliu was repeatedly rebuilt and altered over four...Read More

  • 19. Bodegas Torres


    This family vineyard-winery provides tours and tastings of some excellent Penedès wines. There are also pairings on offer–-wine with cheese...Read More

  • 20. Casa Castellarnau

    Historic Home

    Now an art and historical museum, this Gothic palauet (town house) built by Tarragona nobility in the 18th century includes stunning furnishings...Read More

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