Winning tip: the seductive Salamanca
I stopped in Salamanca for lunch when driving from Madrid to Lisbon and ended up staying there for a week, caught up in the charming atmosphere of the city. Its elegant red sandstone architecture, with two cathedrals and splendid university buildings dating back to the 15th century, gives the city the quality of an open-air cultural lounge, where academics, students and locals live on a kind of set. dreamy outdoor theater. . Street names are hand-painted in scarlet on the signs and the young population creates a hedonistic atmosphere at night when darkness descends. By day, take a look at the Plaza Mayor and the charming Doll museum.
Approached by a wonderful medieval bridge over the Duero River, Zamora, perched on its sandstone cliff, offers a lot. More Romanesque churches (24) than any other city, with its pink-tinged sandstone gleaming warmly in the sunlight. Add to this the Baltasar Lobo sculpture museum close to the medieval castle, the Douro wines from the surrounding gentle hills, the famous Holy Week processions, an eclectic collection of art deco buildings and you may not find time for the greatest gem of all, the Visigoth church of San Pedro de la Nave, 12 kilometers northwest.
Segovia … sigh!
Segovia. A paradisiacal city approximately one hour northwest of Madrid. I lived there during my Erasmus year, but I still sigh every time I think about it. The centerpiece of this impressive site is the Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st century AD. If that doesn’t impress you, the Disney-inspired Alcazar certainly will. The cathedral is the most modern Gothic in Europe and Segovia offers beautiful views from any direction. For award-winning tapas The Sephardic Stove, or for casual bites, go to The place. This is a treasure trove of gastronomic and architectural delights, not to be missed!
The Spanish city that will definitely take your breath away is Ronda (in the province of Malaga, Andalusia). Between a 150 m deep rocky gorge, which can be admired from the bridge called Puente Nuevo, Ronda is a perfect place to see the architecture influenced by the Romans, the Arabs and the Catholic Monarchs. Down the steps of the Water mine At the Casa del Rey Moro, admiring the omnipresent beautiful mosaics, strolling through the cobbled streets of Ronda and passing through the oldest bullrings in Spain, the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, are some of the things you can do in the beautiful Round.
Hustle and bustle and beaches, Vigo
We had little knowledge of what Vigo would be like before visiting it in 2017. What we found was a bustling port city with welcoming people and delicious food. Being on the Galician coast makes the local octopus specialty abundant. Each restaurant makes its own version of this delicious meaty delicacy. Unlike the prices of some of the most popular cities in Spain, Vigo is affordable: for less than € 2 you can have a beer or a glass of wine and some small tapas for free. The highlight of our visit was a trip to the Cíes Islands (a 45-minute ferry from Vigo), with golden beaches that have rightly been named among the most beautiful in the world.
Saints and storks in Tarazona
Tarazona, halfway between Soria and Zaragoza, has preserved its medieval Arab layout and, therefore, it is easy to get lost. From the Romanesque church of Santa María Magdalena, high above the city, you can admire the old rooftops and see the pattern of the town, with the 18th century bullring in its center and, opposite, the Mudejar Cathedral, with its Gothic wall paintings and its impressive windows. In between are the hanging houses of the Jewish Quarter, the ornate Renaissance town hall, and clusters of pleasant bars and restaurants. At Easter, columns of women carry the statue and beat the drums in the procession of Santa María Magdalena, and at that time of year the storks are everywhere.
Warrior pose, Toledo
Toledo is my best Spanish city. You feel like you are living in ancient centuries, or you are seeing a real life of ancient soldiers. You even think that you are a warrior and you have to win the battle. It is a really interesting city with extraordinary walls and gates. After an hour of walking, you will find the best view in mirador, where you can see a panoramic view of the entire city. It is truly so unique and you will fall in love with the majesty of this city.
The treasures of El Burgo de Osma
Among the undulating landscapes of the Douro River, a little gem awaits to be discovered. Halfway between Zaragoza and Valladolid, El Burgo de Osma is a treasure trove of history, from Roman ruins, a medieval castle, to perfectly preserved city walls, beautifully manicured gardens, and an elegant main square. The centerpiece, however, is the magnificent cathedral, built of honey-colored stone over five centuries. We stayed in a spacious and elegant apartment in The Balcony of the Cathedral with views of the cathedral square for € 60. The historic center is restricted to traffic, so stroll through the streets, grab a table, soak up. It will probably just be you and the locals.
The warmth of the Spanish sun is second only to the warmth of the heart and soul of the ancient city of Cádiz. An island, not geographically speaking, but almost entirely surrounded by water. The landscapes and beautiful beaches of Cádiz rival any Andalusian paradise. The endless maze of streets is lined with lively taverns and impressive buildings, providing enough adventures to last a lifetime. The Atlantic Ocean plays a vital role in city life, crashing into city walls and filling plates with an endless abundance of fresh seafood and fueling the energy of its citizens on carnival day. In Cádiz, every day feels like a carnival day.
The medieval city of Trujillo, in the unjustly overlooked province of Extremadura, made a surprisingly impressive stop on our road trip to catch the ferry from Bilbao. Our excellent boutique accommodation was on an unassuming street; however, a 20-meter walk took us to the main square. More Game of Thrones than Game of Thrones, the panorama was impressive: medieval buildings surrounded the square, which in turn was surrounded by battlements. A multitude of bell towers rose up around us and a distinguished church took center stage alongside a huge statue of the conquistador Pizarro. Dinner in the square was a delight, food of peasant origin washed down with a red from Extremadura.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism