For a few years I took groups of university students to Mallorca. It was both a privilege and a pleasure; hard work but great fun. Through fieldwork we investigated the island’s mountain and coastal landscapes and tried to piece together the natural and anthropogenic factors that contribute to their very particular character. Now with UNESCO World Heritage status, the high mountains and rugged coasts of the Serra de Tramuntana are remarkable and beautifully wild, yet they have a long history of human occupation. The limestone geology has exerted considerable structural control on landforms, soils and vegetation resulting in a unique landscape of serrated mountains and deep gorges. Over thousands of years people built stone terraces, complex water management systems, villages and steep footpaths; they managed woodlands and created groves of olive, citrus, almond and carob.
Founded by Hercules, shaped by the Romans, ruled by the Moors, and finally conquered by the Christians, the 2,200-years-old capital of Andalusia is an architectural wonderland, with styles spanning from Mudejár and Gothic to Baroque and Spanish Renaissance.
From historically significant monuments to dazzling Moorish palaces, these 10 must-see buildings in Seville make sightseeing in the city a fabulous experience.
Built during the Reconquest, on the site of a 12th-century Islamic mosque, Santa María de la Sede (as it is officially known) is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and one of Spain’s most treasured monuments.
A UNESCO Heritage Site, the superb construction covers 7 centuries of history, exhibiting styles and elements from different architectural periods. The only Moorish remains left are the sweet-scented Patio de los Naranjos and the iconic Giralda bell tower, the mosque’s former minaret.
Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean sea off the east coast of Spain and is the third largest island of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera), an autonomous community of Spain. The island comprises five municipalities: Ibiza or Eivissa (Ibiza town), Santa Eulària del Rio, Sant Antoni, San José and San Juan Bautista while it covers an area of 572 km² and has 210 kilometres of coastline. Its population is 141,000 , of which around 76% are Spaniards while 24% are foreign residents. The island’s major cities are Ibiza Town (the capital), Santa Eulalia del Rio and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Ιbiza is often referred as either the “White Island” because of its white buildings and typical smooth domed architecture or as the “Pine Island” because of its abundance in pine trees.
A very special 5-minute tour of two of the most beautiful Iberian cathedrals.
The Spanish city of Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities. Here, in the 16th century, the Dominican School helped develop concepts — the right to life and the dignity of the human person, the right to own property, and the right to freedom of thought — that became fundamental to Western law and philosophy.
One of the epicenters of the intellectual Iberian renaissance, and most likely the cradle of the great Spanish literature of the Siglo De Oro(“Golden Age”), Salamanca has not one but two majestic cathedrals: the Old and the New, connected like conjoined twins. The Old Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic styles, took two centuries (from the 12th to the 14th).
Yeah, I thought Walt Disney’s original castle was in the Disney World of Orlando, Florida too. I thought wrong though… When venturing off for a much-needed day of fresh air away from Madrid’s constant hustle and bustle, I discovered that Walt Disney was inspired by the long-established fortress built in Segovia, Madrid. After my day-long visit to this World Heritage City only an hour outside of the capital, I was inspired too.
Segovia lies within the historically rich and autonomous Castile-León region in Spain and has been lying there for well over 2,000 years. Over these years it has been reigned by a variety of populations— from the Celtics to the Romans to the Jewish to the Christians, and now the Spaniards.
The national parks of the Canary Islands protect and conserve the unique landscape, flora, and fauna of the archipelago.
The Canary Islands is an archipelago located on the Atlantic Ocean. It is an autonomous community of Spain and has seven major islands and several smaller ones. The islands of the Canary Islands are of volcanic origin and feature unique landforms, flora, and fauna. Several endemic species reside on these islands. The national parks of the Canary Islands thus serve to protect the unique landscapes and wildlife of the archipelago and also attract tourists in large numbers. Here is a list of the four national parks of the Canary Islands:
4. Caldera de Taburiente National Park
This national park is located in the La Palma Island of the archipelago.
And we came down the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca to visit the main city , Cuenca. Unesco World Heritage Site! Indeed is worth the trip and as we rented a house nearby , we came often here in our trip.
We were lucky while here to see briefly the Fiesta de San Juliàn August 24th, the traditional feast of the town in honor of their patron Saint. Also, we saw the 7th stage of the Vuelta de España, the bicycle tour passing by Cuenca all the way to the Alto del Castillo (13C ruins).
In Cuenca ,there is plenty to see and even in two stays in the area we have not seen it all; time is precious. We have been by theTunel de Alfonso VIII entrance by the Calle Alfonso VIII.