7 City Destinations in Spain ...

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Magnificent Madrid, beautiful Barcelona, stunning Seville – Spain’s most majestic cities are favorite tourist destinations, but if you’ve been there, done those, or just want a different flavor, there are more cities in Spain worthy of your attention.

1. Eat and Be Merry in Salamanca

Eat and Be Merry in Salamanca

Salamanca, in central Spain, is commonly known as "The Golden City", on account of its lovely sandstone buildings which seem to glow when the rays of the sun caress them.

Fashioned from sandstone that came from a local quarry, Salamanca is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and home to one of Europe's oldest universities.

Salamanca's university was founded in 1218 and since then, generations of graduates have ensured that much of the wealth they created during their lifetime remained in the city.2

From the gorgeous 12th century Catedral Vieja and 15th century Casa de las Conchas, a monument decorated with hundreds of sandstone shells, to the lovely Baroque Plaza Major, Salamanca is a delight.

After a day of sightseeing, join the university students at the city's main square and be inspired by their infectious enthusiasm.2

Plaza Major is a charming place to unwind with a drink and a meal.

2. Experience Spain's Rich Heritage at Granada

Experience Spain's Rich Heritage at Granada

Granada is one of Spain's most visited cities, attracting not just thousands of tourists but also multitudes of students, who flock to this stunning settlement in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to study, party and enjoy life to the full.

Serving as the provincial capital of the Granada Province, the city is rich in Moorish architecture, most famously the enormous Alhambra palace complex.

The reign of the Muslim rulers ended when the Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain entered the city through the gate of Puerta de Elvira in 1492 and declared the Moors defeated after years of bloodshed.

Built in the 13th century, the Alhambra is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, brimming over with delicately carved stonework, enchanting fountains and verdant gardens.

At sundown crowds gather at the Mirador de San Nicolás, a paved lookout where the Alhambra's ancient stonewalls glow red in the setting sun.

For a taste of what it must have been like to live in such a city in medieval times, head to the ancient Muslim quarter, where once Moorish administrators and rich merchants had their white-washed mansions and splendid gardens.

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