A window to the Spanish essence
The foundations of what we now consider modern Spain were laid in the Old Kingdom of Castile. Stretching to the north from Madrid, and including the current state of Castilla y Leon, the story of Castile is associated to Don Quijote and El Cid, with fairytale castles surrounded by windmills, maidens in distress, crusaders and duals at dawn.
It was Castile, under the rule of the Catholic Kings (Isabel & Fernando) that became the most potent force of the Muslim Reconquest, extending its total domination through military conquests and orchestrated marriage alliances.
The plateresque jewels spread all across Castile, or the unique art collection of Prado Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza collection.
The architectural magnificence throughout the whole region, including the cathedrals of Burgos and León. Much fine sculpture as well.
Walled villages, grand monasteries, windmills, hilltop castles and a backdrop of vast, undulating landscape.
The vast and magnificent 16th-century Palace of El Escorial.
To visit the exciting and diverse capital of Spain, the historical Madrid, is to discover a majestic and cosmopolitan city, a Metropolis in perfect harmony between classicism and modernity.
THE GOLDEN METROPOLIS
Madrid reveals a world of possibilities to the visitor with its immense cultural and artistic heritage, with the lively atmosphere of its streets, its unique nightlife, its rich cultural agenda, the charming Buen Retiro Park, and the best restaurants to enjoy Spanish gastronomy. An upbeat and vibrant capital whose historic core is still intact.
Madrid is one of the few destinations on the planet with so many attractions declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO nearby. Only a few kilometers away you can visit Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, El Escorial monastery, Royal Palace and Sabatini Gardens, or emblematic cities such as Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca, or Avila.
Considered by many enthusiasts as Spain's most beautiful town, this it the dazzling jewel in the crown of Castile. Salamanca enthralls every traveler with the surreal golden glow of the sun beating down against the intricate sandstone architecture.
There is always something magical about this city, whether illuminated by the colorful, sunny hue which provides the sandstone overlaid of the buildings or floodlit by the beautiful moonlight, Salamanca delivers a rare monumental beauty. During four centuries its University was one of the most prestigious in the world and provided the heart of the intellectual burgeoning Spanish royal society. The city showcases some of the best examples of plateresque and renaissance styles, with highlights such as the elegant Plaza Mayor, the University, two Cathedrals (one Gothic and other Romanesque), and the sixteenth-century House of Shells.
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Dramatically located in a surreal landscape of desolation, Toledo, known as the 'city of three cultures', is a unique cultural synthesis that stands out on a rocky mound set overlooking the curvy Rio Tajo.
One of the oldest and most interesting historical cities of Europe, Toledo reflects the many cultures that have formed it, and perhaps better than any other city reflects the many moods of Spain’s art and history. Some of Toledo’s top attractions are the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, the ancient Jewish Synagogue and the Jewish quarter. Another forte of the city is art, with the haunting canvases of El Greco spread all over the museums, churches, and mansions.
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A lovely small city founded on warm terracota and sandstone. Strategically located on a rocky ridge, Segovia is a magical fairytale set amid the rolling hills of Castile.
The city of Segovia is universally famous for the Aqueduct, an imposing engineering marvel dating from Roman times. Some other outstanding constructions are the Alcazar, an enchanting fairytale fortress castle, the cathedral and the Jewish quarter. In the surroundings of Segovia stands out the supremely elegant Bourbon summer palace and Gardens of La Granja, built by Felipe V in the luxurious Versailles' style.
Avila's Old Town and its walled enclosure composes the best conserved medieval bastion in the Iberian peninsula.
The perfectly conserved city wall which dates back to the 11th century is 2500 meters long, 12 meters high, and features 9 imposing city gates and 88 towers. This Romanesque wall is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is clearly the landmark of the city. Some of Avila's highlights are the Cathedral, Plaza de Santa Teresa, and the most magnificent old entrance, the Alcazar Gate.