Sorzano, La Rioja
On the third Sunday in May, girls donning white bridal dresses clutch holy branches during the annual “Procession of the Hundred Maidens,” a tribute to the hundred maidens paid to the Moors during the Reconquista.
Aqueducts and ancient ruins, which dot the countryside, are lingering signs from the Romans who once ruled. If you crisscross the country from the northern surf town (and unofficial capital of haute cuisine) San Sebastián along the French border to Andalucía’s ancient port city of Cádiz on the southwestern tip, you’ll discover a landscape as diverse as the people, where Moorish architecture clings to cliffs along the Mediterranean Sea and peaks in the Pyrenees offer up some of the country’s most spectacular hikes. (Discover more things to do in the Mediterranean.)
Throw in the Balearic Islands, two cities in North Africa, and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic—plus a culinary scene that’s birthed some of the world’s greats—and you’ll see why Spain must be visited.
Where to start? Let these 20 photos serve as an inspirational roadmap to some of Spain’s most beautiful sights.
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