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Places To Visit In Mansehra

Mansehra,the largest city of KPK, lies in mansehra district in eastern part of provice. Mansehra is acknowledged as the “City of Lakes and Peaks. “The city has majestic beauty and lot of tourists attractions which attract tourists from all over the world. So here is a list of spots you need to visit while vacationing Mansehra.

Lake Saif-ul-Malook

Lake Saif-ul-Malook or the lake of fairies is one of the most favourite and visited spot.It is located 8 km from naran town.The road leading to lake is one of the dangerous roads.It is just like a heaven on earth.Its mesmerizing natural beauty, pleasant atmosphere and associated tale and history, attracts thousands of tourists each year from all around the country during the summer.It is believed that fairies comes down the lake on every 14th of night according to lunar calendar.

Ansoo Lake

From lake Saif-ul Malook it is about 8-9 hours of trek to Ansoo lake.It is also called the “Tear lake”.The lake also resembles a human eye with a central ice island.It is considered as one of the highest lake in Himalayas.It is located in Kaghan valley.It is also one of the most beautiful place in Kaghan valley.


Shogran is a hill station in Kaghan valley.It is a scenic spot surrounded by snow peaks and forests.A number of hotels are there where you can enjoy the pleasant weather and snow-capped peaks.

Siri and Paye

Siri paye lake is about 6 km from Shogan.It is in between Shogran and Makra peak.This place in a remote corner of Kaghan valley that has a superb views unrivalled by any other place.The lake is charming and alluring.The treks leading to it are adventurous.

Makra Peak

The iconic Makra peak of Shogran Valley is located in south-east of Kiwai and south of Paye Meadow.From the top you can enjoy Kaghan valley at one side and Kashmir  at the other side.It was named by the locals as Makra meaning spider in english due to its shape in snow resembling that of spider.

River Kunhar

Kunhar river also known as “Nain Sukh” is about 166km long river. It starts from Lulusar Lake. The river is based on melting glaciers from Malka Parbat, but lakes of Saif-ul-Malook and Dudipat also give water to this beautiful river of Kunhar. It is known for its magnificence and mesmerizing views.

Lulusar Lake

Lulusar is a group of moutain peaks and a lake in Kaghan valley.The word is used to denote the high mountains with perennial snow-covered peaks that are around the lake, creating a magnificent valley.It is well known for its mirror like surface reflecting the great mountains like an immense mirror.

Babusar Top

Babusar top or pass is a mountain pass and the highest point of Kaghan valley.The top is just like the telescope where you can have picturesque of kaghan valley.Here you can enjoy the floating clouds, cool breeze and marvellous landscape.


The valley of blooming flowers is about 21 km from naran.The superb natural scenery and greenery is the main attraction of the area. The natural beauty of the area is worth watching.It is just like a sea of green and lush vegetation.

The natural landscape and weather of Mansehra has a huge magnetism for the travelers around the is well known tourist destination for its waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, and pleasant summer weather so enjoy your vacation visiting this beautiful piece of land.


9 Most Adventurous Places In Pakistan You Should Visit!

Pakistan’s exotic beauty is radiant. There are still thousand of spots which have escaped the world and should be found. I believe that Pakistan can be a great place for adventure travel and backpacking if  the government spends some money on the advertising of our adventure tourism industry and try to pursue the adventurers to visit Pakistan.

1. Kalam – Heaven For Trekking

Imagine waking up to this view, a heaven for those who love trekking! Once Taliban Strong Hold, Now controlled by Pakistan Pakistani Army, 100% safe and Beautiful. Famous places are Mahodand lake, Bayun, USHU valley and Atror Valley.

2. Noshaq Peak – Perfect For Mountain Climbing

There are alot of clubs which train you and then take you for mountain and rock climbing in Pakistan now, at different places like the Noshaq peak. It’s a highly enjoyed activity now.

3. Swat River – Ideal For River Rafting

With weather that supports year round white water rafting and numerous locations to choose from, this is another sport that should not be missed. The Swat River is a favorite for regular enthusiasts, and the Chitral, Indus, and Chenab Rivers are also good choices. In addidtion to that Swat valley also offers other adventurous sports.

4. Karachi – Parasailing

Parasailing in Pakistan? Most definitely! This is no longer a bold sport just for the elite or highly adventurous. With more and more local clubs who are actually well organized and safely equipped, this breathtaking sport can now be enjoyed by the average person.

5. Malam Jabba – Skiing

Malam Jabba is home to the only ski resort in Pakistan. The area also contains two Buddhist stupas and six monasteries that are scattered around the resort. The presence of the monuments at such a height indicates that the area has been inhabited for over 2000 years.

6. Hindu Kush, Pamir, Karakorum – Trekking

Pakistan is a paradise for mountains trekkers, routes lay in the northern mountains of the Karakorum, Himalayas, Hindukush and Pamir.

7. Deosai Plains – Fishing

Love fishing? This is the place for you, to enjoy what you love with peace and quite. Just you and the nature. Deosai Plains, a plateau among high mountains and unique landscape in the world.

8. Churna Island – Snorkeling

Charna is mostly used as a firing range by the Pakistan Navy and for Scuba Diving, Cliff Diving and Snorkeling by Pak Scuba.

9. Islamabad – Paragliding

You can now have the time of your life paragliding at Khanpur, Islamabad

10 Popular Adventure Places In Canada That Are A Crime To Miss On Your Vacay

Are you on the lookout for some quintessential Canadian adventure experiences? We understand how the sheer size of Canada and diversity in the provinces can be a terrifying aspect if one is planning a trip there! We almost always look at cities that have great monuments, attractions, scenic beauty, food or nightlife but we tend to ignore adventure hotspots! There is no dearth of adventure places in Canada that will definitely make it to your bucket list!

Top 10 Adventure Places In Canada

We have curated a list of the top 10 adventures along with their places in Canada to help you plan your adventure holidays in Canada better:

1. Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

Head to Vancouver Island and on the northeastern side lies Johnstone Strait, one of the most scenic places to paddle in the entire world. In fact, it is often referred to as one of the first Whale Heritage Sites in the world and if this does not draw you here, we don’t know what will! Kayaking with whales is one of the most adventurous things to do in Canada and with more than 8 species of cetacean in this region, paddling in the waters near Telegraph Cove or Port McNeill is an experience to both live and die for!

2. Manitoba

What may be known as one of the flattest Canadian provinces, is actually hiding secrets of its own! There is actual elevation here, especially at the celebrated Riding Mountain National Park which is located at a whopping altitude of 756 meters above sea level. This is the main reason that has contributed to transforming this park into a desirable destination to mountain bike. Apart from the adventurous trails, riders can revel in the glorious view that comes from the being at the top of the 65-million-year-old Manitoba Escarpment. However, one advice is to keep an eye open at all times for moose and elk, especially during early morning or at dusk. If you are looking for an easy trail, the Lakeshore Trail is a recommended option or if you like things tougher, you can opt for the challenging Clear Lake Trail.

3. Tofino

Scoot over, California and Australia because the newest (and coolest) surfing destination is in town and it is in Canada! We understand this might sound like overselling and surfing in Canada does not come intuitive to one but Tofino in British Columbia is a picturesque destination for surfing and it does not get better than this, really! The temperature of the water is towards the colder side, at 10°C perennially, but with a good wetsuit, it is should not be too difficult to handle!

The waters are great for both beginners and professionals but for those looking for stronger currents, head into the waters during winter! Tofino is not your everyday beach destination with all the rainforests, hiking and hot springs. If you want the best of scenery in Canada combined with surfing, you should make your way to Tofino and make your Canada adventure vacations an even better experience!

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4. Shubenacadie

This one is definitely for the weaklings out there! If you haven’t heard of it before, let us tell you that Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia is home to some of the highest tides in the world and rises up to 15 meters, which results in a tidal wave or even a bore which flows up the river. Human beings have reached the peak of their innovation and commercialization and have now made rafting on the Shubenacadie River a “thing.” Get into a small-powered raft and as you ride over the incoming swell of water and collide with tides, brace yourselves because things can get extremely, extremely wet!

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5. Whistler

It is not possible to have heard of ski resorts and not heard of Whistler! It is one of the biggest, best and most celebrated ski resorts in the world. The best part about Whistler is that it welcomes people surfers and snowboarders belonging to different levels of expertise. However, if you feel like those activities are just not your cup of tea, you can notch it up a level and try ziplining! As you zoom through snow-capped trees, you will scream at the top of your lungs and well, being this close to the mountain views is as heavenly as Canada gets!

6. Ontario

There is a high chance that Ontario was anyway a part of your travel itinerary to Canada and hence, we have just made things easier by telling you one of the most adventurous things to do in Canada which is located right in the middle of Ontario! Ontario is known for one of the largest and best national parks—Pukaskwa which is home to the Coastal Hiking Trail that traces the wildest shore on all the Great Lakes for some 60 crazy kilometers making it one of the best adventure places in Canada.

As you tread across rock cairns along empty pebble beaches, you will reach serene woodland, scramble over steep shoreline rocks and look in amazement at expansive views of Lake Superior. It is one of the better-manicured campsites with many suspension bridges along the way, making the entire experience easier.

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7. Quebec

Before we talk about Quebec, we want to ask you if you’ve ever heard of what snow tagging is! If you have not, we should tell you that snow tagging is. A breathtaking experience, this is where the magical and the outdoor come together to provide the craziest fitness platform that there is. Head to La Maurice National Park, where winter looks stunning after a bout of fresh snowfall and elaborate snow designs are carved out in a few hours to make it a breathtaking experience.

Use a GPS, compass, ropes or go free-form, relying on the drawings that are available at the park office. After finishing your creative stint, head to a high hike point and take a look at all the stunning creations to admire at the artistic streak that is present within each one of us.

8. Atlantic Winds, Prince Edward Island

Although time in Prince Edward Island is almost always about taking a break and relaxing, we should apprise you of the fact that there is more to it than what shows. With strong winds blowing off the Gulf of St. Lawrence coming together with the wide expanse of ocean and sandy beaches create the perfect backdrop to kiteboarding, making this Island one of the most adventurous places in Canada. Make sure you book a lesson before heading there and carry your gear along with you.

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9. Alberta

Alberta has for long been referred to as one of the best places for adventure in Canada owing to the thrill and adrenaline rush that comes from climbing up an ice waterfall in the Canadian Rockies. Your concepts of both gravity and logic will go for a toss when you experience the exhilarating pleasure of visiting Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise, which are great places for the thrill-seekers apart from being scenic destinations. As the snow trickles down when you plunge your axe in a frozen blue wall, your mind will take you to Game of Thrones and you will almost feel like a white walker.

10. Yukon

Whitehorse in Yukon is referred to as “Wilderness city”, and for good reason! In the end, it is surrounded by a few of the craziest wilds in the world! And the experience to die for here is the Triathlon, also known popularly as the Wilderness City Triathlon. It is a great way to take advantage of world-class amenities of recreation that are available in Canada. You can start your day off with some good old hiking and the nearby Grey Mountain, owing to the picturesque alpine vistas. For some change, you can hire a canoe on the next day and spend time paddling down the Yukon River, that runs across town. If you love biking, you can also hire a mountain bike and explore the 800 kilometers of riding trails in the city. This exciting range of activities makes Yukon one of the best places for adventure in Canada.


From coast-to-coast, easy to intense, we’ve rounded up the best spots to take a hike this season. Mike Young, hiking expert with Merrell footwear, shares the best routes to take, which are guaranteed to take you places.

Banff National Park, Alberta
With over 1,600km of winding trails that vary from easy to hard, the vistas and views are breathtaking at every turn within Canada’s oldest national park.

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
This park has a similar terrain to Banff’s but with one waterfront town instead of several large villages. Find a wide range of trails that will take you under an hour to several days. Try the Tamarack trail, which is 32-km long with 8,500 feet elevation, for a more challenging hike that can take two to three days.

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy—one of the seven wonders of North America—boasts some of the highest tides in the world and is a must-see. This park also includes 25 different trails with a variety of terrain and water systems.

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
This easternmost park is a world heritage site that boasts 100km of mostly flat and rolling hills, with the exception of one mountainous hill that is quite steep. 

Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
Canada’s oldest and longest footpath spans 750km, running from Tobermory to Niagara Falls. This well-maintained and not overly challenging trail offers a variety of activities from day hikes to trail running. 

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
From beginner, man-made boardwalks to more difficult trails with some elevation, this east-coast park offers variety. The longest trail is just over 12km and most are relatively flat. 

Jasper National Park, Alberta
Located north of Banff and west of Edmonton, Jasper offers the beauty of Banff without the crowds. It’s home to the skyline trail, one of the best backpacking trails in the Rockies

Albion Falls, Ontario
This location offers several self-guided trails, but it’s the spectacular waterfall that makes the hike worthwhile

Pointe-Taillon National Park, Quebec
This park has minimal elevation changes but lengthy hiking trails. It’s an excellent option for novice hikers who want to go the extra distance

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
One of the most popular parks in the province, the varied terrain offers a wide variety of options, making it suitable for every type of hiker

Vancouver’s Stanley Park, Canada! — MAP 195 BY OBAID KHAN! TOURISM & EDUCATION ETC

Source One of Vancouver’s greatest treasures is the 405-hectare Stanley Park, conveniently located on the west side of the downtown area. Situated on a peninsula, the park is surrounded by the ocean and home to huge red cedar and Douglas fir trees. The seawall, which rings the park, has an extensive walking, jogging, and […]

Vancouver’s Stanley Park, Canada! — MAP 195 BY OBAID KHAN! TOURISM & EDUCATION ETC


One of Vancouver’s greatest treasures is the 405-hectare Stanley Park, conveniently located on the west side of the downtown area. Situated on a peninsula, the park is surrounded by the ocean and home to huge red cedar and Douglas fir trees. The seawall, which rings the park, has an extensive walking, jogging, and biking path with designated lanes for walkers and bikers. From the seawall are some lovely views of the city and mountains. A scenic drive also winds through Stanley Park with numerous pullouts.

Within the park are the Vancouver Aquarium, scenic Beaver Lake, and the Stanley Park Pavilion and Rose Garden. Also of special interest are numerous totem poles, some of which were erected more than 100 years ago.

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10 Must Visit Cities in Spain

Spain is a bright, vibrant and exciting place to visit. Steeped in culture and with a wealth of history to discover Spain is the perfect destination for a European vacation. I’ve compiled a list of the top cities in Spain that you must visit.

Top 10 Cities You Must Visit in Spain

Whether you are looking to explore on a slow and steadyfull immersion excursion.

Or whether you just have 10 days in Spain there are a whole host of places to explore.

Diverse and dynamic each Spanish city has its own unique pace of life, own traditions and festivities.

The most popular destinations that spring to mind when planning a trip to Spain are of course the capital city of Madrid and secondly Barcelona.

Madrid and Barcelona are simply the tips of the iceberg when it comes to exploring Spain’s wondrous cityscapes and urban environments.

Off-the-Beaten-Track Spain

Lesser known cities like Toledo and Donostia are a little off the beaten track for most travellers.

Major Cities in Spain to Visit

You can travel cheaply and easily throughout Spain using train travel alone. What’s more, it is possible to book your train tickets online before you even leave home.

For those who like to be super organised, they can have their trip ready and in place months before they even land in Spain!

Here are our 10 must-visit cities in Spain. How many will visit?

1. Madrid

The Spanish capital city of Madrid is a great destination for a European vacation or a short weekend mini-break.

Madrid is elegant and classy with ornate architecture and perfectly manicured gardens and parks to match.

For lovers of fine art, Madrid is a must.

Home to The Prado which is filled with spectacular works that date back to the 12th Century it is easy to see why art fanatics from across the globe flock to Madrid to get their cultural fix.

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The Buen Retiro Park is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

With lavish water fountains and expansive greenery, the park is a great place to escape Madrid’s busy and bustling city centre.

2. Barcelona

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La Sagrada Familia

Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city.

Found in the Catalunya region of Spain, Barcelona offers the perfect mix of culture and history within a modern cosmopolitan metropolis.

Bright, colourful and memorable Barcelona is beyond photogenic and provides picture perfect city vistas wherever you turn!

Home to the famous Barcelona FC the city sees football fans head to Camp Nou to watch the Barça boys work their magic on the field.

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The nightlife in Barcelona is fantastic and don’t forget the works of Gaudi.

Bars and clubs line the streets and music is played until the early hours.

Head to Barcelona if you want a party, for sure!

3. Seville

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Seville, Spain

Seville is Spain’s third largest city and the capital of the Andalusia region.

It is widely regarded as the home of classic flamenco dancing and has become world famous for it.

If you want to learn this traditional dance or watch the professionals perform, head to the Triana neighbourhood and watch the story unfold!

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Other key sights and attractions in Seville include the Alcázar Castle complex and Seville’s Gothic cathedral.

The Alcázar Castle complex was constructed within the Moorish Almohad dynasty and has an interesting history.

Another must visit place in Seville is the 18th-century bullring named the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza where for hundreds of years man has fought beast in the ultimate test of strength and bravery.

4. Bilbao

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Home to just 350,000 people Bilbao is often missed when on a whistle-stop tour of Spain which is a shame as this small port city tucked away in Northern Spain is a great vacation location.

This industrial city is encompassed by green mountains and rugged countryside.

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Bilbao is the capital of the Basque Country in Spain and incorporates some traditional Spanish architecture with towering skyscrapers in the downtown area too.

The Guggenheim Museum is Bilbao’s most visited attraction, built in 1997 by Frank Gehry. The museum is home to contemporary works within its modern, undulating titanium building.

Getting Around Spain

Car rentals

  • Travellers who wish to explore as much of Spain as they possibly can, may want to hire a car for the duration of their stay.
  • Provided you are over the age of 21 and have a driving license then hiring a car is hassle-free and can work out cheaper than train travel in the long run.
  • If you chose to hire a car, it can easily be arranged for the hire company to bring your car to the airport to meet you so you can hit the ground running…or rather, driving!
  • Remember to check whether your car needs diesel or petrol or else you’ll have a nightmare on your hands!

Bus Travel

  • Bus travel is also a great option in Spain.
  • For example, a bus from Madrid to Granada takes just four short hours and runs two or three times daily, more frequently in the high season.
  • Buses are cheap and cheerful and a nice way to see the Spanish countryside sprawl away from outside your window. Rest assured, buses in Spain do take breaks for food and toilet stops. No need to strategically dehydrate for your long journey here!
  • Spain is an vivid and welcoming place filled with passionate and caring people who are only too happy to accommodate tourists and travellers.
  • Learning a little of the language can get you a long way and even if you make mistakes the Spanish always appreciate the effort.

5. Valencia

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Valencia for Beaches

Valencia is home to the Mediterranean side of Spain. This vibrant city is home to an abundance of culture and art.

It has its own International airport that flies to other European destinations and domestic flights too.

Valencia is considered the City of Arts and Sciences and is home to some impressive and futuristic buildings like the oceanarium and planetarium and the interactive museum.

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As it is located on the coast Valencia boasts some beautiful beaches.

During the summer months these coastal patches fill with tourists but with warm weather running long into the autumn months Valencia can be enjoyed year round.

6. Granada

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If you’re looking for a more sedate but still very authentic Spanish experience look no further than Granada.

This laid back city boasts breathtaking views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Take a day trip from the city and ramble through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and breathe in some fresh clean air.

Head back to the city for a late afternoon snooze before heading out on the town!

The BoogaClub is a great night time destination with wild parties and live music every night of the week!

Get your dancing shoes on in Granada!

7. Salamanca

The Old City of Salamanca was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1988. Found in northwestern Spain, Salamanca is part of the Castile and León region.

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Home to many international students Salamanca has a great vibe that instantly makes you feel at ease.

Many people chose to visit the Case de las Conchas and the Plaza Mayor.

The New Cathedral of Salamanca is a must visit!

8. Toledo

As we mentioned before, big and beautiful Barcelona and Madrid may take the limelight but smaller cities like Toledo are well worth a visit too. This ancient city is located high on a hill looking over the plains of the Castilla-La Mancha in the heart of Spain itself.

Toledo is a walled city with a rich and varied past; home to monuments and statues for Arab, Jewish and Christian communities. Toledo has a lot to explore.

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Must visit places in Toledo include the Sol Gate as well as the Moorish Bisagra Gate.

The Sol Gate can be found in the old quarter, close to the buzzing Plaza de Zocodover.

9. Malaga

Nestled away on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is a well known destination for European tourists. Home to big high-rise holiday resorts and hotels the city does have some nice clean beaches.

Many tourists often neglect Malaga’s wonderful architecture and rich heritage in favour of beach parties and water sports.

Malaga Day Tours

Whatever your reason for going to Malaga be assured that you will be welcomed with a smile and a great sense of hospitality.

Like Valencia, Malaga has an international airport that flies regularly to many European destination with a range of budget airlines.

10. Córdoba

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Tucked away in southern Spain in the region of Andalusia, the same region as Seville, Córdoba was a key city during the Roman times and an important Islamic hub during the Middle Ages.

Córdoba is most famed for the impressive and ornate La Mezquita mosque that was built way back in 784 AD!

14 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Barcelona

Catalonia’s vibrant capital, Barcelona is a stunning seaside city that flaunts her beauty and sunny lifestyle. Gorgeous scenery, breathtaking architecture, and superb cultural attractions make for an alluring destination. Of course, the balmy Mediterranean climate adds to the charm. Barcelona has an atmospheric medieval quarter, the Barri Gòtic, with an almost magical old-world ambience, but it’s even more famous for its Modernist architecture. Antoni Gaudí left a lasting mark on Barcelona with his avant-garde Surrealist buildings; several are UNESCO listed.

After all the sightseeing, tourists will want to simply relax and soak up the city’s joyous vibe. Stroll down La Rambla, where the locals hang out. Escape to the sandy beaches near the harbor, and linger over leisurely meals on outdoor terraces. Wander aimlessly and find hidden town squares, where street musicians strum melodies on Spanish guitars. Delightful surprises abound at every turn. Discover the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in Barcelona.

See also: Where to Stay in Barcelona: Best Areas & Hotels

1. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

One of Europe’s most unconventional churches, this spectacular basilica is the most famous sight in Barcelona. The UNESCO-listed Basilica de la Sagrada Familia stands in the northern part of the city, dominating its surroundings with its 18 spindly towers soaring high above all other monuments. The Basilica of the Sacred Family is also known in Spanish by its official name: Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família.

Antoni Gaudí was commissioned in 1883 to design this basilica as a neo-Gothic church. But instead of following the plans, he created a signature example of his famous surrealistic Art Nouveau architecture. He had no firm ideas in mind, preferring to alter and add to the plans as work progressed. Although Gaudí had originally forecast between ten and fifteen years, the church was never completed. As a result, the main work by the most important Catalan architect of modern times remains just a shell, and nobody knows whether or when it will ever be completed.

Visitors are first struck by the lavish exterior with its expressive Nativity facade depicting the birth of Jesus, and the evocative Passion facade that illustrates the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Equally stunning, the interior is an immense space of 90 meters long by 60 meters high. The ceiling sparkles with opulent decorative details, and colorful stained-glass windows allow ethereal light to flow in.

The apse features an unusual Crucifix rendered as a canopy with lanterns. The overall effect is jaw-dropping. Gaudí best captured the essence of his architectural masterpiece when he described it as “a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.”

Address: 401 Carrer de Mallorca, Barcelona

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2. Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter)

For 2,000 years, the Gothic Quarter has been the spiritual and secular center of the city. Relics of ancient Roman buildings are still found here, but the Middle Ages are best represented by the historic monuments packed into this quarter. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the medieval cathedralstands on Monte Tabor, the highest point in the town center. The Gothic Quarter is where Christopher Columbus was received by the Catholic Monarchs after his first voyage to the New World, and since the 14th and 15th centuries, the city administrations have had their seat here.

Wander through this delightful maze of narrow cobblestone streets and atmospheric alleyways to discover this magical traffic-free medieval world. Discover picturesque quiet squares, enlivened by the sounds of people chatting and laughing or the strumming of Spanish classical guitar. Children often play a pickup game of soccer in the Gothic Quarter’s hidden corners, and little cafés with sidewalk terraces are found in its courtyards. Along with its inviting little boutiques and restaurants, look in the Gothic Quarter for the Picasso Museum and the Plaça del Rei, a square where outdoor concerts are sometimes held.

3. Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

In the Eixample district off the elegant boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia, the UNESCO-listed Casa Milà is Antoni Gaudí’s most famous secular building. Casa Mila is also affectionately known as “La Pedrera,” which translates to “The Stone Quarry” because the building resembles an open quarry. Built between 1906 and 1912, this flamboyant avant-garde dwelling looks more like a sculpture than a functional building. Every line of the natural stone facade is curved, with rounded windows and metal balcony railings twining around in plant-like shapes. Even the roof has an undulating shape complemented by the decorative chimneys.

The entrance to the building is on the Carrer de Provença, through a remarkable wrought-iron gate that leads to an inner courtyard. The building is supported by ribbed arches that were designed for load-bearing purposes, a feature that reveals Gaudí’s genius as a structural engineer. Visitors may walk around the roof terrace for an up-close look at the strangely shaped mosaic-adorned chimneys. The roof area also rewards visitors with sensational views across the city, with the outlook extending to the Basilica de Sagrada Família in the distance.

Casa Mila houses the Fundació Catalunyacultural center that organizes events throughout the year. The monument is open to the public daily for visits, and audio guides are available. A welcome stop for tourists, the Cafè La Pedrera offers a relaxing place for a snack in a setting worthy of the venue.

Address: 261-265 Carrer de Provença, Barcelona

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4. La Rambla: Barcelona’s Social Hub

The heart of Barcelona’s social life is found on La Rambla, a broad, tree-shaded avenue that divides the Old Town into two parts. La Rambla stretches from the Plaça de Catalunya, where the beautiful Romanesque 12th-century Convent of Santa Anna stands, all the way down to the port. This wide street, featuring expansive pedestrian sidewalks, is lined with shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafés, making it one of the most popular hangouts in the city.

During the day, many locals are found here doing their everyday shopping at the Mercat de la Boqueria and at night, groups of friends and families take their evening paseo (stroll) on La Rambla to enjoy the fresh air and lively ambience Depending on the day, onlookers might be treated to live music, a mime show, or other impromptu street performances.

On its northeast side, La Rambla borders the Barri Gòtic, and halfway down the avenue is the Plaça Reial, a lovely palm-fringed square enclosed by historic houses. These elegant buildings have arcades filled with shops, cafés, and restaurants. At the center is the Fountain of the Three Graces with a candelabra designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Another important monument on La Rambla (number 3-5) is the Palau Güell, an ostentatious mansion designed in 1886 by Antoni Gaudí. The owner, Eusebi Güell, was a great patron of the arts, and the building was constructed with a large domed hall intended for poetry readings and private concerts. The entire building reflects Güell’s enormous wealth, with sumptuous décor, valuable textiles, and handcrafted furniture created by Gaudí. 16 Most Beautiful Islands in the WorldPlay Video

5. Palau de la Música Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music)

Built between 1905 and 1908 as a concert hall for the choral society Orfeó Català, The Palau de la Música Catalana was designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, in the Catalan Modernista style. But although the building is characterized by the style’s curving lines and colorful palette, unlike Gaudi’s works, this design puts function ahead of form. Although the interior décor is just as colorful and fanciful as the outside, its shape and decoration are dedicated to choral and other musical performances.

The concert hall of the Palau, which seats about 2,200 people, is the only auditorium in Europe illuminated during daylight hours entirely by natural light. The walls on two sides consist primarily of stained-glass panes set in magnificent arches, and overhead is an enormous skylight of stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centerpiece is an inverted dome in shades of gold surrounded by blue that suggests the sun and the sky. Elaborate sculptures frame the concert stage.

Address: Calle Palau de la Música 4-6, Barcelona
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6. Parc Güell: Gaudí’s Surrealist Park

Colorful, cheerful, and full of whimsy, this splendid surrealistic park is another UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Antoni Gaudí. Created between 1900 and 1914, the Park Güell is beautifully landscaped and features architectural elements in Gaudí’s signature style. Viaducts, grottoes, a colonnaded hall, winding staircases, and semi-closed conversation seats are scattered throughout the space. These creative structures are decorated in multicolored ceramic fragments. A spectacular terrace offers panoramic views of the city and the sea. Gaudí himself loved this area of the city, and his home was located here.

Surrounded by a pleasant garden, the Casa Museu Gaudí occupies the house where Gaudi lived; the collection displays works of art, mostly decorative objects and furniture, designed by Gaudí.

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7. Casa Batlló

Yet another amazing Gaudí creation, the UNESCO-listed Casa Batlló is one of the most characteristic Modernist buildings in Barcelona. The fantastical mansion was designed as a private residence for the textile manufacturer Josep Batlló i Casanovas. With its freely swinging shapes and ornamental facade, this dreamlike building looks like a castle from a surreal fairy tale.

Most of the design details depart completely from any architectural precedent. The window frame on the first floor is bordered by swinging shapes that suggest plants, others resemble entrances to caves. On the facade, decorative glazed ceramic tiles in green, blue, and ochre colors add to the flamboyance. The wave-shaped roof, like that of Casa Milà, has numerous richly adorned chimneys. Gaudí also created the interior decorations, which can be seen in the Casa Museu Gaudí in the Güell Park. For those seeking a superb gourmet meal, the elegant Moments Restaurant, with two Michelin stars, is just a few steps away at 38 Passeig de Gràcia.

Address: 43 Passeig de Grácia, Barcelona

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8. Camp Nou

Just as Modernista buildings are must-see attractions for architecture fans, Camp Nou is a must-see for football (soccer) fans. Home of the FC Barcelona, the 99,354-seat stadium is the largest in Europe and second largest in the world. Attend a game here or take the lively tour and visit the museum. Camp Nou was one of the venues for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

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9. The Magic Fountain

One of the favorite things to do in Barcelona at night is to watch the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, at the beginning of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood. The large Art Deco fountain, erected in 1929, delights all ages with its light and water shows choreographed to music. It was designed by Carles Buigas for the 1929 International Exhibition, which took place in Montjuïc. The show lasts for about an hour.

Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas 1, Barcelona

10. Scenic Views and Art Museums in Montjuïc

This hilltop neighborhood is on the site of an old Jewish cemetery, explaining its name, “Mont Juïc,” which translates to “Mountain of the Jews.” Standing 213 meters above the sea, the hillside is crowned by a fortress on its summit and slopes steeply down to the Mediterranean. This scenic area of the city is known for its beautiful natural park with great views and superb museums. The National Art Museum of Catalonia has an exceptional collection of Catalan art from the 10th to the 20th centuries, including sculpture, paintings, drawings, engravings, and photography.

The Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) is another popular place to visit. This charming fabricated village was created for the 1929 World Exhibition. Montjuïc was a venue for the 1992 Summer Olympics, and tourists can visit the stadium where Olympic competitions were held.Report this ad

11. La Barceloneta

La Barceloneta

Adjacent to the cruise port, the neighborhood of La Barceloneta borders the long, wide Sant Sebastià Beach, where locals go to sunbathe, surf, and socialize in the many seafood restaurants and tapas venues that overlook the sea. A long promenade lined with palm trees connects the beach area to marinas filled with yachts. You get a good view of the marinas and port area from the Port Cable Car, which ascends from here to hilltop Montjuïc.

12. Monestir de Pedralbes

A wonderful example of Catalan Gothic architecture, the Monestir de Pedralbes convent lies in a picturesque little park called the Jardines Reina Elisenda. This idyllic garden is filled with native shrubs, palms, cypresses, and shady trees. Queen Elisenda de Montcada founded the convent in 1326 for the Order of Saint Clare. The complex features a magnificent Gothic church, a serene three-story cloister, and peaceful convent buildings. Visitors enjoy relaxing in the tranquil setting and learning about the life and work of 14th-century nuns. Another highlight of a visit is the Monastery Museum, which displays an outstanding collection of medieval art from the 14th century as well as later religious art created through the 20th century.

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13. Mercat de la Boqueria

Mercat de la Boqueria

Colorful displays of fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, glistening candied fruits, savory and sweet pastries, chocolates, whimsical marzipan figures, fresh-mixed smoothies, Spanish almonds, burritos, breads, bins of olives, bright strings of peppers — la Boqueria is a riot of colors and aromas. It’s also where you’ll meet half of Barcelona on a busy morning as they shop for that night’s dinner. Go here for an eat-as-you-go lunch, picnic provisions, a snack, or just to revel in the sensory pleasures and mingle with locals.

Address: La Rambla 91, Barcelona

14. Quadrat d’Or

Quadrat d'Or

Quadrat d’Or | Markus / photo modified

The Quadrat d’Or (Quadrant of Gold) is an area of the Eixample district renowned for its Modernist architecture. This area is bordered by the Plaça de Catalunya, the Avinguda de la Diagonal, the Passeig de Sant Joan, and Carrer de Muntaner. In this area, the exceptional avant-garde buildings were inspired by the work of Antoni Gaudí and constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century. The main road through it is the Passeig de Gràcia. Different architects made their mark on the neighborhood, and the result is a diversity of the Modernist style. A veritable open-air museum, the Quadrat d’Or offers delightful surprises every step of the way. Visitors discover interesting details of ceramic art, stained-glass windows, wrought ironwork, decorative reliefs, mosaic, and statues.

16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Madrid

Full of energy and packed with cultural attractions, Madrid is a modern metropolis that offers a taste of the real Spain. Wide avenues are congested with traffic, but beautiful parks break up the urban sprawl. Madrid doesn’t have the traditional charm of Andalusia or the beauty of Barcelona, instead, it offers exciting atmosphere. The city is constantly buzzing with activity and there are so many things to see and do that tourists will be spoiled for choice. The world-class Prado Museum displays an endless array of masterpieces created during the Golden Age of Spain, and the 18th-century Royal Palace rivals the magnificent Château de Versailles. Save energy for the evening, when the city really comes to life. Madrileños love going out on the town, and the paseo por la noche (evening stroll) is a cherished ritual. If possible, avoid visiting during summer when the heat is oppressive. Spring or fall are the best times to appreciate Madrid.

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1 Prado Museum

A truly world-class museum, the Prado Museum has a collection of more than 5,000 paintings that rivals the Louvre collection in Paris. Spanish paintings from the 12th century to the early 19th century form the majority of the collection, and many are famous masterpieces. The assortment of paintings by Francisco de Goya includes a remarkable 140 works. The collection also covers Italian, Flemish, French, British, and German paintings as well as Neoclassical Italian sculptures.

The Prado Museum displays around 2,300 pieces of the collection in more than 100 rooms on three floors. Trying to see it all in one visit can be daunting, but it’s possible to focus on a specific itinerary of masterpieces. The Prado suggests “routes” (self-guided tours) of specific works. These routes showcase the most renowned pieces in the collection including the famous painting of the Prado, Las Meninas. This magnificent painting of the Spanish royal family of Felipe IV was created by Velázquez in 1656. Other must-see works among the museum’s top 50 masterpieces include the The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto, The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden, Jacob’s Dream by José de Ribera, The Third of May by Goya, The Immaculate Conception by Murillo, the Self Portrait by Dürer, Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Parnassus by Poussin, and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch.

Visitors can also opt to use the museum’s audio guide (for a small fee), which includes a tour of 50 masterpieces. Diehard art lovers can select the full-version audio-guide tour that covers 250 works. Tourists will also appreciate the museum’s gift shop and the café with a pleasant outdoor terrace. In association with the Prado Museum, the Church of San Jerónimo el Real behind the museum displays a noteworthy collection of 17th-century Spanish religious paintings.

Get the most out of your time at the Prado by joining a Skip the Line: Prado Museum Tour in Madrid, avoiding the long lines and going directly to the most important works of art. On the 90-minute tour, the guide, an art expert, not only points out the most significant pieces in this mind-boggling collection, but relates their backstories and some history to put the art in context.

Address: Paseo del Prado, Madrid
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2 Buen Retiro Park and the Crystal Palace

The Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) is an oasis of peace in the heart of Madrid. Just beyond the busy streets, this lush 120-hectare park offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Created for the Count-Duke of Olivares in the 17th century, the historic park has an elegant ambience with its lovely landscaping and tree-lined paths. From the main entrance at the Plaza de Independencia, visitors arrive at the pool in the center of the park. From here, paths lead to the enchanting Rosaleda (Rose Garden) and the formal French Jardín de Don Cecilio. The Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), a splendid site with its graceful fountain and reflecting pool, often houses art exhibitions. Visitors will find other interesting fountains including Los Galápagos (The Turtles), El Ángel Caído (The Fallen Angel), and La Alcachofa (The Artichoke).

A pleasant pastime among locals is sitting at one of the park’s open-air cafés, while basking in the sun or relaxing in the shade according to the season. For stargazers, the park has an observatory that was built in 1790.

3 Royal Palace and Gardens

This grandiose palace is the Spanish version of Versailles, a royal court designed to impress. Rising above a steep slope overlooking the lush gardens, the palace is built entirely of granite and white Colmenar stone. The palace was commissioned by Philip V in the 18th century. The majestic Neoclassical facade features Ionic columns and Doric pilasters, based on drawings that the sculptor Bernini originally intended for the Louvre in Paris. The balustrade features statues of Spanish kings.

The most striking feature of the interior is the imposing staircase at the entrance hallway, with a fresco of The Triumph of Religion and the Church, that leads up to the main floor. The King Charles III apartments are among the beautiful rooms in the Royal Palace. A masterpiece of Rococo style, the Salon de Gasparini features graceful chinoiserie, an intricately patterned marble floor, and carefully matched silk wall hangings. The Salón del Trono (Throne Room) is adorned with frescoes by Tiepolo including The Greatness of the Spanish Monarchy, one of his finest works. Still used for State ceremonies, the Throne Room is clad in sumptuous red velvet and decorated with valuable tapestries, mirrors, furniture, and chandeliers. Throughout the palace masterpieces of art decorate the walls: paintings by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco, and Caravaggio, and exquisite Flemish and French tapestries. History buffs will want to visit the palace’s Royal Armory, which contains 3,000 exhibits dating back to the 16th century. Behind the palace, and a good place for quiet strolls, are the Sabatini Gardens, formal beds and hedges laid out in the geometric Neoclassical style, with fountains, statues, and a pool.

Address: Calle Bailén, Madrid

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4 Plaza Mayor

This elegant 17th-century plaza was built during the reign of Philip III. The Plaza Mayor was a center of commerce and municipal life, as well as the scene of ceremonial events such as the proclamation of a new king and the canonization of saints. The square also served as a venue for bullfights, dramatic performances, and knightly tournaments. The plaza took on its present appearance after a fire in 1790, when the corners were enclosed and the nine entrance arches were constructed, linking it to Calle de Toledo, Calle Mayor, Calle Postas, and others.

Today, the Plaza Mayor continues to be an important gathering place in Madrid. The expansive cobblestone square is a pedestrian area, surrounded by outdoor cafés and atmospheric restaurants shaded by its arcades. Strolling here or sitting in its cafes is one of the most popular things to do in Madrid at night, for both tourists and Madrileños.

5 Puerta del Sol: The Heart of the City

The Puerta del Sol was named after the sun emblem on the old city gate, which formerly stood here. This spacious town square aligns with the rising sun. Besides being a hub of public transportation (with several bus stops and Metro entrances), the Puerta del Sol is also the “Kilometer Zero” point from which all distances on the Spanish national road network are measured.

The Puerta del Sol has been the scene of many historic events, including the Spanish resistance to Napoleon on May 2nd 1808, and in 1931, the Second Republic was proclaimed here. Nowadays the square is a place to hang out and enjoy life. Lined with shops and cafés, the Puerta del Sol is still one of the liveliest squares in Madrid. Just off the Puerta del Sol is Madrid’s largest department store, El Corte Inglés, which sells everything from clothes, shoes, and swimsuits to traditional Spanish fans. Also nearby is La Violeta, an old-fashioned confection shop that offers the Madrid specialty of violet candies.

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6 Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía: Contemporary Art Museum

Opened by Queen Sofía in 1986, the Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía is Madrid’s avant-garde center for contemporary art. The sleek modern building was created by the architect Antonio Fernández Alba and has features that recall the Pompidou Center in Paris, especially the three glass towers that house the elevators on the outside of the building. Another wonderful surprise to visitors is the charming garden in the inner courtyard filled with imaginative sculptures. In its thorough representation of Spanish contemporary art, the collection includes remarkable masterpieces such as works by Juan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. The art works are displayed in various rooms spread out in a vast exhibition space of 39,000 square meters. The museum also has a bookshop, cafeteria, and restaurant.

Address: 52 Santa Isabel, Madrid
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7 Fuente de Cibeles and Gran Via

The famous Cybele’s fountain (Fuente de Cibeles) stands in a major traffic intersection and is one of the most emblematic monuments in Madrid. Created in 1782 by Francisco Gutiérrez and Roberto Michel, the impressive traffic-stopping fountain depicts the Roman Goddess Cybele riding a lion-drawn chariot. Behind the fountain is the Palacio de Cibeles cultural center, which hosts art exhibitions and workshops, conferences and concerts. The Centro Palacio de Cibeles has two restaurants: the Colección Cibeles caféteria and the Cibeles Palace restaurant.

Nearby (via Calle de Alcala) is one of Madrid’s most popular shopping streets, the Gran Vía. Tourists will find many restaurants, hotels, and theaters on this bustling street. Just off the Gran Vía on Calle de Jovellanos, the famous Teatro de la Zarzuela offers renowned performances of zarzuela – a unique type of satirical opera with songs accompanied by classical Spanish guitar music.

Address: Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid
8 Temple of Debod: An Ancient Egyptian Temple

In La Montaña Park (close to Plaza de España), visitors can see one of Madrid’s most surprising monuments – an ancient Egyptian temple. A gift from Egypt, in thanks for Spain’s help in saving the Abu Simbel temples during the building of the Aswan Dam, the Debod Temple was brought to Madrid in 1968. The temple was built for King Adikhalamani in the 2nd century BC and includes several shrines, a spacious hall, and a terrace on the upper level. Well-preserved original decorations are found inside, rare for an archaeological site. Peaceful gardens surrounding the monument feature reflective pools and a fountain, creating a magical effect.

Address: Paseo Pintor Rosales, Madrid
9 Goya Frescoes at Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Goya Frescoes at Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida jacinta lluch valero / photo modified
Perhaps the least visited of Madrid’s major art treasures are the stunning frescoes painted by Francesco Goya that fill the Hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida. The little chapel, along the banks of the Manzanares River behind the Royal Palace, hosts an annual festival in honor of Saint Anthony of Padua, but it’s the interior that has become a place of pilgrimage for art lovers. Among Goya’s finest works, the frescoes illustrate the theme of the miracle performed by Saint Anthony, while also depicting scenes of everyday life in Madrid. The frescoes reveal Goya’s boldness of artistic style and revolutionary painting techniques. They were painted at a turning point in Goya’s career and are considered a precursor of modern painting. The chapel is designated a national monument and is no longer used for religious services to protect the frescoes.

Address: Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, Madrid
10 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Fine Arts Museum

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum presents an overview of European art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. With nearly 1,000 art works on display, the collection covers the Renaissance, the Baroque period, Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, modern art and Pop Art. The museum also has an excellent collection of 19th-century American paintings. This high-caliber collection includes renowned masterpieces such as Christ and the Samaritan Woman by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Venus and Cupid by Rubens, The Annunciation by El Greco, Young Knight by Vittore Carpaccio, Jesus among the Doctors by Albrecht Durer, Charing Cross Bridge by Monet, Dancer in Green by Edward Degas, and Les Vessenots by Vincent van Gogh.

Address: 8 Paseo del Prado, Madrid
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11 Estadio Santiago Bernabéu: Real Madrid’s Stadium

Not all of Madrid’s tourist attractions revolve around art. One of its most visited museums draws football (soccer) fans to the stadium of the city’s home team, Real Madrid. Along with the displays of trophies, team artifacts, and interactive screens in the museum, a tour includes the massive stadium itself. From a dizzying panoramic view from the top to the pitch itself, the tour includes access to the Presidential Box and even the locker room. Photo montages allow fans to snap pictures of themselves with favorite players.

Address: Avenida de Concha Espina 1, 28036 Madrid
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12 Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

The Church of San Francisco el Grande was built in 1761 for a Franciscan friary. The church was designed by Fray Francisco Cabezas, who modeled the architectural plan on the Church of Santa Maria in Campitelli in Rome. The Neoclassical facade and dome were added in 1770. The interior features a circular plan with an inspiring dome and six chapels. The chapels display paintings by Maella, Velázquez, and Goya. In the first chapel on the left are Goya’s San Bernardino, and Velázquez’s Saint Bonaventure and The Appearance of the Virgin to Saint Anthony. The church also contains a painting of Saint Bonaventure by Zurbarán. The church museum displays a variety of religious art and artifacts.

Address: Plaza de San Francisco el Grande, Madrid
13 Museo Sorolla

This charming museum is dedicated to the work of Joaquín Sorolla, the most famous Spanish Impressionist artist. Displayed in beautiful bright rooms, the collection includes a broad representation of the artist’s paintings and drawings. Be sure to see the museum’s lovely patio adorned with a gurgling fountain and Andalusian-style decorative tile work.

Address: 37 General Martínez Campos, Madrid
14 National Archaeological Museum

The National Archeological Museum was founded by Queen Isabella II in 1867 and has a rich collection of artifacts from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Exhibits feature archaeological finds, ethnography, decorative arts from antiquity, and ancient coins. Highlights of the permanent collection include Egyptian mummies, Hispano-Roman and Islamic archaeological finds, and Mudéjar ceramics. One of the most prized possessions of the collection is the bust of the Lady of Elche.

Address: Calle Serrano, 13, Madrid
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15 Lázaro Galdiano Museum

The Lázaro Galdiano Museum displays the exceptional private collection of financier Lázaro Galdiano housed in his mansion, Parque Florido. The museum has an extensive collection of around 9,000 artworks exhibited in 30 rooms. From armor, coins, and medals to jewelry, Baroque crystal, and tapestries, the collection is extremely diverse. Be sure to see the 16th- to 17th-century Spanish paintings by famous masters, including El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Ribera, Pereda, and Murillo. Among the masterpieces are El Aquelarre by Goya, San Francisco en éxtasis by El Greco, Meditaciones de San Juan Bautista by Hieronymus Bosch, Cabeza de Muchacha by Velázquez, El Salvador Adolescente by Giovanni Boltraffio, and La Tienda by Luis Paret.

Address: 122 Calle de Serrano, Madrid
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16 Puerta de Alcalá

This grand Neoclassical triumphal arch was commissioned by King Carlos III to celebrate the arrival of the monarchs to Spain’s capital city. The monument was designed by Francesco Sabatini and built between 1769 and 1778. Nearly 30 meters high, the elegant granite entrance gate makes a grand impression. The facade is adorned with sculptures, capitals, and decorative reliefs. Just below the monument, at 54 Calle de Alcala, is Madrid’s fanciest patisserie shop Pastelería Vait, which offers exquisite cakes, cookies, pastries, chocolate candies, and hot chocolate.

10 Incredibly Romantic Places In Paris For Couples On A Honeymoon

Glorifying the banks of Seine River, Paris has something mysteriously attractive in its air, architecture, and the ambiance. The magic has been enticing couples from all over the world for years and years. It isn’t just the most romantic places in Paris that make this city special, the true charm of the place lies in the tiny details: the fancy tea salons, beautifully trimmed trees, the fallen leaves of London Plane on cobblestone streets, soft-crust pies, and what not!

Wonderful Paris honeymoon destinations
Whether you’re in an unknown little corner of the city or at a popular place, Paris doesn’t stop hypnotizing you. Your visit to Paris with that special someone is sure to strengthen your lifelong love. Check out these beautiful honeymoon destinations in Paris

  1. Eiffel Tower – A modern symbol of love

Eiffel Tower is probably the most popular architecture in the whole world. Designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1889. You can take an elevator or climb up the 360 steps to reach the first level and 344 more steps to reach the second level.

The top level of the tower is at the dizzying height of 276 meters with a champagne bar up there. There’s also a restaurant that welcomes you with soft lighting and minimalist furnishings. The lovely dining place features expansive glass windows that let you enjoy the spellbinding views while your have dinner with your sweetheart. Creating a breathtaking canvas for couples, it sure is one of the most romantic places in Paris.

Things to do around Eiffel Tower: Climb the stairs of the tower to learn its history; enjoy a glass of champagne at Champagne Bar, at the top of the tower; have a French picnic at the foot of the tower; and take beautiful pictures with the glowing tower, which is certainly one of the most wonderful things to do in Paris at night.

Entry charges of Eiffel Tower

Lift entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor) – €11
Lift entrance ticket to top – €17
Stairs entrance ticket (valid to 2nd floor) – €7
Dinner for two: Begins at € 85
Opening hours: Mid Jun – Sep, daily 9 am – 12:45 am (11 pm for summit); rest of year, daily 9:30 am – 11:45 pm (10:30 pm for summit); stairs close at 6 pm in winter
Nearest metro: Bir-Hakeim

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  1. Temple of Love – For hopelessly romantic couples

Built in 1778, on a small island in The Parc—Temple of Love is a replica of Bouchardon statue. The most romantic part about the complete trip to Temple of Love is the romantic boat ride that takes you to the island. Couples from different parts of the world come here to renew their wedding vows. It is believed that kissing your partner at the center of the folly strengthens your love. Won’t you like to try it once!

Things to do around Temple of Love: Taking a lazy walk under the starry sky in Piece d’Eau des Suisses garden is amongst the most romantic things to do in Paris for couples. It’s just a few minutes walk from the temple.

Entry fee for Temple of Love: None
Nearest metro: Michel Bizot station

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  1. Luxembourg Gardens – A riot of colors

The Luxembourg Gardens are spread across 25 hectares in the heart of the capital. Decorated with statues, fountains, and a million flowers—these gardens attract many tourists. The left bank area of the garden is serene and sublime, which means, you must take a walk a long walk hand in hand with your sweetheart. You are also going to love sitting on the velvety grass with pleasant fragrance of flowers blowing in the wind.

Things to do around Luxembourg Gardens: Watch the popular puppet show in the garden area.

Entry charges Luxembourg Gardens: None
Opening hours: 7:00 am to 1 hour before sunset in summer and 8:00 am to 1 hour before sunset in winter

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  1. Parc des Buttes Chaumont – The garden of romance

There are many parks in Paris but Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the most distinctive and romantic park in a tranquil environment. It occupies 61 acres of hilly area in the northeastern reaches of Paris. This whole place was carved out of the slums and quarries with dynamites, and then decorated with extremely romantic elements like a lake, waterfalls, a grotto, and a folly. This picture-perfect place is heaven for couples in love. You will see mostly couples inside the park.

Things to do around Parc des Buttes Chaumont: Watch a puppet show at Theatre Guignol Anatole and play interesting games at Gamescape.

Entry charges for Parc Des Buttes Chaumont: None
Opening hour: Summer: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and Winter: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

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  1. River Seine – Go cruising and dining on the river

It seems that River Seine was created for romance. While you stroll along the river, you’ll be mesmerized by the gorgeous city lights. You can simply stand and gaze the river sparkling with the reflection of a thousands lights. If you decide to go here with your partner in the evening or afternoon, then you shouldn’t miss cruising on Seine. You can also enjoy a 3-course meal on a cruise while you sail on the glittery waters. The Seine is one of the most romantic places to visit in Paris.

Things to do around River Seine: Take a romantic stroll around and explore the beautiful bridges along the river and click some pictures to capture your memories.

Cruise and meal charges for two: About € 100

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  1. The Louvre – For a romantic evening and the best pictures

What’s there not to love about The Louvre! It’s the world’s most beautiful and the largest museum. It houses one of the most impressive art collection, which attracts art lovers from all over the world. You’ll be fascinated by the baroque-style museum and and palace— LeMusée du Louvre in French — which is situated along the banks of the calm Seine River.

Agreed, it is the most touristy place, but you should come here in the evening when it’s silent and calm, find a comfortable corner and sketch a portrait of your lover. Don’t worry, no one’s going to raise an eyebrow, it’s Paris, a home of artists.

Things to do around Luxembourg Gardens: Explore souvenir shops and fancy cafes Tuilleries Gardens and you can also stroll along the Seine.

Entry charges for Luxembourg Gardens: €15
Opening hours : Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Wednesday, Friday: from 9:00 am to 9:45 pm.

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  1. Notre-Dame – A place to discover divinity

Nobody’s trip to Paris is complete without visiting the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral church. Standing about 400 feet tall with two giant towers, this stunning church is considered the finest example of French Gothic architecture. Its gothic architecture makes you fall in love with its detailed Gothic carvings, spectacular rose windows, and the marvellous sculptures.

When the sun goes down and the whole world sleeps, so to speak, the view of the church is indescribably impressive. This timeless beauty is certainly among the best romantic places in Paris and nothing can beat it!

Things to do around Notre Dame Cathedral: Pay a visit to The Memorial Des Martyrs De La Deportation; those with love for for literature must explore Shakespeare and Company; go to Square Jean-XXIII for art displays and live music concerts, which is one of the most fun things to do in Paris for couples.

Entry charges for Notre Dame Cathedral: No fee for the main hall entry and € 7.50 for tower entry

Opening hours

July-August: 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and weekends 9:00 am to 11:00 pm
April-June and September: 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
October-March: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Nearest metro: Cité or Saint-Michel (Line 4)
Note: Towers are closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th

  1. Sacré Coeur Basilica – A gorgeous church

Sacré Coeur Basilica is one of the most spectacular churches in the world. Every couple planning a visit to Paris must witness the unspoiled beauty of this marvelous architecture. This Roman style domed catholic church is located on the top of Montmartre hill. As it is the highest point of the city, the sweeping views will blow your mind away.

Things to do around Sacré Coeur Basilica: There are many artists near Sacred Heart Basilica, so you must get a couple portrait; explore Dali Museum dedicated to a Spanish painter; have a typical French meal at Un zèbre à Montmartre Restaurant, and tasting vine in the vineyard of Montmartre is one of the best things to do in Paris for couples who love vine.

Entry charges Sacre Coeur Basilica: None
Opening hours: 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily
Nearest metro: Abbesses – Line 12, Anvers – Line 2, and Lamarck Caulaincourt – Line 12
Note: There are 300 steps to climb and no lift

  1. Banks of River Seine

The banks of river Seine are decorated with a number of admirable architectural structures built from the middle ages to the 20th century. The walkway along the river has become a popular kissing spot for the couples. The serene calm environment away from the usual hustle – bustle of the city will let your love breath.

Things to do around: Sit hand in hand on the stone ledge by the river and you can unfold some of the most romantic conversations

Entry charges Luxembourg Gardens: None

  1. Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Elysees at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle. The structure is a huge gateway monument. Champ- Elysees, the road that leads to Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous streets in Paris. The tree-lines street is best for a night romantic stroll with you partner. There are many restaurants, shops and theatres along the street where you can hangout after the walk.

Things to do around: Get a chocolate massage done in the nearby Four Seasons George V Hotel.

15 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in France

From the boulevards of Paris to the fashionable seaside resorts of the Côte d’Azur, France offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. France delights romantics with fairy-tale castles, soaring cathedrals, and picture-perfect villages, yet still impresses realists with its progressive, contemporary style. Begin with the Eiffel Tower, the modern emblem of France. Then discover famous masterpieces of art at the Louvre Museum. Spend a day pretending to be royalty at the elegant Palace of Versailles. Save time for leisurely gourmet meals; traditional French gastronomy has been inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Each region has its own distinctive cuisine and culture. Quaint fishing villages of Brittany specialize in crêpes and seafood, while cozy chalets in the French Alps serve hearty cheese fondue with charcuterie. Indulge in it all and savor the irresistible charm of France.

1 Eiffel Tower

The symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous landmarks. This feat of ingenuity is a structure of 8,000 metallic parts, designed by Gustave Eiffel as a temporary exhibit for the World Fair of 1889. Originally loathed by critics, the 320-meter-high tower is now a beloved and irreplaceable fixture of the Paris skyline. The structure’s unique gracefulness has earned it the nickname of “Iron Lady.” Visitors are impressed by the tower’s monumental size and the breathtaking panoramas at each of the three levels. Tourists can dine with a view at the first level or indulge at the Michelin-starred Jules Vernes restaurant on the second level. At the exhilarating height of 276 meters, the top level offers a sweeping outlook over the city of Paris and beyond-extending as far as 70 kilometers on a clear day.

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2 Louvre Museum

In the former royal palace of French Kings, the Louvre is an incomparable museum that ranks among the top European collections of fine arts. Many of Western Civilization’s most famous works are found here including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci, the Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese, and the 1st-century-BC Venus de Milo sculpture. The collection owes its wealth to the contributions of various kings who lived in the Louvre. Other pieces were added as a result of France’s treaties with the Vatican and the Republic of Venice, and from the spoils of Napoléon I. The Louvre has an astounding collection of 30,000 artworks, including countless masterpieces. It’s impossible to see it all in a day or even in a week. Focus on a shortlist of key artworks for the most rewarding experience.

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3 Palace of Versailles

More than just a royal residence, Versailles was designed to show off the glory of the French monarchy. “Sun King” Louis XIV transformed his father’s small hunting lodge into an opulent palace with a sumptuous Baroque interior. The palace became Louis XIV’s symbol of absolute power and set the standard for princely courts in Europe. Architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart created the elegant Baroque facade and lavish interior. The famous Hall of Mirrors is where courtiers waited for an audience with the king. This dazzling hall sparkles with sunlight that enters through the windows and is reflected off massive ornamental mirrors. Versailles is equally renowned for its formal French gardens featuring decorative pools, perfectly trimmed shrubbery, and charming fountains. Beyond the formal gardens is Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet, a make-believe pastoral village where the queen came to dress up as a peasant and escape court life.

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4 Côte d’Azur

The most fashionable stretch of coastline in France, the Côte d’Azur is synonymous with glamour. The Côte d’Azur translates to “Coast of Blue,” named after the mesmerizing deep blue color of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as the French Riviera, the Côte d’Azur extends from Saint-Tropez to Menton near the border with Italy. During summer, the seaside resorts are packed with beach lovers and sun-worshippers. The rich and famous are also found here in their lavish villas and luxury yachts. The town of Nice has panoramic sea views and stellar art museums. Cannes is famous for its celebrity film festival and legendary hotels. The best sandy beaches are found in Antibes. Saint-Tropez offers great beaches along with the charm of a Provençal fishing village, while Monaco seduces with its exclusive ambience and stunning scenery.

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5 Mont Saint-Michel

Rising dramatically out of the sea on the coast of Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel is one of France’s most striking landmarks. This “Pyramid of the Seas” is a mystical sight, perched on a rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions. At high tide, Mont-Saint-Michel is an island. At low tide, it is possible to walk across the sand to the Mont. The main tourist attraction, the Abbaye de Saint-Michel was founded in 708 by the Archbishop Aubert of Avranches after the Archangel Michael appeared to him in a vision. The Abbey is a marvel of medieval architecture with Gothic spires soaring 155 meters above the sea, a sublime sanctuary, and splendid views. Since it was built in the 11th century, the Abbey Church has been an important pilgrimage destination. Because of its soul-inspiring serenity, Mont Saint-Michel is known as “The Heavenly Jerusalem.”

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6 Loire Valley Châteaux

Traveling through the Loire Valley feels like turning the pages of a children’s storybook. Throughout the enchanting countryside of woodlands and river valleys are fairy-tale castles complete with moats and turreted towers. The entire area of the Loire Valley, a lush area known as the “Garden of France,” is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the Loire castles are medieval fortresses built on hilltops and surrounded by ramparts. However the most famous Loire châteaux are sumptuous Renaissance castles that were designed purely for enjoyment and entertaining, as an extension of court life outside of Paris. The Château de Chambord, built for King Francis I, is the most magnificent château; Château de Chenonceau has a distinctive feminine style; and Cheverny is a charming manor house in idyllic surroundings.

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7 Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

For more than eight centuries, the magnificence of Chartres Cathedral has inspired the faithful. Some say this breathtaking beauty of Chartres has restored belief in the doubtful. The UNESCO-listed cathedral exemplifies the glory of medieval Gothic architecture. Covering 2,500 square meters, the brilliant stained-glass windows allow colorful light to filter into the vast nave, creating an ethereal effect. Many windows date from the 13th century; all reveal the incredible craftsmanship in depicting biblical stories. The rose windows are especially noteworthy for their incredible size and details. Other highlights are the Passion window, one of the most original in its style and expression, and the Blue Virgin window that dates from the 12th century. From April through October, Chartres puts on a spectacular light show illuminating the cathedral at night.

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8 Provence

Provence is a gorgeous landscape of olive groves, sun-drenched rolling hills, and deep purple lavender fields, with little villages nestled in the valleys and perched on rocky outcrops. The vibrant scenery has enchanted many famous artists, including Cézanne, Matisse, Chagall, and Picasso. Provence is a perfect blend of rustic natural beauty and country charm where the art de vivre is a way of life. Take leisurely strolls along the cobblestone streets and bask on sunny terraces of outdoor cafés. Visit the colorful open-air markets and savor the delicious cuisine based on olive oil, vegetables, and aromatic herbs. Aix-en-Provence is the most important market town. Arles has fascinating ancient ruins and traditional festivals. Avignon was the medieval city of popes. Even the tiny villages, like Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Saint-Rémy, and Gordes, have amazing historic sites, fantastic museums, and an irresistibly quaint ambience.

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9 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The awesome spectacle of Mont Blanc in the French Alps is an unforgettable sight. The highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc forms part of the French border with Italy. Mont Blanc, “White Mountain,” soars to 4,810 meters, so high that it’s always blanketed in snow. Beneath its heavenly peak is the traditional alpine village of Chamonix, nestled in a high-mountain valley. This quaint little town is filled with historic churches, cozy chalet restaurants, and charming auberges. Chamonix is a great base for skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and outdoor adventures, or just relaxing. Soak up the serene scenery and listen to the sound of rushing streams. Savor hearty meals of the rustic Savoy cuisine-based on potatoes, cheese, and charcuterie with specialties like fondue and raclette.

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10 Alsace Villages

Some of the prettiest villages in France are tucked away in the green, rolling hills of Alsace, where the Vosges Mountains border the Rhine River of Germany. These picturesque Alsatian villages feature pastel-painted, half-timbered houses clustered around small parish churches. Cheerful flowering balconies and pedestrian cobblestone streets add to the appeal. Many of the villages have won France’s “Villages Fleuris” award for their lovely floral decorations, such as Obernai, with its characteristic burghers’ houses; the charming little village of Ribeauvillé; the “town of art and history” Guebwiller; and the captivating medieval village of Bergheim. Other flower-bedecked Alsatian villages are so pretty that they have been designated as both “Villages Fleuris” and “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (Most Beautiful Villages of France), including the storybook hamlet of Riquewihr, with its quaint historic houses, and the enchanting village of Eguisheim, nestled in a valley. Another “Most Beautiful Village” is Mittelbergheim, known for its gastronomy and idyllic scenery, at the foot of the verdant Mont Saint-Odile. For those planning an Alsace vacation itinerary, Colmar is a good base to explore the Alsatian villages and surrounding nature trails.

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11 Carcassonne

With its turreted towers and crenellated ramparts, Carcassonne seems straight out of a fairy-tale scene. This well-preserved (and renovated) fortified city takes visitors into the world of the Middle Ages. The walled town, known as the Cité, is a totally enclosed world of narrow, winding cobblestone lanes and quaint old houses. Every street, square, and building has retained its medieval character. Must-see tourist attractions are the double-circuited ramparts with 54 towers and the 13th-14th-century Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire with spectacular stained-glass windows. One of the other popular things to do here is view the Bastille Day fireworks on July 14th.

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12 Brittany

Brittany is a beautiful historic region on the northeastern coast of France. Rugged seaside scenery, quaint fishing villages, and weathered sea ports characterize this region. Brittany is proud of its ancient traditions and famous for its costumed religious festivals. Brittany is also a mystical land of myths and legends, with a Celtic influence and a dialect related to Gaelic. The local cuisine is delicious, best known for its savory buckwheat crêpes and sweet dessert crêpes. The quintessential Breton port is Saint-Malo surrounded by ancient walls. Quimper is a picture-postcard historic town with handsome half-timbered houses, pleasant squares, and an impressive Gothic cathedral. Nantes has a spectacular château and is where the Edict of Nantes was signed in 1598 granting freedom of religious belief to Protestants. Other highlights of Brittany are the pristine sandy beaches, tiny remote islands, and ancient castles.

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13 Editor’s Pick Biarritz

Biarritz is a fashionable beach town on the beautiful Bay of Biscay in France’s Basque country. This celebrated seaside resort has an elegant and aristocratic air; it was a favorite destination of Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. The imperial couple’s grandiose Second-Empire-style palace has been converted into the Hôtel du Palais, a luxury hotel featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant and sensational views of the Grande Plage beach. This large sandy beach, with its broad seafront promenade, has attracted high-society vacation goers since the Belle Epoque. Other must-see sights are related to the ocean: the Aquarium de Biarritz; Lighthouse; and Rocher de la Vierge (Virgin of the Rock) figure, which stands along the coastline on an immense rock beaten by the Atlantic’s wild waves. For a taste of the town’s regal past, visit the chic Miremont Tearoom that has served exceptional pastries since 1872.

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14 Rocamadour

Suspended between heaven and earth on a sheer limestone cliff, Rocamadour is an unforgettable sacred site. In the 11th century, this pilgrimage destination was the third most important in Christendom after Jerusalem and Rome. Rocamadour was also a stop on the medieval pilgrimage trail to Santiago de la Compostela in Spain. The village has seven ancient sanctuaries, but pilgrims flock to the Chapelle Notre-Dame (Chapelle Miraculeuse), which possesses the venerated Black Virgin (Notre-Dame de Rocamadour). This precious Virgin Mary figure was carved from walnut wood that naturally darkened over the centuries and is associated with miracles.

Another must-see sight is the UNESCO-listed Basilique Saint-Sauveur, the largest church of Rocamadour built in Romanesque and Gothic style between the 11th and 13th centuries. For a challenging spiritual experience, pilgrims can ascend the steep flight of steps, with 12 Stations of the Cross, leading up to the château at the highest point in the village.

About 145 kilometers from Limoges, Rocamadour is surrounded by the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, a natural park of the Dordogne region.

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15 Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Lascaux

Visitors can delve into the fascinating world of prehistoric art in Lascaux, the finest example of Paleolithic art in the world. This UNESCO-listed site is in the Vézère Valley of the Dordogne region. Discovered in 1940, the Lascaux Cave contains exquisite prehistoric paintings but has been closed to the public to prevent damage. A replica of the cave was created at the nearby Lascaux II site, 200 meters from the actual cave. Lascaux II is a faithful reproduction of the cave and its paintings. The Paleolithic art has been carefully recreated, including every detail of the animal paintings in authentic ochre hues. Highlights are the Salle des Taureaux (Hall of the Bulls) with panels featuring unicorns and bears and the Diverticule Axial, a narrow 30-meter-long hall with impressive drawings of bulls, cows, and horses. The art reproductions of Lascaux II are so accurate that visitors would not be able to tell the difference from the original.

A recent addition to the site, the International Centre for Cave Art offers an interactive visitor experience. Built on top of the Lascaux II cave, this sleek ultra-modern museum boasts more than 8,500 square meters of exhibition space used to display 3-D images, a virtual reality map, and other educational features. To visit the cave and museum, tourists must book a guided tour. The small-group tour provides an in-depth visit with interesting commentary from a knowledgeable guide.