Attractions in Northern Spain

While Southern Spain is home to gorgeous beaches and an interesting blend of Iberian and Moorish architecture, the north is dominated by old catholic monasteries hidden amongst mountains, Roman and Celtic ruins and the country of the Basques. There are just as many  interesting attractions in Northern Spain as there are in Barcelona and Madrid: wherever you go, you’ll encounter picturesque villages, castles, convents and churches, all surrounded by strikingly beautiful landscapes. Here are some of the possible destinations for those willing to discover Northern Spain:

Camino de Santiago – The Way of St. James

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You’ve probably heard of this famous pilgrimage route, which Christians all over the world have followed for centuries. The pilgrimage has no official start point, nor a well-established route, however most pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela will depart from the Spanish Pyrenees. As for the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, well, it is considered to host the sacred remains of St. James.

Bilbao

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Situated in the heart of the Basque country, Bilbao is one of the biggest and most culturally active cities in Spain. Bilbao makes a great holiday destinations, especially for art lovers, who can visit Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Art Museum), as well as the famous Guggenheim Gallery, whose futuristic headquarters was designed by Frank Gehry.

Ponferrada

Ponferrada is a historic city in North-Western Spain. It is an important stop in the Way of St. James and home to a number of historical monuments, including a beautiful Templar Castle. The castle dates back to the 12th century and represents a typical medieval fortress. There are also a couple of old churches, a Roman gold mine and an interesting history museum.

La Rioja

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A mountainous region in Northern Spain, La Rioja still benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate and thus great conditions for grape cultivation. The red wines of Rioja are regarded as the best of all Spain wines and have received plenty of international recognition. The culture of wine and winemaking is the standard here, there’s even a Battle of Wine.

Leon

I think we’ve mentioned Leon and the glorious Kingdom of Leon (not the Kings :P) before, but this Spanish city is worth all the attention. The architecture of the city is quite remarkable, as it contains numerous medieval churches, sumptuous palaces as well as one design by Gaudi. Don’t forget to get a drink at some local pub and enjoy the free tapas.

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