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Perhaps more than any other country in Europe, a tour of Spain brings you to a number of distinct regions and cultures. Catalonia to the north differs considerably from Galicia to the west, and if you're looking for one of the most rewarding experiences throughout your travels, a prolonged stop in the southern region of Andalusia is a smart choice. The most populous of Spain's 17 autonomous communities, Andalusia is teeming everything from a rich sense of history to stunning Mediterranean landscapes, and there are few hotspots in particular that should not be left out of your tour of Spain.
Plaza de España
?Built in the late 1920s, this city square in Seville is home to some of the most impressive pieces of architecture in Spain. A walk around the landmark, which encompasses more than 494,400 square feet, brings you to a number of compelling buildings. Among the most memorable are two towers which sit on each end of the plazas main building and offer a taste of the Renaissance Revival style. Before leaving, you should make a note to admire the painted ceramic benches that are situated around the square - each one represents one of Spain's provinces.
Arguably the most famous destination in southern Spain, Granada's Alhambra commands a substantial amount of attention from visitors. The fortress complex dates as far back as the ninth century, and you could easily spend hours exploring this sprawling compound. In addition to its imposing size - it eventually became a royal residence - the Alhambra is also replete with impressive works of art, statues and gardens that offer a truly unique experience.
A trip to Andalusia wouldn't be complete without enjoying the beautiful Spanish coast, and Playa Victoria is one of the best places to do just that. Located in Cadiz - one of the oldest cities in Europe - Playa Victoria stretches for well over one mile and is recognized as one of the most pristine stretches of coastline in the country. In addition to offering ample opportunity for water sports, swimming or just relaxing, the beach is located near a large number of shops, restaurants and bars so you can keep exploring the local culture when your day in the sun is over.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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