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Those Places (Most of) You May Be Missing in Spain

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I´ve been contributing in Fodor´s for about 10 years now, starting in quite an amateur way and having become a guide, I´ve been closely following posts about Spain. I understand that the standard is going to a country and visit the most visited places (well, there´s normally a reason why those places are so crowded). In Spain, a huge number of posts ask about Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, a few about the North (San Sebastian) and little else. A first comer, obviously, wants to see those places. But what about the places that, if time and money allow, are extraordinary and go unvisited?

Here´s a small list of some places (I´ll start with province capitals, then to smaller places in future posts) that I love as a local:

- Burgos, in Castilla y León, its magnificent Gothic Cathedral and Atapuerca prehistoric site, one of the most important in the world. The old town, the bars and the Human Evolution museum.
- Oviedo, in Asturias, and its cider houses and cider culture, the prerromanic churches of San Miguel de Lillo and Santa María del Naranco, the Jurassic museum in front of the sea, the mining regions
- Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, with the restoration of the ancient cathedral of Santa María and its incredible Old Town, a jewish quarter in the old times. Europe´s Green Capital and Gastronomy Capital in 2014.
- Jaén, in Andalucía, unspoilt city with an incredible cathedral and close to Úbeda and Baena, two hidden jewels in the Andalucian mountains.
- Cáceres, in Extremadura, a beautiful Old Quarter, full of churches, a jewish quarter and a great Parador. A must see.

5 on this post, more to go if interested.

Saludos,

Mikel

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