Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca

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  • 1. Castillo de Santa Bárbara


    One of the largest existing medieval fortresses in Europe, Castillo de Santa Bárbara sits atop 545-foot-tall Monte Benacantil. From this strategic...Read More

  • 2. Amphitheater

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Tarragona, the Emperor Augustus's favorite winter resort, had arguably the finest amphitheater in Roman Iberia, built in the 2nd century AD...Read More

  • 3. Castillo de Dénia


    The most interesting architectural attraction here is the castle overlooking the town, and the Palau del Governador (Governor's Palace) inside...Read More

  • 4. Convent de Santa Maria

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The ruins of the Santa Maria Convent, on a hill just outside of town, make a good walk and offer a panoramic view over Besalú. ...Read More

  • 5. Empúries

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Greco-Roman ruins here are Catalonia's most important archaeological site, and this port is one of the most monumental ancient engineering...Read More

  • 6. Jewish ritual baths

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The remains of this 13th-century mikvah, or Jewish ritual bath, were discovered in the 1960s; it's one of the few surviving in Spain. A stone...Read More

  • 7. Museu Paleocristià i Necrópolis


    Just uphill from the fish market are this early Christian necropolis and museum. In 1923, the remains of a burial ground were discovered during...Read More

  • 8. Passeig Arqueològic


    The landscaped gardens of this stepped archaeological walk are below the restored walls of the Força Vella (which you can walk, in parts) and...Read More

  • 9. Passeig Arqueològic

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A 1½-km (1-mile) circular path skirting the surviving section of the 3rd-century-BC Ibero-Roman ramparts, this walkway was built on even earlier...Read More

  • 10. Roman Circus

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Students have excavated the vaults of the 1st-century AD Roman arena, near the amphitheater. The plans just inside the gate show that the vaults...Read More

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