Catalonia, Valencia, and the Costa Blanca

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  • 1. Cap de Creus

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    North of Cadaqués, Spain's easternmost point is a fundamental pilgrimage, if only for the symbolic geographical rush. The hike out to the lighthouse...Read More

  • 2. Museo de Bellas Artes

    Trinitat | Museum/Gallery

    Valencia was a thriving center of artistic activity in the 15th century—one reason that the city's Museum of Fine Arts, with its lovely palm...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Església de Sant Pere

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 12th-century Romanesque church is part of a 10th-century monastery, still in an excellent state of preservation. ...Read More

  • 5. Església de Sant Vicenç

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 977, this pre-Romanesque gem contains the relics of St. Vincent as well as the tomb of its benefactor, Pere de Rovira. La Capella...Read More

  • 6. Mar Menuda

    Beach–Sight

    Just north of the town center, this gentle 460-foot sandy crescent is a pleasant Blue Flag beach that's popular with local families. The sand...Read More

  • 7. Medes Islands

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The marine reserve around the Medes Islands, an archipelago of several small islands, is just off the coastline of L'Estartit, and is touted...Read More

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  • 8. Museo Taurino

    Museum/Gallery

    In the Plaza de Toros, the Bullfighting Museum is a must for aficionados, with fine examples of matador costumes (the "suits of lights"), bull...Read More

  • 9. Museu de Fogueres

    Museum/Gallery

    Bonfire festivities are popular in this part of Spain, and the ninots, or effigies, can be elaborate and funny, including satirized political...Read More

  • 10. Palau de la Generalitat

    Government Building

    On the left side of the Plaza de la Virgen, fronted by orange trees and box hedges, is this elegant facade. The Gothic building was once the...Read More

  • 11. Passeig Arqueològic

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Peñón d'Ifach Natural Park

    Geological Site

    The landscape of Calpe is dominated by this huge calcareous rock more than 1,100 yards long, 1,090 feet high, and joined to the mainland by...Read More

  • 14. Placeta del Institut Vell

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    In this small square on Carrer de la Força you can study a tar-blackened groove carved into the stone of the right-hand door post as you enter...Read More

  • 15. Platja Gran

    Beach–Sight

    Sweeping past the Vila Vella, this well-maintained, soft-sand beach runs along the front of town to meet the base of the Cap de Tossa. One of...Read More

  • 16. Playa las Arenas

    Beach–Sight

    This wide (nearly 450 feet) and popular grand municipal beach stretches north from the port and the America's Cup marina more than a kilometer...Read More

  • 17. Plaza del Ayuntamiento

    Casco Antiguo | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    With the massive baroque facades of the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and the Correos (central Post Office) facing each other across the park, this...Read More

  • 18. Pont Fortificat

    Bridge/Tunnel

    The town's most emblematic feature is this Romanesque 11th-century fortified bridge with crenellated battlements spanning the Riu Fluvià. ...Read More

  • 19. San Nicolás

    Casco Antiguo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A small plaza contains Valencia's oldest church (dating to the 13th century), once the parish of the Borgia Pope Calixtus III. The first portal...Read More

  • 20. Museo de Bellas Artes Gravina

    Museum/Gallery

    Inside the beautiful 18th-century Palacio del Conde de Lumiares, MUBAG—as it's best known—has some 500 works of art ranging from the 16th to...Read More

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