Spain’s unknown cities

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Spain boasts a wide range of cities, towns and villages, from the rustic Salamanca to the bustling urban centre of Madrid. However, a lot of cities and towns around Spain are unknown to the average expat or tourist. Here we uncover some of the relatively undiscovered cities in Spain and what they have to offer.

Spain’s unknown cities

Tarragona

The city of Tarragona is situated in the south of Catalonia, north-east of Spain on the Costa Dorada. Its idyllic beaches and fine golden sand are perfect for a sun-soaked retreat. However, visitors shouldn't overlook the city, which also offers a range of fascinating ancient remains, a true reflection of Spain's rich historical past. The Roman ruins of Tarraco (the ancient name for the city) have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the ancient Roman aqueduct known as Pont de les Ferreres allows you to experience the country's important history.

For culture vultures, Tarragona offers a range of museums and religious buildings such as the acclaimed National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona . Allow yourself to relax with nature by enjoying one of the many natural parks and gardens Tarragona has to offer, such as Parque de Camp de Mart, a quaint tranquil green space featuring a pond and dog walking trail.

Almeria

Almeria is a city in Andalusia, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean coast with its province sharing the same name. It boasts a variety of landscapes, from coastal to mountainous vistas.

From the tranquil beaches of Cabo de Gata to the piedmonts of Alpujarra, Almeria offers sun, beach, mountains and desert all in one province! The region has a rich cultural heritage, reflected in its Phoenician and Greek settlements. Its famous cathedral built in the 16th century, the gold mines of Rodalquilar and the spectacular Alcazaba castle are must sees. A popular Andalusian festival to go to called "Feria de Almeria" takes place in the second half of August and offers fireworks, music, drinks, horse-riding and lots of other entertainment - a perfect way to soak up the culture.

Denia

Denia is situated in the province of Alicante and lies on the Costa Blanca. The city is home to an abundance of fiestas, such as Bous a la Mar (Bulls of the Sea), a famous bull running festival which takes place by the sea in July. Marvel at the spectacular views by the marina, enjoy the walking trails in Montgo and Torre del Gerro. Shopping lovers can also explore Denia’s main shopping street and take a trip to the old fish market and fish auction.

The coastline is 20 km and features both rocky and sandy beaches to stroll across as well as an elevated promenade by the marina. Culture lovers will enjoy Denia's spectacular castle and archaeological museum or sample gastronomic delights of the city. In addition, its ideal location means that you can also explore Mallorca or Formentera by ferry from the port.

Valladolid

This quirky, historical town is situated in the region of Castilla y Leon, two hours away from Madrid. This city is not often frequented by tourists but has a lot to offer and has played an important role in Spain's historical past. Valladolid pays homage to important historical figures such as Christopher Columbus, who died there in 1506, and acclaimed author Miguel de Cervantes, with a museum  dedicated to him. Visitors can stroll through the rustic streets, as well as Campo Grande Park full of lush greenery in a peaceful and tranquil setting.

It is definitely worth visiting the city during Holy Week (Easter), as Valladolid follows the greatest religious customs of Spain. Processions take place in a serene and silent atmosphere, accompanied only by music and is a highly spiritually charged event. For those opting for a relaxing holiday, the river is an ideal location along with its beach to enjoy the party atmosphere and enjoy one of the renowned wines from the province such as Vega Sicilia.

Murcia

Murcia is a city in the southeast of Spain as well as a region adopting the same name and is famed for the friendliness of its residents, known as Murcianos. The city is perfect to see on foot and most sights of interest are well within walking distance, such as the Paseo del Malecón by the River Segura as well as picturesque commercial streets such as Calle Trapería. Murcia is also home to the magnificent Cathedral of Murcia from the Baroque period and an array of churches such as the Santa Ana, San Andrés and San Miguel.  

Sweet meat pies are a common staple and are found in many Murcian cake shops and are a great gastronomic treat for foodies. The Trapería and Platería streets are a haven for shopping lovers and numerous tapas outlets, plazas and narrow streets characterise the charm of the city.

Tarragona

The city of Tarragona is situated in the south of Catalonia, north-east of Spain on the Costa Dorada. Its idyllic beaches and fine golden sand are perfect for a sun-soaked retreat. However, visitors shouldn't overlook the city, which also offers a range of fascinating ancient remains, a true reflection of Spain's rich historical past. The Roman ruins of Tarraco (the ancient name for the city) have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the ancient Roman aqueduct known as Pont de les Ferreres allows you to experience the country's important history.

For culture vultures, Tarragona offers a range of museums and religious buildings such as the acclaimed National Archaeological Museum of Tarragona . Allow yourself to relax with nature by enjoying one of the many natural parks and gardens Tarragona has to offer, such as Parque de Camp de Mart, a quaint tranquil green space featuring a pond and dog walking trail.

Almeria

Almeria is a city in Andalusia, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean coast with its province sharing the same name. It boasts a variety of landscapes, from coastal to mountainous vistas.

From the tranquil beaches of Cabo de Gata to the piedmonts of Alpujarra, Almeria offers sun, beach, mountains and desert all in one province! The region has a rich cultural heritage, reflected in its Phoenician and Greek settlements. Its famous cathedral built in the 16th century, the gold mines of Rodalquilar and the spectacular Alcazaba castle are must sees. A popular Andalusian festival to go to called "Feria de Almeria" takes place in the second half of August and offers fireworks, music, drinks, horse-riding and lots of other entertainment - a perfect way to soak up the culture.

Denia

Denia is situated in the province of Alicante and lies on the Costa Blanca. The city is home to an abundance of fiestas, such as Bous a la Mar (Bulls of the Sea), a famous bull running festival which takes place by the sea in July. Marvel at the spectacular views by the marina, enjoy the walking trails in Montgo and Torre del Gerro. Shopping lovers can also explore Denia’s main shopping street and take a trip to the old fish market and fish auction.

The coastline is 20 km and features both rocky and sandy beaches to stroll across as well as an elevated promenade by the marina. Culture lovers will enjoy Denia's spectacular castle and archaeological museum or sample gastronomic delights of the city. In addition, its ideal location means that you can also explore Mallorca or Formentera by ferry from the port.

Valladolid

This quirky, historical town is situated in the region of Castilla y Leon, two hours away from Madrid. This city is not often frequented by tourists but has a lot to offer and has played an important role in Spain's historical past. Valladolid pays homage to important historical figures such as Christopher Columbus, who died there in 1506, and acclaimed author Miguel de Cervantes, with a museum  dedicated to him. Visitors can stroll through the rustic streets, as well as Campo Grande Park full of lush greenery in a peaceful and tranquil setting.

It is definitely worth visiting the city during Holy Week (Easter), as Valladolid follows the greatest religious customs of Spain. Processions take place in a serene and silent atmosphere, accompanied only by music and is a highly spiritually charged event. For those opting for a relaxing holiday, the river is an ideal location along with its beach to enjoy the party atmosphere and enjoy one of the renowned wines from the province such as Vega Sicilia.

Murcia

Murcia is a city in the southeast of Spain as well as a region adopting the same name and is famed for the friendliness of its residents, known as Murcianos. The city is perfect to see on foot and most sights of interest are well within walking distance, such as the Paseo del Malecón by the River Segura as well as picturesque commercial streets such as Calle Trapería. Murcia is also home to the magnificent Cathedral of Murcia from the Baroque period and an array of churches such as the Santa Ana, San Andrés and San Miguel.  

Sweet meat pies are a common staple and are found in many Murcian cake shops and are a great gastronomic treat for foodies. The Trapería and Platería streets are a haven for shopping lovers and numerous tapas outlets, plazas and narrow streets characterise the charm of the city.

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