|Roman walls of Lugo|
What I’m trying to say here is: there is so much more to Spain than just Madrid or Granada! Even though it’s only the size of Texas, Spain is an endlessly varied country where most folks identify more strongly with their town or region than the nation. My favorite cities I’ve stayed in and experiences I’ve had have often been the places that you just never hear about in hostel common rooms or Top 10 clickbait lists. I believe that it’s just so much easier to get a deeper appreciation for the country when you spend some time away from all the paella-and-sangría menus or red double-decker tourist buses. Let me share with y’all five of the places where I think you can most easily do this!
|Parador hotel (Palace of Dean Ortega)|
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|A Ponte Vella — The Old Bridge|
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|Alcazaba de Almería|
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What are you favorite little-visited corners of Spain? Tell me your beloved cities in the discussion below!
Full disclosure: I wrote this blog post as part of the Booked.net - Top Destinations to Go There promotion in which at least 100 travel bloggers will publish a listicle of their five favorite destinations and enter for their chance to win an iPhone 6. Woohoo! So I’m nominating Mike of Mapless Mike, Kaley of Y Mucho Más, Cassandra of Gee Cassandra, Jessica of Curiosity Travels, and Jenny of A Thing for Wor(l)ds. Get writin’, y’all!