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Our DMC partner in Spain, Destination Spain, shares some itineraries with the best viewpoints in Spain! There are places where time seems to stand still, where you could gaze at the horizon for hours, completely oblivious to everything around you. That's the experience you'll have at these viewing points which are so definitely worth a visit, and for which you'll want to stop the car or go up a mountain. We've drawn up a shortlist of some of the viewing points which, by common consensus, are among the most beautiful in Spain.
Ribeira Sacra In the north of Spain, in Galicia, you'll find some enchanting mediaeval monasteries hidden among the mountains. So you don't miss the best views of the rolling landscapes carved out by the rivers Sil and Miño, there are plenty of designated viewing points: Los Balcones de Madrid, O Boqueiriño, La Cividade, El Duque and Cabo do Mundo. Some stand at an altitude of 500 metres. If you look closely you may even be able to see some water nymphs...
Monte Igueldo If we continue on along the Cantabrian coast, we come to Donostia-San Sebastián in the Basque Country. It's no exaggeration to say that this is one of the loveliest cities in Spain. If you don't believe it, try going to the top of one of the hills surrounding it, Monte Ulía or Monte Igueldo; this last one offers some of the most iconic bird’s eye views of the bay of La Concha. You can go up in a funicular railway and visit the amusement park at the top.
San Nicolás We continue our journey, on to Andalusia. This is undoubtedly the most important viewing point in the city of Granada, and one of the best places to savour the monumental sight of the Alhambra in all its splendor. Make yourself comfortable and prepare to observe the Generalife, the Nasrid Palaces, the Palace of Charles V, the Alcazaba –all against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. And you may find someone nearby playing a guitar, just to make the experience absolutely perfect.
El Estrecho We finish our journey through the south in Tarifa (Cadiz), where you can almost reach out and touch the coast of Africa. And that's because Tarifa is the southernmost point in Europe and the nearest to Africa. Its winds make this a particularly attractive place for windsurfing enthusiasts. Get your camera ready to capture the Straits of Gibraltar and the coast of Morocco, just 15 km away.
Meandro del Melero On the border of the region of Extremadura (in Cáceres) and known as Las Hurdes you'll find a place where the river appears to contort itself into an almost impossible meander. After enjoying the view you'll want to close your eyes and luxuriate in the peace and quiet of this place.
Roque de los Muchachos this viewing point on the island of La Palma. It's at the highest point, 2.426 meters above sea level. From here you can see the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, and –on a clear day– even the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro. If you want to see as far as the sky itself, you can also visit the island's famous observatory, with some of the most advanced telescopes in the world.
El Teide The best and last of this list of viewing points is the highest point in Spain: the summit of Mt. Teide, on the island of Tenerife. You can go up in the cable car to a very considerable height. Dare-devils can go even higher on a route up to the peak, for which you need to request permission online.
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