Spain’s attractions are unrivaled and attract countless holidaymakers to the Iberian Peninsula year after year. However, we can all agree on one thing: no matter how imposing the Sagrada Familia is or no matter how picturesque the gardens of the Alhambra gleam in the afternoon sun, these destinations have become – well, how to put it – a little boring these days. Here is a list of the most beautiful hidden gems all over Spain.
Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre
Beach enjoyment at its best. This is the Delta de l’Ebre. On a small, offshore island tongue, in the southernmost section of the Ebro Delta, nothing but sand, sand and more sand awaits you. The funniest part? You can really push your car to its limits. The peninsula may be driven on to a large extent. Only the front tip of the island is closed because it is a nature reserve. All the beaches in the Delta de l’Ebre are flat, miles long and more than heavenly. We were there in the coldest and ugliest time of year imaginable and still absolutely convinced. Certainly not every beach could have done that. How nice must it be there in the summer, when you can go swimming in the lukewarm sea and the sun is burning your face? Apart from beach lovers, bird watchers, Lostplaces fans and kite surfers also get their money’s worth here.
For us, Peñíscola is by far one of the most special and beautiful vacation spots in Spain. In the middle of the east coast, a single, majestic old town towers on a cliff high above the sea. While the charm of the outer districts is rather limited, the mountainous center of Peñíscola exudes pure magic. The views over the ocean are phenomenal and the narrow streets with their colorfully painted house facades are reminiscent of Greece, Morocco and all sorts of other longing destinations. The highlight of Peñíscola is the castle at the highest point of the old town. From there you can see the entire city, the coast and large parts of the hinterland.
In Cuenca, not only do the clotheslines hang over the abyss, but also the houses. If you are now wondering what we mean by that, we would be happy to explain it to you. Cuenca is the city of the so-called “hanging houses”. These are beautiful old houses built high on steep rocky outcrops, sometimes even jutting over the precipice. You can get a great view of them from the San Pablo Bridge. However, you should already be free from giddiness. The bridge is also enthroned at a dizzy height.
Monfrague National Park
Welcome to the Monfragüe National Park. We dare say that this place is the best kept secret in Spain. But what does it mean? We’ll start off by saying this: nowhere else in the country will you find so many fat zoom lenses in one place. There are also professional binoculars and people who share a great passion: bird watching. Because that’s exactly what you can do there. However, that is by far not all.