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Spain has had a troubled history. It was fought over by Christian Crusaders and Moors, it was devoured from the inside by the supremacy of the Catholic Church’s Spanish Inquisition, and spent much of the 20th century embattled in a civil war and under a totalitarian regime. In recent years, frequent terrorist attacks by separatists and an economic crisis has held the country back.

Despite the challenges, Spain is an amazing travel destination. It is loaded with history, has world class gastronomy (who doesn’t love tapas?), has two of the world’s great wine regions, the beaches in Spain are among Europe’s best and cities like Barcelona, Seville and Grenada make perfect travel destinations! If you haven’t been in recent years, it’s time to put it back on your list. Here are some of our favorite Spanish travel experiences.

Ronda is Gorges

The Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda Andalusia.

Ronda is gorges. Mostly, Ronda is known for the deep gorges that divide the community and play such an important part in the town’s history. Ronda Andalusia is still my favorite small town in Spain.

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Seville’s Alcazar and Cathedral

The Seville Alcazar - a royal palace built on the ruins of a Moorish palace.

Seville is…special. Somehow, when I start telling people about places I love in the world, Seville usually makes the list. And there’s good reason for it – the city’s UNESCO sites, the Seville Alcazar and Cathedral, are both important and beautiful.

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La Mezquita in Cordoba, Spain

The candy cane stripes inside the La Mezquita Cordoba.

One of the most iconic images of Spain comes from a town in Andalusia: the candy cane stripes of La Mezquita Cordoba. But how this architecture came about is the subject of a rich, but complicated history.

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