Top Choice Gardens in Serra de Tramuntana

Jardins de Alfàbia

The Jardins de Alfàbia reside in the shadow of the rugged Serra d’Alfàbia mountain range stretching east of Sóller. Here an endearingly faded finca with a baroque facade, which looks like it was stripped from a Flor…
Monastery in Barcelona

Sant Cugat del Vallès

Marauding Muslims razed the one-time Roman encampment-turned-Visigothic monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès to the ground in the 8th century. These things happen, so, after the Christians got back in the saddle, work…
Museum in Madrid

Museo del Ferrocarril

You don’t have to be a trainspotter to enjoy this railway museum – you’ll see as many kids as anoraks – but it helps. Housed in the disused 1880s Estación de Delicias south of Lavapiés, this museum has about 30 piec…
Castle in Eastern Jaén Province

Castillo de Albánchez

The Castillo de Albánchez is one of Jaén's most dramatically sited castles, its leaning tower perched on top of a rock on a sheer cliff rising directly above the village of Albánchez de Mágina. You can, surprisingly…
Monastery in Navarra

Monasterio de San Salvador de Leyre

Totally swamped with visitors on public holidays, the Monasterio de San Salvador de Leyre is in an attractive setting in the shadow of the Sierra de Leyre, about 4km from Yesa on the N240. The early Romanesque crypt…
Cave in Málaga Province

Cueva de la Pileta

Twenty kilometres southwest of Ronda la Vieja are some of Andalucía’s most ancient and fascinating caves: the Cueva de la Pileta. The guided tour, by torchlight, into the dark belly of the cave reveals Stone Age pai…
Fortress in Jaén Province

Fortaleza de la Mota

From a distance the Fortaleza de la Mota looks more like a city than a mere fort, with its high church tower and doughty castle keep rising above the surrounding walls. And in a sense that's what it was, for back in…
Cave in Basque Country

Arrikrutz Caves

Not far from the busy Christian pilgrimage site of Santuario de Arantzazu, this cavern system has numerous slow-growing stalagmites and stalactites.
Monastery in Navarra

Monasterio de la Oliva

The 11th-century Monasterio de la Oliva, 2km from Carcastillo, which is southeast of Olite, was founded by Cistercian monks and is still functioning as a community. Its austere church gives onto a peaceful Gothic cl…
Church in Basque Country

Santuario de Loyola

Just outside Azpeitia (12km south of the A8 motorway along the GI631) lies the portentous Santuario de Loyola, dedicated to St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuit order. The dark, sooty basilica, laden with grey mar…