- By John
- On Oct 30, 2018
- Travel Tips
Spain has so many treasures and so much history and culture that it’s nearly impossible to turn a corner without stumbling upon something fascinating.
Best Spanish Destinations You Must Visit
The Real Alcázar, Seville
The gardens are the secret gem of this remarkable Moorish palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A gorgeous example of mudéjar architecture, this palace seems as if it would be similar to the Alhambra, but in fact, it is wildly different. Set right in the city center, a visit to Seville just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Alcázar. The gardens are massive and complete with grand arches, fountains, palm trees, flowers and much more. You may stumble across some peacocks too. If this palace looks vaguely familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it on season five of Game of Thrones, which filmed at this location, among many others in Seville.
Insider tip: Make sure to check out the water organ in the gardens, which chimes on the hour. It’s one of the few working water organs left in the world.
The Patios, Córdoba
Thanks to Córdoba’s hot, dry climate, the city’s very first inhabitants (first Romans, then Moors) created homes around a central courtyard, often with a fountain in the middle or a well. Still common today, this style of home is typical in Córdoba, and these small courtyards—now called patios—are world-famous for their stunning decoration and blooming flowers. Whereas you can view many patios year-round, the best time to see them is during the yearly patio festival each May.
Insider tip: Checking out the patios in the early evening is a great way to avoid crowds, especially during the festival, when many go in the morning or afternoon.