Douro Valley, Castilla y Leon, Aranjuez Palace and Cordoba

Four places not to miss in Portugal and Spain. Include them all into your next vacation!

The #Douro Valley in #Portugal has amazing #wine that is incredibly inexpensive, great views, and very windy roads. Take a river cruise instead of driving! The whole area was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site. Mainly known for port wine production, the region also produced world class red and white table wines. The beauty of the terraced hillsides which seem to reach into the sky, dotted with noble homes called “quintas” makes this landscape something incredible to behold. Pictures don’t do justice !

 

 

The hills towns of Castilla y León like #LaAlberca are easy to miss with all the winding #rural roads. But they’re a great treat and just an hour outside #Salamanca, Spain. #summer #spaintravel

 

 

This pink #palace in #Aranjuez, Spain was the summer retreat of #Spain’s kings and queens of old. It was established around the time Philip II of Spain moved the capital from Toledo to Madrid. Aranjuez became one of four seasonal seats of government, occupied during the springtime (from about holy week). Thereafter, the court moved successively to Rascafría, El Escorial and wintered in Madrid. It is open to the public as one of several Spanish royal sites in the Community of Madrid . #royal #españa

 

 

Why go to Córdoba? Because nearby Medina Azahara has been declared World Heritage Site, making Córdoba the only city in the world with four declarations by the UNESCO. (Arabic: مدينة الزهراءMadīnat az-Zahrā: literal meaning “the shining city”) is the ruins of a vast, fortified Moorish medieval palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III (912–961), the first Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba, and located on the western outskirts of Córdoba, Spain. It was a medieval Moorish town and the de facto capital of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain, as the heart of the administration and government was within its walls. Built beginning in 936-940, the city included ceremonial reception halls, mosques, administrative and government offices and gardens. Water was supplied through aqueducts

 

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