HIGHLIGHTS: The magical medieval fortified city of Cuenca, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1996, awaits you with its incredible Hanging Houses (Casas Colgadas), cathedral, San Miguel Church, San Pedro Church, Descalzas Convent and San Nicolas, among other fascinating monuments. Discover the beauty of the nearby Enchanted City (Ciudad Encantada), where stone comes to life. The Museum of Abstract Art will appeal greatly to art lovers. And for the curious of mind, what better than a visit to the Castile-La Mancha Museum of Sciences and the provincial archeological museum.
Day 2: Monday
Parador de Alcala de Henares- Click here for details
HIGHLIGHTS: The University and Historic Precinct of Alcala de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, is the hometown of Cervantes; the town is beautiful with its narrow streets, its palaces and convents and its many civil buildings. It invites you to discover the University (founded in 1499 by Cardenal Cisneros), Plaza de Cervantes, the ruins of Santa María de la Mayor, the colleges of Sta. Ursula and Escritorios, the Cathedral of Stos. Justos y Pastor, and many more. Do not forget walking the crowded Calle Mayor, where you will find the house where Cervantes was born.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Old town of Segovia and it´s Roman Aqueduct, a Spanish World Heritage Site since 1985, surprises visitors at every corner they turn. Its buildings speak of times long past, as remote as its magnificent Roman aqueduct, which recalls the immense power and reach of the Roman Empire. The cathedral and Alcazar, or fortress/palace, evoke a magnificent past, while churches such as San Esteban, San Justo, San Martin and San Millan transport us to the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque period. Nearby must-sees include the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (18th-century palace and gardens), and Riofrio Palace. Visitors to Segovia must also be sure to try the most famous local dish of roast suckling pig.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Old town of Avila has been a Spain World HeritAge site since 1985. Avila´s medieval walls protect an incredible wealth of heritage. The Alcazar and San Vicente gates are splendid. Of special note are the fortified San Salvador Cathedral (begun in the 11th century) and its museum, Santa Teresa Convent (17th-century), the palaces of the Nunez Vela, Almarzara, and Ochoa Aguirre families, and the Archbishop’s Palace, among others. Avila is a city filled with history, on every street, in every square, in every corner, every moment you explore it.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Old City of Salamanca has been UNESCO World Heritage since 1988. Stroll to the center of the baroque 18th-century Main Square (Plaza Mayor) and allow yourself to be seduced by its beauty and harmony. It is said that this magnificent plaza was the model for all plazas later built in Spanish cities. Among the many monuments are the 15th-century House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), the Old Cathedral (13th-century), New Cathedral (16th-18th centuries), and the university (16th-century), as well as many churches and palaces. The provincial capital is a treasure house of monuments in which the hustle and bustle of the university throbs with unceasing cultural activity.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The route begins on Sunday and ends on Sunday.
Neither the dates of your stay, nor the Parador hotels, nor the itinerary may be altered or changed during the route.
This route and rates are not valid for groups.
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7 nights in Parador hotels shown with private bathroom.