Spain (+Gran Canaria, Ceuta)


Barcelona is one of Europe's prettiest cities. For me highlights included the spectacular Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi works scattered around the city, Parc Guell (also designed by Gaudi - the guy is nothing short of a revolutionary in the field of architecture), Barcelona's beaches and port area, Placa d'Espanya, the Montjuic Castle and the alien looking Communications Tower. Madrid was less glamorous but also nice with its large (but overcrowded) plazas such as Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, and the cool Gran Via boulevard.

The island of Gran Canaria, located off the coast of Morocco, was a very pleasant surprise. While its beach resorts are nice and clean (but rather generic), the island's real beauty lies away from the cities and resorts. While driving around and exploring Gran Canaria's interior you'll encounter fabulous mountains and valleys, the island's trademark red volcanic landscapes and fantastic cactuses and other varied types of desert vegetation everywhere you look; it's like a vast botanic garden that stretches for miles without end. You could spend days exploring and never tire. I enjoyed it a lot.

While driving around the island you have to stop in various scenic small towns and villages for photos, coffee and something to eat. I'd recommend San Bartolomeo de Tirajana and the weirdly-named Teror, as well as the old city part of the island's capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, called Vegueta. The sand dunes in Maspalomas are another cool sight.

I've also passed through the autonomous city of Ceuta on my way to Morocco. Ceuta is one of Spain's two enclaves in Africa, located on Moroccan territory.

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage
- Gran Canaria profile on Wikivoyage
- Ceuta profile on Wikivoyage

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