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Tuesday, 11 October 2011


In one of my last birthdays I received a very nice present from my sister: a book titled "1000  places to see before you die" written by Patricia Schultz. From time to time I read a different chapter in order to dream a little about places to visit in the future and sometimes to remember about places I have already been to, of course, most of the places named in the book I haven’t still been to! But well, I hope before I die that list can be reduced just a little bit, luckily!

Last time I reread it I felt very curious to know how many Spanish places there were in it and I counted 19. If you, dear reader, feel curious as well…….these are the places:

- Arcos de la Frontera

- Cordoba Mosque

- The Alhambra (the most visited monument in Spain) and the Parador of San Francisco in Granada

- Sevilla

- The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

- San Sebastián

- Altamira Caves and Santillana del Mar

- Avila

- León Cathedral

 - Salamanca's Main Square

- El mesón de Candido (Candido's Inn) in Segovia

- Toledo Cathedral

- Cataluña National Museum of Art

- The Holy Family in Barcelona

- Picasso Museum in Barcelona

- Cadaques and Figueres villages in Gerona

- The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago de Compostela and the Cathedral

- Madrid

- Deia's Residence (Mallorca)

Of course there are many other places I would have suggested Patricia Schlutz to add in this list, but a reference to new visitors to this country, I think is OK. By the way, I have to confess that I haven’t been to four of these places……yet! Have you ever been to any of them? Would you make any suggestions to add to the list? Perhaps any charming place which has never been named in any famous travel list so far?

"1000 places to see before you die"
by Patricia Schultz


October 16th, 2011

I add today several suggestions kindly made by "An expat in Spain":

1) Cova d'en Xoroi in Menorca
2) Binibequer in Menorca (I just got back from there, so it's fresh in the mind)
3) Far de la Mola in Formentera
4) Albarracín (Teruel)
5) Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (y the River Turia park), Valencia
6) L'alt Penedés wine region during la vendimia

Thanks for them!!

October 16th, 2011

A suggestion made and shared by Steviedeluxe and Jo-Ann in the British Expats Forum:

1) Cuenca

Thanks to both!

October 24th, 2011

Another suggestion made by Ashleigh:

1) Canary Islands

Thanks Ashleigh!


  1. Hello :) Firstly, I LOVE this blog. Thank you for blogging the real experiences of Spain. I've been interested in moving to Spain for many years...I know no place if perfect, but who knows what the future holds eh?

    All your pics are stunning... thanks for visiting my site ;)

  2. Azra, thanks very much for your words, I am very glad you like my blog, it is very satisfying for me because I really try hard to show the real and current reality of Spain, far from the cliché. Hugs and kisses and have a lovely week ahead!

  3. Thanks for dropping in on Bright star! I have been to some of these amazing places but would love to see more one day.The Alhambra is exquisite.

  4. Angela, I hope you can come back one day to see more places in Spain. The Alhambra is one of my favourite (or probably the most) places to visit too, it does not matter how many times I go to visit it, I never get tired of admiring it. Kisses and thanks for leaving your comment,

  5. Dear Nieves,

    I told you once how much I admire the cultural richness of Europe, especially in diverse architecture and antiquity.

    I hope God gives me the opportunity to realize their dream to visit some places before leaving for another world.

    Your Spain is stunning.


  6. Great entry! I just tweeted it. I think we could come up with 1000 place to see in Spain before you die. Here are a few more just off the top of my head:

    1) Cova d'en Xoroi in Menorca
    2) Binibequer in Menorca
    (I just got back from there, so it's fresh in the mind)
    3) Far de la Mola in Formentera
    4) Albarracín (Teruel)
    5) Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (y the River Turia park), Valencia
    6) L'alt Penedés wine region during la vendimia

    And there must be dozens more!

  7. How wonderful it is to have much time and money to travel light, too bad I have time, but essentially that is the power of money, I have not, but dream with many parts of the world, so I´m content.
    Is to learn customs and way of life different , learn languages to communicate with people.
    Is culture travel, see places that give you new things.
    Travel is very rewarding and has nothing boring, inlike all is good.

  8. An expat in Spain, thanks very much for tweeting my post and thanks a lot for your new suggestions! I haven't been to some of the places, but I think the towns are great. And your idea is pretty good, perhaps I could make a list with all the suggestions of kind people like you, that are living here or have been and is willing to contribute to make the 1000 Spanish places to visit before you die list. Thanks again!

  9. MADRILEÑA, to have much money is not always so important to travel, though of course, it helps especially if you want to travel very far.... jejeje! A big kiss,

  10. I haven't been to any of them. I gotta get traveling :) San Sebastian looks like a great place to start :) XOL

  11. I've done 5 of them...Madrid, of course, Toledo Cathedral, Segovia several times, Avila and the Holy Family church in Barcelona. We have plans this fall for Sevilla, and still want to to the Alahambra and the Mosque in Cordoba...We'd better get busy!

  12. Siempre estupendas las cosas que nos dejas.

    Saludos y un abrazo.

  13. I really wish to visit all these places before I die! But I don't know if it is possible. Thank you for the pictures!

  14. Laura, I encourage you to come to visit any of these places or any other in this country, I am sure you would enjoy it! A big kiss for you,

  15. Ashleigh, you have got a lot of work to do ahead jejeje! Your next three trip plans are lovely (I especially love the Alhambra Palace), you will tell me when you go, or probably better I will read about your trips in your blog! Hugs and kisses,

  16. Hiperion, muchas gracias por tu visita y comentario, me alegro de que te haya resultado interesante. Un abrazo muy fuerte para ti,

  17. Marius, I really hope you can come to visit any of these places sometime, better sooner than later! My best regards for you,

  18. They are wonderful places. I would visit you all. But I can not. There is increasing years, finance is not much and little time. I look through your other blog. Those beautiful days of Peter wishes.

  19. Petr, unfortunately we are living difficult times and this economic crisis does not leave us in the best conditions to travel very much, but luckily, as you very well say, we can visit blogs of very nice blogger friends (like you) living in other countries so we can visit other places without taking any plane at all! My best regards for you,

  20. Hi! Great blog, but I have to tell you that there is a mistake in your information, the villages of Cadaques and Figueres aren't in Tarragona, these are in Girona, by the way, I recommend visiting Girona, there is the best old quarter in Europe.

    1. Thanks Marta for the suggestion you have left, here it stays! Kindest regards,


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