They are not necessarily amongst the most famous touristic destinations, but they are places we thought impossible to exist in Spain. Summer is the most appropriate season to pack up and going out on the roads in search of amazing nature surprises. Here we have selected five stimulating, dreamlike places to get lost during this summer in Spain:
Stone Monastery (Huesca)
The nature reserve surrounding the monastery, located in the Aragonese Mountains, is a symphonic show created by the nature where the play of light, the thick vegetation, the unequal levels of the ground and the constant murmur of the water compose a unique atmosphere. Over the years, the course of the river Piedra had shaped the stone in its path, making lakes, caves and all kind of waterfalls. The Lago del Espejo (Mirror Lake) and the Cola de Caballo (Horsetail) waterfall are two spots that justifies a trip by itself.
Gulpiyuri Beach (Asturias)
This place is perhaps one of the most beautiful undisturbed natural spots of Spain. The beach of Gulpiyuri is between Ribadesella and Llanes and, as a matter of interest; it is considered the smallest beach of the world. It doesn’t have (apparently) an outlet to the sea, but it does have it at the inverse, surrounded by meadows and rock formations. Its origins lies in a karstic phenomenon known as sinkhole: an inner cave created by the sea whose eventual sinking creates a separated space from the original coast line. This resulting inner beach is a beautiful and distinct spot to lose yourself in the silence.
Caves of Drach (Mallorca)
A fairy tale setting formed by four big caves close to Manacor, reaching up to 2.4 kilometers in lenght and 25 meters depth undergound. The low light conditions and the incredible play of stalactites and stalagmites add charm to this place which gathers a large navigable subterranean lake… and where you can hear live classical music since 1935.
Garajonay National Park (Gomera)
Its name is due to an old mediaeval legend of broken hearts, and certainly, this place exudes an atmosphere taken from the pages of a fantasy tale. Declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1986, it spreads throughout almost all Gomera and hosts the best sample of laurisilva in the world, a wet forest of different evergreen species that during the Cenozoic Era had covered practically all Europe. For the moment no mythological or from other times creatures had been sighted, but this fantastic environment hides several exceptional spots and a rich and diverse fauna.
You can sheep all the favour of the Mediterranean coast in Cadaqués, a picture-postcard village located in the Costa Brava and fitted out with the love to art, and stories such as the special relation with Salvador Dalí. The feel of the bohemian atmosphere, the mediaeval old town with labyrinth streets, the gorgeous port and the prevailing white colour of the low-height houses, are the perfect setting for an important number of galleries, museums and delicious artistic masterpieces.