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Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

Three bridges and one giant canyon make up this fantastic Spanish settlement.
Lasithi, Greece

Windmills of Lasithi Plateau

This little Greek plateau is home to thousands of rustic, white-sailed windmills.
Tarragona, Spain

Roman Circus and Praetorian Tower

Long tunnels run under the ancient chariot racing circuit to the tower.
Madrid, Spain

San Antonio de los Alemanes

The little church's beautifully frescoed ceiling has earned it the nickname “the Sistine Chapel of Madrid.”
Madrid, Spain

El Oso y el Madroño (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree)

This sweet-toothed bear searching for snacks has been a symbol of Madrid for decades.
Madrid, Spain

Tío Pepe Sign

For decades, Puerta del Sol has been illuminated by a giant, guitar-wielding bottle of sherry.
Inachori, Greece

Elafonisi (Deer Island)

A small island with shimmering pink sands, home to loggerhead turtles and rare plants.
Heraklion, Greece

Knossos

A minotaur, a labyrinth, and a dubious restoration pull in visitors from around the world.
Heraklion, Greece

Phaistos Disc

This famous archeological mystery may be an ancient example of movable type.
Athens, Greece

The Athens Polytechnic Monument

A crushed gate and giant bronze head serve as a reminder of Greece's fight for freedom.
Athens, Greece

Agia Dynami

This small 16th-century church in Athens is almost entirely surrounded by a modern building.
Athens, Greece

Church of Agia Kyriaki

A tiny Greek Orthodox church from the Ottoman era hides on a busy city street.
Athens, Greece

The Olive Tree of the Acropolis

Legend says this sacred tree was a gift from goddess Athena.
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
Athens, Greece

Tower of the Winds

An ancient octagonal weather station named for the eight Greek gods of wind.
Athens, Greece

Antikythera Mechanism

2000-year-old computer demonstrates remarkable engineering and astronomical precision.
Barcelona, Spain

'Dona i Ocell' ('Woman and Bird')

This colorful statue welcomes visitors to a Barcelona park.
Barcelona, Spain

Las Arenas de Barcelona

An early 20th-century bullring converted into a modern shopping center.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Amatller

This home designed for chocolate magnate Antoni Amatller is an exquisite treasure-box of Catalan Modernism.
Barcelona, Spain

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

The largest Art Nouveau complex in the world is a Barcelona hospital with a 600-year-long history.
Barcelona, Spain

Bellesguard

One of Antoni Gaudí's least-visited works, an homage to Catalan patrimony that mixes neo-Gothic with Modernista forms.
Jaca, Spain

Monastery of San Juan de la Peña

This religious complex carved into a cliff is steeped in legends of miraculous stags and the Holy Grail.
Santa Pau, Spain

Hermitage of Santa Margarita Crater

Religious dwelling in a Spanish volcano.
Barcelona, Spain

Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor

Possibly the oldest church in Barcelona, this basilica has its pagan and Christian mythologies all mixed up.