1. Beach Gulpiyuri without the sea (Asturias)
This curious beach, a 15km from the village Llanes, is a 40 meters beach… without the sea. The seaside is about 100 meters from there. You may wonder why you should visit it then. This picturesque place is the only one in the world with these characteristics. White sand and a “mini sea” that seems a big Jacuzzi are situated in the middle of the green lawn.
Once you are there, you can hear the sound of the waves if you put your ear on the ground. The locals calls this beach “The Bath”, and the legend says that a criminal who was looking for his treasures made the hiding place in the mountain. He did not remember the exact place he hid it, so he was digging so deeply that he reached the sea.
Gulpiyuri Beach is the nicest beach to go with your children: it is well situated, there are no waves there and the water is very clean.
2. Drach Caves (Mallorca)
Mallorca Island is full of beautiful and very different caves. One of the biggest, called Drach Cave is situated at the east of the island, close to the Porto Cristo Beach. These caves are very deep (25m) and 2400 m long, and are “decorated” with hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites that makes the cave unbelievable.
The locals explain that these caves were the place where the pirates hided their treasures.
We recommend you to visit them and to make a walk along six underground lakes, one of them, called Martell, is one of the biggest underground salt lakes in the world. When you come to this huge place (the lake is 177 meters long), you’ll be a spectator of the incredible performance that imitates a sunrisedozens of kilometers below us: the light goes stronger and stronger, and a lot of the boats with the musicians appear everywhere, playing Chopin and Offenbach symphonies.
3. Hanging Houses (Cuenca)
One of the seven miracles of Spain are Hanging Houses in Cuenca. These buildings, attached to the rock, have a unique architecture style and amazing wooden rustic balconies that make them incomparable.
The origin of The Hanging Houses is unknown. They say that the first appearance in the literature goes back to the XX century. Some investigators say that the houses have Arabic origins, another are sure that they were built in The Middle Ages. Some people say that these buildings were the residence of the priest Gonzalo Gonzalez Cañamares and then a propriety of the royal family.
Today, the Hanging Houses make up the Museum Of Abstact Art that counts with works of Tápies and Chillida. In the same building, you can find an amazing restaurant of a famous chef Pedro Torres. From the balconies of the restaurant, you will see the beautiful views of the riverbed.
4. Upside-down House (Mallorca)
There are a lot of upside-down building all over the world, but this House is very different from all the others. The main difference of The House of Katmandu in Magaluf (Mallorca) is that all its “inside” elements, like cables, pipes and pieces of concrete are on the top of the building, and the roof is hidden into the ground.
The house was built in 2007 and is estimated above 20 million euros. The House of Katmandu now is an Interactive Museum Show with a lot of performances and many challenges for the guests: Mirror Maze, Terror Cave, Robot Room, Genetic Laboratory, Enchanted Forest, Illusions Library and many more surprises only for the brave people. After that, you can relax in the theme bar.
Optical illusions, 4D cinema in the garden, light and sound effects and mini golf complement this magic House, as well as are entertaining for children and their parents.
5. Altamira Cave (Cantabria)
In the Cantabrian Mountains, close to the city Santillana del Mar, you can find the legendary Altamira Cave, accidentally discovered in 1879 by the archeologist Marcelino Sanz Sautuola and his little daughter. While the father was looking for the rests of the humans and animals from the Paleolithic Period, the girl noticed to the drawings on the walls and ceiling: many illustrations of horses, bison, boars and some strange symbols, drawn with carbon and ochre.
The cave is above 380 meters, but the drawings are concentrated on the main hall of 18 meters. There is an explanation for this: the primitive men did not make it for fun: this was a ritual. When they were drawing a killed bison, the artist was guaranteeing a big success for the hunt.
The Altamira’s Museum will explain you everything about the life of that period, and you even can do a workshop about how to make a fire or about the ancient drawings.