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Iberia, the peninsula that includes Spain and Portugal, is a uniquely fabled and romantic corner of Europe. From the sunny beaches and white towns of Andalucía to the green hills of Galicia, there’s a world of experiences to be found here, and it's home to a surprising (at least to those who have…

Iberia, the peninsula that includes Spain and Portugal, is a uniquely fabled and romantic corner of Europe. From the sunny beaches and white towns of Andalucía to the green hills of Galicia, there’s a world of experiences to be found here, and it's home to a surprising (at least to those who have yet to visit) number of cultures. In Barcelona, Catalan is still widely spoken, and the city has historically been oriented more towards the Mediterranean than the rest of Spain. The Basque language has long baffled linguists, but today this region of mountains covered in pine forests is one of the world’s great culinary destinations, to be savored at tapas bars and Michelin-starred restaurants. The legacy of Portugal’s golden age as one of the world’s great maritime powers can be found everywhere, but today it’s less a country of explorers than one waiting to be explored, from the atmospheric streets of Lisbon to the wines and ports produced in the enchanting Douro Valley.
 
Iberia’s landscape is filled with castles, as well as more opulent reminders of both Moorish and Christian kingdoms. Among the 59 UNESCO World Heritage Sites found here are the mosque of Cordoba, with its forest of columns supporting horseshoe arches, and the Alhambra, Granada’s palace of splashing fountains and air scented by orange blossoms. From the caves of Altamira and Greek and Roman ruins to contemporary buildings by Santiago Calatrava and, of course, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, Iberia is home to many of Europe’s most important cultural sites.
 

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