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Medina de las Torres, Spain by Andrea Vincenti

Extremadura is a land full of nature, culture, and heritage. It is one of the fairly unknown regions of Spain, but no doubt it is one of the most beautiful areas. The great unknown is characterised by extreme and harsh climatic conditions, with a range of temperatures between -10 ºC and +45 ºC. In Extremadura, you can not only find authentic natural paradises such as Monfragüe, Sierra de Gata, Hervás, and Valle del Jerte, but also astonishing historic and archeological sites. this hesitation?

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El Escorial, Spain

Nestled at the foot of the Monte de Abantos in the Sierra de Guadarrama is the monumental monastery, San Lorenzo del Escorial. The monastery is located just outside of Madrid and is accessible by car, train or bus. Out of all the possible day trips you can take from the capital, El Escorial is essential and not as frequented by tourists such as Toledo or Avila. It is also a perfect choice if you choose to venture to the Iberian peninsula in summer, as its mountain location is always a few degrees cooler and refreshing. Upon arriving in El Escorial, the monstrous dome of the basilica towers over the landscape and is visible from practically any point from the village, including the train station. It truly a hidden gem tucked into the foothills.

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For the medieval history buff, Prague is truly spectacular. It boasts the honor of being one of the top ten most intact medieval cities in Europe. It is certainly a title well earned; its historic center has been considered a UNESCO heritage site since 1992. The city was spared bombing during WWII, so it has retained its almost untouched Gothic charm. I was lucky to spend four days visiting Prague, and while this list of things to see is but the tip of the iceberg, it is a good place to start your journey in this medieval paradise.

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