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Madrid

As Spain's cosmopolitan capital city, Madrid continually captures the hearts of its visitors with world-famous museums, historic buildings and lively plazas. The Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia exhibit Spanish and European artwork ranging from the 12th to the 20th centuries. The Palacio Real, considered one of the finest palaces in Europe, stands as a symbol of the monarchy and the power of the former Spanish empire while the Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor simultaneously embody the spirit of old Madrid and the modern nation.

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Toledo

As Spain's first capital, Toledo is saturated with history. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986, this is the city that inspired Renaissance painter El Greco in the 16th century. Since then it has remained largely unchanged in its blend of Arabic, Jewish, Christian and Visigothic elements. Toledo is famous for its splendid Cathedral, which houses several of El Greco’s paintings along with many other art treasures.

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Granada

Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and was the last Muslim kingdom to be recaptured by Spain’s Catholic Monarchs in 1492. Students will tour the world-famous Alhambra and its vast complex of palaces, gardens and fortresses, as well as the Arab quarter known as the Albayzin. Other sights include Granada’s Cathedral, which houses the final resting place of the Catholic Monarchs.

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Ronda

One of the oldest cities in Spain, Ronda sits perched on the edge of a breathtaking ravine known as El Tajo. Widely known as the town's most impressive feature, for centuries this natural barrier played an integral part of the city's fortified defenses. Aside from its natural beauty and location, Ronda is home to an 11th-century Arab bath and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros, where modern bullfighting was born.

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Nerja

Spain's Costa del Sol is one of the most visited locations in Europe and with good reason.  Traditional Spanish fishing villages dot the Mediterranean coast and create interesting summer getaways.  Nerja boasts one of the most spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea from its Balcón de Europa and its beaches are second to none. Visitors can find fresh seafood, mild weather, and a series of prehistoric caves of great archeological significance.