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How much do you know about the routes of Spain? #SpainQuiz

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ARE YOU READY TO PUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF SPAIN TO THE TEST?

We will give you a series of questions and you can win the gold, silver or bronze medal depending on how many you get right. You can also share the result with your friends.

7The first travel guide in history is a book that describes a route in Spain. What is it?
Travel guides

Correct! One of the books of the Codex Calixtinus, written by a French monk in 1160, describes the St James' Way route to reach Santiago de Compostela. It gives practical advice and mentions places along the route, describes the people, the food and the possible dangers of the journey; that is why it is considered to be the first travel guidebook in history.

7Which of these routes can you do if you are travelling to Asturias?
Bridge over the Cares river, Asturias

Correct! They are two of the most popular routes in Asturias. The Cares Route (known as the “Divine throat”) is the most famous in the Picos de Europa National Park. The Bear Path is loved by young and old alike as it gives them the chance to see “Paca” and “Molina” close to the Asturias Bear Foundation where they live in semi-freedom.

7Do you know which famous route owes its name to a journey made by a Spanish king for the inauguration of the dam?
Caminito del Rey, Málaga
Yuste Monastery, Extremadura
Burgos Cathedral

Correct! The Caminito del Rey in Malaga. This famous walkway, which stands 100 metres high over a gorge and was once considered the most dangerous path in the world, was named as such because in 1921, King Alfonso XIII travelled across it to inaugurate the Guadalhorce dam. From that moment on it became known as the “El Caminito del Rey” (the King’s Little Pathway).

7Apart from the Modernist Route in Barcelona, which other route can you find buildings by Gaudí on?
Gaudí's ‘Capricho’ monument in Comillas, Cantabria

Exactly! On the routes of the St James' Way you can see two buildings designed by Gaudí: the Episcopal Palace of Astorga on the French Way and the Capricho monument in Comillas along the Northern Way.

7What do you think the Greenways (Vías Verdes) are?
Tajuña Greenway

Exactly! The Greenways are former railway lines that have been converted into paths designed for walking and cycling. In Spain there are more than 120 Greenways with a total of 2,900 kilometres spread across practically the entire country for hiking or cycling through nature.

7If you wanted to take a train journey through several Spanish cities, which of these tourist trains could you do it on?
Transcantábrico Train
Al-Ándalus Train
Tourist trains

Exactly! The Transcantábrico Train is a journey through “Green Spain” aboard a luxury train with all the services and comforts, from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela. The Al-Ándalus Train is also a luxurious palace on wheels that covers Andalusia, stopping at Seville, Granada, Córdoba and Ronda, among other places.

7On which route can you cross the Iberian Peninsula from north to south, or vice versa?
The Canal de Castilla on its course through Medina de Rioseco, Valladolid
Burgos Cathedral
The Episcopal Palace of Astorga, Leon

Exactly! The Silver Route takes you from the city of Gijón (in Asturias) to Seville (in Andalusia) on a trip that can be made on foot, bicycle or motorbike. The route follows the Roman road that in the times of the emperors Augustus, Trajan and Hadrian linked the lands of southern Hispania with the Cantabrian cornice.

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