Tourists looking at the Caves of San José de La Vall D

Magical natural places in Spain


Nature is capricious and finds in Spain one of its best playgrounds, creating a country that houses magical places. Here you can let your imagination run wild in forests seemingly out of fairy tales; walk through desert dunes; step on red earth as if it were Mars; bathe in paradises of crystal clear waters; or dream of its dormant volcanoes. Come and discover them.

  • View of the source of the river Mundo in Albacete, Castile-La Mancha

    Source of the river Mundo

    From Riópar, in Albacete, a path opens up that leads to the source of the river Mundo. The river rises in Cueva de los Chorros, and forms a series of waterfalls that rush towards pools of crystalline-coloured water. Visitors do not usually go out there in search of calm waters. Rather, their goal is to experience the most eagerly awaited natural show, the Reventón del Río Mundo, numerous explosions of water from the river as a result of the rising water flow. This natural phenomenon usually occurs between October and May.

  • Tourists at the Caves of San José de La Vall D

    Caves of San José

    The Vall D’Uixó, in Castellon, hides an incredible treasure under the soil of its mountains: the caves of San José. A film-worthy location where you will feel like you are embarking on a journey to the centre of the Earth. Boatmen will guide you through the caves, while you cross part of the longest navigable underground river in Europe. You will enter a paradise of stalactites and stalagmites reflected in a dense mirror of water, where the silence is only broken by the peaceful sound of the oars sweeping the water.

  • The town submerged in the Mansilla reservoir

    The small village of Mansilla de la Sierra, in La Rioja, stands on the shore of its reservoir. Currently, the peculiar history of this town lies hidden among its waters. In September, the water lever usually goes down until the remains of the old Mansilla de la Sierra can be seen; its old church is still recognisable. It is said that you get best views of the ruins from the viewpoint near the Hermitage of Santa Catalina.

  • View of the Laguna Negra in Los Picos de Urbión in Soria, Castile and Leon

    Laguna Negra

    The Peaks of Urbión, in Soria, guard a glacial landscape with enchanting mountain lagoons, include the popular Laguna Negra cirque. In winter, the forest surrounding the lagoon turns white, and its waters a dark hue, honouring its name. The air of mystery of this black lagoon has generated countless legends. One of them was written by Antonio Machado, who regularly visited this place within the Sierra de Urbión and Laguna Negra Nature Reserve. The poet wrote of the myth that the Laguna Negra has no bottom (but, in truth, it is less than eight metres deep).

  • Tourist looking at the Irati Forest, Navarre

    Irati Forest

    There is an area of the Pyrenees in Navarre where the ground is painted red, and the dense trees cover the sky with green and ochre colours and barely leave any gaps through which the sun's rays can filter through. The Irati Forest is recognised as the second largest and best preserved beech and fir tree forest in Europe. If you want to visit it, you can reach it from the Aezkoa or the Salazar valleys.