Two Spanish cities among Time’s 100 favorite destinations this year


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The lists of the destinations of the year are usually published in December or January. However, the magazine ‘Time’ he prefers the summer to show his proposals. After all, it is still the great age of travel, even in these uncertain times. This time it has been released in July. To choose their one hundred favorite destinations for 2021, they have consulted their network of correspondents, journalists and collaborators, and they have kept in mind – they assure – that «this list is also a tribute to the people and companies that are at the forefront of an industry that, in extraordinary circumstances, they found ways to adapt, build and innovate. ‘

In the final selection there are proposals for all tastes, from the Portuguese city of arouca, where this year the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world was inaugurated, until the Antarctica, where on December 4 a rare total solar eclipse can be seen (the Moon will completely hide the Sun). There are several cruises that are marketed with that date as the main claim. Many of the destinations in this top 100 may not be visited while the Covid restrictions last, but in any case they invite you to dream and make plans for future getaways.

Among the hundred of Time there are two Spanish cities this year: Cáceres and Santiago de Compostela.

The old town of Cáceres, a unique mix of Roman, Islamic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture surrounded by large stone walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Time recalls. And then highlights the recent inauguration of the Helga de Alvear Museum, a very important private collection of international contemporary art. The building – in total, 8,000 square meters, with a budget of 20 million euros – is signed by the architect Emilio Tuñón. And inside, hundreds of works collected over a lifetime by Helga de Alvear (Kirn, 1936), Spanish at heart (she came here in 1957 to learn our language and stayed forever out of love).

In the first phase, in the museum you can see two hundred pieces of the more than 3,000 that the gallery owner and collector has hoarded. There are six large spaces, which house the most monumental pieces, such as the lamp by Ai Weiwei.

the Eagle Patrol over the cathedral of Santiago, on July 25 – MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP

The second mention of Time, Santiago de CompostelaIt was essential in a Jacobean Year. Time recalls that the cathedral now looks like never before: “Its ornate Baroque façade is unobstructed by renovation works for the first time in eight years,” they say. And then they add a mundane detail: “Hungry pilgrims can also enjoy the best cod in Spain at Solleiros, in nearby Praza de Mazarelos.” Last year it obtained that qualification in a contest in which 230 restaurateurs participated.

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