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New Caledonian Barrier Reef. Photo: Chirol Eric-Bourail

Once upon a time…

Ten enchanting fairy-tale destinations There’s more magic to find in Southern Europe than just at Disneyland Paris and the enchanting slopes of the Mont SaintMichel. In fact, legendary tales like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Puss in Boots were all penned down in our dreamy region. So, why not exchange your travel guide for a children’s book for once and let fairies and kings be your guides? Because, a kingdom far, far away might not be that far away after all. TEXT: ARNE ADRIAENSSENS

1/ El Capricho Cornillas, Cantabria, Spain Where Antoni Gaudí is mainly known for his work in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, his masterpiece called El Capricho adorns the landscape of the northern-Spanish region of Cantabria. It was built for the rich industrial Maximale Diaz of Quijano and reflects Catalan architecture throughout the ages. The building has Dorian columns, a Moorish minaret, Modernist tilework… and a whole lot of fantasy. Today, the unique estate is a popular tourist attraction in the region. So, climb this enchanting tower and let your hair down gracefully. 10  |  Issue 13  |  March 2020

El Capricho. Photo: Jim Anzalone

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Discover France and Spain, Issue 13, March 2020  

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