Built when he was just 31 years old, Gaudí's El Capricho is one of the early works of Catalonia's iconic architect and is one of the only buildings designed by Gaudí that is not located in Catalonia. Instead, this beautiful summer house is located in pastoral Cantabria, in northern Spain.
The building is unmistakably Gaudí, but also shows clear Orientalist and Mudéjar influences, often seen in his early career. The house features an eye-catching Persian air minaret with a bold green, red, and gold color scheme. It is emblazoned with sparkling sunflower mosaics – a theme that continues around the house's entire facade.
If you're a Gaudí fan in Cantabria, make sure you don't miss this cultural gem!
El Soplao Cave is a wonderland of speleology, with displays of stalactites, stalagmites, eccentrics, dog-tooth crystals, and more. Discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, the cavern is named after the blowing air that occurs when a tunnel with less oxygen perforates another.
In addition to its geological value, the cave and its surroundings are home to an exceptional heritage of industrial mining archaeology, with more than 20 km of galleries.
Formerly known as the Bois de Vincennes Zoological Park, the 14.5-hectare Paris Zoological Park recently underwent two years of refurbishment works, giving this famous zoological park major natural environmental features, and plenty of room for the animals to roam.
The animal habitats have been grouped five 'biozones', and the zoo has six restaurants and a 4,000 m2 tropical rainforest-filled greenhouse. It's visible from quite far away, thanks to the Big Rock, a 65m-tall artificial mini-mountain, which is an iconic symbol of the Paris Zoological Park.
The Cabárceno Nature Park isn't your conventional zoo or natural park. Man has helped shape its beauty from a primitive karst landscape that was once a 750 hectare open-pit mining operation.
In the Cabárceno Nature Park, animals get to live in the most natural environment possible. Except for feeding, the rest of their lives are marked by almost total freedom and instinct. Fights take place during mating season for the control of females, survival instincts remain intact, and the rest of their senses remain as wild as in their natural habitat.