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Check out the coolest places to visit in Spain this Easter

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Easter is the perfect time to visit Monfragüe National Park Photo: Vince Smith / Flickr
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Want to do something over the Easter holidays but keen to avoid all the religious fervour? The Local gives you a rundown of the best alternative Easter travel plans.
If the crowds at the Easter processions don't tempt you but you still want to make the most of an Easter break in Spain here are some of our favourite ideas.
 
For the art lovers
 

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Figueres (Catalonia) is the birthplace of the eccentric artist Salvador Dalí. Visit the quirky Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, designed by the surrealist himself.
 
For the beach lovers
 

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The least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearics, Menorca has 99 pristine beaches and countless coves to discover along its 216 km coastline.
 
For the foodies
 

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Take a crash course in Basque cooking in San Sebastián. If you don't fancy getting your hands dirty, feast on the mouthwatering array of pintxos available across the city. 
 
For the hikers
 

Photo: Pilar/Flickr 
 
Picos de Europa is one of the most striking mountain ranges in Spain - its jagged limestone peaks rising to 2600 metres. Explore the unique countryside with its abundant wildlife, wide glacier valleys and awe-inspiring rock formations.
 
For the snow bunnies 
 

Photo: Álvaro Salas Ordóñez / Flickr Creative Commons
 
Head to the Sierra Nevada, the most southerly ski resort in Europe to make the most of the powdery snow before it all melts. Check out eight of Spain's best ski resorts. 
 
For the romantics
 

San Estevo parador in Galicia. Photo: parador.es
 
Book a few nights in a parador, the chain of hotels located in some of Spain's most beautiful historic buildings, such as the San Estevo parador in Galicia (pictured). Here is our list of the top ten in Spain.
 
For the history buffs
 

Photo: Jose Aleman Asensi/Flickr 
 
Mosques, synagogues, churches and museums - all within the ancient walls of 'The Imperial City" - Toledo, which is Spain's 2016 Capital of Gastronomy.
 
For the adrenaline junkies
 

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Kayaking down the fast-flowing rivers of Navarra is enough to get anyone's pulse racing. Find out about kayak trips which take you from the Pyrenees to the ancient city of Pamplona.
 
For the truffle hunters
 

Dogs sniff out the truffles at a plantation near Sarria. Photo: Fiona Govan

Head off to Gúdar Javalambre, a little visited corner of Spain in rural Teruel which is home to Spain's truffle industry. The season draws to a close at the end of March so it's the last chance to explore sleepy historic villages such as Mora de Rubielos and discover the secret of Spain's pungent black diamonds.

For the nature lover
 

A griffon vulture posing at the Monfragüe National Park. Photo: Vince Smith / Flickr

If you love nature and feel happiest with a pair of binoculars hanging from your neck then Easter week is one of the best times to consider a birdwatching trip. Whether it's a trip to Extremadura's Monfragüe, home to the biggest colony of Black Vulture and Spanish Imperial Eagle in the entire world or the wetlands of Donaña with over 300 bird species, you won't be disappointed.

List compiled by Alex Dunham 
 
 

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