La Rioja, Spain
This gorgeous region of Spain is often overlooked by travelers because of its location. But it's not known for being the "Tuscany of Spain" for nothing! Rolling hills dotted with ancient buildings from a bye-gone era beckon the thirsty traveler to take a closer look. It also boasts beautiful wineries, quaint towns, and an impressive number of castles! Our favorite is in Olite (in nearby Navarra), where you can stay in the Parador (Castle Hotel) and enjoy your time taking the in the majesty of the well-preserved castle and its surroundings.