5 unusual places to visit on a holiday in Spain

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The world's most dangerous pathway, an ancient maze, a witch museum, a ghost station and a pink lake are waiting for the tourists.

Spain offers many fascinating attractions, including monuments, castles, ruins and beautiful, endless sandy beaches. The major cities like Barcelona and Madrid are always of interest to explore, with their museums, theatres and art galleries, but sometimes its good to explore the more unusual side of a country.

Some scary, [VIDEO] others incredibly beautiful, the following are five of the more unusual attractions when travelling around [VIDEO] in Spain. Sit back and enjoy the videos below, as well as the photo gallery showing images of each attraction.

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Caminito Del Rey (The King's Little Pathway), El Chorro, near Malaga, Spain

Not for those with a fear of heights, this scary pathway was created in 1901 to give workers access to a new dam. Atlas Obscura reports that 20 years later, King Alfonso XIII used the pathway to inaugurate the dam, hence the name. Originally, there was a cable for visitors to clip onto but it wasn’t stable and people died between 1999 and 2000. In 2014, the pathway was fully renovated and is now safe to transverse. You will see beautiful scenery – just don’t look down!

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Labyrinth Park of Horta, Barcelona

Barcelona has many attractions, but one lesser known site is the Parc del Laberint d’Horta – or Labyrinth Park of Horta. Work on the labyrinth and gardens started in 1791 on what was a portion of the wealthy Desvalls family’s private estate. There are beautiful terraces to explore, along with the central maze. Built of tall, manicured hedges, the labyrinth runs for 2,000 feet. Those who don’t get lost will find a statue of the Greek God of Love, Eros, right in the centre.

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Zugarramurdi Witch Museum, Basque Country

In the 17th century, the Spanish Inquisition visited the small town of Zugarramurdi in Spain’s Basque Country. 7,000 people were put to death after what is considered to be one the largest witch trials throughout history. Innocent people were among those who lost their lives, and the Zugarramurdi Witch Museum was formed in remembrance of the people’s pagan heritage and the myths surrounding it, including female herbalists, who were mostly associated with witchcraft.

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Chamberí Ghost Station, Madrid

Chamberí Station has been out of use for years, although the Madrid Metro does still use part of the line. The station was opened in 1919 and during the Spanish Civil War, provided shelter for Madrileños during the heavy bombing by the Nationalist forces. The station was closed in 1966, but Madrid Tourism reports that in 2006 renovation work made the station into the Platform Zero museum, outlining the history of the Metro, lined with reconstructed original adverts and pretty tiles on the walls.

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The Pink Salt Lake of Torrevieja, Spain

The Pink Salt Lake of Torreviega (Salinas de Torrevieja) is a sight to behold. Looking like a strawberry milkshake, the colour is the result of algae and bacteria that thrive in salty water. The water is perfectly safe and it can be fun to float around in the pink water. Keep a camera handy, as flamingos are known to visit the pink lake to enjoy the shrimp that lives there. Atlas Obscura writes that their food is the cause of their pink colouring.

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