As a result of a nationwide contest, a list of “the Twelve Treasures of Spain” was compiled in 2007. However, Spain has a lot more to offer than that. The country is full of architectural wonders built using Baroque, Gothic, Moorish, and Renaissance styles of architecture. It has the second-most UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Only Italy has more.
The warm weather and gorgeous beaches attract millions of tourists every year. Iconic dishes like the paella originate from Spain. Drinking is a huge part of Spanish nightlife. You must try Spain’s own finger food – the tapas.
Here is the list of best places to visit in Spain:
The star attraction of Madrid is the Palacio Real de Madrid. You can explore many churches in Madrid. You can go souvenir shopping at the Plaza de Mayor. The nearby Mercado de San Miguel is a good place to explore local delicacies. Madrid is all about booze and partyingat night. You can choose from the tapas bars in the La Latina neighborhood.
Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba (Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba) is the main attraction of Cordoba. Although converted into a cathedral, it has retained most of its Islamic features.
The Puente Romano is the most popular of the many Roman structures in Cordoba. You can have a stroll at the Plaza de las Tendilas. It is also known for its lively shopping scenes.
If you visit Cordoba in May, you can be part of three zestful festivals – Cruces de Mayo, Fiesta de los Patios, and Feria de Cordoba.
You must visit Catedral de Sevilla(Seville Cathedral). It is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. The Real Alcazar takes you back to the medieval ages with its blend of Mudejar and Christian architecture. You can shop for local ingredients and souvenirs at Las Seltas, the world’s largest wooden structure.
The Flamenco is native to Seville. Make sure you watch some authentic flamenco shows in the city. You must visit the Feria de Abril, a week-long spring fair. Sevillian nightlife is all about drinking with, meeting, and making friends in the city square.
- San Sebastian
Monte Urgell and Monte Igueldo offer hiking opportunities and spectacular views. While the Playa de La Concha is perfect for kayaking and water-skiing, the Playa de la Zurriola is a popular surfing destination. San Sebastian is known for its food culture. You must try the Basque country’s variety of tapas – the pintxos.
The annual Tamborrada de San Sebastian is a drumming festival that lasts the whole day. The Jazzaldia (Jazz festival) and the San Sebastian Film Festival are other noteworthy festivals of San Sebastian.
This Andalusian city is known for its medieval structures and buzzing nightlife. The expansive Moorish palace known as Alhambra is a must-visit. This architectural spectacle represents Andalusian history. The Catedral de Granada is known for its Spanish Renaissance architecture.
Sacromonteis the birthplace of flamenco dance and music. You should take a guided tour to the AbadiadelSacromonte (Sacromonte Abbey). Albaicin is full of vendors selling souvenirs and spices. You can go horse-riding, mountain-climbing, and skiing at the nearby Nevada Ski station. Having some cold ones with tapas at local bars is an essential part of Granada’s nightlife.
Barcelona is a complete tourist destination thanks to its historic architecture, shopping scene, and bustling nightlife. Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces include Casa Batllo and SagradaFamilia.
Football fans must visit the largest football stadium in the world, Camp Nou. Get a tan by basking in the sun at the Barceloneta beach. You can have a relaxing stroll at the pedestrian avenue called La Rambla.
Mount Tibidabo is a good hiking experience. You will be rewarded with picturesque views of the city and the Mediterranean. You can visit the Black Madonna and explore hidden caves and an underground lake at Montserrat.
Valencia is laden with ancient structures. You will find Valencia’s Holy Grail at the Catedral de Valencia. Its blend of Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture leaves tourists in awe. You should also appreciate the Renaissance architecture of Monasterio de San Miguel de Los Reyes.
The Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) is one of the Twelve Treasures of Spain. Make sure you plan your visit around the Las Fallas festival. It is a bright celebration of the coming of spring. Paella has its origins in Valencia. So, you must try the authentic Valencian paella.
Other noteworthy places:
- La Rioja
- The Spanish Pyrenees
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