Spain offers its visitors many highlights. Beautiful places to get lost into, a diverse cuisine to explore, vibrant festivals to get involved with, and happy and friendly people to know about.
Madrid, the largest and capital city of Spain, is one of the most important places you should visit. The Royal Palace or Palacio Real is impossible to miss since it is one of the biggest and most beautiful palaces in Europe. It is the official residence of Spain’s royal family but the family does not actually live here. Generally, the palace is used for royal and state ceremonies. Facing the Royal Palace is the Almudena Cathedral. It is the official cathedral of the city. Plaza Mayor is a famous square for tourists. It is now one of the main stops on any tour. And a few blocks away, another famous square is waiting to be explored. Being one of the busiest places in the city, Puerta del Sol is the perfect spot to observe and feel life, Spanish style. It is the heart of Madrid where you can meet locals, watch street performers or even witness some festivals. The statue of King Charles III riding a horse is the centerpiece of the square but the monumental clock tower of the Royal Post Office or Real Casa de Correos is a scene-stealer too. The famous Bear and the Madrono Tree Statue, Madrid’s symbol, are located in the same square. The most memorable statue in Madrid is Cybele’s Fountain or Fuente de la Cibeles. It is such a sight to behold. It is also worth visiting Madrid’s Museum Triangle. There are numerous museums in this district but it was named after the three major art museums located at Paseo del Prado: Museo del Prado, home to one of the finest art collections in the world featuring European paintings, sculptures and other works of art; Reina Sofia National Museum and Art Center, which houses Madrid’s spectacular collection of modern art or post 19th century art; and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art, which contains a large collection of masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso and other notable artists. Aside from its remarkable cultural and historical heritage, Madrid also offers an unforgettable nightlife to its visitors. There are lots of pubs, bars and clubs you could explore at night if you want to make the most of your stay. There are tours offered so you can experience Madrid at night.
The eight hundred meter long ancient Roman aqueduct of Segovia is one of Spain’s most fascinating and breathtaking historical monuments. No wonder it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Other notable spots in Segovia are Alcazar of Segovia and Segovia Cathedral, the latter being the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain. Another UNESCO World Heritage is found in Avila, a town located in Castile and Leon. The Walls of Avila are ruins from a medieval bastion that surrounded the provincial capital. It is one of Europe’s finest, and best preserved, examples of a medieval wall. Another interesting city to wander about is Toledo, the city of three cultures. The influences of the three major religions are present in Toledo with the Muslim mosques, Jewish synagogues and Catholic cathedrals as living proofs. In Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is a favorite destination for a pilgrimage.
Another UNESCO World Heritage sits in the center of Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain. La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Barcelona. Although still a work in progress, the massive church and its intricate structure have amazed numbers of visitors, thanks to its architect Antoni Gaudi. The Montserrat or “the Serrated Mountain” is a natural wonder you should see. With its amazing rock formations and a majestic monastery at the center of this mountain range, Montserrat is a must-see. Another mountain range to see is the Pyrenees Mountains. The mountain range lies between France and Spain. There are national parks and hiking trails you can enjoy. Known for its sandy and nude beaches, Sitges offers a perfect getaway for some rest and relaxation. Or maybe you can visit the Picasso Museum in the El Raval district. The most visited museum in Barcelona features the works of Pablo Picasso. Other museums in Barcelona showcase artists like Joan Miro and Salvador Dali. Ciutat Vella or Old City is the heart of Barcelona’s history, therefore a must-visit. There are loads of iconic architecture, historical sites and world-class museums in this part of Barcelona. Placa del Rei, Palau Reial Major, the Gothic Barcelona Cathedral are some of them.