Spain’s 9 Most Impressive Sights

Spain’s top 15 tourist attractions

The majestic palaces of the Caliph, the sunny Mediterranean beaches, the sharp clatter of flamenco dancers’ heels, the majestic silence of pilgrims entering the cathedral of the town of Santiago de Compostela after weeks on the Way of Saint James. Tourist attractions like these help you get into the soul of Spain and learn more about its turbulent history, rich culture or enchanting natural beauty. In everything, Spain exudes a vibrant energy of a captivating mix of past and present: from the rays of sunlight playing on the shapes of the Guggenheim Museum, the nighttime street life of Barcelona’s Ramblas and Madrid’s Main Square, to the stunning colonnades and Moorish arches disappearing into the silent space of the Mosque of Cordoba. Plan your trip to the best sights in the country with our list.

1. the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens, Granada

No matter how much you’ve read about the palaces of the Alhambra, or how many pictures you’ve seen, these Moorish buildings will still amaze you with their splendor. The royal palace of the Nasrid dynasty is an artistic landmark of the Islamic period in Spanish history. It was built at a time when the region of Al-Andalus (Andalusia) was the epitome of the culture and civilization of Medieval Europe. The Alhambra complex includes several buildings, towers, protective walls, gardens, and a mosque. Most impressive, of course, are: the finest stone carvings, delicate filigrees, striking ceilings, majestic arches, and serene courtyards. The palace next door is believed to have been built for Emperor Charles V. Even in its unfinished form, it is an excellent example of early Renaissance architecture in Spain. The terraced gardens of the Generalife allow you to take a break from hiking through all this splendor, while providing a great view of the rest of the Alhambra.

2. Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Familia) and other Gaudi sites in Barcelona

Antonio Gaudi took the architectural style known as Art Nouveau one step further. Some say he took it to the point of absurdity. The bizarre and provocative buildings he built in Barcelona have become real landmarks in this Catalan city. The most famous is the building of the Sagrada Familia church, whose name officially sounds as follows: the Redeeming Temple of the Holy Family. One of the most unusual churches in Europe is still unfinished. If you look down from one of its towers, you will see ongoing construction work. Don’t even try to find a single straight line on the Casa Mila building, which is the architect’s latest and most famous secular work. It looks more like a sculpture than a functional building. Try to visit the roof: it is believed that the chimneys of the chimneys were the inspiration for the image of Darth Vader from Star Wars. Park Guell is located on the top of a hill, with magnificent views. All this is complemented by gardens decorated with outlandish creatures: salamanders, fish, octopuses. In addition, the park is abundantly decorated with bright ceramic mosaics. The bizarre house with towers, standing next to the entrance, is almost entirely covered with colored ceramics. Unlike the rest of the city, Gaudi’s structures are enjoyed even by children and those adults who have not the slightest idea about architecture. The reason is obvious – they are very interesting just to look at.

3. Cordoba Cathedral Mosque (Mesquita)

The Mosque of Cordoba was once the main mosque of Western Islam, and is still known as the Mesquita. It is one of the largest in the world and one of the finest achievements of Moorish architecture in Spain. In spite of later modifications which transformed the center of the building into a Catholic cathedral, the Cordoba Mosque remains one of the two most striking examples of Islamic art and architecture in Western Europe (the other being the Alhambra). The structure used materials from Roman and Visigothic structures. Construction began in 785, and the mosque reached its present size by 1000 (there are no fewer than 19 aisles in its prayer hall now). No matter where you stand or where you look, rows of columns and rounded Moorish arches form a symmetrical pattern. The historic neighborhood near the mosque, Juderia, is characterized by narrow, ventilated streets, small squares and low, white-washed houses with beautiful patios. The old Moorish atmosphere is well preserved here.

4. Prado and Paseo del Arte, Madrid

The Prado National Museum, thanks to its rich collection, is considered one of the best art museums in the world. However, on the same shady boulevard one and a half kilometers long there are: 1. Queen Sofia Art Center; 2. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; 3. Kaysha Forum Cultural Center. The result is a place with the highest concentration of priceless art treasures. No wonder it is called “Paseo del Arte” (Boulevard of the Arts). After the 2007 expansion, 12 more galleries were added to the Prado Museum in 2009. Works by Goya and other late 19th century artists were housed here. This museum has the largest collection of Spanish paintings in the world, spanning the period from the 12th century to the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. Especially interesting is the collection of paintings from the Golden Age, including masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. However, not all of the works here are Spanish. Other attractions include medieval frescoes and paintings by Flemish and German masters (look out for the fantastical worlds of Hieronymus Bosch and the works of Rubens and Bruegel). You can also see Italian artists, including: Botticelli, Raphael, Correggio, Titian and Tintoretto. Of the attractions at the Queen Sophia Art Center (and it holds 20,000 works), Picasso’s Guernica is worth noting, as well as works by such masters as: Miró, Dali, Dubuffet, Braque, Serra, Calder and Magritte.

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5. San Lorenzo de El Escorial

This town is located 45 kilometers northwest of Madrid. For a long time he was a summer residence of the Spanish kings. In 1563 work began on this site on the construction of a huge complex, including a monastery, church, royal palace, mausoleum, library and museum – all had to become a kind of monument to King Philip II and his reign. The result is an impressive set of landmarks, with 16 courtyards and all its rooms and buildings connected by corridors totaling 16 kilometers in length. In the center of the complex there is a church with the main attraction – a retablo (altar image) 30 meters high by Herrera. By the way, a flight of 17 steps leads to the altar. The vaulted ceilings of the lower monastery with frescoes by Tibaldi are also worth seeing. In the central monastery we recommend the royal crypt and the library, which is a huge room decorated with frescoes by Tybaldi. In the palace, take a look at the Bourbon apartments that belonged to Charles IV. Here you can see rare furniture and 338 tapestries. Beyond that are the private rooms of Philip II, packed with art. Just below is the art gallery, with works by Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Velázquez and El Greco.

6. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

This building has to be seen for yourself – no photograph can capture the symphony of forms that seem so lifelike as to resemble wings. The American architect Frank Gehry turned the idea of modern architecture upside down by using limestone blocks and wave-shaped sheets of titanium. He was so successful that two new terms were coined: 1. “The Bilbao Effect,” the city’s ability to change its status and regain its fortunes by constructing just one world-class building; 2. “Architourism,” an entire segment of the travel industry devoted exclusively to objects of modern architecture. Directly within the museum itself are changing exhibitions of the museum’s own contemporary art exhibits, as well as a number of touring collections.

7. Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar

The Giralda Tower, Seville Cathedral and the Alcázar form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower is a minaret and “architectural masterpiece of the Almohad dynasty,” according to UNESCO. The cathedral is even more spacious than St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. And at the high altar is a 37-meter high statue covered entirely in gold. The monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus is held in the air by four huge figures. The Giralda Tower (which is the symbol of Seville) was originally a minaret and is all that remains of the city’s Great Mosque, which was destroyed during the construction of the cathedral. Opposite is the Alcazar Palace, whose construction began under the Moors in 712 and was completed after the Reconquista by King Pedro in the 1300s (which retains the ornamental Moorish style). The palace’s rooms and halls are mesmerizing and its gardens are very pleasant to walk in, enjoying the shade of the orange and lemon trees. The Santa Cruz neighborhood, formerly called the Jewish Quarter, adjoins the palace on the east side. Its distinctive features include white-washed houses, iron balconies and plenty of flower beds in small courtyards.

8. Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The striking Cathedral of St. James (Santiago and James are the same thing) was built to house the remains of the saint and to pay homage to him. The church was already an object of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, culminating in the famous Way of Saint James. As one of the outstanding monuments of early Romanesque architecture, the cathedral was built between 1060 and 1211. Although the facade was remodeled in the 16th and 18th centuries with Baroque style, the interior of the cathedral is still the purest example of early Romanesque style. You can see features from both periods at once if you enter through the west gate, which is where one of Spain’s most impressive church facades is located. As you step inside, you’ll see the so-called “Portico de la Gloria,” part of the old west façade that is enclosed by the new eighteenth-century façade. This triple aisle is considered the largest and most notable collection of Romanesque sculptures in the world. The centerpiece of the interior is the Main Chapel, built over the tomb of the apostle. In the middle of the main altar (which is made of jasper, alabaster and silver) is a wooden sculpture of the apostle, created in the 13th century. The sculpture is abundantly decorated with precious metals and stones. On either side of the figure there are narrow stairs that go into the space behind the apostle. Here pilgrims could kiss his cloak, which was the final point of their wanderings. In the crypt beneath the altar, in a silver coffin are the remains of James directly.

9. Main Square, Madrid

As the pulsating heart of the Spanish capital, the Main Square has played an important role in the life of Madrid since the 16th century. That’s when Philip II commissioned his favorite architect, Juan de Herrera, to design the square. Various ceremonial events were held on the square: the proclamation of a new king, canonization of saints, and the burning of heretics. There were also entertaining events like jousting tournaments and bullfights. The perimeter of the square (completely pedestrian) has many cafes and restaurants, which are the center of the city’s social life and a favorite meeting place for its residents and guests.

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10. City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia

When Valencia changed the course of the river that regularly flooded the city, it left behind a wide and flat dry channel with bridges spanning it. It is on this blank canvas that the brilliant Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava created a stunning ensemble of structures that have become a magnet for all connoisseurs of modern architecture. The series of tourist attractions (which is considered one of the most popular in Spain) consists not only of buildings, but also museums, exhibition centers, and an aquarium designed by Felix Candela (the only object here that was not designed by Calatrava). The largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe is built in the form of a water lily. Each building of its complex is dedicated to a different ocean ecosystem: from the tropics to the poles.

11. Beaches of the Costa del Sol

Not surprisingly, the beaches of the Costa del Sol have become popular with residents of northern countries, as this place is considered the sunniest in Europe, and boasts kilometers of white beaches by the calm sea. Initially, this popularity has led to an overdevelopment of the territory by various tourist facilities. However, the government of Andalusia has not only stopped these processes, but also contributed to the elimination of the most inappropriate objects. As a result, an entire stretch of coast has been able to regain its natural appearance and the beaches are cleaner. The new buildings look much better and fully blend in with their surroundings. The beaches are not the only attraction of the Costa del Sol. The city of Malaga offers entertainment for all tastes. Yachtsmen like the Puerto Banús marina. Golf connoisseurs head west to New Andalusia, which is known as the “Golf Valley.” A few steps from the beach is the town of Marbella, whose historic district has preserved old white-washed buildings and a Moorish fortress.

12. Rambla, Barcelona

Walking along the Rambla on a summer evening, you might think that almost the entire population of Barcelona is walking beside you. This is definitely a place you want to go after work or on weekends. The boulevard runs in a green line (not always straight) through the center of the city, stretching northwest from the Columbus Monument to the port. The section of the boulevard adjacent to Plaça Catalunya is lined with plane trees. Its wide pedestrian area is flanked by two narrow roads. In addition to flowers and markets, the boulevard features several bookstores and newsstands, as well as an array of restaurants and cafes with outdoor tables. Street artists and musicians, as well as various impromptu performances, all work to the lively atmosphere of the Rambla.

13. Toledo Historic District.

Moorish style, Gothic and Renaissance blended in the architecture of this city, which is depicted in one of El Greco’s most famous works. Set on a granite hill and surrounded on three sides by the Tagus River, the city is a magnificent sight. It is best approached from below – then unforgettable views await you. The town’s layout (with its haphazard pattern of narrow streets and dead-end alleys) reflects its Moorish past. Christian-period architecture is represented by numerous churches, monasteries, and hospitals. As a result, the historic district turns into an open-air museum dedicated to the history of Spain. UNESCO marked this fact by the inclusion of the Old City in the list of cultural heritage sites. The magnificent Gothic cathedral boasts richly decorated interiors. The two synagogues in the old Jewish quarter (Judea) are ornamented in a Moorish style. While here, don’t forget to check out the church of St. Thomas, where you can see works by El Greco.

14. White Cities of Andalusia

The white towns-like patches of glaze scattered over the steep cliffs of southern Andalusia-are not just beautiful, but also reveal some features of the region’s long and fascinating history. To the west of Gibraltar, mountains rise straight out of the water. Hidden among them are the White Cities, each on a separate peak. Arcos de la Frontera is the most picturesque of them all. Its square, together with the Gothic cathedral, is on top of a cliff, 137 meters high. It offers wonderful views of olive valleys, orange orchards and groves of almond nuts. A labyrinth of windy cobbled streets takes you past cafes and craft stores selling pottery to a Moorish castle. The Grasalema Nature Reserve is home to 19 such little villages with white-washed houses. Two other towns worth seeing are Grazalema proper and Zahara de la Sierra. A good base for traveling through the region would be the town of Jerez de la Frontera. It is the birthplace of the Flamenco dance and Andalusian horses. You can watch the performances of the riders at the Royal Riding School. If you want to see a real flamenco dance, stop by the Flamenco Cultural Center.

15. Teide, Tenerife

As the highest peak in Spain, this ancient (but active) volcano is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Europe. Teide National Park is located almost in the center of Tenerife. In 2007, the park was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, which noted “its importance in the study of geological processes underlying the evolution of oceanic islands. There are many ways to explore Teide. You can drive or walk through the caldera (the bottom of a crater 19 kilometers in diameter), enjoying the lunar landscape and the feeling of having descended to the center of the Earth. You can also climb the cone peak of the volcano. However, the easiest way to get close to the summit is an eight-minute cable car ride. On a clear day from the top you can see the entire archipelago, as well as North Africa, the nearest mainland to the Canary Islands.

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Attractions in Spain: 25 best places

Spain is a beautiful and diverse country. It has everything for a rich and unforgettable vacation: great beaches, a lot of entertainment, beautiful European architecture and even ski resorts. Every year, Spain is gaining more and more popularity among Russian tourists. The most popular tourist destinations of Spain are Barcelona, Canary Islands, Madrid, Seville and some other famous places. Here are the most important and most famous tourist attractions of Spain, which should see every visitor to this beautiful country.

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The Alhambra (Granada)

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It is the largest architectural and park complex located in the east of Granada. It is a whole complex of palaces and parks with a rich history and stunning views. The main development of the Alhambra was during the Muslim dynasty. Over the period of its existence, the ensemble has been actively developing, replenishing itself with new constructions. Today the Alhambra includes numerous towers, palaces, halls, several squares and even a full park, the road to which goes through the Pomegranate Gate. The Alhambra is a World Heritage Site and is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions.

2. Sagrada Familia Cathedral (Barcelona)

The Sagrada Familia is the most beautiful temple in Spain and one of the most beautiful in the world. The construction of this building began in 1882. The main architect was Antonio Gaudi. The architectural style of the church is Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau. The cathedral is still under construction today. When finished, it will have 18 towers. The central tower of the temple is 170 meters high. Sagrada Familia has a rich interior decoration. It uses different geometric forms and the most unusual architectural solutions.

3. Royal Palace (Madrid).

The main attraction of Madrid, the Royal Palace is deservedly one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. This majestic architectural structure serves as the official residence of the kings of Spain. Construction of the palace was carried out from 1738 to 1764. The palace has a luxurious interior decoration, which includes frescoes by great artists, luxurious crystal chandeliers, large tapestries, furniture of different styles, etc. The Royal Palace in Madrid consists of many halls, each of which has its own features. This is simply a must-see place to visit in Spain!

The Alcázar in Segovia

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The Alcázar in Segovia is not only an important landmark in Spain, but also one of the 10 most impressive castles in the world. This stunning fortress has witnessed many historic events: its rooms were the resting place of Alfonso X the Wise, Isabel I the Catholic was crowned here, and the castle chapel was also the site of the marriage between Philip II and Anne of Austria.

5. Mesquita in Cordoba

The Cordoba Mosque is one of the most important monuments of Islamic architecture in Spain and the most emblematic example of Umayyad Spanish-Muslim art. Its construction began in 785 and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the historic center of the city. It is now a Catholic cathedral, known as the Córdoba Cathedral Mosque.

6. Sacromonte Abbey (Granada)

One of the best known and most beautiful sights in Spain that must be seen in Granada is the Abbey of Sacromonte. It was erected on top of Mount Valparaiso. Until the beginning of the XX century the abbey was completed and expanded. Today it consists of three parts – an abbey, a seminary and a collegiate church. Each of these structures has its own noteworthy places. In the abbey there is an interesting museum with a rich collection of paintings and tapestries. A wonderful place is the patio. Its decoration is magnificent: arches decorated with stucco, galleries with columns and a large fountain in the center – all this attracts crowds of tourists.

7. Gothic Quarter (Barcelona)

Gothic Quarter is an ancient district of Barcelona and one of the most attractive places of this beautiful Spanish city. You can say that it is the birthplace of Barcelona. The layout of the streets here is the same as in all medieval cities – intersecting, winding and very narrow mostly pedestrian streets. In the Gothic quarter amazingly old buildings, preserving the spirit of the Middle Ages, coexist next to the buildings of the last century. This is a major tourist magnet!

The neighborhood is famous for its large number of architectural and historical buildings, ancient temples. One of the most famous is the Cathedral. The architecture of its facade simply fascinates visitors.

The beautiful plazas of the quarter are worth special attention:

  • Plaza Nova was founded in 1355. Fragments of ancient walls are still preserved here.
  • Royal Square. All the buildings, including the Royal Palace, were built in Romanesque and Gothic style. It was here that King Fernando received Christopher Columbus after his voyage to the Americas.
  • The Plaza de San Jaume. It now houses the main administrative buildings, the City Hall of Barcelona and the Parliament of Catalonia.

Walking from one historical structure to another, suddenly you find yourself in a cozy square. In the Gothic Quarter there are many. Here you can relax, listen to street musicians, sit in a cozy cafe. Among the attractions of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter is one of the most popular.

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8. Prado Museum (Madrid).

There are not a few sights in Spain for art lovers, but the Prado Museum, one of the most visited museums of fine arts in the world, deserves special attention. Now in the spacious halls of the Museo del Prado the visitor can admire the best paintings of the Spanish school, world masterpieces, sculptures and decorative art. In the permanent exhibition there are more than 7 thousand paintings, thousands of sculptures. Among them you can see the works of Rubens, Rafael, Durer, Titian, Goya and other great masters, who left their mark on the art.

9. Park Guell (Barcelona)

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Park Guell is the most unusual and beautiful park in Spain and a favorite destination for many travelers. It’s a masterpiece by the great Antonio Gaudi, who was able to turn Guell’s failed industrialist project into a garden city. What are just two houses at the entrance, giving the impression of gingerbread houses. The main staircase is decorated with fountains, animal figures and, of course, the symbol of Barcelona – a mosaic salamander. The “Hall of a Hundred Columns”, decorated with a mosaic of colored glass, is impressive. In the central part of the park is the famous winding bench decorated with collages of shards of ceramics and glass. While relaxing here, you can admire the opening views of the city.

10. Alcázar in Toledo

This is one of the most beautiful castles in Spain and the main attraction of Toledo, proudly towering over the entire city. You can see it from everywhere, no matter what part of Toledo you are in. The grandeur of the austere architecture of the Alcázar is stunning. Throughout its history this beautiful Spanish building has been destroyed and burned down several times, and rebuilt just as many times. What ever happened within these walls. It was once home to the kings of Castile. After that, in the 17th century it was the state prison. Located on the highest point of the city, the Alcazar was an ideal place for defense during the war. Today, the palace houses the Army Museum and the regional library.

11. the Las Ventas arena (Madrid)

Plaza del Toros Monumental de Las Ventas is the full name of the first largest bullfighting arena in the whole country. Besides bullfighting all kinds of festivals and holidays are held here. Capacity of the arena is more than 23 thousand spectators. Built almost a century ago, the building of the Arena Las Ventas is striking for its interesting architecture in the neo-Moorish style. The walls are made of red masonry, the arched entrances in the form of a horseshoe horse are decorated with tiles. In the square in front of the arena there are two sculptural compositions.

Another attraction of the arena was the bullfighting museum opened in 1951. Visitors here can see many unusual exhibits, right down to the heads of the slaughtered bulls and the blood-soaked costume of the dead matador.

12. Alcázar Palace in Cordoba

What is a must-see in Spain are the numerous palaces and fortresses. One of these beautiful sights is located in the ancient city of Andalusia – Cordoba. The history of the ancient historical complex begins with the times of the Roman Empire. Alcazar in Arabic means “palace”. But originally the fortress was a defensive bastion, and only in 1328, during the reign of King Alfonso XI, it was transformed into a residence of kings.

The architecture of the Alcázar in Córdoba combines features of Arab and European cultures. The palace building is a regular square, topped with four towers. Each of these towers has its own name and purpose. The Alcázar’s unquestionable adornment is its stunning gardens with fountains and ponds. This fortress was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and is a tourist hot spot in Spain.

13. The Walls of Avila

The 11th-century Romanesque fortress walls in the city of Avila are among the most important historical sites in Spain. Their dimensions are: 2,537 meters in total length, 12 meters in height, 88 towers, 9 gates and three gates.

There is some disagreement about the date of construction of the walls, but all unanimously agree on their artistic and historical importance. Ávila is the best preserved medieval fortress city in Spain and possibly all of Europe. The old city and city walls have been declared World Heritage Site.

14. Escorial Monastery

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The Escorial Monastery is a palace complex, a basilica and a monastery. The palace was the residence of the Spanish royal family, the basilica is the burial place of the kings of Spain, and the monastery is the current residence of the monks of the Order of St. Augustine. It is one of the most unique sites of Renaissance architecture in Spain and Europe. Its construction in the second half of the sixteenth century was initiated by King Philip II. This, as they call it, “the eighth wonder of the world”, certainly deserves to be part of the list of the best tourist sites in Spain!

15. Plaza Mayor (Madrid)

Plaza Mayor is on the list of the best attractions in Madrid, and it is also one of the two main squares in the city that every tourist visits. Its appearance dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. Plaza Mayor has a very rich history. In the beginning it was just a market square outside the city limits. Later there were military parades, and knights’ tournaments, and even the Inquisition trials. The first equipped place for bullfighting was also the Plaza Mayor. Today this beautiful square is especially popular with visitors from Spain and locals. The square is bordered by many arches with cafes, restaurants, and stores. It is always lively.

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16. Montserrat mountain (Barcelona)

Montserrat is a picturesque mountain range, located 50 km from Barcelona. The area is famous for its catholic temple which is located on the top of the mountain and bears the same name. Next to the monastery there is a natural complex which is under special protection of Spain. The mountains of Montserrat have spectacular views and rich flora. There are more than 1,500 species of plants. A walk through this natural complex is sure to be very exciting and memorable.

17. Mount Tibidabo (Barcelona)

Tibidabo is one of the parts of the Collserola mountain range. The height of the mountain is 512 m. It is the highest point of the whole of Barcelona. It offers beautiful views of the city, which is why it is so popular with tourists. On one of its slopes is the picturesque Tibidabo Park, which has an observation deck and the oldest attractions in Europe. At the top of the mountain is the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart, which was built between 1902 and 1961.

18. Aquarium of Barcelona

This structure is located in the area of the Old Port of Barcelona. It is a highly sought-after destination for visitors and residents alike. Today the Aquarium of Barcelona has a well-deserved title of one of the largest aquariums in the world. Its dimensions are amazing. It consists of 35 individual aquaria, with more than 5 million liters of water. Each aquarium is home to a different aquatic species. In total, there are about 11 thousand sea creatures in the aquariums. The main attraction of the building is a huge oceanarium, through which a transparent pipe 80 meters long. A visit to the Barcelona Aquarium will be a great experience for both adults and children.

The Spanish Village (Barcelona)

A great option for people who want to visit Spain’s main attractions without leaving Barcelona. The Spanish Village is a complex that contains exact replicas of famous Spanish sites: temples, palaces, monasteries, castles, etc. On the territory of the village there are copies of buildings in reduced and natural size. Each structure was built with the same materials as the originals. This museum was built in 1929 by famous Spanish architects.

20. Teide National Park (Tenerife)

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The largest and most popular nature reserve in the Canary Islands. Visit this natural Spanish landmark is a must for every tourist of the island of Tenerife. The total area of the park is 18.9 hectares. The main object of the reserve is the volcano Teide and its majestic crater. Teide is a mountainous area, so tourists can see incredible contrasts. Sub-tropics reign in the lower areas, while at the peaks there is snow and a completely different nature appears. Teide Park is located at 2,000 meters above sea level.

21. Cathedral in Seville

This is the largest and one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It was built between 1401 and 1519. The temple consists of the main chapel and five side chapels. One part of the cathedral preserves many ancient treasures: paintings by famous artists, precious items, church relics and much more. It is in the Seville Cathedral that the tomb of Christopher Columbus is kept. This is a must-see in Spain.

22. La Seu Cathedral (Palma de Mallorca)

One of the majestic Gothic cathedrals in Spain. It was built on the site of a destroyed mosque in honor of the liberation of Mallorca from the Moors. The height of the Cathedral is 121 meters, width – 55 meters. The construction of the cathedral was carried out over more than ten years, so its appearance was influenced by many architectural styles: classical Gothic, late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Mannerism. The restoration of the cathedral was led by Antoni Gaudi from 1904 to 1914.

23. City of Ronda

Ronda is the most beautiful city in Spain, located in the province of Malaga. The city is characterized by stunning views, many sights and small cozy streets. Ronda literally hangs over an abyss, being located at the very edge of a precipitous hill. This is one of the oldest bullfighting rings in the city. Here you can see ancient weapons, ammunition, and other ancient relics. The city has many cozy cafes where you can eat traditional snacks and enjoy the quietness of the European streets.

24. Vila Velha Fortress (Tossa de Mar)

One of the largest and most important fortresses on the coast, the main attraction of Tossa de Mar. More than 800 years ago a full-fledged city of the same name stood here. A winding stone path leads to the top of the fortress. This place has a rich history and beautiful views. From the fortress walls offer a stunning view of the sea and the nearby beach.

25. Plaza de España (Seville)

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The main park ensemble of Seville, located in the southern part of the city. Made in the Neo-Mauritanian style with elements of Art Deco. It was built in the 1920s. On the square there are many old buildings and several museums. The main attraction of the square is the central fountain, designed by famous Spanish architects. Plaza de España has a stunning view both during the day and at night.

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