5 Must See Places in Spain

5 Must See Places in Spain

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Spain is one of the most visited European nations wherein each visitor is bound to enjoy, relax, and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil but pleasing ambiance. Any traveler can fulfill any of her holiday desires, as the country has something to offer for all moods and preferences. Whether it is having great food, experiencing thrilling adventures, or exploring the lively culture; people of all ages are bound to take some distinct lifetime memories whenever they come here.

Right from running with the bulls to participating in the biggest tomato fight and exploring water sports along the long coastline, Spain is a hub of vibrant festivals and daring activities. Truly speaking, Spain is among the most vibrant and diverse holiday destinations in the continent. That is why it is not so surprising to know that around 57 million visitors take a tour of this nation every year. So, if you wish to get the most from your Spanish holiday, here are five must places to explore.

Barcelona

This is the most famous destination in Spain with some of the most exciting attractions to explore. Start by taking a walk down the amazing street of Las Ramblas to explore the Gothic Quarter, the La Ribera ‘barrios’, vintage cafes and performances of the eminent street performers throughout the main road. The city is also the home of the renowned architect Gaudi whose incredible cathedral La Sagrada Familia is worth a visit although it is yet not completely constructed. Other major attractions to explore include the subterranean Arabic grottos next to Ciutadella Park with a great spa retreat, Plaça del Sol with restaurants, and Plaça Sarrià with antique markets, dances and book market during the weekend.

Madrid

This capital is the nation’s largest, multi-faceted metropolis that is admired for fine dining, museums, architecture, and amusement. The biggest attraction here is the ‘Golden Triangle’ with 73 museums – including the famous Prado, Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and theThyssen-Bornemisza – all housing thrilling art pieces of some great artists such as El Greco, Raphael and Fra Angelico. Other attractions include Palacio Real, Retiro Park, Old Madrid, gardens, and plazas. This city is must for all those who love museums as well as the great European artists.

Granada

This is another Spanish city that is really stunning not only for the foreigners but also for the locals. The mind-blowing vistas, dramatic scenes and pleasant climate beautiful weather during the summer all together make your trip quite memorable. The biggest attraction here is the Moorish Alhambra nestled atop the hill to the city’s west where you can explore palaces, baths, chambers, and gardens. It is split into two sections: The Fortress Complex boasting the fine art museum and palaces, and the Genera life Gardens where orchards flank the villas. Other attractions to enjoy here are flamenco performances and winter sports on the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Toledo

This former capital is now a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled atop a hill over the River Tagus that meets the Atlantic. The main highlights here are Catedral de Toledo showing off its long but interesting story, the Mezquita del Cristo that is a mosque, the Alcazar and the Casa-Museo de El Greco housing some best paintings. Exploring the architecture here is a tour in itself, as it reflects the blend of Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

Valencia

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This is the coastal Spanish attraction that acts as the doorway to the resort area of Costa Blanca. Regarded as the city of great beaches, the popular attractions here are Cathedral, the historic La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) as a set of striking Gothic-style edifices, and the port.

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