Passionate, sophisticated and devoted to living the good life Spain is at once a stereotype and a country more diverse than ever imagined with beautiful beguiling places, exhilarating football, legendary and traditional history, splendid beaches, delicious cuisine, lively architecture, vibrant nightlife and lively fiestas along with being the home of Flamenco and the Alhambra, of Goya, Picasso and everything in between all make Spain one of Europe’s one of the best gateways.
So here’s a quick look to some of best places one must visit in Spain.
10.Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici,Catalonia
The park has water everywhere in this wild Pyrenean landscape with hundreds of lakes, fed by myriad streams tumbling over waterfalls as they pass through valleys of pine and fir forests. Visitors stand a good chance of spotting some of the abundant wildlife such as golden eagles and Pyrenean chamois. It marks for a park that’s absolutely wonderful for hiking, from easy family strolls to testing multi-day treks into the mountains.
It is the capital of the Cordoba province in the Andalusian region of southern Spain. The historic quarter of Cordoba is a maze of tiny medieval streets, plazas and whitewashed courtyards all situated around the star attraction, The Mezquita. Initially built as a mosque, the Mezquita is now a glorious cathedral retaining most of its original structure. Its forest of columns topped with Islamic style red and white striped arches serves as a reminder of the glory and importance of Cordoba held in medieval times. Other places of interest include The Fortress of Christian Monarchs, the streets of flowers and the old Jewish Quarter with its charming patios and souvenir shops.
8. San Sebastian
San Sebastian is located in the Basque territory of northern Spain, off the coast of the Bay of Biscay. This beautiful seaside city is loved for its excellent beaches and outstanding culinary traditions. The old town features many historic buildings reconstructed in the 19th century after the city was nearly destroyed during the Napoleonic war. Playa de la Concha is one of the most popular beaches of Spain and Europe as well which offers sunbathing and water activities like swimming, kayaking and water skiing.
7. Ordesa y Monte Perdido National park
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National park is an IUCN Category II National park situated in the Pyrenees. It has been included since 1997 by UNESCO in the Biosphere Reserve of Ordesa-Vinamala. It is Spain’s joint oldest national park created in 1918 (with Picos de Europa). The extensive forests of birches, ashes, willows and Edelweiss(symbol of the national park) are found here. The most important species of the parks are Pyrenean ibex and Pyrenean chamois and great birds like the golden eagle, bearded vulture and royal owl.
Perched on a mountain top in central Spain, Toledo served as Spanish capital until 16th century. Because it was inhabited by Jews, Christians and Muslims it is sometimes called “The City of Three Cultures”.Today, it is a popular destination for its wealth of historic art and architecture that dates back to the Roman Empire. The best thing to do in Toledo is to get lost amid medieval streets and admire the old architecture that includes a stunning Cathedral, Synagogue and Mosque.
Exceptional tourist attractions, lively festivals and buzzing nightlife all make Seville one of the best places to visit in Spain. As the capital of Andalusia, Seville is also the region’s financial and cultural capital. The city is home to many beautiful and important historic landmarks, chief of which is the Grand Cathedral of Seville where it is believed that Christopher Columbus is buried. Another significant building is the Real Alcazar, an extravagant Moorish palace with luxurious gardens.
Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Southern Spain, Granada is the capital of Granada province. It offers a perfect blend of traditional cultures, an animated nightlife and spectacular attractions including the world-famous Alhambra, a pinnacle of Moorish are that encapsulated Andalusian history. The medieval complex overlooking Granada is one of the great architectural sights of Europe. The last Moorish stronghold in Europe, The Alhambra offers the visitors ornamental architecture, spectacular and lush gardens, cascading and dripping water features and breathtaking views of the city below.
One of the largest and most important cities in Spain, Valencia is located in the eastern part of the country in the region of Valencia. After redirecting in the Turia river, the city constructed its most impressive landmark, a massive cultural and entertainment complex known as “The City of Arts and Science”. Contained within this complex are several buildings such as a Science Museum,Planetarium and Aquarium that are artistic marvels in and of themselves. Every March, Valencia hosts the Fallas Festival where neighbourhood displays papier-mache figures of all sizes which are burnt at the end of week.
Home to cutting edge architecture world-class and pulsating nightlife Barcelona has long been one of Europe’s most alluring destinations. By night it is a world of vintage bars, music halls and dance-loving clubs. Unique to Barcelona are the architectural marvels by Spain’s famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, which include the Casa Batllo and the famous Sagrada Familia Church. Popular activities in Barcelona include strolling along La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian avenue and sunbathing on Barcelonata , one of the city’s most popular beaches.
Spain’s capital and largest city, Madrid is widely known for its sizzling nightlife scene. The city constitutes the diversity of ethnic groups, making it one of Europe’s most colourful cosmopolitan city. Located within the city centre are the most of Madrid’s most popular tourist destinations such as The Royal Palace, the resident of Spain’s monarch. The heart of Madrid and Spain is Puerta del Sol, a large plaza serving as the scene of festivals, important gatherings and street performers as well as a hub for the public transportation network. Another important square is Plaza Mayor, known for the lively San Miguel Market.
The country is situated in the southwest of Europe occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula as well as the Canary and Billy Eric Islands included such famous islands as Ibiza and Majorca. High seasons runs June through August.
Spring and Fall are good times to travel with mild clear weather and fewer crowds. Spain’s system of public transport is one of the best in Europe with fast super modern trains, extensive air and road networks and buses that connect villages in even the remotest corners.