Spain is considered as one of the best gateways of Europe due to its beautiful beaches, tasty cuisine, energetic nightlife and lively fiestas. Following are the top ten best places to visit while on tour to spain.
10. Santiago De Compostela
Santiago De Compostela is mostly famous for being the final destination of Camino De Santiago, a traditional christian pilgrimage which revolves around the belief that Santiago De Compostela is the place where an apostle of Jesus Christ St James is buried. It is located in the northwestern part of Spain and is also the capital city of Galicia region. The tomb of St James in the Santiago cathedral is an important landmark of the city.
9. Spanish Islands
Spain is home to the most beautiful islands in entire Europe and the Balearic Islands and the Canary islands are the two main divisions of the bigger islands. The Balearic Islands are comprised of four islands namely Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. The island of Ibiza is known to be a great party destination while Mallorca is the biggest and most famous of the four islands. The Canary islands which are also called the canaries are famous for their beautiful beaches and natural formations.
Girona is commonly known as the city of thousand sieges due to its history of withstanding attacks from powerful armies throughout centuries. This small medieval city is located in the northeast region of Catalonia. Visitors must go to the Girona Cathedral to see the 11th century embroidered panel called the tapestry of creation. Other notable locations include the Rambla de la Libertad, a riverside lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
Toledo was once the capital of Spain, but that was back in the sixteenth century. The history and architecture of this city dates back to the Roman Empire and it is sometimes called the city of three cultures due to the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all used to live in Toledo. Due to this fact Toledo has a beautiful cathedral, a mosque and a synagogue all of which are famous tourist attractions.
Once a fortified medieval town Logrono has served as a pilgrimage stop for the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela for ages. This city has a lot to offer to its visitors and one of the main attractions is the Santa Maria de Palacio which shows a gothic style in its beautiful statues and carvings and so is the Church of Saint Bartholomew with its magnificently sculptured front. If you are a wine enthusiast Logrono is the place for you as it is known for its world class Spanish wines.
5. Museo Nacional del Prado
Situated in central Madrid, there is the main Spanish national museum of art. It showcases one of the best European art collections from the beginning of the 12th century all the way to early 19th century. This collection is most definitely the best collection of Spanish art. This museum was founded in 1819 as a museum of paintings and sculptures.
Del Prado features the work of many numerous artists namely Francisco de Goya, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Hieronymus Bosch, Diego Velazquez and El Greco. There are almost 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, 8,200 drawings and 1,000 sculptures. Del Prado is not only one of the greatest museums of the world, it is also one of the most visited museum of art too.
4. Guggenheim Museum
This building is situated in Spain, as One of the most important design of modern art. Although some people think, this building resembles with tin. It was built by Frank Gehry in Bilbao, Northern Spain. It has been a model for many artists.
3. Royal Palace of Madrid
Not the official residence of the royal family and the king, the Royal Palace of Madrid is mostly for state ceremonies and official banquets. The palace was designed by the Italian designer Filippo Juvara who planned to build a palace just like the Versailles of France. The entire palace is made out of stone and brick, no wood was used to avoid destruction by fire.
The interior of the palace is decorated with rich and exotic materials like spanish marble, mahogany doors, stucco and the walls are adorned with precious works of art by Giaquinto, tiepolo and Mengs. The palace also houses a royal armoury and a royal pharmacy. The Royal Palace of Madrid is one of the finest places to visit in Europe.
2. Alcazar of Seville
Also known as the Royal Alcazars of Seville, this is a royal palace in Seville, Spain which was built by the Muslim Kings during their rule over Spain. This palace is one of the best examples of the magnificence of the the mudejar architecture. The upper parts of the palace are still used by the royal family for residence making it the oldest palace in Europe which is still used.
The Alcazar is continuously being reconstructed or expanded since its creation 11 centuries ago.
This palace is offers a look into the beautiful and magnificent architecture designs of the moorish architects. In 1987 UNESCO included the Alcazar in the list of World Heritage sites.
1. Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
This historic structure is located in the Spanish region of Andalusia and is known by the names The Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. This building was originally a Catholic Basilica but in 711 it was divided into two halves by muslims who conquered Spain and in 784 the entire structure was demolished and the Grand Mosque of Cordoba was built on its ground. The Christians reclaimed it in 1236 and converted it back to a church.
This building is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage and since 2010 the muslims of Spain have been campaigning to get permission of pray in the mosque and they have sent a formal request to the vatican also.