When a lot of Brits travel on holiday to Spain, they often do it for the sun, sea and sand. And while these are all perfectly good reasons to visit, there is so much to the country beyond these basics. Dig a little deeper and you will find a country that is rich with history, culture and an incredible love of life.
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The Alhambra, Granada
Definitely one of the most photographed places in all of Spain, the Alhambra is a place where you really need to take your time to get a full picture of the beauty and complexity of the place. Inside, you can easily get lost inside the walls, buildings, towers and mosque, and outside, you can take the time to explore the stunning gardens where you can get a view back across to the palace.
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
There are a million and one reasons to pay a visit Barcelona, but Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece La Sagrada Familia is right at the top of the list. Cranes continue to work on the building in an effort to finally make the architect’s vision come to life. You can climb up to the tower to get a view over the whole place. You can find Gaudi’s influence all over the city including the residential building of Casa Mila and city outdoor space, Parc Guell.
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Before the incredible Guggenheim Museum was built, Bilbao was merely an industrial port town that never featured highly on people’s radars. But all this changed when the great ship-like structure was built. Inside, there are a host of modern art exhibits to enjoy, so it really is worth spending the day here taking it all in. Outdoor highlights include a giant spider sitting outside the building, as well as a huge puppy made of flowers.
Seville Cathedral and Alcazar
We are talking about two sights in one here, but you can’t miss either of them if you take a trip over to Seville. The cathedral houses sights including the tomb of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, and you can also ascend the hundreds of steps to get some breath-taking views over the city. On the other side of the square, enjoy the Alcazar palace complete with its beautiful water gardens.
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
In the heart of the Spanish capital is the Plaza Mayor, a place where historic events have taken place since the 16th century. The cafes and restaurants provide the perfect place to sit and watch the action as the city goes by in front of you.
So, after reading through these five reasons, hopefully you have been inspired to take a trip to Spain to experience the fullness of everything that the country has to offer. These five sights certainly provide a great starting point.
I love Spain for so many reasons. Not only incredible historical places but also fantastic people, tasty food, great music and much, much more. 🙂
Spain is one of my least favourite places to visit but I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing x
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As an expat in Seville, i would have to say my favourite are the cathedral in Seville and alcazar. Also loved the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Would love to see more of the country when I get a chance, seen most of Andalusia. Great post.
I’ve never been to Spain (I’m not a big fan of hot and sunny places ahah), but the way you wrote your article makes me curious about it and want to travel!
Well done! *o*
I’m half Spanish and live now in Spain. I grew up in Holland and in Spain. I loveeee Spain. Love this blog post. I have been to all but not to Seville. I really wanna go there. It must be beautiful 😍 I love Madrid and La Alhambra and Sagrada Familia are sooo beautiful. Spain has many beautiful beaches to offer but also like you said these amazing thinga
Well written, you should write travel guides on the internet. You make everything sound so inviting.