What to see in Spain – the best touristic attractions
Spain is one of the most attractive countries in the world from tourists’ point of view. Not only that it has beautiful natural landscapes and amazing beaches, but its mixed and ancient culture can be experienced in all of the Spanish cities. The artistic heritage and architecture is overwhelming, making it very difficult to choose the places you will visit first on a vacation that will seem too short anyway.
Popular touristic cities in Spain
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its most important and largest city. Located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is a cosmopolitan city, an important business center and the home of the Spanish Royal Family. This city is filled with interesting museums and touristic sites, such as The Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum (Spain’s first modern art gallery), the neighborhoods of Lavapies, Huertas and La Latina (an eclectic mix of different cultures and lifestyles), the huge park of La Retiro (where you can enjoy a boat ride on the lake or simply breathe fresh air and appreciate a tranquil moment in the middle of a crowded city) or just have fun in the cosmopolitan city square in its many restaurants, hotels, bars and shops.
Thanks to Gaudi, Barcelona can take pride in being a special city. This stunning town has so much to offer in terms of touristic attractions – don’t miss visiting the famous cathedral La Sagrada Familia (the unfinished church of Gaudi), walking on the vibrant and lively La Rambla Street, wandering in Barri Gotic (a popular district in Barcelona with narrow streets), exploring La Riberra (where you can also visit the Picasso Museum), relaxing in the Guell Park or climbing up on Montjuic (a big hill on top of which you can visit the National Art Gallery and the Olympic stadium).
Seville is the most well known and visited city in Andalusia. There are some famous festivals that attract many tourists, especially during spring. Other notable things worth visiting are the magnificent architecture, the Giralda Tower, Christopher Columbus’ tomb, a stunning Cathedral and the medieval Alcazar palace. Granada is another Andalusian city worth visiting, with touristic sights such as the Alhambra palace or the Sierra Nevada Mountains famous for its sky resorts.
If you are wondering what to see in Spain in the central part of the country, you should know that this region displays a different side of Spain, a more traditional and tranquil one. Here you will love the amazing landscapes, Roman churches, ancient fortresses and beautiful windmills depicted in the story of Don Quixote and the cities of Toledo, Salamanca, Cuenca, Segovia or Avila included on the list of World Heritage Sites.
Popular beach resorts in Spain
With more than 5000 miles of coastline, Spain is blessed with many beautiful beaches, to satisfy the tourists’ many tastes and needs. There are quiet, relaxing beaches nearby Huelva, Malaga and Almeria or the coasts of Galicia, Asturias, La Manga, Euskadi and Cantabria. Or you can choose vibrant and popular places such as Costa del Sol or Costa de la Luz.
San Sebastian is a beach on the north western part of Spain, close to the French border. It is a chic and trendy resort, considered to be the best in Spain and among the best on the entire European continent. Playas de Las Catedralas is the best beach in Galicia; tourists will be amazed by the rock formations created by the sea. Other recommendations for tourists are Playa del Silencio (the best Asturian beach), the beaches of Formentera (one of the Balearic Islands) with its most popular Ses Illetes beach, the beaches of Sitges (a town close to Barcelona) or Tarifa beach (the best Andalusian beach where tourists can do wind surfing, whale watching or enjoy the exciting nightlife).
Spain is a sophisticated and complex touristic destination. With so many amazing places it’s very hard to choose what to see in Spain first – should it be the cosmopolitan Madrid, Gaudi’s Barcelona or the traditional cities in central Spain? Or perhaps you would like to enjoy one of the beautiful Canary or Balearic Islands? Either way, you will soon discover that a one week vacation in Spain is simply not enough to experience all its beauties.