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What to see in Spain

Spain Attractions


Spain is more than a travel destination - it's a way of life. The country's many attractions and the journeys between them are infused with the warm welcome of the diverse people and the highly valued laid-back lifestyle that the Spaniards have perfected. Spanish holidays should be slow, with room for spontaneity and unexpected diversions. The wealth of things to see and do is such that the top attractions in Spain are whole cities, towns and islands, and a single holiday can barely scratch the surface of what this country has to offer. It is best to plan an itinerary around a single city or region. Favourite destinations in Spain include: Toledo, for Roman architecture and ancient history; Santiago de Compostela for religious history and art; Cordoba, for medieval charm and the Mezquita cathedral; Barcelona, for Gaudi and almost anything else a tourist could want; Ibiza, for beach parties and clubbing; Bilbao, for industrial creativity and the Guggenheim Museum; Majorca, for stunning landscapes and medieval villages; Madrid, the capital, for a cosmopolitan Spanish experience; Tenerife, for spectacular beaches and diverse landscapes; Seville, for history and fun after dark; Granada, for mountains, tradition and architecture; and San Sebastian, for beautiful beaches and good food.


Alcazar of Seville

Alcazar is Seville's top attraction and one of the most famous attractions in Spain. The palace complex is a UNESCO World…

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Arta

The ancient hilltop town of Arta, close to the east coast of Mallorca, has been occupied for about 3,000 years, and today…

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Barri Gotic

Known as the Gothic Quarter, the Barri Gòtic is Barcelona's oldest district. A former fortified Roman settlement,…

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Cuenca

Just two hours southeast of Madrid lies Cuenca, one of the most charming small towns you'll find anywhere on the Iberian…

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FC Barcelona Museum and Stadium

FC Barcelona, one of Europe's most beloved football teams, has an informative museum with displays of photographs, documents,…

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Garrotxa Nature Reserve

Visiting dormant volcanoes is not one of the typical things to do in Spain; however, for those who take the time the…

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Gibraltar

This large lump of limestone stuck to the end of the Iberian Peninsula is as famous for its bizarre geology as it is…

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Girona

The city of Girona, on the route from the Pyrenees to Barcelona, is one of the most important historical sites in Spain,…

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Granada and the Alhambra

Granada, a high altitude city of romance and folklore, boasts one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain, the…

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La Pedrera (Casa Mila)

Another fantastic construction by the creative genius Antonio Gaudi, Casa Mila, commonly known as La Pedrera, was the…

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La Rambla

Arguably the most famous street in Europe, the wide tree-lined boulevard known as La Rambla (or Las Ramblas), is a long…

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La Sagrada Familia

One of Catalonia's most intriguing landmarks, the bizarre Church of the Holy Family, designed by modernist architect…

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Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

The huge granite rectangular edifice, topped with four spiral towers, is a foreboding sight in the town of San Lorenzo…

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Montserrat

One of the most visited sites in Catalonia is the monastery at Montserrat, 35 miles (56km) northwest of Barcelona. The…

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Pamplona

Hordes of tourists flock to this town in Navarre, northern Spain, in early July each year for the Running of the Bulls,…

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Parque Natural de Bardenas Reales

The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Parque Natural de Barenas Reales offers visitors the chance to walk through a moon landscape.…

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Reina Sofia National Art Centre Museum

The third of Madrid's famed art galleries, the Reina Sofia is dedicated to 20th century Spanish art, having been designed…

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San Sebastian

The Basque region's most popular beach, La Concha, is to be found in the genteel resort city of San Sebastian, 62 miles…

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Santa Cruz

Visitors usually need to visit a tourist office to obtain a detailed map of the winding alleys, gateways and courtyards…

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Segovia

The ancient town of Segovia, lying on a slope of the Guadarrama Mountains with the confluence of the Eresma and Clamores…

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Sherry Bodegas

Andalusia's chalky soil is ideal for the cultivation of the palomino grape, from which the world-famous sherry (jerez)…

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Tarragona

The Costa Dorada's main city, Tarragona, has almost doubled in size during the last few decades, with its residential…

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Teide National Park

The Parque Nacional de las Canadas del Teide was declared a protected area in 1954, and has become recognised as offering…

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The Prado

One of Madrid's most famous attractions is the 19th-century Prado Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries,…

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Toledo

The magnificent hilltop city of Toledo, about 43 miles (70km) southwest of Madrid, was immortalised by Spain's renowned…

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