Spain is indeed one such splendid European country stuffed with 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. This spectacular nation is a part of Europe’s Iberian Peninsula and it has got to derive its name from the Carthaginians around 300 B.C who referred the land as ‘Ispania’ or ‘the land of rabbits’. Despite its jaw-dropping history, Spain is even known to offer many of the mind boggling places to all its visitors and treat them with some exciting sites which are never experienced by the tourists previously in their life. In This Context, This Particular Post Features Eight Of The Most Popular Destinations Of The Country That Are Highly Worthy To Be Explored. Here’s The List:
One of the prominent places that comes to minds of the readers when they get to hear the name of the country. Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region has to be the prime choice of all the tourists heading to Spain. This city is renowned to get designed with some captivating art and architecture under the hands of the great Antoni Gaudi, the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Sagrada Família church of Barcelona is indeed one of his masterpieces and often regarded among the best constructions of the planet till date. This catholic church is ornated completely with the Spanish Gothic architecture which makes it even more special. Apart from this, there are even several notable points of interests in the city which include Park Guell, Gothic Quarter, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, La Boqueria etc..
How could one miss out the awesome Spanish capital and the largest city of the country both in terms of area and population? Yes, Madrid is one of the most beautifully constructed country capitals across the planet with a population of over three million as per the records of 2016. This city is known to be equipped with some exquisite boulevards and expansive, manicured parks where Buen Retiro Park tops the list. ‘Temple of Debod’ can be counted among the must-visits of the city as it reflects the ancient Egyptian influence on Spanish culture. The temple was actually a rebuilt one after getting dismantled from Egypt. Other than these Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Royal Palace of Madrid, Museo Nacional Del Prado, Plaza Mayor are few of the interesting sites to explore in the city.
Valencia, one of the largest port cities of Spain is well-known to be a city where one can get to capture the eye-lashing sight of Turia River meeting the Mediterranean Sea. This is even the third largest city of the country with Barcelona and Madrid ahead of it. If one makes up himself/herself to get the glimpse of beauty of Spanish beaches, Valencia must be considered as the first thought. However, the other tourist attractions are too captivating to be missed out. These involve the charm of the Valencia Cathedral, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Torres de Serrano, L’Oceanogràfic etc. All the attractions pose Valencia among the top-notch destinations of Spain.
4. Costa Brava
If a tourist decides to switch on the adventure mode during his Spanish trip, then Coasta Brava definitely comes into play. Thus is one of the best destinations available on the planet where some breath taking scuba diving can be performed. This town at the northeastern part of the Catalonia region is also popular for some of the other water-activities such as surfing, snorkeling etc. The Jardín Botánico Marimurtra unveils the beauty of the local botanical gardens and the churches under the likes of Girona Cathedral, St.Stephens Church also play a major role completing the city’s points of interest.
This city is known to be the the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region and is even home to the magnificent flamenco dancing , which is actually a Spanish art made of three parts, ‘guitarra’ or playing guitar, ‘baile’ or dance and the third ‘cante’ or song. The Alcázar of Seville can definitely be listed among one of the most captivating Spanish constructions which was originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings. Some of the other important locations include Plaza de España, Maria Luisa Park, Giralda, Metropol Parasol etc.
This city is famed to be the capital of northeastern Spain’s Aragon region and has been remarkably constructed on the banks of Erbo river. The Cathedral-Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is the site where millions of tourists get to visit every year and is especially crowded during the grand nine-day festival known as Fiestas ‘del Pilar’ in the honor of mother Mary. This is regarded to be one of the most sacred pilgrimage site in the history of Christianity where an ancient pillar said to have been given by the Virgin Mary to Saint James on this very spot. Some of the other constructions of the city follow the creative Islamic- Gothic style of architecture and these include Moorish palace, the Cathedral of the Savior.
Of all the cities and towns in Spain, Granada in southern Spain’s Andalusia region is known to hold a special significance as it’s one such a destination, where one can get a glimpse of the nature echoes in this very place. Situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this phenomenal city is well known for some monstrous royal palaces, serene patios and some of the other eye-catching constructions dating back to the Nasrid dynasty. Alhambra, Generalife, Royal Chapel of Granada, Monasterio de San Jerónimo, Granada Cathedral, Granada Science Park can be counted among few of the places in Grenada which shouldn’t be ignored.
8. San Sebastian
This place in the Basque Country of Spain is indeed a resort town and a gorgeous weekend destination offering two mind boggling beaches namely Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta to all its visitor where they can get to relax and the surroundings of the beaches are toned with some world-class restaurants that would certainly entertain the visitors on a large scale. Also the vibrant nightlife, the local shopping scene, the bars make it one of the foremost partying Spanish destinations.