The Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Spain
Spain is a fascinating and historic country with so many amazing attractions. So whether you enjoy visiting ancient Roman monuments and medieval castles or perhaps you prefer bull fighting or flamenco performances. Spain has it all – check out these top ten tourist attractions:
The Palacio Real (Royal Palace)
Located in Madrid – this superb ornate building is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is mainly used now for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 and 1755 and the famous King Carlos III took up residence in 1764.
Running of the Bulls
The San Fermin Festival is held in Pamplona, Navarra, each year from 6th – 14th July. The highlight is ‘El Encierro’ which translated means the ‘Running of the Bulls’. It is an unusual experience which involves running in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose, on a specified course along the town’s streets.
This stunning beach is surrounded by steep cliffs and islands. It is situated in San Sebastian and is renowned for being one of the best city beaches in Europe. It is particularly popular with surfers, making it a perfect place to just relax and watch them ride the waves at one of the restaurants or bars along the promenade.
The Aqueduct of Segovia
This is one of the best-preserved monuments left by the Romans. It was built under the Roman emperor Trajan. It is a huge ancient aqueduct that carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the River Frío to Segovia and was built with 24,000 massive granite blocks without using any mortar. It was said to be constructed probably around 50 AD.
Located between Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is a stunning example of a medieval city. It is built on the steep sides of a mountain and you will see plenty of “hanging houses” which are built close up to the cliff edge, making Cuenca one of the most amazing towns in Spain.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is considered to be one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During the summer months, the island’s population doubles as happy holiday-makers flock to Ibiza to enjoy all the plentiful night clubs, beach bars and restaurants.
The Sagrada Familia
This fabulous Roman Catholic Church is situated in Barcelona, and is one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who worked on this enterprise for nearly 40 years until he died in 1926. The construction of the basilica began in 1882 and even now is still not completed.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, El Escorial was the political heart of the Spanish empire under King Philip II. King Philip appointed Juan Bautista de Toledo as the architect in 1559 and together they planned and designed the bulding as a special monument to honour the Christian world. Today it is a monastery, royal palace, museum, and also a school.
The Mezquita of Cordoba
This is a fascinating building famous for the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. It was originally a Roman temple, and then became a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors built it as the Mezquita. After the Spanish Reconquista a cathedral was built into the centre of the building.
This beautiful building is part fortress, part palace and part garden and is situated on a plateau which overlooks the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and is a very popular tourist attraction.