Spain Tourist Attractions
Granada has an unmistakable Arab essence, as it was the capital of a Moorish kingdom from the 13th until the 15th centuries. Although now predominantly Christian, Granada has inherited rich Islamic, Jewish, and Gypsy influences.
The Alhambra complex is the world's most spectacular Arab citadel and the symbol of Granada. It comprises several visitable areas: the Alcazaba, a citadel with a watchtower; the Palace of Charles V, a Christian building that houses the Fine Arts Museum; the Generalife, a leisure residence and gardens; and the Nasrid Palaces, the heart of the Alhambra and home of the sultans.
Other monuments and attractions on the hill and forest of the Alhambra are also worth a visit: the Carmen de los Mártires, one of the most romantic gardens in Granada; and the Rodriguez-Acosta Foundation, declared a national monument for its architecture and gardens.
Albaicin is a charming town, full of Arab and ancient Meditteranean architecture and influences. There is much to see in this town, but a good place to start is the House of Zafra Visitor's Centre. There are a number of spots in Albaicin which offer senstational views, especially of Alhambra.
Sacromonte is known worldwide for its houses in caves and stunning views. It is also considered to be the cradle of flamenco. The neighbourhood also boasts stunning views.
The Historical Centre is home to many examples of Gothic Catholic and Renaissance Architecture. For more information, click here.
Wherever you are in Barcelona, there's always something to see nearby: Catalan architecture, modernisme, and contemporary architecture, markets , treasures of the ancient Roman and medieval city and parks where you can unwind.
The city of Barcelona has 54 museums - housing an astonishing collection of art, culture and history. The most famous amoung them are the National Museum of Art (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya) and the Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso).
Basílica de la Sagrada Familia
One of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona, is the Basilica de la Sagrada, designed by the Catalan architect Gaudi. Parts of the church operate as a museum and is open to the public. For more information, visit www.sagradafamilia.org.
There are twelve Designation of Origin (DO) areas in Barcelona, each with unique geography and climates. Start your wine journey at the Wine Information Centre based at the Columbus Monument, where you will be introduced to the DO areas and a wine tasting.
El Poble Espanyol
An open-air museum comprising full-scale replicas of 117 buildings from different parts of Spain. Here you’ll discover not only buildings, but also artisans you can watch live as they work, as well as viewing pieces of contemporary art by universal figures like Dalí, Picasso, Miró o Guinovart. And don't miss the new Feeling Spain audiovisual installations, which will take you on a virtual trip through the geography and the most authentic traditions of Spanish culture. Find out more: www.poble-espanyol.com
Find out more about Barcelona: www.barcelonaturisme.com
Madrid is Spain's central capital, renowned for its repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The Tourism Council of Madrid publishes handy guides and maps to help you tour the city. They are available for download here: www.esmadrid.com/maps-and-essential-guides
The Royal Palace
Home to the Kings of Spain from Charles III to Alfonso XIII, this palace remains the royal family's official residence (although not their home).
It comprises over 3000 rooms, including: -the Throne Hall featuring a ceiling painted by Tiepolo; the Hall of Halberdiers; the Royal Chemist's with natural medicine cabinets, ceramic pots made by the La Granja factory, and even prescriptions given to members of the royal family; and the Royal Chapel, which is home to a collection of string instruments made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari.
The Changing of the Guard is held every Wednesday (except in July, August and September, and when there are official events or adverse weather conditions).
Madrid has dozens of fountains - some dedicated to Spanish heroes, some to mythical characters, and even one representing the Fallen Angel. Many of these can be found along the Art Walk.
Puerta de Alcalá
Madrid has many ceremonial archways, but the Puerta de Alcala is one of the most iconic monuments in the city of Madrid. It was built to commemorate King Charles III in 1778.
Temple of Debod
The Temple of Debod is a hidden treasure of Madrid - a real Egyptian temple dating to 2BC, which was given to the city of Madrid as a gift from the Egyptian government, transported and rebuilt stone by stone in its current location.