80 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Spain You Should Visit

Our NEW one stop quick read guide to the top 80 attractions in Spain will hopefully help you plan your next holiday to Spain.

With so many popular destinations, attractions, resorts and historic sites to explore we thought it would be a great idea to list the best attractions all in one place.

 




1.  The Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia Church Barcelona

 

The outstanding Sagrada Familia in the city of Barcelona remains the most visited site in Spain  and one of the most popular single attractions in the world.

This stunning Gothic structure  mesmerises its visitors with its sheer beauty and highly unique architecture, which is a combination of Gothic and modern.

A world heritage site, the Alhambra attracts over 3 million visitors each year and offers access to different parts of the church including a museum, shop, nave, crypt and towers. Opening hours for public visits are between 9am to 6pm during the winter months and until 8pm in the summer months.

Various guided and unguided tours are available along with audio-guided tours, entrance fees range from €15 to €29 with discounts available for groups and school parties.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona |  Official Website

2.  Alhambra Palace Granada

Alhambra Palace Granada
Alhambra Palace Granada

If there is one place you should visit in Spain, it should the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Situated in a privileged position overlooking the beautiful city of Granada in Andalucia, the Alhambra is a sprawling complex of immense beauty.

First mentioned in the year 899 as a small fortress, the Alhambra Palace was rebuilt in the mid eleventh century then transformed from fortress into a palace after being used as a  “medina”, with the addition of more and more buildings. Top attractions withing the Alhambra Palace to visit include the Lions Patio, the Royal Manor and the exquisite Alcazaba.

The Alhambra receives over 2.5 Million visitors each year so it is always best to book your tickets in advance as there can be long queues  at the ticket office depending on the time of year.

The Alhambra is open  Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm with extra evening visits Tuesdays and Saturdays from  10pm to 11.30pm. Entrance fees vary depending on the area of the palace and grounds you wish to visit and the type of tour, prices range from €7.00 to €16.95

Recommended Hotels in Granada | Official Website

3.  The Royal Palace Madrid

Royal Palace Madrid

Madrid is home to one of the most impressive royal pаlасеѕ іn Eurоре. Located in the heart of Spain’s capital city, it boasts having over 2000 luxuriously decorated rооmѕ,  of which 50 are open to the public.

The palace іѕ ѕtіll used fоr head of ѕtаtе vіѕіtѕ аnd оthеr important сеrеmоnіеѕ. The impressive structure was built еntіrеlу оf granite and ѕtоnе frоm the nearby Sіеrrа dе Guаdаrrаmа mountain range.

It is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 6pm during the winter months and stays open until 8pm in the summer months ( April to September ). The basic entrance fee is €10 with group discounts available. Guides cost just €4 and an audio-guide is €3.

Recommended Hotels in Madrid | Official Website

 

4. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Bilbao is located  in the Basque region of northern Spain. One its main attractions is the stunning Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece which will have you mesmerised from the start.

Created by world renowned architect Frank Gehry,  the museum opened in 1997 and is home to a large selection of prominent and contemporary works of art. The showstopper though is the curvy titanium-clad building that houses the museum and is now a firm favourite in Spain.

After visiting the museum you can  take the opportunity to explore the rest of Bilbao including the Casco Viejo (Old Town) on the banks of the Nervion River which is centred around Las Siete Calles, the seven original streets of the city that date back to the 1400’s. The museum is open weekdays from 10am to 8pm ( Closed Mondays ).

Recommended Hotels in Bilbao  | Official Website

 

5.  Roman Aqueduct Segovia

Aqueduct Segovia Spain

Segovia is located to the north west of Madrid and is home to one of the finest roman aqueducts in the world.

A symbol of Rome’s influence in Spain, the Segovia aqueduct is generally believed to be built around the first century,  although there are no readable inscriptions found around the structure, which makes it hard to determine its exact age. Made of granite blocks, the structure started to decay around the 19th century, which prevented it from properly storing water.

Overall Segovia is a beautiful ancient city and well worth taking the time to see many interesting sites not to mention the incredible food on offer.

Recommended Hotels in Segovia  | Official Website

 

6.  Palma Cathedral

Palma de Mallorca Cathedral

 

If you plan to holiday on the Island of Mallorca then you should take time to  visit this impressive cathedral located in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital.

The construction of Palma Majorca Cathedral, often called La Seu, began in the 13th century. It’s Levantine Gothic-style boasts one of the largest rose windows in the world, known as “the Gothic eye”, the nave is also one of the highest in European.

Winter opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.15pm and from 10am to 6.15pm during the summer months, it is closed Sundays.

Recommended Hotels in Palma de Mallorca  | Official Website

 

7.  San Lorenzo of El Escorial

San Lorenzo de Escorial

 

Located just a 50 minute drive to the north of Madrid lies the incredible Royal Monastery “El Escorial”.   The order to build the monastery came from King Philip II to commemorate the victory of the battle of San Quentin in 1557 over France.

The structure took over 20 years to build and within time became the burial ground of all the Spanish Monarchs, a tradition which remains to this day. The scale of the San Lorenzo Monastery can only truly be appreciated when you actually visit the site.

It is just a short train or car ride to San Lorenzo from Madrid. Entrance tickets can be obtained at the main entrance hall or easily booked online via the official website below. The basic entrance fee is €10 for adults and just €5 for children up to 16 years of age, a price well worth paying to see such an impressive historic attraction.

Recommended Hotels in San Lorenzo de Escorial | Official Website

 

8.  El Teide Volcano & National Park Tenerife

Mount Teide Tenerife

Mount Teide is a living breathing volcano located on the Canary Island of Tenerife. If you stay in Tenerife it would hard to miss from one point or other around the Island, however it looks even better up close as the  area around Teide is spectacular with its unique moon like landscape. Mount Teide is Spain’s highest peak, rising to 3718 metres above sea level.

This impressive volcano is testament to how nature’s violent side can create such monsters or beauty beneath perfect blue skies. The terrain that surrounds Teide National Park is equally astounding, rivers of fossilized lava flow embrace the hillsides like melted candle wax and the unique landscapes have been used in classic films such as Clash of the Titans and One Million Years BC.

Its unique terrain is a favourite place for scientists looking to test out space vehicles destined for other parts of our galaxy.

For great holiday snaps, stunning scenery and unworld-like landscapes a visit to Mount Teide is a must and well worth the effort.

Recommended Hotels in Tenerife

 

9. Alcazar of Segovia

Alcazar - Cathedral of Segovia

The Alcazar of Segovia  is one of the most distinctive  castles in Spain due to its unique shape and a number of fairy-tale turrets.  Used as a ” Royal Residence” it was built around the 12th century by the Berber dynasty, originally built as a fortress it was later turned into a palace and military academy.

Visitors enjoy exploring many areas of the castle come palace including the throne room, the John II tower and outer walls. Entrance prices vary from €2.50 to €8.50 depending on the areas you wish to visit, the full tour though is highly recommended.

There is much to see around the city of Segovia so one full day exploring  the Alcazar its sites may not be enough s0 if you can stay over at least one night you will not be disappointing

Recommended Hotels in Segovia  | Official Website

 

10. Running with the Bulls Pamplona

Bull Running Pamplona

If you are looking to be part of one of Spain’s most popular high octane fuelled fiestas, the San Fermines Running with the Bulls festival is for you.  Each year during the San Fermines fiestas many thousands or visitors flock to Pamplona to participate running alongside 12 tons of running bulls ( Toros Bravos ) which are set free at 8am each morning to run a prepared route around the  city of Pamplona.

The bulls then chase and hound the runners ( mozos ) until they all reach the bullring.  And if the bull running is a little frenetic for your tastes then simply enjoy the picture perfect city of Pamplona which offers lots of quaint tapas bars, charming streets and more than its fair share of historic sites.

Recommended Hotels in Pamplona | Book Tours

 

11.  Visit Spain’s Top Theme Parks

Tivoli World Theme Park
Tivoli World Theme Park

Spain has more than its fair share of theme parks scattered around the country which are perfect places to enjoy lots of family fun. The pick of the best include the Terra Mitica Theme Park near Benidorm,  Port Ventura in Barcelona,  Warner Park  in Madrid and the  Isla Magica Park in Seville.

Terra Mitica park is split into five zones, each one based on an ancient civilisation, and contains a mix of high-speed, adrenalin-filled rides that won’t disappoint thrill-seekers with gentler options for youngsters, making it ideal for families.

PortAventura also offers guests a choice of four top-class themed hotels, each providing easy access to the park and the opportunity for visitors to make the most of their time there.

The Warner Theme Park offers a fantastic, fun-filled day out for anyone visiting Madrid. The park is based on an array of top Warner Brothers movies, and its attractions are inspired by many well-known characters, including superhero favourites, Superman and Batman, cartoon greats Tom and Jerry and Scooby Doo, and the lovable Acme rogues.

Isla Magica  is nestled in the heart of Seville, merely a 5 minute walk from the town centre, making it easily accessible and a popular attraction for families visiting the area.

 

12.  Explore San Sebastian

La Concha Beach San Sebastian

San Sebastian is one of Spain’s most attractive, charming and sophisticated resorts in Spain. Located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, in northern Spain, it is surrounded by green hills, bays, rivers and mountains.

The picturesque beach area ( La Concha ) attracts visitors from all walks of life on a global scale. Gastronomy is  high on the agenda for visitors to San Sebastian as it boasts the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants in one city.

There is an abundance of delicious tapas bars that will quench your appetite for those tasty little food plates. Stylish  architecture, impressive plazas and green parks dotted throughout the city adds to its well-deserved label as the “pearl” of the North of Spain.

Recommended Hotels in San Sebastian

 

13. The Jerez Horse Fair Andalucia

The Jerez Horse Fair (Feria de Caballo)  is traditionally held during the first week in May and is a must visit even if you are not a lover of finely tuned thoroughbred Anndalucian stallions.

This colorful festival  is mainly located around  the  Gonzalo Hontoria Fairgrounds, an area which is well over  50.000 square meters in size, although during the weeks festivities special events are held all around the city. You are never far away from a flamenco show, a great tapas bar or any number of attractions open to the public during the horse fare.

Jerez in itself is a charming Andalucian city home of the world renowned sherry wine and a great place to explore.

Recommended Hotels in Jerez  | Official Website

 

14. The April Fair Seville

Sevilla April Fair

The April Fair in Seville is one the grandest and oldest festivals in Spain, held for two weeks after the Easter celebrations each year, it now attracts  over a million people a year. The fair began back in 1947 as a cattle fair and over the years took on a more typical Spanish festival feel as we know them today.

The Seville Fair starts officially on the Monday with the Dining of Fish ( “La cena del pescaito”), and the parade in which the city mayor is present to switch on the lights around midnight. This act is usually accompanied by a spectacular firework display which booms out across the city announcing that the fair is officially underway.

Apart from the fun, shows, drinking, partying and general merriment, the Seville fair has become a true celebration of flamenco dancing and traditional folk singing. Many of the most famous dancers , composers and singers of this passionate art form perform at numerous events during the fair.

Recommended Hotels in Seville

 

15.  Historic Seville

Plaza de Espana Seville

Seville is located in southern Spain and is the capital city of the autonomous region of Andalucia. Here you will find everything that is great about this charming region of Spain, its authentic culture, stunning historic sites, great food as well as boasting  friendly fun loving residents.

“Seville,” wrote Byron, “is a pleasant city, famous for oranges and women.”  Whilst this is very true, its just the tip of the iceberg as Seville has become one of the most visited cities in Spain due to its rich history, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its enviable location around the River Guadalquivir.

Seville  is  home to some of the finest monuments and ancient sites in Spain, including the impressive cathedral, the rambling Alcazar gardens, the riverside Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the Almohad walls, La Giralda and the famous La Maestranza bullring, the oldest of its kind in the world.

Recommended Hotels in Seville  | More info

 

16. The Camino de Santiago ( St James Walk )

Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is really  a collection of old pilgrimage routes, all of which have one thing in common, their destination, Santiago de Compostela.  This unique pilgrimage was named after  the Apostle Saint James who was sent by the Romans, in those days to “Finis Terrae”, “end of the world”, to preach and convert people to Christianity.

The way of Saint James has been an important Christian pilgrimage route since medieval times being in use for over 1000 years.  You dont have to have any religious beliefs to enjoy the atmosphere and beauty in participating in this world renowned walk.

 

17. Sierra Nevada Granada

Sierra Nevada Granada

The Sierra Nevada mountain range is home to one of the most popular ski and winter resorts in Spain and the only one based in Andalucia southern Spain.  Sierra Nevada nestles high in the Pentibetico mountain range some 32 kilometers from the charming and historic city of Granada.

If you are thinking of skiing in Sierra Nevada you wont be disappointed as the resort offers great facilities for all winter sport enthusiasts and provides a good selection of ski lifts and quality slopes for all levels of skiers. It also has an excellent cross country track.

It is also true you can snow in the morning and spend the afternoon tanning yourself on a sun kissed beach as some of the nicest beach resorts of Granada, Almeria and Malaga are only a stones throw away.

Recommended Hotels in Sierra Nevada  | Official Website

 

18. Plaza Mayor Salamanca

Plaza Mayor Salamanca

Salamanca is located around a 90 minute drive north west of Madrid and is home to the Plaza Mayor, one of the largest public squares in Spain. This famous plaza is used as a meeting point,  market place and even a bullfighting arena in the past.

The Plaza Mayor is an awe inspiring site surrounded by ornate columned archways. The impressive offices of the town hall is also located within the square and has two stories of balconies above the archways below.

The city of Salamanca is well worth visiting, renowned for its charm, known as the intellectual center of Spain since the  12th century when the first University was created.

Recommended Hotels in Salamanca

 

19. Malaga August Feria

Flamenco Dancing Spain

The Malaga feria is now one the largest Spain festivals attracting over 2 Million visitors each year.  The festival rages all day and night on a large purpose built park located close to the exhibition centre just 15 minutes from  Malaga International airport.

The Feria de Malaga is usually held during the middle of August each year and features  live entertainment, traditional music  shows, dancing, horses, fireworks and daily processions around the city centre.

Although the main party is held on Feria ground on the outskirts of the city we would highly recommend you visit all the events held around the Malaga old quarter where you can enjoy the amazing atmosphere whilst strolling around the decorated streets of central Malaga.

Recommended Hotels in Malaga

 

20.  Puerto Banus Marina Marbella

Puerto Banus Marbella

Well known as the playground for the rich and famous, Marbella has a cosmopolitan vibe located alongside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea of the Costa del Sol.

The stunning Puerto Banus Marina is home to more then enough multi million pound yachts and expensive cars to leave you open mouthed.  The Marina is also home to world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, fashionable boutiques and vibrant clubs. This is where beautiful celebrities are entertained as they lounge beach side or on their high end yachts where expensive champagne flows everywhere.

Marbella is where jet setters come to show off their wealth and they do it very well. However you dont have to be a millionaire to enjoy the atmosphere that eludes quayside.

Recommended Hotels in Puerto Banus

21.  Logrono Old Town in the Rioja Region


Logrono is located in northern Spain and is the capital of the famous wine making region of La Rioja. Take a walk around the old town and you will be transported back in time. Its sad that so many visitors to Spain overlook such gems as Logrono, pronounced  Lo-Gron-Yo. 

The old town is a paradise for lovers of that great staple, tapas. There are well over 50 tapas bars within a small area, no wonder this was one of Hemmingways favourite eating haunts.  Logrono is also a stop over for the pilgrims en-route to Santiago de Compostela.

Apart from the delicious food, top attractions to see in Logrono include the Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Redonda, the Cubo del Revellin fort, the old city wall and  walking along the River Ebro Park to an arched stone bridge.

Recommended Hotels in Logrono

 

22.  Girona Old Town

Girona Catalonia

Girona is a beautiful ancient town located about one hours drive north of  Barcelona. Sadly it is another charming Spanish city that is often overlooked by holiday makers and passing travelers flying into the local airport on their way to the nearby popular beach resorts of Lloret de Mar  or Calella.

The beautiful walled city features the River Onyar running through its core, with picturesque, multi-coloured hanging houses which virtually touch the water below.  Girona is a homely medieval city of medium size (just perfect!). It is clean, vibrant, charming and cosmopolitan, and a real escape from the bustling Costas.

A summer’s evening stroll from one end of the old quarter to the other is highly recommended – you get a real sense of the local culture and history. Explore the maze of narrow streets, passageways and celebrated monuments before stopping off at one of the many cozy eateries, tapas bars, terraced restaurants and cafeterias that are present throughout old city.

Recommended Hotels in Girona

 

23.  Bodega Visits Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez Bodegas

Jerez de la Frontera is a charming historic city located in the heart of Andalucia nestled between the great cities of Seville ,Cadiz and Huelva. It is famously the home of Sherry, there are no less than nine major sherry bodegas in Jerez, most of them open to visitors.

Wine tasting is popular in Jerez and a number of bodegas offer the perfect chance to explore the history of wine-making, its production and most importantly, the chance to try a selection of sherry from the very place it originated in.

The local wine and sherry produced in Jerez, plays an important economic and social role all around the world. Sherry is unique, made from palomino grapes growing on calcareous soil within a specific local bio-climate. It is then left to age in oak barrels where old sherry is mixed with the new one to create the various types of this famous tipple.

Among the best bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera include Domecq, Garvey, Harveys and Tio Pepe. Another famous bodega is Bodega Gonzalez Byass, near Alcazar, where you will see a construction designed by Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower architect) and lots of barrels signed by personalities such as Orson Welles and Winston Churchill.  Sherry tours are extremely popular and offer a unique view of the sherry making business from grape to bottle, you will even enjoy a free glass or two of this famous wine after each the tour is over.

Recommended Hotels in Jerez

 

24.  Costa de la Luz Beaches

Costa De La Luz Beach

The Costa del la Luz ( Coast of Light ) is the southern most coastline of mainland Spain and can proudly boast having some of the best beaches in Spain. The beaches along the Costa de la Luz are blessed with high quality sand and clean Atlantic waters.

The coast runs from Tarifa ( wind surfers paradise ) in the east to the Taguas estuary bordering Portugal in the west.

Fantastic clean beaches, pine clad countryside, picturesque fishing villages and tranquil surroundings are some of the many attractions that attract visitors to this picturesque part of Spain.

Recommended Hotels on the Costa de la Luz

 

25.  Galicia Seafood Fest

Cigalas Seafood - Dublin Bay Prawn
Cigalas Seafood - Dublin Bay Prawn

Galicia is a green and picturesque region located on the north west corner of Spain. Apart from the stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, quaint villages and old stoned buildings, Galicia is home to some of the finest and freshest seafood you will find anywhere. From the clear blue fertile waters which surround the coastal areas to the inlet rivers ( rias baixas )  fish and seafood is caught or harvested daily and sent packing to every corner of the country and overseas. The most popular seafood include the spider crab, mussels, lobsters,  cockles, clams,  octopus, goose-neck barnacles, velvet crabs, razor clams and shrimp.

Recommended Hotels in Galicia

 

26.  Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Santiago Compostela Cathedral

The cathedral is located in the region of Galicia in the northwest of Spain  and is home to the  Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, one of the most imposing structures of its kind in Spain. Its significance is enormous as it marks the end of the famous Camino de Santiago for many thousands of pilgrims each year. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1075 under the direction of Bishop Pelaez  on the site of an old church dedicated to St James. It was built in various styles over the many years it took to complete including Gothic, Baroque,  Romanesque and Neoclassical. Various entrance fee options are available, the guided roof tour costs €12, access to the museum is €6, a guided tour of the cathedral is €10 and a combined tour ticket is €15 per person. A reduced rate is available for certain groups and children under 12 years of age enter for free.

Recommended Hotels in Santiago de Compostela |  Official Website

 

27.  The Great Mosque of Cordoba

La Mezquita Cordoba
La Mezquita Cordoba

The charming Andalucian city of Cordoba is most famous for the impressive La Mezquita Arab Palace located in the heart of the city.  The great Arab Mosque which dates back to 784 A.D, becoming a World Heritage site in 1984. Cordoba was founded by the Romans in the 2nd Century and became on the most important cities under the rule  of emperor Augustus, the cities great era though came in the 8th century when it was conquered by the Moors.

Apart from the Great Mosque Cordoba is full of interesting places to visit including the famous decorated garden patios, the Zoco craft market, Casa Andalusi, the Jewish quarter, the banks of the Guadalquivir River and the many small eateries to enjoy delicious local tapas.

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28.  February Carnival

Carnivals Spain

February is carnival time in Spain and the pick of bunch must surely be the Carnivals of Tenerife and Cadiz. The Tenerife carnival resembles those held in Brazil and features parades with floats and bands who perform different types of songs during the street parades.

The colours and costumes worn during this festival are stunning and are a delight to see. The parades move through the streets with energetic musical groups and well-dressed performers. Some of the colourful costumes can weigh well over 100 kilos, taking months to prepare and make as well as the many hours practice required to be able to move in such a huge costume.

Whilst Cadiz boasts the oldest carnival celebrations in Spain, dating back to the 16th century. Always a colourful spectacle with lots of processions, band playing, group singing, fireworks and much more.

 

29.  La Tomatina  – Tomato Fest

Tomatina Festival

The La Tomatina festival surely has to be one of the most fun and messy of all Spain’s festivals. Basically it is the worlds largest tomato fight held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol in the region of Valencia.

This is where hundreds of tons of overripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets by thousands of festival goers.  It is a tomato war using ripe squashed tomatoes hurled between participants leaving everyone dripping with bright red sweet smelling tomato juice. There are no winners just people having fun and enjoying being part of this unusual Spanish festival.

Recommended Hotels in Valencia |  Book Tours

 

30.  City of Arts & Science Valencia

Arts & Science Valencia

 

Valencia is one of the largest cities located on the mid western Eastern coast of mainland Spain. The impressive City of Arts and Science is an entertainment based cultural and architectural complex that will keep you occupied for days on end. There is a fascinating Aquarium which houses the largest marine and aquarium park in the Europe. An Oceanographic centre is situated mainly underground and houses a marshland, wetland areas and mangrove swamps. There is also a Dolphinarium, one of the largest in Europe with a seating capacity for over 2.000 people and holds around 23 million litres of water !. The City of Arts and Science is open most days and entrance to the various attractions start at around 8€ per person.

Recommended Hotels in Valencia |  Official Website

 

31.   Wine Region of Rioja

Rioja Wine Region Spain

Even if you are not a fan of good wine, a trip around the Rioja region is highly recommended.

La Rioja is located in the picturesque north of Spain and is spread out over three communities, La Rioja, the Basque country and Navara. There are a  number of wineries who regularly open their doors to the public so a planned wine tour is the best way to see how these world class wines are harvested and made.

Visitors to the region  are treated to a number of amazing wine museums, breath-taking landscapes, ancient monuments and fantastic hotels. Travelers to La Rioja region rarely leave disappointed.

Recommended Hotels in La Rioja |  Book Tours

 

32.  Breathtaking  Asturias

Asturias Village

The Principality of Asturias, known for its rugged coast, is located in the north of mainland Spain. Renowned for being one of the most picturesque, green and fertile lands in Spain.

Asturias boasts a stunning coastline, mountains, beautiful beaches, quaint coastal villages and a range of religious sites and medieval architecture. Asturias is also home to some of the best seafood gastronomy you will find anywhere.

Top attractions include the Molinos museum at Taramundi, Cape Vido , Lake Covadonga and the Santuario de la Virgen de Covadonga located in Cangas de Onis.

Recommended Hotels in Asturias

 

33.  Santillana del Mar

Santillana Del Mar

Santillana del Mar is a charming town located within the Cantabria region of northern Spain.  This quaint and  picturesque village is a must place to visit if you plan to travel explore northern Spain.

The towns real beauty will become quickly apparent as you walk around the cobbled lanes looking around at the historic mansions, sandstone churches and the captivating surrounding hillside.

The top attractions in the town include medieval towers, renaissance palaces, the  Romanesque Santa Juliana Collegiate Church, the National Museum and Research Center of Altamira. There is also a zoo which houses snow leopards and tigers, amongst other animals.

Recommended Hotels in Cantabria

 

34.  Huesca

Huesca Pyrenees

The province of Huesca is another must visit region located in north eastern Spain. The regional capital is  Huesca situated in upper Aragon and  known for its picturesque medieval old town topped by the  stunning Gothic Huesca Cathedral.

The city was the capital of Aragon until 1118 when Zaragoza took over the title. Visitors to Huesca are treated to charming streets, mountain landscapes and the backdrop of the Pyrenees. Top attractions include Huesca Cathedral, the San Pedro el Viejo Abbey  Romanesque monastery and the 11th century ruins of Montearagon Castle.

Recommended Hotels in Huesca

 

35.  Parc Guell Barcelona

Parc Guell Barcelona

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without visiting Parc Guell, one of the most unusual social spaces in the world. This is another one of Gaudi’s unusual creations, this one located in the northern part of the city.

Sculptures, mosaics and tiling are all on show in this picturesque and leafy park which was cleverly created by Gaudi  and built on land high above Barcelona which gives visitors superb views over the city. It is an odd but enchanting place that will stimulate your senses.

It is always good to book your visit in advance as they only allow a certain number of visitors in every hour.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona |  Official Website

 

36.  Casa Mila Barcelona

Casa Mila Barcelona

Casa Mila popularly known as La Pedrera ( The Stone Quarry ) is another ingenious creation of Antoni Gaudi not to be missed when visiting Barcelona.  It’s facade  resembles an open quarry and was built by Antoni Guadi between 1906 and 1912.

This is the last building created by this unique artist before he devoted his life to the construction of the Sagrada Familia. Casa Mila is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona and is surely one of the worlds most recognised modernism structures. It is best to book admission online to avoid the often long queues.

Entrance fees vary as they offer a variety of tour experiences. La Pedrera by day is the most popular at €22 which includes an audio guide. A combined La Pedrera tour day and night costs €41 but well worth it.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona |  Official Website

 

37.  El Prado Museum Madrid

El Prado Museum Madrid

The Prado museum is located in the central Madrid as is recognised as home to one of the  finest collections of European art dating between the 12th and early 20th centuries.

Here you will find works of art by the great masters including Goya, Rubens, Velazquez and El Greco. The museum currently houses around 8.000 drawings, 7,500 paintings and almost 5.000 prints.

This is a must place to visit if you plan a trip to Madrid. The Museum is open most days from 10am to 8pm, and if you are on a tight budget you can get free entry between 6pm and  8pm daily.

Recommended Hotels in Madrid | Official Website

 

38.  Medieval City of Cuenca

If you like visiting truly authentic historic cities  and towns then the medieval city of Cuenca is the place for you. Located in the mountains of east-central Spain, Cuenca was founded by the Moors and is a World Heritage Site.

Walking around the old quarter  you will be treated to a walled town with steep cobbled streets and medieval castle ruins.

Cuenca is perched on a limestone rock overlooking the Jucar ana Huecar rivers and is best known for its “casas colgadas” or hanging houses which seem to miraculously cling to the cliff edges.

Recommended Hotels in Cuenca

 

39.  Ibiza Nightlife

If your ideal summer vacation consists of late-night partying and dancing  till dawn followed by long, lazy days in the sun sleeping off the chaos and drama of night before, then the Ibiza summer nightlife is the prefect destination for you.

The night-life is intense and non-stop, the weather is simply glorious and the sun, sea and sand top it off as the ultimate holiday party island. Ibiza offers some of the greatest clubbing experiences in the world which attracts some of the best DJs and artists on the clubbing circuit.

Every summer sees an awesome array of celebs and well-known names hit the party scene, making Ibiza an absolute MUST for clubbers, ravers and those looking to party hard!

Recommended Hotels in Ibiza

 

40.  Trek the Pyrenees

Huesca Spain

The Pyrenees rises like an immense barrier that separates Spain from the rest of Europe. It stretches for around 450 kilometers from the Cantabrian Sea to the Mediterranean  in northern Catalonia.

Some its peaks are around 3000 meters in height and is home to some of the most stunning scenery in Spain, with long green valleys, quaint towns and villages scattered the whole length and breath of this beautiful region.

The Pyrenees cover the autonomous regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre and are a meeting point of many cultures as well as being the gateway for many pilgrims en-route to Santiago de Compostela as part of the Camino de Santiago ( St James Walk )

Recommended Hotels in Cataluyna | Pyrenees Tours

40.  Trek the Pyrenees

Huesca Spain

The Pyrenees rises like an immense barrier that separates Spain from the rest of Europe. It stretches for around 450 kilometers from the Cantabrian Sea to the Mediterranean  in northern Catalonia.

Some its peaks are around 3000 meters in height and is home to some of the most stunning scenery in Spain, with long green valleys, quaint towns and villages scattered the whole length and breath of this beautiful region.

The Pyrenees cover the autonomous regions of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre and are a meeting point of many cultures as well as being the gateway for many pilgrims en-route to Santiago de Compostela as part of the Camino de Santiago ( St James Walk )

Recommended Hotels in Cataluyna | Pyrenees Tours

 

41.  Play Golf on Championship Course

Finca Cortesin Golf Resort

Spain has become a golfers paradise offering over 450 top class golf courses and an enviable climate with long hours or sunshine which allows valuable golf time late into the evening.

Golf courses are located throughout mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands. One of the most popular areas for golf holidays in Spain is the stunning Costa del Sol which boasts 70 top class courses alone including such prestigious golf resorts as Valderrama GolfSan Roque Club and the ever impressive La Reserva Golf  Club.

The current number one golf course in Spain is the stunning PGA Catalunya course located in the heart of Catalonia just a 50 minute drive from Barcelona.

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42.  Rio Tinto Mines Huelva

Rio Tinto Huelva

A real hidden gem in southern Spain are the Rio Tinto mines, located around the Village of Nieblas within the region of Huelva Andalucia. The name Rio Tinto ( Red River ) was coined from the impressive colour of the water that flows through the mines.

When the ferrous ores come into contact with water they turn both land and the river into an incredible myriad of colours, shades of red, yellow, orange, brown and green can all be seen as the river trickles through the area.

The mines are reputedly the oldest in the world and rich in history, reportedly being the fabled mines of King Solomon himself. It was sold to a British consortium in 1871, who exploited until it became one of the most important sources of Copper and Sulphur in the world. The colonials even built a small village called Bella Vista for the employees of the mines which is identical to any perfect little country retreat in Britain with neat lawns gardens, tennis lawns and a social club, it even has its own and Presbyterian Church.

The mines are well maintained and can be visited to this day and for a few Euros you get to go on a guided tour in an old converted train.

Recommended Hotels in Huelva

 

43.  Alpujarras National Park


The Alpujarras national park is located on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Granada, Andalucia.  For nature lovers this is an ideal destination with its wide open spaces, spectacular views and quaint white-washed villages.

The Alpujarras National Park is a vast open space which stretches from Granada to the neighbouring province of Almeria. During the winter months you are treated to a snowy peaked backdrop courtesy of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Trecking, horse riding and cycling are just some of the activities which attract visitors to the precious natural park.

Recommended Hotels in Las Alpujarras

 

44.  Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

Seville is a great place to visit almost anytime of the year and one of its star attractions is the Santa Maria de la Sede cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Seville Cathedral is an imposing site, located in the heart of the city just a few minutes walk from the Guadalquivir River.  The construction lasted for well over a century, the idea of cities elders at the time was to “ to build the grandest and most magnificent Cathedral that people will think us mad”. The stunning central Nave rises well over 40 meters and is  flanked by 80 side chapels. The Basilica was built on the site of the Aljama mosque from the Moorish dynasty which dates back to the 12th century.

Recommended Hotels in Seville |  Official Website

 

45.  Plaza Mayor Madrid


The Plaza Mayor is a hug square located in central Madrid and is a popular meeting point for locals and visitors alike. Originally called the Plaza del Arrabal it later changed its name to Plaza Mayor and is a stones throw away from another famous square, namely the Puerta del Sol.

The Plaza Mayor design has symmetrical and uniformed architectural style surrounded by 237 balconies, nine entrance ways, a bronze statue of King Phillip III and ornate gardens.

No visit to Madrid would not be complete without  a trip to the Plaza Mayor where visitors are treated to a unique atmosphere, some great little eateries and some fine architecture. Not to be missed on your next trip to Spain’s capital.

Recommended Hotels in Madrid

 

46.  Las Ramblas Boulevard Barcelona


Las Ramblas is probably one of the first places visitors to Barcelona head too as it is the most easily identified  landmark in the city. Las Ramblas is a long boulevard which cuts through central Barcelona. It is a lively, vibrant place full of market stalls, locals, street musicians, and lined by a large variety of bars and restaurants.

The boulevard starts near the Port Vell cruise ship terminal and ends at the famous Placa Catalunya at the most northern end and is sandwiched between the Ravel and Gothic Quarter  of the city.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona

 

47.  Toledos Old City

Toledo Spain

Toledo is a beautiful and historic Spanish city located just 70km south of Madrid and is the capital of the Castille La Mancha region. Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and is an absolute must visit if you wish to discover the rich artistic and cultural history of Spain

The city of Toledo is surrounded by the meandering Tajo River and is truly a beautiful sight, especially at night when its twinkling lights and beautifully lit buildings and monuments can be seen from afar.

There is so much to see and visit in Toledo you will not be disappointed. Popular sites and attraction in Toledo include the Alcazar, the great defenses wall, the El Greco Museum ,the Santa Domingo Monastery, the San Martin bridge with its two towers and the 15th Century San Juan de los Reyes Monastery.

Recommended Hotels in Toledo

 

48.  Avila Castle

Avila Castle Walls

Avila is a beautifully historic city much of it within its perfectly preserved medieval city walls, which are typical of the city’s predominant Romanesque architecture. Avila’s proximity to Madrid (about an hour’s drive away) makes it an ideal destination for those who yearn to taste the traditional, unchanged Spain, while avoiding the bustle of the big city.

Avila within-the-walls has remained mostly unchanged since centuries ago; the atmosphere is solemn and tranquil, just as if you had gone back in time to medieval Spain. The city has a wealth of monuments and other architectural sites of excellence, such as the cathedral, the mother of all of them, and several smaller churches and basilicas.

Your first view of the city is, of course, of its majestic walls, started in 1100 and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site – it is one of the few medieval cities in the world whose walls fully enclose the city within them; perfect for that panoramic holiday snap.

At night, the Walls of Avila are the largest fully illuminated monument in the world – now there’s a treat.  It is undoubtedly the stunning city and its’s history which makes visiting Avila something very special.

Recommended Hotels in Avila

 

49.  Donana National Park

Donana Park Huelva

The Donana National Park is located in Andalucia, Southern Spain halfway between the regional provinces of Seville, Cadiz and Huelva. A stunning natural park made up of one of Europe’s most important wetland areas, vast sand dunes and picturesque pine forests.

The wetland lagoons provide shelter and food for thousands of birds. Donana is one of Spain’s prized national parks and for good reason. A myriad of landscapes captivate visitors who come to enjoy the large amount of wildlife, the pristine unspoilt beaches, the nature trails and the moving dune systems.

Recommended Hotels in Cadiz |  Official Website

 

50.  Historic town of Ronda

Ronda Andalucia

Just a 30 minute drive form the busy Costa del Sol beach resorts in southern Spain you will find the stunning townronda of Ronda.  Built on an isolated ridge of the Sierra Ronda, the town is split in half by a gaping river gorge, El Tajo, which drops a sheer 130 metres on three sides. Still more spectacular, the gorge is spanned by a stupendous eighteenth-century arched bridge, the Puente Nuevo, while tall whitewashed houses lean from its precipitous edges.

Much of the attraction of Ronda lies in this extraordinary view, or in walking down to the Rio Guadalquivir or following one of the donkey tracks through the rich green valley below. A must place visit if you plan to holiday  anywhere near the Costa del Sol.

Recommended Hotels in Ronda

 

51.  The Valley of the Fallen – El Valle de los Caidos

Madrid Valley of the Fallen
Madrid Valley of the Fallen

Located not far from Escorial Monastery this Monument and grounds are dedicated to the fallen from Spain’s civil war.   Although not usually included on the travel itineraries of many visitors to Spain, the Valley of Fallen is well worth a visit. Slightly controversial as this is the burial place of General Franco, that aside the €9 entrance fee is worth it to get a taste of an an important part pf Spain’s history.

Recommended Hotels in San Lorenzo de Escorial | Official Website

52.  The Costa del Sol Resorts

Puerto Banus Marbella
Puerto Banus Marbella

If you plan to stay on the Costa del Sol you will be able to enjoy a selection of popular beach resorts located all along this famous stretch of coastline.  Southern Spain’s Costa del Sol (Sun Coast) is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe, the area is famous for hundreds of golden beaches and a perfect climate boasting over  300 sunshine days a year!

The main  resorts on the Costa del Sol  include  FuengirolaTorremolinos,  Benalmadena, and the luxury sun kissed resort of Marbella.

Recommended Hotels on the Costa del Sol

 

53.  Watch an Authentic Flamenco Show

Flamenco Dancing Spain

A wonderful symbol of Spanish culture, Flamenco is something that many tourists look forward to when visiting the country. What’s great about this cultural attraction is that it can be watched the whole year round and practically anywhere.

Flamenco is a type of Spanish music containing different elements including singing, dancing, hand clapping  and Spanish acoustic guitar. You can probably recognise Flamenco immediately thanks to the long, outstanding dresses worn by the women dancers, typically in flamboyant colours of red and blue.

The dance became so popular that it was declared one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2010. In fact, the dance is taught and practiced all over the world.

There are many famous “Tabloa Flamenco” venues around Spain, some of the most popular include the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes  in Barcelona,  the Guitar Festival of Cordoba  held in July, the  Suma Flamenca Madrid and the Malaga Feria held in August each year.

 

54.  Penafiel Castle – Castilla y Leon


The region of Castilla y Leon is a land so plentiful of  castles they even named the region after them, the Spanish word for castle is Castillo. So if your into wondering around historic sites  then head to Penafiel, a stunning German Gothic style castle of impressive proportions. The castle is located in the province of Valladolid  overlooking  the picturesque  Botijas and Duraton valleys. It is around  190 meters in length with one main central tower flanked by eight turrets. It was declared a national monument of great interest in 1917 and currently houses the  Provincial Wine Museum.  Luckily for visitors there is a tasting room where you are able to try some of the best of local wines.  The Castle is open  to the public Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays from 10.30am to 2pm and again 4pm to 6pm ( during the summer months it stays open until 8pm.

Recommended Hotels in Valladolid |  Official Website

 

55.  Royal Palace of Aranjuez

Aranjuez Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is a real hidden gem, often overlooked, which is a great shame as it is one of the best palaces of its type you will find anywhere in Spain. The town of Aranjuez is located within the province of Madrid and stands proudly besides the Tagus and Jaramar Rivers.

This shining example of a  royal palace was built in by Lorenzo Suarez de Figuero in 1387, it became  royal property under Ferdinad II and claimed  as a summer residence for the royal family. It is renowned for its well crafted  gardens and ornate fountains.

Many kings and queens have added their touch to the palace over the centuries including Phillip II, Philip V and Ferdinand VI.

Public opening times  are usually between 10.30am and 4.30pm, the entrance fee is reasonably priced for unguided tours at €8 for adults and just €4 for children and pensioners.

Recommended Hotels in Aranjuez |  Official Website

 

56.  Almodovar del Rio Castle


Almodovar Castle is located in the town of Alomodvar del Rio within the  province of Cordoba in the heart of Andalucia in southern Spain. The castle is another hidden gem to be found in deepest Andalucia and well worth visiting at any time of the year. Famous for being used as the filming location for Game of Thrones where is was used as the ancestral home of Tyrell. The castle sits on a hill on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and date back to the 8th century when the Moors ruled Andalucia. The town and castle is within easy reach of Cordoba which has good rail links to Madrid, Seville and Malaga.  Almodovar Castle is well worth visiting and is open to the public for guided and non guided tours which are very reasonably priced starting at €8 for adults, €6 for pensioners and €4 for children. Visitors can explore the patios, towers and battlements, there is also a nice medieval shop and reenactment tours and activities which are great fun for all the family.

Recommended Hotels in Cordoba |  Official Website

 

57.  Palace Castle of Manzanares


The  Manzanares el Real Castillo is located some 50 kilometres from Madrid on the south side of the Guadarrama mountain range. Although at first glance the castle is not one the largest or grandest it is still well worth visiting if you find yourself staying close by. Originally built as a fortress it was turned into a residential palace by the Mendozas, one of the most noblest families in Castilla in the middle ages.

Recommended Hotels in Manzanares El Real

 

58.  Castilla La Mota


The Castle La Mota is a well preserved medieval fortress located in the town of Medina del Campo within the province of Valladolid. Ideally situated on an hill, which is where is gets its name, Mota is Spanish for elevated hill. It dominates the local town and countryside with its impressive towers and battlements.

The castle dates back to the 12th century, thankfully much  of it still stands today. Over the years Castilla La Mota has been used as a military academy, a prison and a royal archive.

The castle is open to the public from Mondy to Saturday from 11am to 2pm and again 4pm to 6pm ( 7pm in the summer ) Sunday and public holidays it is open from 11am to 2pm

Recommended Hotels in Valladolid |   Official Website

 

59.  La Manga de Mar Menor

La Manga Mar Menor

La Manga de Mar Menor is located in the province of Murcia in south eastern Spain.  Blessed by a unique position, La Manga is  surrounded by sea on one side and a huge lagoon on the other.

Due to a geographical accident of nature La Manga ( which means Sleeve in Spanish ) is a long  strip of land which, bar a few connecting channels, is completely closed off the Mediterranean sea.  A huge salt water lagoon was formed which is proudly protected from  the rougher Mediterranean seas on the outside creating a calm interior bay.

The Mar Menor is ideal for practicing many water sports in a calm and safe environment. There are plenty of beaches along the strip to enjoy plus numerous bars, restaurants and two marinas.

Recommended Hotels in La Manga

 

60.  Celtic Region of Spain

Celtic Galicia

The Iberian peninsular has been heavily influenced over the centuries by the Celtic culture and non more so then Galicia in north west Spain. Galicia  offers visitors a friendly atmosphere and oldie worldly charm which is unique and endearing.

Galicia is known in Spain as the “land of the 1000 rivers”, as they wind there way all over the region from the mountainous inland to the coast, where they form the characteristic “Rias”. The Celtic cuture is evident all around the province from the dark stone buildings to the use of bagpipes by many musical bands.

Travelling around Galicia is like a breath of fresh air with its green and fertile lands, spectacular coastline, picturesque villages and small quaint harbours.  Bagpipes are a surprisingly key part of cultural life and hint at the region’s distinctive Celtic heritage. Galicians take pride in this identity, despite scepticism from their would-be cousins across the sea.

Recommended Hotels in Galicia

61.  Experience Benidorm

Benidorm Beach
Benidorm Beach

Benidorm is situated in a privileged position on the Costa Blanca, just south of the other popular resorts of Altea and Javea and northeast of Alicante. It is jealously guarded by the Sierra de Aitana mountain range which protects it from the sometimes inclement cold north winds of winter providing a mild climate even  through the colder months.

Holidays to Benidorm are as popular as ever and the resort remains one of Spain’s top holiday hotspots. Tourism here developed in the 1960s and has long been a favorite destination by most northern Europeans ever since.

Visitors to Benidorm can enjoy long safe sandy beaches, numerous water sports activities, lots of bars, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

Recommended Hotels in Benidorm

 

62.  Whitewashed Villages of Andalucia

Mijas Village Costa del Sol
Mijas Village Costa del Sol

The dramatic landscapes of Andalucia have attracted throngs of interested visitors over the years with the white washed villages a major attraction to visitors searching for a unique view of Andalucia.

Each of the villages locations are varied but each one offers a special charm and are well worth visiting.  Popular villages include Alhama De Granada, Medina Sidonia, Lanjaron, Montefrio and Casares.  One of the most spectacular is the village of Lanjaron located on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Granada. The town is roughly 50 kilometres away from the city of Granada, and about the same from the Costa Tropical and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Lanjaron is well-known in Spain due to the brand of mineral drinking water of the same name. The area around Lanjaron is noted for its abundant freshwater springs  as well as its supreme natural beauty. A quirky fact – Lanjaron is one of the very few places in the world which prohibit death, yes its illegal to die in Lanjaron !

Recommended Hotels in Anadalucia

 

63.  Cabo de Gata National Park

Cabo De Gata Almeria
Cabo De Gata Almeria

The Cabo de Gata National Park is located in the province of Almeria in Andalucia.  The park is based around a huge Cape on the coast and extends out to sea. It is one of the very few Spanish coastlines that have remained untouched by large scale development.

Because there are hardly any main resorts and inhabitants and the fact that all urban construction is highly regulated the sea quality is excellent and ideal for diving and snorkeling. Lucky visitors to Cabo de Gata will find pristine beaches, crystal clean waters, tranquil coastlines and small quaint communities.

Recommended Hotels in Cabo de Gata   | Official Website

 

65.  Picasso Museum Malaga

Picasso Museum

The Pablo Picasso museum is located in the heart of Malaga and dedicated to one of Malaga’s most famous sons.  Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga later becoming one of the worlds most recognised artists. The museum opened in 2003 and houses around 280 works or art, donated by Picasso’s family.

The museum is located by the Plaza de Merced , Picasso’s birthplace.  It is open to the public between 10am and 6pm during the winter months staying open until 8pm during the summer months. The entrance fee is €9 with reduced rates for students, children and pensioners.

Recommended Hotels in Malaga Official Website

 

66.  Joan Miro Foundation Barcelona

Joan Miro was an Catalonian artist of some note, you will come across his work all around Barcelona starting with a large mosaic located at the airport.  Joan Miro was born in Barcelona on the 20th April 1893 and became one of the most  important representatives of surrealism.

The foundation was initiated by the artist with the museum opening  in 1975., it now houses over 10.000 painting, drawings and sculptures, the earliest ones from 1901.

The museum opens to the public Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm ( slightly later during the summer months ). The entrance fee is  €12 for adults, children go in free.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona Official Website

 

67.  Royal Monastery of Guadalupe


The Royal Monstery of Guadalupe is located in the province of Caseres in the autonomous region of Extremadura. It is home to an outstanding repository of four centuries of Spanish religious architecture.

Two major events which occurred in 1492 are symbolised at the Royal Monastery, the reconquest by the Catholic Kings and the arrival to the Americas by Christopher Columbus. There is a famous statue of the Virgen Mary which became a  powerful symbol during the Christianisation of the new world.

What ever your religious beliefs are you will surely be impressed by the shear beauty of the stunning monastery.

Recommended Hotels in Guadalupe

 

68.  Salvador Dali Museum at Figueres

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali was a Catalan artist, sculptor, author and film maker who made a great impact on the art world during the 20th century with his incredible surrealist artwork  and flamboyant personality.

The Salvador Dali museum is located in Figueres, his place of birth and where his body is buried. Figueres is located about a two hour drive north of Barcelona, the transport services  are very good and can be easily accessed by train, road or bus.

The museum was created by Dali himself and currently houses the largest surrealist works of art in the world. Although his works may not be to the liking of everyone, his genius is plain to see and the museum is well worth visiting to step into the surrealist world of such a unique personality. And if you think this may be one of the lesser attractions in Spain,  a staggering 1.4 million people visited the museum in 2017!

There are various entrance tickets you can buy online or at the main entrance,  depending on the type of tour.  The basic unguided tour price for the popular Dali-Theatre Museum costs €14 with reduced rates for groups, students, with free entrance for children up to 8 years of age.

Recommended Hotels in Figueres Official Website

 

69.  Balearic Island Beaches

Cala Macarelleta Menorca Tarvel
Cala Macarelleta Menorca

The Balearic Islands consist of the islands of Mallorca, Menorca Ibiza and Formentera and  are home to some of the most incredible beaches and coves you will find anywhere in Spain.

One of the top reasons why visitors enjoy Balearic Island holidays year after year are its incredible beaches. beaches although there are really so many to enjoy. The pick of the best include Illetas beach on Formentera, Cala Comte on Ibiza,  Cala Macarelleta on Menorca and the Pollenca and Alcudia beaches of Mallorca.

Recommended Hotels on the Balearic Islands

 

70.  Roman Amphitheatre Tarragona

Amphitheater Tarragona

The Roman Amphitheatre is located in the Catalonian province of Tarragona around an hours drive south of Barcelona.  This impressive structure was built in in the 2nd century AD boasting a capacity for over 15.000 spectators who often watched the famous gladiators battle with wild animals. In 259 the Christians where persecuted by Emperor Valerian many of which where burned alive within the amphitheatre. In the 18th century it was even used as a prison.

Recommended Hotels in Ibiza Official Website

 

71.  Merida and Roman Lusitania

Merida is located on the region of Extremadura in south west Spain. This ancient city was founded in 25 B.C by the Roman Emperor Augustus and it soon became the economic and cultural capital of Lusitania, the western most province of the powerful Roman Empire. Because of its great importance to the empire,  Merida was lavished with attention from Rome which is evident all around the city.

The impressive Roman Theatre was built in 16 B.C. Decorative mosaics, art, sculptures and ceramics are all on display at the National Museum of Roman Art.  The archaeological site at Merida received  World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1993.

Recommended Hotels in Merida

 

72.  La Boqueria Market Barcelona


La Boqueria indoor food market is one of the largest and most important in Spain and a perfect place to drool over the many kinds of fruit, vegetables Spanish hams, fresh seafood, tapas and other delights on offer.

La Boqueria is situated half way up Las Ramblas and has been the beating heart of Barcelona since 1836 with over 200 traders offering a huge selection of gastronomic products.

The market is open Tuesday to Thursday from 8am to 3pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, it closes on Mondays.  There is an area on the second floor of the market which organises events and classrooms for cooking classes. Top chefs offer classes on local and international gastronomy, for more details see the BCN website.

Recommended Hotels in Barcelona  | Official Website

 

73.  Gastronomy Tour San Sebastian

Lobster Seafood
Lobster Seafood

The grandiose historic city  and stylish resort of San Sebastian is located in a privileged position within the Basque Country in Northern Spain. Amongst its many attractions is the incredibly gastronomy on offer which is high on the agenda as San Sebastian boasts the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants in one city. The city offers fine dining experiences for the most sophisticated palates as well as numerous smaller tapas ( pintxos) restaurants for you to  experience the city’s quirky spin on traditional Spanish tapas. See our San Sebastian restaurant guide for full details.

Recommended Hotels in San Sebastian

 

74.  Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid


The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is located in central Madrid and is regarded by many critics to be one the finest private art collections in the world. It was assembled  by the Swiss born industrial magnate Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans Heinrich. The collection known as the “Golden Triangle of Art” houses western art from the primitive Flemish and Italian painters to the 20th modern works such as pop art.

The  museum was bought by the state in 1993 as a compliment to the El Prado and Queen Sofia museums, also located in Madrid. Artists works on show include those of Picasso, Van Eyck, Holbein and Rubens.

The permanent collections section of the museum is open to the public each week Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm ( 12am to 4pm on Mondays ).  The basic entrance fee is €12 per person, €10 for groups and  €8 for pensioners, children under the age of 18 and teachers get in free.

Recommended Hotels in Madrid | Official Website 

 

75.  Timanfaya National Park Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park Lanzarote

The Timanfaya National Park is located in the southwestern part of the island of Lanzarote on the Canary Islands.  A holiday to these fascinating islands would not be the same without visiting the stunning Timanfaya National Park.

The unique volcanic landscape of the park was created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes erupted devastating the southern of the island including several villages.

Thankfully the volcanoes have not erupted since 1824, however due to lack of rain  and erosion the landscape looks pretty much as it did just after the last eruptions occurred. Timanfaya was declared a national park in 1968.

Visitors are treated to Martian like landscapes, stunning scenery and rare plants and fauna. Just a few metres below the surface the temperature reaches around 650°C and anything thrown into deep holes catches fire immediately. The park opens 7 days a week from opening hours 10.00am  to 6pm, admission is €8.

Recommended Hotels in Lanzarote

 

76.  Seville’s Historic Gems

Torre de Oro Seville Travel
Torre de Oro - The Golden Tower

The city of Seville is the capital of the autonomous region of Andalucia and is Spain’s fourth-largest city. The first high-speed railway line in the country – the Madrid-Seville AVE line, opened in time for the 1992 World Expo held in the city.

 Seville is a cultural hub in Andalucia with long and varied historic and cultural past and home to some of the finest monuments and ancient sites in Spain. The top sites to visit  include the impressive cathedral, the rambling Alcazar gardens, the riverside Torre del Oro (Golden Tower), the banks of the Guadalquivir River, the Almohad walls, La Giralda and the famous La Maestranza bullring, the oldest of its kind in the world.

Recommended Hotels in Seville

 

77.  Footy Tours

You don’t have to be a football enthusiast ( although it definitely helps )  to enjoy a tour around one the top Spanish football stadiums. Many now offer tours to visitors showing off the ground, practice facilities, the cup room and much more.

The pick of the stadiums include the home of Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and of course the  Camp Nou Football Stadium, home to Barcelona.  The Camp Nou experience tour  runs every half hour and costs €25, Pensioners and children from 6 to 13 pay €20.   Admission to the impressive  Madrid’s Football Stadium Tour  costs €25 for adults and  €18 for children up to 14 years of age.

Recommended Hotels in Madrid   Recommended Hotels in Barcelona

 

78.  Monserrat Monastery Barcelona


The Montserrat Monastery sits impressive in the mountains high above the city of Barcelona and is a must place to visit for all travellers to Catalonia.  The Benedictine Monastery of  Santa Maria de Montserrat is situated around 1.200 meters up high in the mountains and makes for an impressive site from miles around.

Once arrived visitors are treated to incredible views over Barcelona and the surrounding countryside.  Top attractions at the monastery include the Black Madonna, Gregorian chants sung daily by 50 boys from the “Escolania de Montserrat” the monasteries boarding school and the museum which houses works by Dali, El Greco, Monet and Giordano.

There are plenty of places to enjoy a picnic around the monastery grounds and few eateries if you prefer to eat local and al fresco.

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79.   Corralejo National Park Fuerteventura

The Correlejo National Park is located a short drive from the town of Corralejo in the north-east of the Canary Island of Fuertventura. It is the best place you can visit to enjoy a dessert experience with its enormous expanse of white sands lapped by the  turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A wild and varied landscape of volcanic and dessert alongside a dramatic and rugged coastline make this an unique and fascinating place to visit. Spending a day out in the park you can enjoy lazing on one of the stunning beaches or trek to the top of Red Mountain.

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80.   Tabernas “Wild West Dessert” Almeria

Tabernas Almeria

 

Tabernas dessert is located within the province of Almeria in the autonomous region of Andalucia in southern Spain.  Tabernas is Europes only dessert with 3000 annual sunshine hours,  temperatures ranging from -5 to 47C  and an annual rainfall of just 200mm. Its baron rocky appearance has made it a firm favourite location for movie makers staking its claim as part of international film history.

Many film sets have been constructed around Tabernas over the years some of which are open to those looking to enjoy a wild west cowboy experience.  Some of the top films, TV series and music videos filmed around Tabernas include a Fistfull of Dollars, Tobruk, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who  and Shout Out To My Ex by super girl group Little Mix.

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