What to see in Spain

What to see in Spain

10 things to see and do when traveling to Spain

Spain is currently one of the most popular destinations in Europe for very good reasons. In addition to its climate, the country offers a wide range of activities to do as well as unmatched sites to visit.

During your visit to Spain you can appreciate the cultural and historical legacy, its beaches and mountains, as well as gastronomy and wine. In any city in the country where you want to make your trip, you can enjoy these experiences and much more.

1. Museums

World class museums in Spain
Spain has some of the best museums in the world. In Madrid is the so-called "Triangle of Museums" formed by the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen museums, with a collection of exceptional works of art covering most of the history of modern art. In Valencia, there is also the fantastic complex of the Science Museum, and in Bilbao, it is the incomparable Guggenheim Museum.

Around the country we can find the following museums that we recommend to visit:

  • Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)
  • Reina Sofía National Museum (Madrid)
  • Prado Museum (Madrid)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, MACBA (Barcelona)
  • Caixa Forum (Barcelona)
  • Picasso Museum (Málaga)
  • The Dalí Museum (Figueres, Girona)
  • Museum of Sciences (Valencia)
  • Archaeological Museum of The Alhambra (Granada)

2. Spain as a gastronomic destination

Gastronomy in Spain
Several of the best restaurants in the world are in Spain. The Celler de Can Roca, located in Girona, has several consecutive years occupying the first or second place in the unofficial list of the best restaurants in the world, which in the last decade was dominated by the Bulli, the famous chef Ferrán Adrià. If you want help making a reservation it is possible from group of at least 8 people.

3. The best beaches in Spain

The best beaches in Spain
Spain is also known for its beautiful beaches and coves of the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Balearic Islands (Formentera, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) and the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, etc.) that have been selected as the best world. If during your trip you do not have a plan to escape to an island, you can take advantage of visiting the city of Barcelona which has also been recognized as the best urban beach in Europe.

4. The Madness of Soccer

Santiago Bernabéu
Santiago Bernabéu - Real Madrid's stadium - is a must-see during your stay in Madrid. Its construction began in 1947. The visit costs € 24/person, and if you want to live this experience we can help you with the tickets.

It is recommended to combine the visit to cities like Valencia, Barcelona, Seville, Madrid and Bilbao with an experience in the local stadium. Here it will be seen that football is a family sport and that football and politics are strongly intertwined with each other!   

5. Historical Archaeological Monuments of Spain

Altamira in Northern Spain
Spain is probably the European country that has experienced more changes during the last 10,000 years of history. The country is full of well-preserved historical archaeological remains dating back to earlier periods. You can visit preserved remains of amphitheaters, theaters and Roman aqueducts, Iberian stone tombs to famous well preserved cave paintings.
The sites that we recommend to visit for its historical richness are:
  • Caves of Altamira (Cantabria, in the north of Spain), with its famous cave paintings more than 20,000 years old
  • Roman city of Italica, known as Santiponce (Seville)
  • Roman city of Numancia (Soria), where there are fragments of the Celtiberian wall, Roman baths and Roman houses
  • Ampurias (Girona), Greek and Roman city where you can still see the archaeological remains of the city
  • Roman aqueduct (Segovia) dating from the second century AD. And which is perfectly preserved
  • Roman museum, circus and aqueduct (Tarragona), built at the end of the 1st century AD. And which is also in good condition
  • The Roman Temple of Augustus (Barcelona)

6. Palaces and monuments

Palaces and monuments
The largest number of monuments recognized as World Heritage are found in Spain, where you can visit beautiful churches, palaces, castles and monuments. Among some of the monuments we recommend visiting for its unique history beauty are:
  • Iglesia de la Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
  • Monumentos de Gaudí: Parc Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batllò, La Pedrera (Barcelona)
  • La Alhambra (Granada)
  • Mezquita Catedral (Córdoba)
  • Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Córdoba)
  • Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás (Ávila)
  • Muralla Romana (Ávila)
  • Real Alcázar (Sevilla)
  • Sinagogas (Toledo)

7. Places with charm in Spain: Plazas

Places with charm in Spain
The Puerta del Sol in Madrid is officially the center of Spain, where the so-called zero kilometers is located from where the distance of the main roads of Spain is measured. A few minutes away you will find the Plaza Mayor, one of the main in Madrid and a popular meeting point for a café con leche.

Other places with charm that can be visited throughout Spain are:
  • Plaza Reial de Barcelona
  • Plaza de la Corredera de Córdoba
  • Plaza Mayor de Madrid
  • Plaza Mayor de Salamanca
  • Plaza de España de Sevilla
  • Plaza del Obradoiro de Santiago de Compostela
  • Plaza Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza

8. Spain and its vineyards

Wine regions in Spain
The Spanish territories is considered one of the best wine areas, with at least 68 official wine regions and other more like wines that although not official, are part of the country's wine culture. Here are some of the best wine regions in Spain:

9. The Markets - part of daily life but with its own charm in Spain

Food markets in Spain
Each neighborhood of each Spanish city has a market of fresh food, full of delicious fruits, vegetables, meats, sausages ... However, there are some that stand out for their charm and also offer the possibility of sampling the local gastronomy, the most famous are:

• La Boquería market in Barcelona
• The San Miguel market in Madrid

10. Jewish Medieval Cities

Jewish Medieval Cities
A short distance from Madrid, we recommend visiting the historic towns of Toledo, where you can find works of El Greco, a cozy medieval center and restaurants, as well as Segovia, known for its well preserved Roman aqueduct, the royal palace and fascinating corners to discover.
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