Spain Top 10
Posted on 05/22/2019
There’s no shortage of reasons why Spain ranks as the 4th most visited country in the world. It has a year-round beautiful climate, 13 cities recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, and a culture so easygoing and inviting to travellers that British author, George Orwell, was once prompted to say, “I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!” The list of reasons to visit is endless, yet with all its splendour of art and architecture, natural beauty, and religious and cultural history, it can be difficult to narrow down what to see on your Spain vacation, as it’s such a bountiful country. To give some starting points, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to see on your first or next trip to España. Olé!
1. Granada and the Alhambra
Granada, located in the community of Andalusia, offers a rich blend of beautiful art and diverse history, set to a backdrop of the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On a walk through Grenada, every pathway leads to a spellbinding piece of architecture. Arguably, the most breathtaking sight in Grenada is the Alhambra, a beautiful fortress and palace that shows the influence of Moorish culture in Spain. An architectural masterpiece whose majesty is hard to surpass, Alhambra is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Arab palaces ever built.
Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia, and with its unique mixture of modern accessibility and historical splendour, is a city that you want to leave off the itinerary for your next visit to Spain, unless, of course, you have enough time to explore it fully. Its extensive and reliable metro system makes it easy to navigate the many attractions Barcelona has to offer. Barcelona is built around the Ciutat Vella, the “Old City,” home to some of its most unmissable attractions. Relax on the beautiful beaches on the city’s edges, and take a stroll on Las Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian walkway, and the loveliest and liveliest street in the city.
3. Sagrada Familia
One of Barcelona’s most majestic and breathtaking sights is the Sagrada Familia, a 230-foot Roman Catholic Church. Proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI, the unfinished church is a spectacle of early modern architecture. A visit to this architectural wonder will be improved by a tour guide, who will show you the opulent ornamentation of the church interior, and tell you about how renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi, designed the church’s interior as a Latin cross complete with five aisles, and left the church unfinished by his death in 1926.