The Best Places
to Visit in Spain

The Best Places
to Visit in Spain

A vacation in Spain means warm nights on lively plazas and sangria-fueled sunsets surrounded by the bright blossoms of geraniums and bougainvillea. Spain’s historic role as a crossroads of the Mediterranean guarantees an ever-captivating cultural feast. Moorish and Basque influences weave their magic, transforming the architecture and the flavors. A trip to Spain promises rich history, fascinating art and architecture, natural beauty, and delicious food. Here some of the most amazing places and iconic sights to see while on your Spain vacation.

Top Cities to Visit in Spain

Spain Madrid Crystal Palace Glass Castle

Madrid

Rooftop bars, flea markets, tapas cafes, theaters, sculptures, incredible parks, and a beautiful literary quarter are just some of the top sights of Madrid. In this city, the plazas are the place to be. One of the top sights of Madrid is the Plaza de Cibeles. As well, don't miss a chance to visit Buen Retiro Park, which houses gardens, sculptures, and the Crystal Palace (see photo to the left). Of course, you'll want to visit Spain’s renowned art museum, The Prado. The museum features work by the European greats of the 12th to 19th centuries, including Francisco Goya, El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Raphael, Titian, and Rembrandt. 

Curving mosaic in Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Seville

Learn about bullfighting at Real Maestranza, the world’s oldest bullring, and its adjacent museum, or take in a Flamenco dance performance. 

Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de España

Located within the Parque de María Luisa, the Archaeological Museum of Seville occupies a Neo-Renaissance pavilion built for the Latin American Expo of 1929. The collection begins with the early Paleolithic period; continues with Phoenician, Greek, and Roman antiquities; and finishes with Moorish and Mudéjar items from the Middle Ages.

Curving mosaic in Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona

Crisscross cosmopolitan Barcelona for ornate Gaudí architectural masterpieces; the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter); museums devoted to Picasso and Miró and chocolate; 1887 Ciutadella Park; and the historic Tibidabo Amusement Park, operating since 1905. Rest up with views of the city from the Port Vell Aerial Tramway or Güell and Gaudí's colorful mosaics at Park Güell in Barcelona. 

Spain Seville Cathedral Christopher Columbus Gothic Front Entrance

Seville Cathedral, Catedral de Sevilla, and the Tomb of Christopher Columbus

The Seville Cathedral, Catedral de Sevilla, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest Gothic cathedral. The Giralda Tower of the cathedral is one of the most emblematic landmarks in Seville. From atop the tower, you can view the Murallas de Sevilla, defensive city walls dating to Roman times. However, the Seville Cathedral is perhaps more renowned for housing the tomb of Christopher Columbus - the famous Spanish explorer. Directly inside the doors, there is a monumental statue of four figures representing the four kingdoms of Spain during Columbus’ life. They each shoulder the tomb of Columbus and tower above the heads of the cathedral's visitors. 

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The Architecture of Antoni Gaudí

Gaudí’s eclectic, modernist buildings have become synonymous with Barcelona. The colorful mosaics, serpentine curves, and whimsical shapes of Park Güell would look at home in a fairy tale. The Sagrada Familia was Gaudí’s magnum opus: He worked on the project from 1883 until his death in 1926 and construction continues today. Visitors can take in the soaring spires and bask in the rainbow of colors produced by stained-glass windows. You have to see it to believe it.