Spain

About Spain

Spain, a country on Europe’s the Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. The capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church. In Northern Spain, Basque Country is known for its rich culinary culture and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Santiago de Compostela is a holy pilgrimage city. Navarra’s capital, Pamplona, is famed for its annual running of the bulls. Eastern Spain’s Valencia is celebrated for its paella (a rice dish). In the south, Andalusia is known as Picasso's birthplace, for bullfighting and flamenco, and for Moorish landmarks including Córdoba’s Mezquita mosque-cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace. Spanish beach destinations include the Mediterranean Balearic Islands, including Ibiza, and the Canaries, off Africa.
Sagrada Família

The Basílica de la Sagrada Família also known as the Sagrada Família, is a large unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona. It is designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sagrada Família is a one-of-a-kind temple, for its origins, foundation, purpose and has been under construction since 1882.
Alhambra

Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace complex is designed in the Nasrid style, the last blooming of Islamic Art in the Iberian Peninsula, which had a great influence on the Maghreb to the present day. Designed as a military zone at the beginning, the Alhambra became the royal residence and court of Granada in the mid-13th century after the establishment of the Nasrid Kingdom and the construction of the first palace by the founding king Mohammed ibn Yusuf Ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar.
Park Güell

Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectural elements located in Barcelona and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Park Güell is designed and composed to bring the peace and calm that one would expect from a park. The focal point of the park is the main terrace, surrounded by a long bench in the form of a sea serpent. The curves of the serpent bench form a number of enclaves, creating a more social atmosphere.
Casa Milà

Casa Milà, popularly known as La Pedrera or "The stone quarry", a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building in Barcelona. It was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudí and was built between 1906 and 1912 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several structural innovations include a self-supporting stone façade, and a free-plan floor, an underground garage, and the spectacular terrace on the roof.
Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria or Grand Canary Island is one of Spain’s Canary Islands and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The island is called a miniature continent due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, with long beaches and dunes of white sand, contrasting with green ravines and picturesque villages.
Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park or Retiro Park or simply El Retiro is one of the largest parks of the city of Madrid. It is a magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake, and a host to a variety of events and one of Madrid's premier attractions. Around the lake, Retiro Pond, many puppet shows perform, and all manner of street performers and fortune-tellers. Rowboats can be rented to paddle about the Estanque, and horse-drawn carriages are available.
Alcázar of Seville

Royal Alcázars of Seville, historically known as al-Qasr al-Muriq and commonly known as the Alcázar of Seville, is a royal palace in Seville built for the Christian king Peter of Castile and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace is a preeminent example of Mudéjar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula but features Gothic, Renaissance, and Romanesque design elements from previous stages of construction. The upper storeys of the Alcázar are still occupied by the royal family when they are in Seville.
Costa Brava

Costa Brava is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà, and Selva in the province of Girona. It is a combination of a good summer climate, nature, excellent beaches making Costa Brava an attractive tourist destination. There are around 50 museums spread across Costa Brava.
Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish royal family in the city of Madrid. It is the largest functioning royal palace and the largest by floor area in Europe. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. It houses great historical and artistic importance collections preserved in the building such as Royal Armoury of Madrid, porcelain, watches, furniture, silverware, and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet.
Museo Nacional Del Prado

Museo Nacional Del Prado or Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and the single best collection of Spanish art. The collection currently comprises around 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to many other works of art and historic documents.
Barcelona

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró feature modern art by their namesakes. City history museum MUHBAa includes several Roman archaeological sites.
Seville

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It's famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret-turned bell tower, the Giralda.
Ibiza

Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It's well known for the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts. It is also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats, and beaches, from Platja d'en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars, and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast.
Valencia

The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is known for its City of Arts and Sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an oceanarium, and an interactive museum. Valencia also has several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake, and walking trails.
Granada

Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
Madrid

Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez, and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
Best Time To Visit Spain

The best time to visit Spain is from April to May and from September to October when the temperature is pleasant.

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