Azure water of numerous bays, sun-drenched beaches and diverse, colorful, almost fairy-tale-like architecture of the cities – this is how we see the Kingdom of Spain in our dreams. And now it is high time to check, whether pictures in our imagination corresponding the reality. Marvelous, as if created especially for rest and relaxation, natural conditions in Spain are as good and worth seeing as its historical and cultural heritage. It is impossible to see all the Spain during just one visit, but it definitely worth trying.
Where is Spain
Spain has taken almost the entire Iberian Peninsula, driving the Portugal to the sea and pushing off France. Washed by the ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, this country has all the range of natural attractions – from sandy beaches to snowy peaks.
10 places you should visit to say you saw the Spain
La Sagrada Familia
Antonio Gaudi had left this world many decades ago but his creation is still being under construction, and, though the construction works have not finished yet, the building has already become one of the most recognizable symbols of Spain.
Prado Museum in Madrid
No place in the world can be proud of having such big and full collection of masterpieces of European and Southern European Art. So the National Prado Museum, located in the very center of Madrid, is unique in its own way. The works of famous painters of the past and the contemporary era, such as El Greco, Francisco Goya, and others, are exhibited here.
Who could have thought that the most sophisticated and inimitable model of Oriental and Islamic architecture would be situated in European country. But it is so – as a resemblance of many centuries of Moorish rule in Spain, Alhambra refuses to stop admiring the lovers of ancient oriental architecture even today.
This city in the very center of Andalusia is a real open air museum. Every corner of every building in Cordoba has a historical value, as the city exists for many centuries. Since the Phoenician times and until present time, Cordova have been staying the capital of cultural life in region.
Popularization of Spain among the residents of other European countries had started from this very coast, which is said to be ideal for the beach rest. But even if you’re not a fan of idle lying on the beach, still you will find the things to do and to see here. Many sightseeing places here are associated with the name of the most excentric contemporary artist – Salvador Dali.
Saint James path
There are a lot of touristic routs in Spain, and many of them are connected to certain religious events, but no other route can give you such a deep understanding of the country’s soul, as this route, leading to Santiago-de-Compostella village, does.
The Shining City – this is a literal meaning of Arabic name of this Spanish architectural monument. The walls decorated with the carving work as well as unusual construction of this place leave the feeling that the whole building is floating in the air, without touching the ground.
These gardens are situated not far from the Alhambra complex and hypothetically both of these places can be visited in one day, but the magic of this place will force you to stay here all day long – as this place is an excellent example of the unity of nature and the architecture for the benefit of human.
The biosphere natural reserve, which had been saved by the activists of UNESCO from the crowds of tourists, is as beautiful as the rest of the Spanish coast, but it is distinguished by more privacy and less noise of civilization. Makarelleta and Turketa are believed to be the best beaches not only on the island but also in the whole country.
No touristic infrastructure, no bars and discos all night long – just harsh and alluring, isolated and wild landscape of one of the largest Spain’s protected environmental parks, situated in Almeria region. If you are a photography lover – this is a must-visit place for you due to its lunar landscape and attractive views of the sea.
High season in Spain
The question “When to go to Spain?” should be preceded by the question “Why do I go to Spain”. A beach rest lover would probably choose June, as it is already hot, but not too hot, and beaches are already crowded, but not too crowded. IF there is no choice with the time of vacation and it is definitely middle- to end- of summer – then you should correct the place of your visit – southern regions are extremely hot this time of the year and can become troublesome for an unaccustomed inhabitant of northern country. Though if sun tan and “me-and-the-sea” pictures are not the goal of your travel, you can easily choose any other time apart from summer months – as Spain is amazing any time of the year.
SLEEPLESS IN MADRID
Probably every European capital is the same – people from different countries wandering from a monument to a monument, indifferent townspeople, running in hurry. Madrid’s only difference and uniqueness is that the pace of life here is faster than anywhere else, though you don’t get tired of it. Vice versa, you get addicted to this non-stop fun, and at nightfall all that fidgeting is decorated with a cheerful music and colored lights welcoming to cozy restaurants.
Barcelona – the cradle of a modern architecture.
A piece of cake on a blue plate of the ocean, a bunch of multicolored flowers in azure vase – all these descriptions are not exaggerations, but real associations of people, who saw the panorama of Barcelona. The most famous son of this soil is Antonio Gaudí, did everything to make his hometown unique, and his most exciting creature is the Sagrada Familia – the temple that os still being built for almost 70 decades.