Overlooking the city of Granada in Andalusia is a majestic fortress-palace-garden that has come to be one of Spain’s most visited tourist sites. The Alhambra (or “the Red Castle”) was built from the 9th to the 13th centuries and is the most outstanding example of Islamic architecture in the country. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has inspired songs, poems and used as settings in several popular works of fiction.
La Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba
Another World Heritage Site is the Mezquita-Catedral in Cordoba. The most notable feature of the Roman temple turned Visigothic church turned mosque and a cathedral is the splendid hall with 856 ornately painted columns.
There are mixed reactions when visitors see this modernist masterpiece by Antonio Gaudi, but the fact remains that this massive and yet to be finished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona is still an impressive sight to behold.
Ibiza is the most popular among the Balearic Islands in Spain, it is the site of legendary club parties and a pulsating night life. Beyond the hedonistic parties are areas of unspoiled natural beauty which are declared protected.
The Hanging Houses in Cuenca
“Las Casas Colgadas are 15th century structures built on top of the mountains right to the cliff edges. Originally used as homes, they can be reached by walking up steep and narrow streets. Visitors can find a restaurant (Meson Casas Colgadas) and a museum (Museo de Arte Abstracto Espanol) in the area.
The Running of the Bulls
This event which is part of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona every July brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors who either take part in the melee or watch by the sidelines. “El Encierro” involves running in front of a dozen bulls that are let loose on a designated section of the streets. Scary, interesting and fun.
The Aqueduct of Segovia
Segovia’s architectural symbol and landmark is one of the best-preserved monuments from the Roman Empire.The aqueduct is made of 88 granite arches that trasnsported water from the Fuente Fria River in La Acebeda to the city.
Museo del Prado
With over 7,000 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 8,000 drawings and 4,500 prints, the Museo del Prado is by far the most impressive and one of top museum in Spain. It houses works by European masters such as Rubens and Bosch as well as Spanish artists such as Goya and Velazquez.
Picos de Europa
The “Peaks of Europe” is a breathtaking range of mountains in Spain that forms part of the Cantabrian Mountains. What makes it outstanding is that it is made almost entirely of limestone and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.