If you ever find yourself in Spain you will probably be absolutely fascinated by the available famous sites that you can visit. Starting with Roman and Moor monuments and ending with watching a bull fight, Spain is a country of color and energy. When it comes to the landscape, Spain is known for its variety. The sites below are the most known touristic sites in the country.
10. Running of the Bulls
In the Pamplona city of Navarra, a famous and unusual festival is healed each year. The festivity is called San Fermín and lasts from July 6th – 14th. The major attraction of the festival is the running of the Bulls, as dozens of bulls are set loose on the streets. People run in front of them, as this act is perceived as being courageous and young men participate to the event, as it is seen more like a competition than a risky situation. Barricades are placed before the bulls are released, in order to guide their way through the streets. The event has lead to dozens of injuries and even deaths.
9. Palacio Real
The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid is at this moment only used for ceremonies. The official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 and 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764.
Situated between Valencia and Spain, the Ibiza Island is situated 79 km off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most popular places in Europe. Visitors can choose from a variety of night clubs and classy restaurants but also cool beach bars. The tourist season begins at the start of June and the population of the island doubles in the summer because of the big number of tourists attracted by this place. The government of the island tries to encourage the cultural part of tourism and passes rules like curfews when it comes to nightclubs.
7. La Concha
Considered for urban use, the beach is protected from strong winds and waves by the surrounding barricade of islands and cliffs. La Concha in San Sebastian is considered one of the best and most beautiful beached in Europe as tourists can engage in proactive surfing, go for long walks on the beach and have dinner at fancy restaurants while enjoying the fantastic view on the beach.
6. Aqueduct of Segovia
Spain is not only famous bulls competition and fantastic beaches, it’s also a great place where one can visit monuments and old remaining of former civilizations. One example is The Aqueduct of Segovia, a well-preserved monument that was constructed by the Romans. It was build using 24,000 massive granite blocks and no mortar was used for its construction. The aqueduct transports brings water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frio River to the location of Segovia and the water communication system dating from 50 AD is still used even today.
5. Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic Church situated in Barcelona. It is considered one of the most visited attractions as tourists can visit the Nave, Crypt, and Museum, Shop but also Passion and Nativity towers. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, and the project took 40 years until it reached its finish. The result of those years of work will leave you amazed, the church being one of the most beautiful ones in Spain.
4. El Escorial
El Escorial is considered to be the historical residence of the King of Spain. Its architect Juan Bautista de Toledo designed the building back in 1984 and chose the location on San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain. Today the site works as a monastery, royal palace, museum, but also has a school.
Cuenca is a medieval city build right at the side of a mountain. “Hanging houses” have been build on cliffs turning the whole view into something spectacular. Situated between Valencia and Madrid, the city is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Castilla La Mancha province.
This beautiful, famous touristic site was build in the 14th century and is Part fortress, part palace and part garden. Many visitors come to Granada just to be able to see Alhambra. If you are planning a trip to Spain this summer, make sure you include as a main target.
1. Mezquita of Cordoba
The attraction of this touristic site is in fact the forest of pillars but also fabulous arches in the main hall of the building. Originally constructed as a roman temple, and then, like most temples, became a church. The building is thus a symbol of many religions, as it went through many transformations throughout the years.