Beautiful sun-drenched beaches, splendid scenic beauty, delicious cuisines, and incredible nightlife. Spain has it all. Here are seven vacation destinations that are a must-see in Spain.
1. Costa Brava- The Costa Brava has always been a prominent place for vacations throughout the year. The coastline stretches from Port Bou to Blanes. The place has high cliffs, abundant vegetation, beautiful villages, sun-drenched beaches and hidden bays, which can only be accessed by boat. The best places include Chichi Begur, Cadaqués and Port Lligat. Port Lligat is famous for Salvador Dali and his wife Gala, as they once lived and worked. If you are interested in culture and archeology, then Ampurias or Empúries is a must.
2. Santiago de Compostela- This is the capital city of the Galicia region in the northwestern part of Spain. Also known for its traditional pilgrimage, the place is also known as the Camino de Santiago. The pilgrimage is important for many Christians since Santiago was buried. The city captivates the attention of people from all over the world. From its illustrious history or its rich culture, the city has a lot to offer. Praza do Obradoiro is the arrival point for pilgrims. The Cathedral of Santiago is also an important landmark, as it is located in the heart of the city.
3. Barcelona: the capital of Catalonia, this cosmopolitan city located on the Mediterranean coast has a historical background that blends effortlessly with modern urban life. Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, is a must-see. The city is well fed, both historically and culturally. Barcelona has several bars, excellent shops and also incredible clubs. Also check out the pleasant seaside resort of Sitges, a drive to the Montserrat National Park, which offers hiking, climbing and a monastery with a beautiful panoramic view.
4. Madrid-Located in the center of Spain, the city is more than two million years old, since the stone age. While most tourists visit Madrid for its quiet beaches, there is much more. The city offers some of the best museums in the world, restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, delicious delicacies and also a large number of pedestrian shops to offer the true essence of Spain. The historic center, Madrid los Austriacos, is a must-see. Today Madrid stands out for its art and culture, with more than seventy museums, including the famous Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía National Art Center and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
5. Valencia- Valencia is one of the largest cities in Spain. The city is located in the eastern part of the country in the Valencia region. The city is well built with an important cultural and entertainment complex, known as the “City of Arts and Sciences”. There are several science museums, aquariums, planetariums. Valencia hosts the Fallas Festival every March. It should be on every tourist’s wish list.
6. Seville: lively nightlife, refreshing atmosphere and beautiful tourist attraction, Seville tops the list of cities in Spain that you must visit. The city is the cultural and financial capital of Andalusia. A beautiful place with important historical landmarks, the most important being the great Cathedral of Seville. Seville Cathedral is a major tourist attraction, as it is believed to be the burial place of Christopher Columbus. The Real Alcázar is another exorbitant place with a luxurious garden.
7. Granada- Capital of the province of Granada, the city is located south of Seirra Nevada. Granada is the perfect mix of culture, tradition with an extravagant night life and a beautiful scenic beauty. Granada has a great architectural sight, with visitors coming from all over the world mainly to experience the Alhambra. The former Moorish rule in Europe, the Alhambra offers its visitors marvelous ornamental architecture, splendid scenic beauty along with a spectacular lush garden and stunning views of the city.
Spain is synonymous with modern experience perfectly interwoven with its great history and culture. Each city in Spain is an experience in itself. Happy Holidays!