Spain is one of the most popular European destinations owing to its rich culture, architectural heritage, fun-loving people, sunny beaches and most important of all, lip-smacking Spanish food. This is one such country where life feels to be good. Even a weeklong tour to Spain isn’t enough to enjoy the best of this country. Here is the list of the best places to visit in Spain that would help you plan your Spain itinerary based on your interest in architecture, adventure, culture or the beaches.
Barcelona for the Gaudi Architecture
From Casa Battilo to Sagrada Familia, Barcelona takes you on a ride of Gaudi’s artistic creations. If you have ever searched for Barcelona, you must have definitely seen at least one image of a building studded with tiny colourful tiles where the balconies have a structure of a skeleton. That is exactly what Casa Batillo is famous for. Sagrada Familia is the iconic church of Barcelona that is under construction since centuries. Showcasing the Art Nouveau, one of the main revolutionary arts during the Renaissance in Europe, most of the buildings in Barcelona would leave you awestruck. Park Guell is another not-to-be-missed Gaudi architecture from where you can get the sprawling view of the old city of Barcelona. Font Magica, a beautiful fountain outside the National Museum of Modern Art, is a perfect place for a soothing evening in this bustling city.
Granada for Flamenco
The musicians from India traversed to Spain and settled in the caves of Mount Sacramento. The very caves are now tourist attractions in Spain. Guided tours along with a night Flamenco show in one of the ancient caves, is a must-do thing while in Granada. Apart from the similarity in its music, Flamenco also finds its twin tap dance called ‘Kathak’ in India. Despite being so similar, the charm and grace of both the dance forms are completely different. Most of the bars and restaurants also provide for a complementary Flamenco show in Granada. A tour of the mighty castle of Alhambra also must not be missed here.
Seville for its Cathedral
The majestic cathedral of Seville is world-famous not only for its architecture but also for the tomb of Columbus who is supposed to have discovered the land of America. The Alcazar (palace) of Seville also lures a handful of tourists every year. Located on the bank of Guadalquivir River, this Spanish city smells amazing in spring with flowering orange trees all around its old town. Seville can also be combined with a day trip to its twin city Cordoba. Both Seville and Cordoba can be visited for their adventure sport of sky diving from as high as 15000+ ft.
Cordoba’s Flower Festival
This town is usually visited for its biggest Mosque-Cathedral and the historic golden carving in its interior. However, the arrival of spring marks the beginning of the most celebrated flower festival in Cordoba. As per the legend, the Muslim kings in the city emphasized on every house being as beautiful as a paradise. Thus, each house is constructed in a way that the central square is meant for the flower plants. These tiny gardens are popularly known as the ‘Patios De Cordoba’. It is truly a mind-boggling experience to walk through the white lanes of Cordoba clad in colourful flowers.
Pamplona’s Bull Race
Most of us are aware of the thrilling scene from the Hrithik Roshan starrer ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ wherein the actors ran along with the bulls precariously escaping the hit. This race is a part of the 9 days long festival of Sanfermines. If the adventure means escaping death for you then you must try this unique sport. If not, it is still thrilling to watch people running for their life ahead of the bulls.
Valencia for its Emerald Beaches and La Tomatina
Valencia is a coastal city of Spain with a number of modern architecture erected right on the shore. The emerald waters and the white sand of the Spanish beaches are a sight to behold. If you are a beach lover, Valencia’s sun kissed beaches are meant just for you. For adding some thrill to your relaxing beach vacation, you can also attend La Tomatina Festival held in the village of Bunol, 25 miles off Valencia. This crazy festival of hitting each other with smashed tomatoes is immensely popular all over the world. Booking for this tour is filled well in advance, so plan well for the August next year if La Tomatina is on your travel bucket list.
Madrid for its City Vibes
Madrid is one of the bustling cities of Spain flanked by the most modern architecture. If you are planning to enjoy the nightlife in Spain the Madrid would provide the best bars, pubs and clubs with a dazzling view of the city skyline. The grand palaces and captivating gardens of the city give it an antique touch. Madrid’s Temple of Debod is one of the rarest Egyptian temples in this part of Europe and the view of the city of Madrid from the viewpoint here is just mesmerizing.