Famous Places in Spain

19 Apr 2009 by Olga Brighton

Travelling to Spain

Below you can find a short description on some of the many famous places in Spain. Spain is brimming with spectacular locations to explore. Offering everything, from traditional cuisine like paella, excellent wines, world class clubbing in Ibiza, strong traditions and heritage and much, much more. Whether you’re looking for Ibiza nightlife, beachlife, or exploring great cities like Granada, or secluded gems like Besalu, Catalonia, Spain is the right location for you. Almost everywhere in this vast country is worth a visit and will have something to offer visitors.

Barcelona

Wandering through the eclectic and beautiful streets of Barcelona, you’ll need at least two days to hit all the sights, starting with Gaudi’s unique architect. Don’t miss the Parque Güell with the view of the city below, the world famous landmark Sagrada Familia, and Casa Batlló. The Gothic Quarter is perfect for getting lost in the labyrinth of streets and getting a taste for Barcelona vibrant history Or head to Las Ramblas, the famous 1 kilometre avenue that divides the city, lined with restaurants and bars with a carnival atmosphere. Barcelona also has some great beaches and a buzzing marina. Barcelona offers guided city tours, or private tours to all its famous sites and nearby towns of high historical interest. A captivating city that has inspired generations and it will you too!

Cordoba

Cordoba sightseeing

You can take a tour in the centre of Cordoba which boasts numerous monuments such as the old Moorish Mezquita, the Alcazar fortress and the Synagogue.

Costa del Sol, Fuengirola, Marbella & Torremolinos

The Costa del Sol offers more than 150 kilometres of coastline in Malaga province. The “Coast of the Sun”, boasts 325 sunny days a year so its a well established tourist area. Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Manilva are long established favourites with great amenities for all. Maro cliffs, through Nerja, and viewing point and cave Balcón de Europa you’ll find a beach that suits your taste - some are party-central, others quieter and secluded. From the Costa del Sol you can book shopping and sightseeing to Gibraltar, a guided trip to Morocco for, trips to nearby towns of interest and visits to the country. The city also has a sprawling night life so if you are up for some partying, you’re in the right place.

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Granada

Granada sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada, the last Spanish Moor strong hold with the spectacular Alhambra palace fortress with its Islamic architecture, decor and landscaped gardens. Granada’s streets are packed with bars and cafes with a bohemian vibe. A city that has such immense history and identity is a must in the Andalucia region. Visit Albaicin for a taste of the multicultural heritage of Granada. It’s the old Arab quarter that almost looks like a movie-set with cobbled streets, small plazas and nooks and crannies to explore. So for a more relaxed vibe with some famous Tapas, you can really unwind in one of most beautiful cities in the world.

Ibiza

If you are heading for one of the worlds famous club capitals in Spain, you can pre-book club entrance and save money and time queuing. Ibiza is an island known for its lavish party and club culture, but it does have a more relaxed side where you can unwind. Ibiza is a great start to your holiday. As well as the bustling club scene you can check out the arty side of the island which is home to some great art projects and top art galleries. We also recommend that you check out the scuba diving and mediation activities on the island.

Madrid

Madrid activities

Madrid is a beautiful city great for strolling through, as its many sights are quite spread out. Take a relaxing walk through the Parque de Retiro and find the beautiful Glass House. Or one of the many museums, the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the National Museum of Archaeology. In Madrid you can enjoy guided visits to museums, flamenco shows, or even Madrid by night tours, plus visits to nearby towns. If you prefer to discover Madrid independently, buy the Madrid Card that offers admission to over 40 museums, free bus trips and much more.

Malaga

Malaga is divided by a dry river between the old and new sections of the city. When wandering on foot through the old city, see the crumbling remains of the Roman Theatre, and travel upwards to see the Moorish outpost the Alcazaba. As the birthplace of Picasso, you have to see the museum dedicated to him. Don’t forget to take advantage of the beautiful beaches that border this vibrant city. You can arrange a trip to nearby Costa del Sol, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Marbella.

This city has transformed itself in recent years with the Picasso museum, new art galleries, and revitalised port area. The food scene encompasses Michelin star restaurants and traditional tapas and fish snack venues washed down with sweet local wine. Malaga is one of Spain’s top locations for holidays. Some of the biggest celebrities spend and even royals have spent time in Malaga, including Kate Middleton, J-Lo, Shakira, Beyoncé, David Beckham and Madonna. Malaga has everything from beautiful beaches to historical ruins, perfect long walks to amazing scenery, incredible night life and delicious tapas.

Santiago de Compostela

In Santiago de Compostela you can also take a guided trip to Finisterre and trips to different places of interest in Galicia and Protugal. These activities include guided visits to famous museums, monuments and historic places. The major advantage of taking these tours is that you will be accompanied by a professional guide who has a profound knowledge of the town and the history behind the attraction. By taking guided tours you will get a better understanding of the Spanish culture and will get to know some of the many beautiful attractions of Spain.

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Alicante

Alicante is a Spanish coastal city on the Mediterranean. Its the eighth most popular tourist destination, and its 3,540 square km of coastline is lined with a variety of places to visit. In addition to the historic city center, visitors can visit the marine park, several beaches and one of the world's largest aquariums. This is a great place to visit for the entire family, as there is plenty to entertain all ages from children to grandparents. Some of the famous places in Alicante: Plaza de España, Cristo Blanco, Can Barrio, the Cordón de Peces and La Puerta del Mar. You can easily take a flight or train from Alicante to Barcelona – which is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations.

Santiago de Compostela

In Santiago de Compostela you can also take a guided trip to Finisterre and trips to different places of interest in Galicia and Portugal. These activities include guided visits to famous museums, monuments and historic places. The major advantage of taking these tours is that you will be accompanied by a professional guide who has a profound knowledge of the town and the history behind the attraction. By taking guided tours you will get a better understanding of the Spanish culture and will get to know some of the many beautiful attractions of Spain.

Daily tours to famous places in Spain

Spain is such a well developed tourist destination that you can pretty much arrange a tour to wherever you chose. Whether you opt for a tour operator arranged trip or a personalised tour with guide, or a DIY trip with your guidebook or online guide, it’s a perfect way to see Spain and learn more about their rich culture and cuisine.

Flamenco Dancing Show

Flamenco Show Spain

It is a must for foreigners travelling to Spain to see one of the classic flamencoshows, which have their origin in the gipsy population in Andalucia.

Night Tours

A guided night tour is a good alternative way to while away an evening and enjoy the sights after dark. Its cooler, you’ll get to meet people and get a different perspective of your chosen location. Our suggestion is to just let yourself wonder and explore your surroundings fully. Spain is deemed a safe relatively trouble free and safe location for tourists according to the FCDO. You can read more here. You could even try a stargazing tour, or bike tour which can be the best way to explore a city like Barcelona to the fullest.

Corrida

Bullfighting has become more controversial in recent years due to concerns including animal welfare. Today it is still highly popular in Spain and considered an art form and cultural event. Corrida appeared in the middle ages. Goya and Picasso, Rembrandt and Hemingway and many other famous artists of Spain were fond of Corrida or "tavromakhy" - the fight of the bulls. Its perceived as part of Spain’s culture, national character, and tradition. The corrida season begins in Valencia in March and ends in Madrid and Saragossa in October.

Spain activities

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