A bright, colorful, refined and memorable country regularly receives thousands of tourists from all over the world. Representatives of both sexes pulls here not only because of the delicious food, breathtakingly clean beaches, caressing the sea and the hot sun, but also because of dozens of extraordinary sights. Monuments of culture, painting, architecture, natural phenomena and wonders focused on the Spanish territory. What to see in Spain first? We have selected for you the twenty of the best, most visited places of the European state, which certainly will not leave you indifferent.
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- The Prado Museum. Its history begins in the distant 16th century, when Karl the Fifth ruled the throne. Passionate art lover ordered to collect popular paintings in the same building. To date, the walls of the gallery, there are almost 9,000 copies, from ancient paintings with breathtaking landscapes to the treasures of the dauphin and sculptural delights. It seems that you can walk endlessly along these ringing halls.
- The Cathedral of Burgos. The sacred place was built so that the Mother of God should be honored near the magnificent altar. This is an exquisite specimen of the famous Gothic style in the Middle Ages. You can see and gorgeous stained glass windows, gilded ceilings, which became popular in the Renaissance. 3 in size in Spain, the Burgos Cathedral attracts not only pilgrims and God-fearing people, but also ordinary travelers.
- Cave of Altamira. The unique section of nature is distinguished not only by its intricate internal structure, which includes hundreds of unexplored passages, combined corridors and empty pads as large as a modern house. Particular attention is attracted here by the fascinating rock art, which, according to scientists, was abandoned before our era. These are volumetric images of animals and hunters that are breathtaking.
- Square of Seville. In its center is a huge fountain, surrounded by a geometric pattern of colorful plates and pebble stones. Around - an artificially created channel through which you can swim, enjoying the magnificent view. Located in the heart of the Spanish state, it is included in the list of the most beautiful areas of the planet.
- Canary Islands. The favorite place of demanding ladies and discerning gentlemen, which amazes with a combination of green nature, warm water and snow-white beach stripes. Canaries proudly call the edge of the eternal, never ending spring. Here, year-round temperature is kept at 20-25 degrees Celsius. Visitors are attracted by parks, the Dragon Tree, volcanic mountains and more.
- Park Guell. Getting into it, it seems that walking through the fictional terrain from "Alice in Wonderland." Curved figures of animals and fairy-tale characters, stunning to the depths of the panorama, multi-faceted, stained glass windows shining in the sun, voluminous, high arches in stone halls - all this creates an atmosphere of a real fairy tale. Not to mention the unusual green spaces, which in the hands of experienced florists have become real pieces of art.
- La Concha Beach. Having stretched along the entire length of a quiet, rich bay, it attracts with the purity of its shore and clear, warm sea water. It is recognized as the most beautiful beach in all of Spain, and is perfect for a relaxing, family holiday as well as for active parties and a lively pastime. High hills spread around, which do not allow hurricane winds to spoil a beach holiday.
- Ruins of the city of Cuenca. They say that for hundreds of years of its existence, representatives of completely different cultures and nations managed to live in it, from the ancient Celts to the militant Arabs. This fact could not but reflect on the impressive architecture of the ancient city, the abandoned towers and castles of which deserve attention to this day. Be sure to visit this mysterious landmark, and grab a camera with you.
- Mesquite Mosque. She was born at the beginning of the 13th century, and is a temple of Muslim-Arabs rebuilt on a Catholic basis. And although marvas tried their best to get rid of the traces of their predecessors, the walls of the building are still decorated in different, but equally beautiful and worthy of astonishment of style. These are granite columns, and multi-layered frescoes, and onyx figures and much more.
- Monastery of the Escorial. It was built by Philip II himself during the time of the Spanish-French battles to celebrate his victory. A multi-storey building with large halls is more like a royal palace than a modest abode for believers of the parishioners. Today it is one of the main cultural and historical centers of the country, within which you can see the multivolume library, the tombs of members of the monarchy, canvases of world-famous painters.
- Temple of the Holy Family. An amazing architectural monument, which is being built to this day, starting from the end of the 19th century. He invented it and began to build himself A. Gaudi, who worked on the creation of the above-mentioned Park Güell. The entire structure of the building is carefully thought out: these are twelve symmetrically located towers according to the number of holy Catholic apostles, as well as the 170-meter spire, symbolizing the Cross of the Lord.
- Ibiza Island. Sang in incendiary songs, beloved by all dancers and simply indescribable in its energetic place attracts party-goers from different parts of the world. This is a continuous disco 24/7, which seems to have no end along the entire embankment.
- Red Castle. A fairly young architectural complex located in Granada. People come here to feel like heroic knights and princesses of oriental tales, to plunge into the atmosphere of special Spanish comfort. Walking along the landscaped streets of the Museum of Islamic Culture of the Alhambra (the second name) can be almost endless, because these courtyards with mysterious legends and captivate their mystery.
- Costa Brava area. It will be interesting to fans of extreme entertainment like professional diving or dangerous mountaineering. It is called the “place of the brave” because of the bent, nature-created rocks and the unpredictable underwater world. However, ordinary citizens will be able to relax here: beautiful beaches, cozy bays and the lack of wind obviously will appeal to them.
- Madrid Royal Palace. Erected in the 18th century, it is an excellent example of the famous Spanish Baroque. Volumetric, even bulky statues, pillared halls with magnificent arches, stunning in its beauty wall paintings are complemented by exquisite gardens with fruit trees and flowerbeds blooming all year round. Here are the largest collections in the world of cold arms, Stradivari musical instruments and not only.
- Alcazar in Seville. If you want to get acquainted with the Arab culture in Spain, go to this Moorish castle-palace. Experts say that it has existed for more than 750 years, and to this day it retains the original features laid down during construction. The fragrance of wonderful roses here contrasts with the singing of peacocks and the works of the great Eastern architects.
- Dunes Maspalomas. You will not believe it, but even in a civilized, successfully developed European state you can feel yourself wandering around the African desert for a minute. In the area of Gran Canaria, strong sandstorms and constant tides have turned part of the land into real dunes. The enterprising guides take advantage of the moment, and even camel flocks here to roll surprised tourists along the dunes.
- Zoo of the island of Tenerife. A walk through the open Loro Park, in which the inhabitants do not suffer in stuffy cells, but are in their natural habitat, will delight not only children, but also adults. There are more than five hundred species of flora and fauna, from overseas birds to even northern penguins. Rare orchid varieties will surprise flower growers, and lovers of marine life can visit the dolphinarium, which operates 12 months a year.
- Aqueduct in Segovia. The length of this building beats all records on the European continent: as much as 729 meters! It was built by the ancient Romans, who used for this purpose monolithic stones like the Egyptian pyramid blocks. For more than twenty years, the aqueduct has been in non-working condition, but visitors are allowed here with pleasure (of course, for a fee).
- Theater in Merida. Once, thousands of years ago, emperors, rulers and members of royal families gathered here to watch spectacular performances. Over time, the amphitheater was expanded, and included about 6000 seats. Today, unfortunately, there are only ruins left from it, which, however, are actively used by amateur theater studios for concerts and festivals.
Let's sum up
To see all the sights of friendly Spain, a simple tourist trip is definitely not enough. The best solution would be to buy your own property, choosing, for example, one of the comfortable and developed areas of Marbella. You can independently live here at any time of the year, or successfully rent an apartment to an inquisitive visitor.