If when thinking about Spain the only things that come to your mind are paella, flamenco and bullfighting you absolutely must visit the country because there is so much more to experience. Similar to all of the countries bordering the Mediterranean, Spain has a long history; with its Roman remains, Arabic influences, the churches and medieval monasteries, the paths of religious pilgrimage (Santiago de Compostella), all of which combines with an extraordinary acceptance to the most innovative movements of today. It should also be remembered that there was a grand literary flourishing through the likes of Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Garcia Lorca and Antonio Machado.

In Spain the traditions and good food cannot be missed: from the Paella to the Gazpacho, from the fresh fish to the Tapas, you will be able to taste several typical regional dishes and attend a plethora of festivals centered on local folklore.

Each city has a very unique personality but they all act as a mirror reflecting the distinct Spanish culture. Salamanca, is home to the oldest Spanish university which is also one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. Bilbao, in the Basque Country, is famous for its Guggenheim Museum and Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso which also happens to be a popular beach destination. Segovia has the most important example of Roman engineering in all of Spain which is the 30 meters tall and 800 meters long aqueduct that is still intact after centuries and centuries of history.

The most famous cities are Barcelona and Madrid.

Barcelona: the capital of Catalonia, it is still a young city, dynamic, cosmopolitan and faces the sea. It collects historical evidences of the widest variety: you can admire the Roman remains, medieval districts but also the most beautiful expressions of modernism and the avant-gardes of the twentieth century:an example would be the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. For the city’s rich historic-artistic heritage it has been declared a UNESCO World Hertiage site. The most frequented places are:

  • The Sagrada Family
  • The Cathedral
  • Güell Park
  • Casa Pedrera
  • Casa Batllò
  • Palau de la Mùsica Catalana
  • Saint Paul’s Hospital
  • La Rambla
  • Ciutadella Park
  • Museud’Historia de la Ciutat e Palau Reial Major (Museum of History of the Ciutat and Reial Palace)
  • CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona – (The Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona) 

Madrid: the capital and also the largest city in Spain. There are several museums and if you like art you cannot miss out on the Prado, which contains more than 8000 works of art, the Reina Sofia Center of Art where you can admire the celebrated painting “Guernica” of Picasso and outside the city there is the Monastery of El Escorial, constructed by Filippo II as the residence and pantheon of the Kings of Spain.

On a side note, the city also has an active nightlife that attracts travelers from all over the world.

Things to see:

  • Museo del Prado
  • MuseoThyssen-Bornemisza
  • Museo Reina Sofia (MNCARS)
  • Palacio Real
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Parco El Retiro
  • Arena di Las Ventas
  • Madrid Rio
  • Mercato del Rastro

Instead of listing everything we have tried to give you a few suggestions so you can begin to explore Spain. All you have to do now is throw on your backpack and set off for your adventure.

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