Ten Must-See Tourist Attractions in Spain

Spain’s year-round pleasant weather, rich history, vibrant culture, delicious food, famous landmarks, and traditional festivals are only some of the irresistible reasons that make Spain one of the top tourist locations in the world. Here are ten of the most popular and beautiful attractions that you must visit:

10. El Retiro Park, Madrid

With over 15,000 trees, this green oasis is Madrid’s most renowned park. El Retiro with its countless gardens, hosts some of Madrid’s oldest trees, with some dating back 400 years. Magnificent sculptures and fountains with intricate and beautiful details can be found all over the park, such as the Monument to Alfonso XII, the Fallen Angel statue, and the Galapagos Fountain.

The El Retiro park provides a little bit of everything for everyone. If you want to have a relaxing day, it provides the most breathtaking scenery, but on the other hand, if being active is more your style, you can find locations to exercise, as there are locations for jogging, roller blading, or bike riding.

El Retiro also hosts an annual book fair with a brilliant fireworks show, a very popular event in honor of the city’s patron saint.

9. Plaza De España, Seville

Built in 1928, the Plaza De España combines Baroque, Rennaissance, and Moorish styles of architecture, making it one-of-a-kind. The semi-circular plaza has a gorgeous canal, in which people can take boat cruises through, appreciating the vast & natural view. This place is also perfect for strolls, as it overlooks the Maria Luisa Park, which is over half a mile of greenery and shaded paths. A horse-drawn carriage can also be rented to take a relaxing path to simply enjoy the beauty of the plaza.

8. Park Güell, Barcelona

Boasting 12 million annual tourists, the Park Güell is famous for the Gaudi House Museum. The Museum houses the Austria Gardens, Laundry Room Portico, Hypostyle Room, and the famous Dragon Stairway.

This colorful and architectural wonder of a park offers the most glamourous terrace, beautiful terrain, and a multi-colored mosaic salamander, which are all sights to behold. This park is one of the most unique places that can be found in Barcelona, and is itself considered as a work of art.

7. Ibiza

The most famous Balearic Island, and considered the world party capital. Ibiza is known for golden and warm beaches, bright blue waters, and some of the most stunning sunsets in the world. The island’s most crowded during the summer, as the population literally doubles, but is more laid-back during November to January.

Ibiza offers the world’s best clubs, amazing restaurants, public or secluded beaches, and a music scene that’s known world-wide for its international and famous performers.

6. La Alhambra, Granada

La Alhambra is perfect for the history buffs and those who want to learn more about Spain’s rich history. Many tourists often visit Granada specifically for La Alhambra, which is both a royal palace, and a fortress. Originally, it was only a fortress, dating back to the year 889, but then it was rebuilt using Islamic architecture in the mid 13th century.

This authentic and unique palace offers marble fountains, intricate decorations, mosaics, a tile-lined ceiling, and a Bird’s-Eye view of the entire beautiful city of Granada.

5. Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are each unique, but they all give off the feelings of adventure, vacation, and serenity. Offering all types of beaches from the whitest sand, to the clearest blue waters, there’s always a beach that fits with your preferences, whether it’d be a family environment, or some deeper waters.

The Playa Ingles in Gran Canaria offers cafes, parks, restaurants, shops, and most famously, the sand dunes, which you can ride through on a camel. On Tenerife, the most famous of the islands, countless activities can be found, such as dolphin and whale watching, wind surfing, golfing, jet skiing, and countless other fun adventures. Tenerife is also where you’ll find the famous Teide National Park.

The Canary Islands are each special in their own way, and all provide different experiences at surprisingly affordable prices for tourists.

4. Teide National Park, Tenerife

On the island of Tenerife, you can find the highest peak in Spain, and the world’s third tallest volcano structure. This park is an active and outdoors person’s dream. Tourists can see the entire Teide Park view all from a cable car ride, witnessing the most gorgeous and breathtaking landscapes. This park is famous for its above the clouds sunset, and its clear night sky stargazing sessions.

3. Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid

The Prado Museum was established 200 years ago, it’s known as Spain’s main national art museum, hosting the largest collection of Spanish and European art. The building was designed in 1785, and have stood the test of time. Not counting the sculptures, this beautiful museum is home to over 2,300 pieces of art, including works from Picasso, Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco.

2. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia

One of the main attractions of Valencia, and considered one of the “Twelve Treasures of Spain”. The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias hosts an interactive Science Museum, an IMAX Cinema, an Opera House, both a planetarium and laserium, and of course, the biggest oceanographic aquarium in all of Europe. This futuristic attraction took nearly a decade to complete, and often hosts a variety of festivals and events all year-round.

1. Sagrada Familia Basilica, Barcelona

Considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, this is Spain’s most visited attraction. Construction began almost 200 years ago, in 1882, and is still being constructed, being due for completion in 2026. Millions visit every year, fitting 14,000 people. This beautiful building is a work of classical gothic architectural art, with tree trunk-like columns and multi-colored windows, resembling a mystical and magical forest.

Are you ready to take the trip of of a lifetime to Spain?

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