Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Spain

Spain is one of the most admired tourist destinations in Europe. It is well known for its famous cities, beaches, mountain resorts, top star hotels and many other tourist attractions. “Spain is different!” Spaniards use to say. Spain is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating countries of the world. It is also very famous for Flamenco music and dance, bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, Spain has to offer much more than that. It is – and has been for thousands of years – one of the cultural centers of Europe. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Spain are listed below:

1. Madrid

A very famous tourist destination Europe which is located in Spain is Madrid. It is the most popular and the capital city of Spain, as well as the capital of the autonomous community of the same name. It is best known for its great cultural and artistic heritage, a good example of which is the El Prado museum. Madrid also boasts some of the liveliest nightlife in the world. The city has lot to offer in tourism sector, hence, largely visited by tourist around the world.

2. Barcelona

Barcelona is a very beautiful city and also Spain’s second largest city, with a population of 1.5 million people, and the capital of Catalonia. The city is on the Mediterranean coast, and has a wealth of unique historic architecture. Barcelona emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe during the 1990s. it is said to a perfect destination for family vacations.

3. La Sagrada Familia

It is said that your tour to Europe is incomplete if you doesn’t visit the La Sagrada Familia. While in Europe, another must see is the unfinished church La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, designed and worked on by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. Sadly, he died before the structure was completed. With amazingly designed towers and innovative architecture, however, this is an excellent place to visit while in Europe. it is immensely popular.

4. Granada

Spain is considered as one of the most beautiful countries with lovely beaches that soak in the sun. it is largely believed that beaches are found everywhere and wouldn’t be of much significance as compared to your visit to the Alhambra Palace in Granada. This palace was the official residence of Granada’s Islamic rulers. Tourist gets the opportunity to witness some of the supreme illustrations of Islamic art and architecture.

5. Palacio Real

The Palacio Real is a famous Royal Palace of Spain located in the country’s capital. This magnificent palace is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace was constructed during the years 1738 and 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764. It is a delight in its own to view this masterpiece.

6. Running of the Bulls

One of the magnificent tourist attractions of Spain is found in the city of Pamplona, a region of Navarra and is renowned for its San Fermín festival that is conducted annually during the month of July. At the heart of the festival is El Encierro, the Running of the Bulls, an activity that involves running in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose, on a course of the town’s streets.

7. La Concha

La Concha is an extremely popular tourist destination of Spain that is very well protected from strong winds by steep cliffs and islands. This beautiful attraction is found in San Sebastian and perhaps one of the best city beaches in Europe. Here you can go surfing, walk along the promenade in search of good restaurants and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach.

8. Aqueduct of Segovia

The Aqueduct of Segovia is considered to be the must visit tourist attraction of Spain. It is said to be among the well preserved monuments left by the Romans in Spain. The ancient aqueduct carries water 16 km from the Frío River to Segovia and was built of some 24,000 massive granite blocks without the use of mortar. Probably constructed around 50 AD it still provided water to the city in the 20th.visiting this attraction of Spain is a delightful experience in its own.

9. Cuenca

Cuenca is located right in between Madrid and Valencia, making it one of the most popular tourist spots of the country. It is considered to be a terrific example of a medieval city, constructed on the steep sides of a mountain. There are plenty of attractions to be explored here and numerous of “hanging houses” are built right up to the cliff edge, making Cuenca one of the most striking towns in Spain, a gem in the province of Castilla La Mancha.

10. Ibiza

Ibiza is perhaps the dream destination of any traveler travelling to Spain. It is one of the Balearic Islands to be found located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During summer, there are several of activities that you can enjoy here such as the night clubs, beach bars and restaurants.

11. El Escorial

El Escorial is located right in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, is one of the famous tourist attractions of Spain. It is considered to be the political center the Spanish empire under King Philip II. Today it functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. It is a must visit tourist destination of Spain.

12. Mezquita of Cordoba

The Mezquita is one of the famous places to visit is in Spain. It is an amazing structure renowned for the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. The site was originally a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors constructed this mosque.

13. Alhambra

Alhambra is located on a plateau, Granada towards the southern end of the country. It is considered to be Part fortress, part palace and part garden. It was built during the fourteenth century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.

14. Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is a place where you can find Picasso’s Guernica, it is perhaps the most famous artwork, and a host of other important Spanish artworks, it offer you a premier collection of contemporary art. In addition to plenty of paintings by Picasso, other major drawcards are works by Salvador Dalí (1904-89) and Joan Miró (1893-1983).

15. Casa Batlló

Casa Batllo is among the most unusual residential buildings in Europe. The facade, sprinkled with bits of blue, mauve and green tiles and studded with wave-shaped window frames and balconies, rises to an uneven blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower making it one of the most impressive tourist sites in Spain.

16. Plaza Mayor

The plaza Mayor, for centuries has been witnessing the routine life of Madrid, is one of the attractive places to visit in Spain. It very well combines beautiful architecture with a history dominated by peculiarly Spanish dramas. Designed in 1619 by Juan Gómez de Mora and built in typical Herrerian style, a delightful treat to witness this piece of art.

17. Parque del Buen Retiro

The country of Spain offers some of the unique attractions and the Parque del Buen Retiro is not an exception. The glorious gardens of El Retiro are considered to be exceptionally wonderful and have been constructed in European style. Littered with marble monuments, landscaped lawns, the occasional elegant building and abundant greenery, is an amazing place to spent time.

18. Museo Guggenheim

Once in Spain you can witness some of the gorgeous art galleries and museums, worth a stop. This art centre was opened during the year 1997. It offers some of the most interesting pieces of art worth appreciating and work of renowned artist.

19. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

You will find some of the most impressive collection of predominantly European art in the world inside the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. This museum is certainly a place to visit for all art lovers that offers some of the breathtaking form of art by renowned artist from throughout Europe. Most of the big names are here, sometimes with just a single painting, but the Thyssen’s gift to Madrid and the art-loving public is to have them all under one roof.

20. Albayzín

One of the most fascinating places to visit in Spain is Albayzin. You will find it located right on the hill facing the Alhambra across the Darro valley, Granada’s old Muslim quarter. It is a famous open-air museum offering quite an interesting stuff. It survived as the Muslim quarter for several decades after the Christian conquest in 1492.

21. Palacio Nazaríes

Palacia Nazaries is considered to be a marvelous place to visit in Spain. It is perhaps the most excellent Islamic building in Europe, with its perfectly proportioned rooms and courtyards, intricately moulded stucco walls, beautiful tiling, fine carved wooden ceilings and elaborate stalactite-like muqarnas vaulting, all worked in mesmerizing, symbolic, geometrical patterns. For the followers of Islam it is an absolute treat to witness this structure where you can also find Arabic inscriptions proliferate in the stuccowork.

22. Apes’ Den

Apes’ Den is one of the extremely fascinating tourist attractions of Spain. It is perhaps the Rock’s most popular inhabitants are the tailless Barbary Macaques, the only free-living primates in Europe. You will find around two hundred and forty apes hanging around the Apes’ Den near the middle cable-car station; the others can often be seen at the top cable-car station and the Great Siege Tunnels.

23. Fundació Joan Miró

Fundacio Joan Miró is one of the most impressive tourist attractions of Spain. It is indeed a well known 20th-century artistic progeny, bequeathed this art foundation to his hometown in the year 1971. It is one of the most famous tourist spots of the country.

24. Montserrat

Montserrat is considered to be the spiritual heart of Catalonia and one of the most famous tourist attractions of the country. Once here you can get the opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenery. Here you will find a huge limestone pinnacles rising precipitously over gorges, this amazing place has drawn hermits since the 5th century.

25. Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado is perhaps the leading art galleries of Spain, worth a visit. you will find approximately seven thousand paintings held in the Museo del Prado’s collection. The museum is indeed like a window onto the historical vagaries of the Spanish soul, at once grand and imperious in the royal paintings of Velázquez, darkly tumultuous in Las Pinturas Negras (Black Paintings) of Goya and outward-looking with sophisticated works of art from all across Europe.

26. Queen Sofia Art Centre

Queen Sofia Art Centre is one of the most impressive art centre of Spain tht wa opened by Queen Sofía during the year 1986. This art centre displays some of the most exotic art collection, surely worth a visit. The complex of buildings, which from the outside seems of massive proportions, was designed as a hospital in the 18th C. by the architect of the royal palace, the Italian Francesco Sabatini, and the Spaniard José de Hermosilla.

27. Gijon Atlantic Botanical Garden

The Gijón Atlantic Botanical Garden is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Spain and an immense “museum”, where you can witness a wide range of flora. This magnificent garden occupies a total area of around sixteen hectares, and visitors can discover these plants from a range of different perspectives: context, history, ecosystem function, information panels, games, puppets, audio-guides and various interactive elements.

28. National Archeological Museum

The National Archeological Museum is perhaps the most prominent museums located in the country’s capital. This interesting museum was established during the year 1895. The museum has a rich collection ranging in date from prehistoric times to the 19th C. The tour of the museum should begin in the garden with its reproductions of paintings from the Altamira Caves.

29. Toledo Bridge

The Puente de Toledo is perhaps the finest monuments from the reign of the first Bourbon king, Philip V. The magnificent bridge was constructed during the years 1718 and 1732. The bridge spans the Manzanare with nine arches and has alternative dual-carriageway roads crossing the river alongside it in either direction. It offers spectacular view across to the north to the Estadio Vicente Calderón and the Puerta de Toledo, further in to the city center.

30. Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela is one of the major tourist attractions of Spain. Constructed gradually over several centuries, the major source of attraction of this cathedral lies in its beauty which is a mix of Romanesque with baroque and Gothic flourishes. What you see today is actually the fourth church to stand on this spot.

31. Casco Viejo

The Casco Viejo is one of the most famous tourist spots of Spain and is a place where you will find abundant of charming streets, boisterous bars and plenty of quirky and independent shops. You will also find right at the heart of this region, the Bilbao’s original seven streets, Las Siete Calles, which date from the 1400s.

32. Museo de Bellas Artes

Museo de Bellas Artes is an interesting museum that houses some of the finest collection of artifacts, well worth a stop. In this museum you will find everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main subcollections: classical art, with works by Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Goya and van Dyck; contemporary art, featuring works by Gauguin. In this museum you will get to witness some of the best works of the world renowned artist.

33. Segovia Bridge

One of the major attractions of Spain considered to be worth appreciating is the Segovia Bridge. This amazing bridge is indeed the oldest bridge over the Manzanares in Madrid. Philip II commissioned, Juan de Herrera, to construct this bridge in place of the Puente Segoviano, and it was opened to traffic in 1584.

34. Lope de Vega Museum

Lope de Vega, the great dramatist and poet, creator of the seventeenth century. Spanish comedia, settled here in the year 1610. The rooms of the house and the little garden, in which he used to live with his family is today functions as a museum, and offer an appealing impression of everyday life in Madrid in Spain’s Golden Age.

35. Neptune Fountain

The Neptune Fountain is one of the impressive spots to visit in Spain that features Neptune wielding his trident while standing on a chariot. The fountain was designed by Ventura Rodríguez and was sculpted by Juan Pascual Mena in the year 1780.

36. Toledo Catedral

The Toledo’s cathedral is said to be one of the prominent places to visit in Spain that also reflects the city’s historical significance as the heart of Catholic Spain. Dating from the 13th century and essentially a Gothic structure, the cathedral is indeed a prominent and quite an ancient place of worship.

37. Plaza de la Cebada

The country of Spain is not only rich is natural beauty but is also renowned for its numerous historical monuments. Once in Spain you will find plenty of things to do and see. Plaza de la Cebada is one of the famous spots of the country. In the wake of the Christian conquest the square was, for a time, the site of a Muslim cemetery, and the nearby Plaza de la Puerta de Moros (Moors’ Gate) underscores that this area was long home to the city’s Muslim population. The square later became a popular spot for public executions.

38. Army Museum

There are plenty of museums to be explored in the country of Spain and The Army Museum is one among them. This interesting museum was established during the year 1803 and houses the largest collection of arms and armor in Spain after the Armería in the Palacio Real. It contains an extensive collection of relics of Spanish military history. The oldest exhibit in the museum is the sword belonging to El Cid, the Castilian hero who found a place in European literature.

39. Palau de la Música Catalana

Palau de la Musuca Catalana is considered to be a high point of Barcelona’s Modernista architecture. It is one of the famous places of Spain to visit. it is rather a series of crescendos in tile, brick, sculpted stone and stained glass. The palace was built with the help of some of the best Catalan artisans of the time, in the cloister of the former Convent de Sant Francesc, and since 1990 it has undergone several major changes.

40. Tomb of Christopher Columbus

The Tom of Christopher Columbus is considered to be an elaborated monument of the country, well worth a visit. this monument belongs to the year 1902 with four sepulchre-bearers representing the four kingdoms of Spain at the time of Columbus’ 1492 voyage: Castile, León, Aragón and Navarra. The tomb holds bones brought back from the Caribbean in 1899 and long thought to be Columbus’.

41. Plaza de Neptuno

Plaza de Neptuno is officially called as Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo, is a place surely worth a stop. The major attraction of this place remains its ornate fountain and 18th-century sculpture of Neptune, the sea god, by Juan Pascual de Mena.

42. Castell de Montjuïc

Castell de Montjuïc is one of the famous landmarks of the city and at the same time dominates the southeastern heights of Montjuïc. Right here you can enjoy splendid views over the Mediterranean. It dates, in its present form, from the late 17th and 18th centuries. For most of its dark history, it has been used to watch over the city and as a political prison and killing ground.

43. Plaza de Oriente

Plaza de Oriente is one of the popular places to visit in Spain. Plaza de Oriente, a living, breathing monument to imperial Madrid. At the centre of the plaza, which the palace overlooks, is an equestrian statue of Felipe IV. Designed by Velázquez, it’s the perfect place to take it all in with marvellous views wherever you look.

44. Capilla Real

One of the famous places to visit in Spain is the Capilla Real, is considered to be an amazing Christian building. Catholic Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand commissioned this elaborate Isabelline Gothic–style mausoleum.

45. D’Alt Vila

The famous ancient town of Spain – D’Alt Vila is a walled town and an extremely popular tourist destination of the country. This town if also listed in UNESCEO World Heritage Site in the year 1999. The Romans were the first to fortify this hilltop, but the walls you see were raised by Felipe II in the 16th century to protect against invasion by French and Turkish forces.

46. Euskal Museoa

Euskal Museoa is said to be the most complete museum of Basque culture and history in all the Basque regions. This museum is full of interesting collections and hence popular tourist’s spot of the country. It is located in an old building, at the centre of which is a peaceful cloister that was part of an original 17th-century Jesuit college.

47. Plaza de Lavapiés

Plaza de Lavapies is one of the few open spaces in Lavapiés and well considered to be a most famous tourist spot of the country. The Teatro Valle-Inclán, on the southern edge of the plaza, is a stunning contemporary addition to the eclectic Lavapiés streetscape.

48. Alcázar

Alcazar is considered to be a paradise for many as it is a beautiful spot of the country. Alcazar was constructed primarily in the 1300s. Indeed, compared to our modern-day shopping malls and throw-away apartment blocks. Many renowned legends considered it as one of history’s architectural high points. It is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1987.

49. Caixa Forum

Caixa Forum is an amazing structure down towards the southern part of the Paseo del Prado. It is one of the famous landmarks of the country’s capital, considered worth a visit. Inside there are four floors of exhibition. The exhibitions here are always worth checking out and include cover photography, painting and multimedia shows.

50. Great Siege Tunnels

The Great Siege Tunnels were gun emplacements hewn out by hand by the British during the 1779-83 sieges. It comprises of little pat of around 70km (43mi) of tunnels in the Rock, most of which are off limits to the public. Nearby is the Tower of Homage, the last vestige of Gibraltar’s Muslim castle is also to be found that was constructed in the year 1333.

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