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Top 46 things to see and do in Spain

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    An overall view of the Alhambra complex in Granada, Spain.

    The jewel of Moorish Spain and still one of the country's national treasures and major attractions. The palace of Alhambra is the reason that most visitors come to Granada. Built during the Moorish occupation of Spain, the palace's stunning beauty is a reminder that while Christian Europe stumbled through the Dark Ages, the Moors of Andalusia reached unrivaled pinnacles of beauty and culture ...

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    An angled view of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia, Spain.

    Santiago de Compostela is located in northwest Spain. It has its own airport, approximately 11km southeast of the town. It is also accessible by walking the Camino de Santiago, the old pilgrimage route to the tomb of St. James. Santiago has been second only to Rome for European pilgrims for over 1000 years. Its Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects in its architecture the important history of Santiago de Compostela ...

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    A building by the Puerta Del Sol Square in Madrid, Spain.

    The Puerta Del Sol surrounds the city since the 15th century and is one of the most popular and busiest locations, not just amongst tourists but also with the local Madrilènos. Translating in Spanish as the Gate of the Sun, it is the center from where Madrid Roads are measured and is facing the East direction. Hence this is point zero or kilometer zero for road measurements in the city.

    The Puerta Del Sol is a square that houses the renowned clock, of which the bells depict the traditional eating of twelve grapes and the start of a new year ...

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    A narrow street in the Barri Gòtic medieval neighbourhood of Bacelona.

    The Gothic Medieval Quarter of Barcelona is part of the larger Old Barcelona or Casc Antic district. Locally, the Gothic Medieval Quarter is called Barri Gòtic. You can easily reach the area by taking the L3 metro line to the Liceu stop. After that, it is best to rely on your feet to get you from place to place.

    There are many things to see in Barri Gòtic. It is one of the best-preserved and integrated medieval cities in Europe ...

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    A picture of the Puente Nuevo Bridge in Ronda, Andalusia, Spain.

    Puente Nuevo, also meaning the New Bridge in Spanish, runs across the Guadalevin River and the El Tajo gorge in the town of Ronda in Andalusia, Spain. Though the bridge's views are spectacular, and something is intimidating about this 120 meters deep gorge, it is not that unique from an engineering perspective.

    In fact, the supposedly 'new' bridge is not so new – it was completed in 1793 when it could have been called an engineering feat ...

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  • 7.9 /10
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    Part of Playa Mayor in Madrid, Spain.
    Plaza Mayor reflecting monumental Madrid, Spain, is the center of the city. Originally known as Plaza Del Arabal, was redesigned after a series of fires. Juan De Villanueva was the architect responsible for reconstructing the building in 1790. Following this episode, the Plaza has undergone several names - Plaza Real, Plaza De La Constitucion, and Plaza De La Republica until it was finally named as Plaza Mayor ...

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    Facade of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.
    The Museo del Prado, or Prado Museum, is located on the Calle Ruiz de Alarcón in Madrid. It is arguably Spain's most famous art museum. To reach Museo del Prado take the light blue line metro to the Atocha stop or the red line metro to the Banco de España stop. It is open from 9am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is 8€ ($11) for adults, with discounts for students and seniors ...

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    A view of the lake in Parque del Buen Retiro in Madrid, Spain.
    Parque del Buen Retiro is located in the heart of Madrid, Spain. It is best accessed through the Alcala Gate. You can reach it by taking the metro to the Retiro or Ibiza stops. This scenic park is open all year round, but the weather is best in the spring and fall. Sundays are especially crowded with families enjoying the greenery and weather ...

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  • 7.8 /10
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    A view of Barcelona from Montjuïc.

    Montjuïc is a large hill and wooded area located southeast of the center of Barcelona in Spain. Parts of Montjuïc overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Montjuïc is a big place, but the best metro access comes on lines 1 and 3 at the Espanya stop. No matter from where you leave the park, you should be able to find a bus service. The Montjuïc area is open all the time, but timings vary for its different attractions ...

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    An interior view of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

    La Sagrada Família, or Church of the Holy Family, is located in central Barcelona. Take the metro line 2 or 5 to the Sagrada Família stop. Admission is 11€ ($16) for adults and 9€ ($13) for students and seniors. This price does not include the lift up to the spire. Before you plan a trip to La Sagrada Família, it is best to visit the cathedral's website; not only do timings change seasonally, but access can be restricted due to mass or construction work ...

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    Las Ramblas is the main artery of Old Barcelona. It is approximately half a mile of boulevard that intersects the city center. On one side of Las Ramblas is the Gothic Medieval Quarter; on the other side is the Raval area. Las Ramblas sees primarily pedestrian traffic, so it is best to reach there by taking the L3 metro to the Drassanes, Liceu, or Catalunya stops ...

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  • The Barcelona Aquarium is located on Moll d'Espanya del Port Vell off the Ronda del Litoral in Barcelona, Catalonia, and directly on the waterfront. The aquarium opens at 9:30am all year round, but its closing times vary according to the seasons; check the website before planning your trip. Admission to the Barcelona Aquarium is 17€ ($24) for adults and 12 ($17) for children. Tickets are available for online purchase.

    The Barcelona Aquarium opened in September of 1995, and has had over 14 million visitors since then ...

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  • 7.3 /10
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    The Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain.

    Madrid's Royal Palace is the largest of its kind in Western Europe, spanning over 135000 m sq with approximately 2800 rooms. Palacio Real is the largest building and architectural splendor in Madrid, Spain. Originating from the 18th and 19th centuries, it is the Royal Family's official residence, though not currently used as a residence but only on occasions. Situated on Bailen Street, East of Manzanares River, it is open as a tourist attraction to see the Royal glory in 50 rooms with the Hall of Columns, Throne Room, China Collection, Royal Chapel, the Imperial Ballroom, the Royal Guest Chambers, and the porcelain rooms amongst others ...

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    An artsy representation of the Spring Fair of Seville.
    Come Spring and the air in Seville in Andalusia, Spain, is transformed into one of joy and rapture as the town starts preparing for the Seville Fair, also known as the April Fair or Feria de Sevilla. The fair begins on a Sunday at the stroke of twelve and is on until the next Sunday. Held on a ground of 1.2 million square meters known as the Real de la, the fair is officially inaugurated by the Mayor of Seville by switching on the lights of the grounds. This scene itself is breathtaking!

    The grounds are arranged in three sections – one dedicated for parking, one section houses an amusement park and a large area is dedicated for casetas ...

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    Moorish columns in the Mesquita-Cathedral of Cordoba.

    Cordoba's prime attraction in Andalucia, Spain, is La Mesquita, also known as the Great Mosque or the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba. With architecture that has flavors of Egyptian, Syrian, Roman and Gothic styles, Cordoba's Mesquita attracts about 1.5 million visitors annually and claims to be the third-largest worship place in the world. The mosque has not only borne several modifications to its original structure over the years, but it has also been a witness to changes and fusion of both the Occident and Caliphate in Cordoba ...

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  • The Columbus Monument is called Monument a Colom in Catalonian. It is located near the crossroads of Passeig de Colom and Rambla de Santa Mònica. It is on the waterfront at Plaça del Porta de la Pau. You can reach it by taking metro line 3 to the Drassanses. The exterior of the monument is always open and free of charge. If you wish to go inside the tower it is open year round from 9am to 8:30pm ...

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  • The Cathedral of Barcelona can be found in the Medieval Gothic Quarter of Barcelona (or Barri Gòtic). It is best reached by taking line 3 of the metro and getting off at the Jaume I stop. The cathedral is open to the public, but visiting hours vary throughout the cathedral complex and depend on that day's mass schedule. It is advisable to call or visit the cathedral the morning you wish to visit and confirm that day's timings ...

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    Casa Batllo is located near the crossroads of Carrer d'Aragó and Passeig de Gràcia in central Barcelona. To reach it by metro, take line 3 to the Passeig de Gràcia stop. Casa Batllo is open year round from 9am to 8pm, however their hours are subject to change, so check their website before planning your visit. Tickets are available online or at the door and cost 15€ ($21) each ...

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  • Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is better known as Estadi Olimpic de Montjuїc. It is located inside of Montjuїc Park in Barcelona. You can reach it by taking metro lines 1 and 3 to the Espanya stop. You will need to take the escalators and walk a bit after disembarking. It is open daily from 10am to 8pm in the summer and 10am to 6pm in the winter. Before visiting, check to see if any major events are taking place ...

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  • The National Museum of Catalonian Art is located near Parc de Montjuїc and the waterfront. It can be reached by a variety of bus lines and L1 and L3 on the metro. Get down at the Pl. Espanya stop. The National Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2:30pm. A two-day general admission is 8.50€ ($12) and includes a self-guided audio tour ...

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  • The Picasso Museum is located in central Barcelona on Carrer de Montcada. It is well-connected by the Metro. You can take Line 1 to the Arc de Triomf station, Line 3 to the Liceu station, or Line 4 to the Jaume I station. There are also many buses available. The museum does not have its own parking lot. The Picasso Museum is open from 10am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday ...

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  • The Museo Arqueológico Nacional, or the National Archaeological Museum, is located at the corner of Calle de Serrano and Calle de Jorge Juan in Madrid, Spain. Take the Serrano or Retiro stops on the metro. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8:30pm and on Sundays from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Admission is 3€ ($4) for adults. The cost is free for seniors and children. On Saturday and Sunday it is free for everyone. The museum is housed in an enormous neoclassical building that it shares with the National Library ...

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  • The entrance to the Teleférico is located on Paseo del Pintor Rosales. It is accessible from the Arguelles metro stop. It is open every day from the first week of April to the second week of September. During the winter months it only runs on weekends and holidays. Price for an adult round-trip ticket is approximately 5€ ($7). The price is reduced for children and seniors ...

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  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is on Paseo del Prado in Madrid. You can get there by a variety of bus lines, at the Banco de España stop on the underground, and the Recoletos and Atocha stops on the train. It is open year round from 10am to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are 7€ ($10) for the permanent collection; there is an additional fee for temporary exhibits ...

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  • 7 /10

    Bilbao is a beautiful city to walk around especially in the old town area, Casco Viejo. This neighborhood, situated on the right bank of the river, is full of stunning Basque architecture and interesting sights. The heart of the Casco Viejo lies around the historical seven streets of Bilbao, the oldest part of the neighborhood, featuring enticing shops, cafés and an abundance of taverns to choose from for an excellent culinary experience ...

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  • Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, or the Cathedral of St. James, is located in the town that bears the same name on the northwestern coast of Spain. It is the terminus for the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that has been in continuous use since the 9th century. The first cathedral was built in 819AD over the site where the relics of St ...

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  • The Way of St. James, of Camino de Santiago, is a medieval pilgrimage route. There are paths originating all over Europe, but they all lead to the same place: Santiago de Compostela, the Church of St. James. St. James was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus and the patron saint of Spain. He came to Spain to preach shortly after Jesus' resurrection, and then returned to Judea in 44AD to be martyred ...

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    Grazalema, one of the famous white villages in the mountains of Andalusia.

    The hills of Andalusia have a very diverse landscape. This beautiful area is an ideal place for a scenic drive and even for a bike ride. Boundless olive trees, spectacular gorges, rushing rivers, and flowery fields surround the 'Pueblos Blancos' (white villages) in the hills.

    The white villages were built around the 13th to 15th century and were originally inhabited by the Moors ...

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    Exterior view of the Cathedral of Seville in Andalusia.

    This large cathedral (the largest in Spain) is a converted mosque. The great altar, the royal chapel and the tomb of Christopher Columbus are its showpieces.

    The Real Alcazar - the royal palace - is a unique structure, built in the 14th century in Moorish Mudéjar style (a mix of Moorish and Spanish style). This monument is a World Heritage site that you cannot miss ...

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    The Royal Palace of Seville's interior court.

    The Real Alcazar (or "Reales Alcázares de Sevilla") is a royal Palace in the city of Seville in Andalusia, Spain.

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    The Plaza de Toros Maestranza bullring arena in Seville, Spain.

    The Maestranza is the famous bullring in Seville, Spain.

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    Part of the famous Plaza de España in Seville, Andanlusia.

    Plaza de España is the main square in Seville, Spain.

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  • The Azkuna Zentroa (formely "Alhóndiga") - that was completely remodeled by French designer Philippe Starck in 2010 - is one of the most symbolic buildings of Bilbao. What was once the city's wine warehouse, is today a cultural center occupying a 43,000-square-meters site in the Indautxu district. The Alhondiga hosts many exhibitions and is home to a media center, libraries, a multiplex cinema, a variety of shops and restaurants. Even you can swim in the glass-bottomed swimming pool and visit the rooftop terrace for great views ...

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  • The Ribera Market is situated in the southern corner of the Old Town, right next to the river. This marketplace, built in 1929, is a perfect place to experience the everyday life of Bilbao. The 10,000-square-meter space is characterized by its open spaces inside and over-sized stained glass windows that allow natural light to enter. Here you find high-quality Basque culinary products, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and other ingredients used to prepare the regional cuisine ...

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  • The Basilica of Begoña - featured by an impressive triumphal arch in its facade - is located on a picturesque hilltop that overlooks the Old Town of Bilbao. This important pilgrimage church features an image of the Virgin of Begoña, patroness of the city and without a doubt, the most important Virgin in Bilbao (the locals often call her “Amatxo,” which means mom in Basque). The easiest way to reach the Basilica is by taking the lift from behind the Church of San Nicolás ...

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  • Bilbao sits at the bottom of a valley, surrounded by the slopes of Mount Artxandra ("Monte Archandra" in Spanish). From the summit of this mountain, you are awed by the spectacular panoramas of Bilbao's urban landscape. Here you can also find lovely areas for taking a walk and admiring the views. Mount Artxandra can be reached by a cable car that leaves from Plaza del Funicular and only takes three minutes to travel through the hillside of the Arangoiti district to the top ...

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    Parc Guell is located near the northwestern edge of Barcelona just off the Sant Josep de la Muntanya. You can reach it by taking metro line 3 and getting off at the Lesseps stop and walking. It is open year round from 10am, but closing hours vary with the seasons. Before going, check online if you are planning an afternoon trip. Admission to Parc Guell is free.

    Parc Guell was built and designed by Antoni Gaudí, that brilliant architect who left such a large footprint on Barcelona's landscape ...

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  • Picos de Europa, located in Spain, literary means "Peak of Europe" - a mountain range located at Autonomous Communities of Asturias, Cantabria, Castile and Leon. It is part of Cantabrian Mountains. It is famous for its wildlife like brown bears, wolves and wild boars. The area that lies near Picos de Europa is safe for trekking and hiking. The area is more famous with mountaineers, mountain walkers and climbers. There are good network of established refuges, but the best spot for climbing is Naranjo de Bulnes ...

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    Casa Mila is located on Passeig de Gràcia in central Barcelona. It is a near neighbor to one of Antoni Gaudí's other architectural masterpieces, Casa Battlo. You can easily reach Casa Mila by taking metro lines 3 or 5 to the Diagonal stop. Once there, it is possible to take a tour of one interior apartment and the roof, however this is not recommended ...

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  • Think of flea markets and of Madrid, Spain, then the name El Rastro will spark up. Also known as El Rastro De Madrid, it is the most bustling open air Sunday market known as the flea market. It is also organized on any other public holiday as well between 9 am to 3 pm. It is located in the barrio de Embajadores near Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores, between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo ...

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  • Part of the Golden Triangle in Madrid is the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Museum. Inaugurated in 1992 by King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofía, is known for showcasing 20th century work. The building designed in the 18th century by the architect Sabatini, has undergone several transformations. It was an artistic monument which was made into a national museum in 1988 ...

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    The Tomato Fiesta

    If you are in the town of Buñol, Valencia, Spain on a Wednesday at the end of the August month, throwing tomatoes at someone in the afternoon will not get you behind the bars – for you will be a part of La Tomatina, the world's most festive tomato fight! While the population of Buñol is just 3000, it grows over ten times during this day and the week preceding the La Tomatina festival. The town and its tourists brace themselves for this two hour tomato throwing fiesta by being part of the week long music, dance and fireworks preceding this festival.

    On the D-day, at 11 am, a large pole is greased, (also known as a cockaigne pole), and a ham is placed on the top of the pole ...

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  • Pamplona's Bull running (Encierro in Spanish) is also known as the festival of San Fermin. The official opening of the festival takes place on 6th of July of each year with marking of 'chupinazo'. Chupinazo is a ritual that is done on the casa Consistorial balcony. The festival fervor is such that thousands of people gather together in the famous Pomplona square where mayor announces the commencement of the festival ...

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  • * Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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