Category: Spain tourist attractions

Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Museum

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The name may be a challenge for English speakers, but Madrid’s newest art museum is very easy to love for individuals of any nationality. Drawn from the possessions collected over generations of a wealthy family, the contents form one of the greatest gatherings of paintings in the world. Continue Reading

Barcelona Cathedral

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In the center of Barri Gotic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, is one of the most outstanding examples of medieval architecture in Europe: La Seu. Officially known as Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia. Continue Reading

Madrid, San Francisco Basilica

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The church of San Francisco is one of Madrid’s most important buildings and offers a fascinating tour. With a dome larger than that of St. Paul’s Cathedral it is an architectural marvel. Filled with paintings and sculpture, it is also an art lover’s treat. Continue Reading

Alicante monuments

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As well as museums, Alicante also has a great monumental heritage. Examples include: Santa Bárbara Castle overlooking the Mediterranean atop Mount Benacantil and providing unrivalled sea views; the Santa María Church, a 14th century Gothic temple that houses a priceless documental and artistic collection whose oldest piece is an incunable dating back to the 13th century; the San Nicolás Co-cathedral in the city’s historic quarter, which is a church used as a cathedral and a clear example of Spanish Enlightment from the first half of the 18th century; the Town Hall, an 18th century baroque-style palace interesting in that it houses the reference point for measuring the height above sea level of any place in Spain which is known as “cota cero”, and can be found on the first step of the building’s main staircase; and the Santa Faz Monastery just 5 kilometres outside the city centre, which is home to a relic brought from the Vatican in the 15th century, which, according to popular tradition, is part of a veil that Veronica used to wipe the bloodied face of Christ on his way to Calvary. Continue Reading

La Ciudadela de Jaca

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From a bird’s eye view, it seems to be a star. It is a perfect pentagon enclosed by walls, bastions, moats and other fortifications. The castle of San Pedro or Ciudadela (Citadel) is a military building that Felipe II ordered to build around 1592 in Jaca as a defense against a possible French invasion. However, as history would have it, it only did battle during the Independence War, when the Spanish tried to recover it after the Gallic occupation. Continue Reading

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Spain: Ibiza town

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The capital of the island is situated in the municipality of Ibiza with its impressive walled centre which was named World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. This international distinction recognizes the historical, cultural and architectural importance of the best-preserved coastal fortress in the Mediterranean. The acropolis of Dalt Vila is full of narrow streets and monuments such as the castle or the cathedral. It has been a crossroads for different cultures for hundreds of years, nowadays the surroundings of the fortress are the stage for concerts, poetry events, exhibitions and cultural activities throughout the entire year. Continue Reading

Majorca caves

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Majorca is renowned for its caves that are carved out of the island’s limestone rocks. Many of them were well-known by local people for centuries and they once offered protection for the earlier settlers, or functioned as hiding places from marauding pirates, dens for smugglers or religious sanctuaries. Continue Reading

Pollenca, Majorca

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Founded by the Romans in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, Pollen has retained much of its old-world charm with narrow, twisting streets, some good restaurants and a lively Sunday market. The remains left by the town’s founders include Pont Romu, a bridge spanning the banks of the Torrente de Sant Jordi river, at the north end of town. After 1229, the Knights Templar began the building of the parish church of Nostra Senyora dels Angels. Continue Reading

Cabrera Island National Park

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Cabrera (“goat island”) lies just 18 km (11 miles) from mainland Mallorca. A rocky, bare place and virtually uninhabited, it nevertheless has a rich history. It served as a prison camp during the Napoleonic War and was used as a base by Barbary pirates. Since 1991, Cabrera Island, together with an archipelago of 157 sq km (60 sq miles), has been designated a national park. This protection extends not only to rare species of plants, but also includes the surrounding marine life. Continue Reading

Things to do in Granada

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Situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Andalucia, Granada is a smallish city of fewer than half a million. Yet there are more things to see and do here than in some cities ten times its size. Once part of the kingdom of Castile, it is now one of Spain’s best tourist meccas. Continue Reading