Among European nations, Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is not too expensive, it has many beautiful places you can visit and there are lovely resorts and hotels all around. The country is easily accessible from road, air and by the sea and the food is fabulous and the weather is good almost throughout the year.
1. Cordoba:Many travellers believe that Cordoba is the most beautiful destination in Southern Spain. The city is testimony to the many different cultures which have thrived over here. It has been declared a World Heritage Site to preserve its unique ethnicity and the artistic wealth of its buildings and mosques. Small streets, whitewashed courtyards, beautiful alleys and homes are all part of the basic charm of this city.
2. Madrid:The capital of Spain is dotted with Grand Avenues, enchanting palaces, museums and town squares which are bustling with activity. Plaza Mayor seems to be the place where everyone congregates and where the bars and restaurants never seem to close. There is a laid back feel to this lovely town and everywhere you can sense peace and joy.
3. Barcelona:Barcelona has something for everyone. There are great museums and art galleries. The Gaudi buildings will fascinate and enchant you with their quirkiness and colour. Las Rambles never sleeps – there is always some show or performance happening here. The musical fountain at Placa dÉspanya is one of the best in the world.
4. Valencia:Valencia is renowned for the world’s biggest food fight which takes place here in August, but it is also known for the Fallas festival which is held here in March. This quaint old city’s most popular attraction is The Silk Exchange which houses many impressive Gothic Style buildings which were a part of the commercial centre. The Cathedral is also worth a visit.
5. Seville:Due to it’s splendid architecture and the magnificent cathedral Seville is one of Spain’s grand cities. Christopher Columbus’s tomb and the Giralda Bell tower are also other well known landmarks of this city. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, it was earlier the trading hub during Roman times.
6. Granada:If you can go to only one city in Spain then let it be Granada. The Alhambra in Granada is one of the world’s most visited monuments. It is a tribute to Moorish Architecture and has been preserved well over the centuries. The unique beauty of this place can be summed up in these words: “There is no pain in life so cruel as to be blind in Granada”. There are many other places worth a visit also, such as The Plaza De San Nicolas and the Cathedral Museum.
7. Marbella:If you are looking for beautiful beaches, a great coastline and some of the best hotels and resorts in the world, then your destination is Marbella in Malaga. Sit back and relax, life moves at an easy pace here. Enjoy the fabulous views, great food and wine and olives of every variety. What more do you need for a great vacation?
8. Bilbao:The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum has become the iconic landmark of this city. Built in 1997, the museum is sheathed in titanium. The Basilica De Begona was built in 1519 to celebrate the appearance of The Virgin Mary in Bilbao. There are many other impressive buildings and of course the very popular flea markets are also an attraction.
9. Segovia:Segovia’s well preserved Roman Aqueduct is one of the landmarks of this city. The main attraction however remains the Alcazar, a picture perfect fortress from the 13th century. The culture and great heritage of this city are evident in the many museums and palaces here.
10. Palma De Mallorca:A city on the island of Mallorca, it is truly Mallorca’s only city. Modern hotel chains thrive side by side with narrow alleys and old world corridors and plazas. The Cathedral in the centre of the town has now been restored to its former glory.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
thinking about a trip to spain
this link looks useful: Top 110 places to visit in Spain