Spain TOP 10 travel destinations

November 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Spain is a diverse destination offering travelers everything from sandy beaches, gourmet dining spots, unique architecture, heady party scene, world-class museums and Arab towns. This page describes the top ten Spanish travel destinations and is a useful guide for visitors wishing to experience the best that Spain has to offer.

Spain offers travelers a heady mix of sunshine, beaches, rich history and culture, and a buffet of delicious dishes. No wonder, then, that Spain is the third most visited country in the world, scoring more than 52 million visitors a year, according to the World Tourism Organization 2009. Spain is a country with a little something for everyone. The top ten holiday destinations in Spain include cultural capital, gourmet destinations, Arab towns, hedonistic party spots and beaches of golden sand.

Seville Plaza de Espana

Seville Plaza de Espana

Madrid
The Spanish capital is the heart of the country and is famous for its nightlife and art. The move, a movement of the celebration of life and all its glory, had its roots in Madrid. Local attractions include the historic Plaza de Mayo, Plaza of Spain, the Palacio Real and Madrid’s most famous museum, the Prado, which displays works by Goya, Velazquez and Picasso, among other great artists.

There is plenty of culture in Madrid, from the bullfights in the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas, to classical symphonies performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Madrid.

Barcelona
Located on the coast of Spain, Barcelona is the Catalan capital of Spain and the second largest city in the country. Charms of the city consist of Sun kissed beaches, a relaxed lifestyle, delicious food and unique architecture Catalan.

Barcelona attracts nearly 5 million visitors each year and is a vibrant cultural, financial and international. Culture vultures flock here for a dose of Catalan dance and food lovers come to admire the whimsical architecture Antonio Gaudi, wonderful works of art such as the Sagrada Familia, and lovers of the beach sun and sand in the same degree of Barceloneta, believes that some of the best urban beaches in the world.

Sevilla
Locals say Spain is more Spanish in the south, and Seville, the capital of Andalusia, is a testament to that saying. The Cathedral of Seville, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world, is here, its spire rising above the skyline. Sevilla is also the birthplace of flamenco, a dance fiery, passionate that originated in Andalusia.

Granada
Tied to the hill like a ship to berth, the Alhambra is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Granada. This 13-century Moorish palace attracts crowds of tourists every year. The Nazari Palace, a maze with high ceilings decorated rooms and accessories with tranquil courtyards, soothing fountains, are a UNESCO World Heritage listed. The jagged edges of the nearby Sierra Nevada also appeal to lovers of birds and nature to admire the spectacular scenery and rich wildlife.

Granada Alhambra at sunset

Granada Alhambra at sunset

Córdoba
Cordoba is a sleepy town of Iberian and Roman. Its current size belies its history as capital of an Islamic caliphate, when Cordoba was one of the largest cities in the world. Today, tourists flock to Cordoba to see the Mezquita, the Great Mosque. Built by the Umayyad ruling family at the site of an ancient Christian church is an elegant building with big red bows and white. After the Spanish Reconquista, the mosque was converted back into a church. It remains perhaps the only Christian church Moor in the Western world today.

Pamplona
Pamplona is most famous for the festival of San Fermin, held here in early July each year. The festival gained notoriety when Hemingway “The Sun Also Rises” was first published, and many come to run with the bulls every year despite the great risks involved. There are also fireworks and a parade of papier-mache heads of foam or looks scary, all of which create a party atmosphere in Pamplona.

Ibiza
Ibiza left their mark on the party scene with famous clubs like Pacha and Privilege. Visitors come to the heady cocktail from the combination of live music, beautiful beaches and hedonistic party crowd. The third largest island in the Balearics, Ibiza is more than just a party town with the medieval heart of Dalt Vila and the many Gothic houses in the old town.

Ibiza town

Ibiza town

Palma de Mallorca
Calmer and more relaxed than in Ibiza, Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands. Popular with visitors looking for some Spanish sun and sand, the city has a spectacular stretch of 6 km from the beach called Playa de Palma. Most visitors are local and international tourists who come with your families during the summer months.

Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a Spanish outpost on the northwestern coast of Africa. The island offers sun lovers comfortable and long seasons away from the crowds that throng the mainland. Most visitors go to the south of the island in resorts such as Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Alicante
Often overlooked by visitors to Spain, Alicante is a charming town that offers everyone a little bit of everything. There are unique shops, a beautiful marina, clean beaches and the medieval tower castle of Santa Barbara. Ancient City of Alicante is full of cobbled streets and alleys, fine restaurants and historic monuments.

Alicante view

Alicante view

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