Spain is inhabited by nearly 47 million people and is a tourist destination. It is the second most visited country in the world, trailing only France. Let’s explore this exotic vacation destination and discuss its must-see attractions where memories will be made that will last a lifetime.
The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens (Granada)
If it is opulence and grandeur you are seeking then look no further than here. The Alhambra was originally built as a small fortress in 889 AD and sat unadorned and unnoticed for over 400 years until it was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
Tours are open to the public and the Islamic architecture is evident as you pass through the grand mosque and view the magnificently tiled ceilings as well as the soaring archways and looming towers above. The artistry is delicate and intricate in many areas while bold and opulent in others. Don’t forget to tour the Generalife Gardens, as it is an attraction unto itself. Both are a sight to behold and can only be found in Spain.
Camp Nou Soccer Stadium (Barcelona)
The greatest soccer players on the planet have graced the lush, plush pitch of Camp Nou in Barcelona. It is the largest stadium in Europe, with a seating capacity of nearly 100,000 people and when FC Barcelona welcomes a guest to play, the stands are filled to capacity to watch the home team do what they do best. As we know, attendance is important for sports betting and no sport in Europe attracts more attention than soccer.
And let’s not forget that there are 20 professional teams in Spain and the Second Division has 22 so there is no dearth of stadiums in Spain. If you can’t make it to Camp Nou, then do your best to see one of the newest and best facilities in all of Europe – the 68,000 seat Wanda Metropolitano located in Madrid. It was the host of the 2019 Champions League Final and is a state-of-the-art venue with all of the trappings of a cosmopolitan stadium designed for ideal sightlines and customer creature comforts. There are dozens upon dozens of stadiums to see in Spain so make sure to take a tour, or better yet, take in a game – you won’t regret it!
Sagrada Familia Church (Barcelona)
This church is also known as The Basílica de la Sagrada Familia and it is an unfinished Roman Catholic Church that has to be seen on your trip to Spain. Designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, who took over the project in 1883, the Sagrada Familia minor has an eccentric flair of Gothic and Art Noveau architecture and engineering throughout. Gaudi spent the rest of his life trying to complete the Sagrada Familia but died in 1926 when it was only a quarter of the way done. Tourists can see it today in its unfinished form, although that is expected to change, as the timeline for completing the additional spirals and accouterments is scheduled for 2026, exactly one hundred years after Gaudi’s death.
Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)
Here we have one of Spain’s cultural treasures and one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The Guggenheim museum features international and Spanish artists with permanent and visiting works on display. But the building itself gets as much attention as the artwork contained within its magnificent walls. American architect Frank Gehry constructed his seminal masterpieces by using a limestone and glass façade with titanium sheets as an underpinning.
The Guggenheim museum was labeled an architectural marvel from its opening in 1997 and visitors travel all over the world to view the seamless integration of innovative design and sculpture into a captivating monolith that has become one of Spain’s true modern-day treasures.
Costa del Sol Beaches
Breathtaking landscapes are par-for-the-course in the southernmost part of Spain, including miles upon miles of sun-splashed beaches that beckon everyone who travels to the region. This is an area that caters to tourists with villas equipped to meet your every desire and a hospitality industry devoted to servicing those who visit.
And when you have had enough fun in the sun, make sure to visit the hub city of Málaga for local delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds. There are also plenty of spectacular golf courses in what is known as the area’s Golf Valley, home to more than 50 courses.
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Also make sure to check out old Town in Marbella, which is only a short distance from the beaches. The town is kept so clean the tiled streets shine in the Spanish sun. It’s quaint, charming, and exactly what every tourist needs to remind them what it’s like to experience old world charm with new world technology.