Spain attractions … to many to count. No matter how much you have read or how many pictures you have seen of Granada’s Alhambra palaces, this Moorish pleasure palace will still take your breath away. The Nasrid dynasty’s royal palace is the artistic highlight of Spain’s Islamic period, when Al-Andalus – as they called Andalucía – represented the epitome of culture and civilization in Europe’s Middle Ages.
The Alhambra complex includes several buildings, towers, walls, gardens, and a mosque, but it’s the indescribably intricate stone carvings, the delicate filigrees, the magnificent tile-lined ceilings, the graceful arches, and serene courtyards of the Nasrid palace that will haunt your dreams. That said, the adjoining palace built for the Emperor Charles V, even in its unfinished state is the finest example of High Renaissance architecture in Spain. And Generalife’s terraced gardens offer a peaceful respite from the grandeur and splendid views back at the rest of the Alhambra.
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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
The end point for the thousands of pilgrims who embark on the gruelling Camino de Santiago each year, Santiago’s cathedral is said to hold the remains of St James. Expect jubilant scenes in the square in front of the cathedral, as walkers take the very last few steps of their long journey.
Mount Teide, Tenerife
The highest point in Spain, this volcano in the Canary Islands is part of an other-worldly landscape more akin to Mars than Spain. Part of the Teide National Park, the whole area is beautiful and ideal for hiking.
Tabernas Desert, in southeastern Spain, doesn’t feel like Spain at all. Its arid landscapes have doubled for the Wild West in films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and since many spaghetti westerns used it for filming in the 1960s, it has become a favourite location for Hollywood shoots.
Ibiza! This pine-clad, sun-kissed island is the most visited place for the merrymakers. The dazzling backdrop of clubs and restaurants and scintillating coastline with blue water makes Ibiza one of the truly captivating tourist attractions in Spain. For some private moments, secluded beaches on the island are perfect!
Famous for: Beach clubs
Key attractions: Sunset scooter tour, clubbing, and sun-and-sand parties
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Santiago De Compostela Cathedral’s breathtaking architecture, from the Roman era, offers an overwhelming pilgrim experience to the visitors. One of the top places to visit in Spain, St James Cathedral is known for its impressive facade and triple doorway. The Apostle’s wooden figure crafted inside the building is the focal point of the cathedral’s interior.
Famous for: St James relics
Key attractions: Triple doorway, wooden figure of Apostle from 13th century, 18th century facade, and the adorned Capilla Mayor
Madrid to do things:
Every Sunday for decades the most famous flea market in Madrid is held around Plaza Cascorro. More than 1,000 street vendors set up first thing in the morning in C/Ribera de Curtidores and spread out over the surrounding streets. A must for tourists and locals alike, the market’s stalls offer practically everything you could hope to find, including rare items that can be difficult to find in conventional shops. Set out early, as around midday it can be a battle to get through the crowds. Once you’ve had your fill, the tradition is to go relax with a beer and a snack at any of the bars in the nearby neighbourhood of La Latina.