Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting over 50 million visitors each year to its sprawling sandy beaches and warm climates.
But there’s more to this European haven than sun, sea and sand – here are some of Spain’s must-see landmarks:
Royal Palace in Madrid
The Royal Palace is the official residence of the King of Spain. Spread over 135,000 square feet of opulent décor, the palace is the second largest in Europe, boasting a total of 3,418 rooms.
Though the monarch does not actually reside in the palace, it is often used for ceremonies and affairs of state and is regularly open to the public.
Park Guell, Barcelona
Located in Barcelona, Park Guell was originally intended for nobility but is now open to everyone. The striking Gaudi Dragon fountain guards the entrance of the park, which is filled with stunning stone structures and exquisite tiling and buildings, combined with the parklands natural beauty.
Visitors should travel to the terraced area at the top of the park, where they can take in the breath-taking view of Barcelona City from exquisite mosaic seating.
Alhambra Palace, Granada
The Alhambra Palace is one of the top Granada attractions. Originally constructed as a fortress as far back as 889, but now boasts stunning fourteenth-century architecture after it was converted into a Royal Palace by the Sultan of Granada.
These days, tourists are drawn to the palace to experience its rich cultural style and fabulous gardens.
Salvador Dali Museum, Figueres
Considered one of the most unusual and interesting museums in Spain, this attraction is located in the town of Figueres. Dali built his museum in the remains of the former Figueres theatre back in 1974. Today, the building is a spectacle of Dali’s exquisite work spanning his career, including his most renowned surrealist work.
Castell de Bellver, Mallorca
Located on the north-westerly outskirts of Palma, Castell de Bellver is a circular fortress dating back to the early 1300’s, when it was built for King James II. Featuring elevated setting and an encircling moat, this significant monument is now a history museum open to the public.
What do you think? Are there any other must-see attractions in this popular holiday republic?
This article was contributed by Aurora Johnson on behalf of Hotel Sis Pins, a traditional Mallorca hotel.
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