The article covers the 5 famous landmarks in Spain that you can include in your next itinerary in Spain.
Spain, considered one of the world's most exotic countries, is also Europe's 4th largest country after Russia, Ukraine, and France. In 2019, Spain was declared the second most visited country in the world, recording 83.7 million tourists.
Spain holds 1st rank among 140 countries in the biannual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index published by the World Economic Forum in 2019.
Spain holds the third rank in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. From medieval castles to beautiful mosques and modern museums, Spain is architecturally marvelous with Catholic, Islamic, and Renaissance designs. All of these are unique in their way and worth checking out when you visit Spain.
With 42 buildings listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the list of Spain's architectural wonders is impressive as well as endless. Here are 5 famous landmarks in Spain you should not miss.
The church Basílica La Sagrada Familia, the brainchild of architect Francisco de Paula del Villar and later Antoni Gaudi, has been under construction for 138 years and is still not finished. The unique architecture is a perfect blend of Catalan Modernism, Spanish Late Gothic, and Art Nouveau style. The facades are inspired by Montserrat, a mountain and pilgrimage site. Inside, you can see enchanted columns and the floor full of light that enters through elaborate stained glass windows.
Park Güell, another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi, is located on Carmel Hill, on the outskirts of Barcelona. This playful urban park will welcome you to the Hansel and Gretel-inspired homes. Park Güell has peaceful greenery, winding paths, and many sculptures and mosaics. Apart from the Three Cross Hill and the roadways, this landmark comprises the Monumental Core. Most of the park has no entry fee, but a small amount is charged if you enter the Monumental Core.
One of the most exquisite architectures of Andalucia's Moorish legacy is the Alhambra, located at the west of Granada, on the hill of al-Sabika. The palace complex was built between the 9th and 15th centuries. The palace complex has three palaces, markets, a Turkish bath, an ornamental garden, and dazzling patios. The name means 'red fort' in Arabic. In the soft light of morning or early evening, the intricate mosaics of the main palace, Casa Real, glow red with the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop.
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The Guggenheim Museum, located in Bilbao Basque Country, was designed by Frank Gehry, a famous architect of the 20th century. The exteriors of Guggenheim are built using titanium tiles that mimic gleaming fish scales. The museum has three different levels to showcase artworks, a contemporary art library, and exhibitions. Guggenheim also has a coat room that holds onto prohibited items. Tourists can enjoy a culinary experience at the bistro.
Originally named the 'Plaza del Arrabal,' Plaza Mayor is one of the must-visit landmarks in Spain Madrid. This construction of the square began in the 17th century by King Philip III, whose bronze-made equestrian statue stands in the square. Plaza Mayor is rectangular and lined with arches and pillars.
Over the years, it has been used to host varieties of public events like bullfights, processions, fiestas and theatrical productions, even executions. The arcades have many shops, bars, and restaurants. Some of the most famous buildings on the square are the Casa de la Panadería, and the Casa de la Carnicería.
Above are only the 5 best landmarks in Spain. Spain has much more to offer – whether you're looking for the popular, tried and tested or the offbeat cruise destinations and landmarks and . Just reading about these magnificent masterpieces, will prompt you to book the next tour to this paradise on earth. Check out cruisebooking.com for some cruise options.
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