Europe is one of the best places to visit that makes you feel alive, no matter what sort of traveler you are. The fusion, culture, cuisine and lifestyle all make this place a paradise for tourists and travelers. They can savor many different traditions, food habits, landscapes in one single tour. Spain is the best part of Europe, specially the art lovers’ den. So many museums, art stores, and artists reside here that it imparts new ray of light to all budding artists and art lovers. Many eminent artists of the world were born here and became successful. There are many famous monuments, churches, and art houses that are breath taking. The fine detailing in the architecture, the composition and the planning of these monuments will make you appreciate the artists who built them with all their dedication and arduous work.
Here are 10 great cultural attractions of Spain that you must visit to revive the art lover in you –
Alhambra in Granada
Alhambra is one of the most famous heritage sites in all of Europe. Owing to the many historical events that are connected to this palace in Granada, it has millions of tourists visiting every year. This mystic place will definitely make you travel back to the 14th century with its beautiful architectural details. The central palace complex is the pinnacle of Alhambra’s design; but if you come visit this site during the height of summer, you might not be able to savor its true essence and will fail to observe the delicate details in the architecture. Try to book the tickets beforehand or visit during the off-season.
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
The Sagrada Familia of Barcelona is Antonio Gaudi’s most famous work. This site has a great contrast between the rocks of the front and the back side. The building is under construction since 1882– even today, completing this is a challenge to the architects as the actual stones used in the construction are all irregular in shape. But despite all these, this site draws many tourists and is one the major sites that must in your bucket list.
The Mosque of Cordoba, Cordoba
This highly valuable historical architecture is located in the southern part of Spain. At first it was built as a temple by a Roman emperor, then converted into a catholic church; and lastly it was changed into a mosque. This architecture of the place has been fascinating people throughout many generations with its amazing interiors and minute detailing. The arches and the pillars of this mosque look so beautiful, and the Mirhab, the cathedral and the bell tower all take your breath away. It is because of all these reasons that this place never fails to amuse tourists throughout the year.
Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid
This is one of the most visited spots in Madrid. The Royal Palace used to be the official residence of the royal family of Madrid but now only important ceremonies are held here. Just taking a walk around this palace will leave you spell bound and the panoramic view of the countryside from this palace is simply breathtaking. There is a long courtyard, lavishing halls and banquets that are open to the tourists. Many famous art exhibitions and cultural events are held here; and the walls depict pictures of royal events from an era gone by.
Seville Cathedral, Seville
This is the 3rd largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic church of the continent. It took about 100 years to complete this church; the interiors of this church are lavishly decorated with a central nave and four side aisles. One of the highlights of this place is that you can find the tomb of Christopher Columbus is present here. This was originally a mosque and later transformed into a church; the Christians gave this place a new dimension to its beauty that simply beckons you to be amazed every time you walk in.
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
In the center of Madrid lies the Plaza Square. Previously it was known as “Plaza del Arrabal”, this is a grand arcaded square that is very famous in Madrid. The symmetrical square and rectangular features are uniform throughout this architecture which makes it so unique and famous among the tourists who visit here. The Plaza Mayor is a four-storey high building which has a bronze statue of King Phillips III at the center of this plaza. The gastronomy around is fantastic – don’t miss out on the famous calamari sandwich that tastes great with chilled beer.
El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial
This was the most important architectural work during the Spanish Renaissance. Located in San Lorenzo De El Escorial, a place near Madrid, this project was built under the command of King Phillips II. The interior is decorated by many eminent French and Italian artists of the 15th and 16th centuries. The frescos inside El Escorial are just mesmerizing, capturing great tales in a beautiful and artsy manner that attract art lovers again and again. It’s evident that King Philip was a lover of art and that reflects beautifully in this building.
Aqueduct of Segovia, Segovia
The Aqueduct of Segovia is the symbol of Segovia and is the most visited site of the city. Its presence in the rich urban fabric is very classy and dramatic which draws the attention of tourists who come to visit Spain. Being intact for 2,000 years now, this place is maintained and restored properly as the pollution of the modern days threatens its presence. There are 120 pillars and 166 arches that make it look so exquisite that people from all over come to savor this beautiful architecture each year.
Casa Mila, Barcelona
Casa Mila is the most famous work by eminent artist Antonio Gaudi who finished it before dedicating himself to the Sagrada Familia. This is also known as “La Pedrera”. This modernist building itself consists of two houses connected with the help of a facade. As Gaudi’s works are very expressive, the front house has natural curves and waves while the second one is of another kind. The sharp contrast and design are certain to leave the tourists spellbound while the interior is very dreamy and beautiful. Anyone can indulge in Gaudi’s works with some soft music and wine and lose themselves in the marvelousness.
The Palacio de Generalife was built in the 13th century and then redecorated again, with an ambience that is very peaceful and calm. It is said that the place was used by kings to rest when they were very tired and wanted a soothing ambience to lessen worries. There are decorative motifs present that are very fine and elite by nature complimented with artworks that are beautiful. There are various small gardens in Generalife that can make you feel like you’re in paradise. The place also plays host to a few festivals and events. Altogether it has an ecstatic ambience that will sooth all your senses making you feel as if you are in a fairy-tale.