11 Stunning Places To Visit In Spain Before You Die
Spain is full of beautiful, breathtaking places. So many that it might actually be difficult to decide where to go! Now you do not have to. Just follow this list of the 11 most beautiful places in Spain that you should not miss.
Sagrada Família, Barcelona
While the whole city of Barcelona is beautiful in itself, the unfinished masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí, the Sagrada Família church, is simply overwhelming. Together with several other Gaudí buildings in Barcelona, the church has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The construction of the famous building dates back to 1882, and although Gaudí died in 1926, construction continues today. According to forecasts, the Sagrada Família is expected to be complete in 2026, with 18 towers. Once the building is finished, it will most likely be the tallest church in the world. Despite its status as a construction site, visitors can enjoy the interior and exterior of the church and enjoy the breathtaking views of Barcelona in one of the arid towers.
Insider tip : buy tickets online in advance Avoid time waiting in very long lines. After all, this is the most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona with about three million visitors a year.
Sagrada Família, Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
The Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain | © dimbar76 / Shutterstock
The Guggenheim, Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry and has one of the most unique designs in the world. The exterior, which is covered with huge glass and titanium plates, is curled and bent to catch the sunlight. This modern art museum was built in 1997 and its permanent collection includes works by Rothko, Richard Serra, Basquiat, Anselm Kiefer, Louise Bourgeois and Jeff Koons. Located on the banks of the River Nervión, it is almost as much fun to capture the spectacular architectural design of the museum from different angles.
Insider Tip: After a day of art at the museum, make sure to grab some pinchos that are gourmet tapas Bilbao is famous for.
The Guggenheim, Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
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The aqueduct, Segovia
Segovia’s huge Roman aqueduct dates back to the first century and is one of the best preserved in the world. The massive stone structure stretches over nine miles before reaching the city center. The city section has 167 arches, a few double and a few single. The aqueduct, combined with the cathedral and the fairytale castle, make Segovia ideal for a day trip from Madrid.
Insider Tip : After seeing all the tourist attractions, stop by Segovia’s culinary specialty suckling pig, known in Spanish as Cochinillo, in almost every restaurant in town .
Plaza del Azoguejo, 1, 40001 Segovia, Spain
The aqueduct in Segovia, Spain | © Mathanki Kodavasal / Flickr
The Alhambra, Granada
The Alhambra is one of the most unique palaces in the world. Built in the year 889 by the Moors and later modified and renovated by the Christian kings in the 16th century, the palace is a great example of many different styles of architecture and art. Perched on a hill and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this castle is not only exciting to explore, but also offers stunning views of the city of Granada and the countryside and mountains beyond. The picturesque gardens are a must, with blooming flowers and Mudejar- style fountains on every corner.
Insider Tip : Buy tickets online in advance to make sure you visit Alhambra, as only a certain number of visitors per day is allowed.
Calle Real de la Alhambra, s / n, 18009 Granada, Spain, Granada
The Alhambra in Granada, Spain | © bernjan / Wikipedia
Basílica de Santa Maria de la Covadonga, Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa, Asturias
Above the Picos de Europa mountain range rises the Santa Maria de Real de Covadonga Green Basilica with its pink and red church towers. The neo-Romanesque church is built entirely of pink limestone, and if you have never seen a pink church, this will more than satisfy your curiosity. The church is really only the beginning of all the beautiful things that you can see in this national park. The Santa Cueva de Covadonga is a sanctuary carved into the side of a cave and a mountain with a waterfall where it is said that the Virgin Mary Worshiper appears. Two spectacular glacial lakes, Lake Enol and Lake Ercina, are in the park and should definitely be worth a visit.
Insider tip: Be wary of bad weather as the lakes may be closed due to rain, difficult turns and poor visibility.
Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa, 33589, Asturias, Spain
Basílica de Santa Maria la Real de Covadonga, Asturias, Spain | © Migel / Shutterstock
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
If you go to the Plaza Mayor, you will be impressed by the 237 balconies overlooking the center of the square his horse. Enjoy a delicious – albeit overpriced, but who cares, because the place is just so beautiful – cold beer on one of the many terraces, like this 17th century place where once bullfights, public executions, trials took place during the Spanish Inquisition was and coronation ceremonies.
Insider Tip : Visit the traditional San Miguel market right in front of the Plaza Mayor for some tapas and vino .
Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain
The Plaza Mayor at dusk | © Sebastian Dubiel / Wikipedia
The Real Alcázar, Sevilla
The gardens are the secret jewel of this remarkable Moorish palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A beautiful example of mudéjar’s architecture , the Alhambra Palace seems to be similar, but in reality it is very different. Located in the city center, a visit to Seville would not be complete without a visit to the Alcázar. The gardens are massive and complete with large arches, fountains, palm trees, flowers and much more. You can also trip over some peacocks. If this palace seems familiar, it’s probably because you saw it in the fifth season of Game of Thrones , filmed at this location in Seville, among others.
Insider tip : Watch out for the water organs in the gardens, which ring every hour on the hour. It is one of the few functioning water organs in the world.
The Real Alcázar, Patio de Banderas, s / n, 41004 Seville, Spain
The Real Alcázar Gardens in Seville, Spain | © Leticia Ayuso / Flickr
The patios, Córdoba
Thanks to Córdoba’s hot, dry climate, the first inhabitants of the city (first Romans, then Moors) built houses around a central courtyard, often with a fountain in the middle of a fountain. Today, this style is typical of Cordoba, and these small courtyards – now called Patios – are world famous for their stunning decoration and blooming flowers. While you can see many terraces all year round, the best time to see them is during the annual Patio Festival every May.
Insider Tip : Checking out the terraces in the early evening is a great way to avoid crowds, especially during the festival when many go out in the morning or afternoon.
A terrace in Cordoba, Spain | © Lori Zaino
Gorge El Tajo, Ronda
Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain and dates back to the 9th century BC. This mountain village is not only picturesque and picturesque, the gorge that divides Ronda is simply magnificent. Every corner of the gorge looks different – perfect for budding photographers hoping to get that amazing shot. You can even cross the gorge by crossing the Puente Nuevo bridge.
Insider Tip : Once you’ve ripped the gorge from any direction, head into town to eat some rabo del toro (ox tail), specialty of Ronda.
El Tajo Gorge, Río Guadalevín, 29400 Ronda, Málaga, Spain
The gorge in Ronda, Spain | © Shchipkova Elena / Shutterstock
Los Gigantes, Tenerife
Los Gigantes, located between 500 and 800 meters above sea level, are huge cliffs that tower over the sea. Located on Tenerife, one of the seven Spanish Canary Islands, the cliffs are truly a natural beauty. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic landscape by climbing up to the viewpoint, walking down the beach or even taking walks if you dare. A visit to the nearby black sand beaches (volcanic ash) can make your day on the island a real pleasure.
Insider Tip : Visiting Los Gigantes (and Tenerife in general) is the perfect excursion to explore Spain, but not Spanish. The high expats population always guarantees someone who speaks English.
The Gigantes cliffs in Tenerife, Spain | © Olena Tur / Shutterstock
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago
Spain is full of incredible cathedrals, but the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela has a very special component. The Cathedral is not only the burial place of St. James, one of the 12 apostles, but also the terminus of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), a pilgrimage of some 800 kilometers many take through northern Spain. This baroque and Romanesque church was completed in 1211 and has 80 meter high bell towers rising above the city.
Insider Tip: For the Dachradtour you pay a few euros extra. It is worth to see the great views of Santiago de Compostela.
Compostela Cathedral, Praza do Obradoiro, s / n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
The Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain | © Sergey Golotvin / Shutterstock