Spain, a country on Europe’s the Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. The capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcazar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudi’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Familia church.
Religion and states:
Spain has seen many ups and downs in the context of invaders as I have to mention there in 1492 Spain was an Islamic state but after a time period when Christian invaders conquer Spain that’s why Islamic fundamentalism was eliminated from Spain. Now Spain has the dominancy of the roman catholic church. Catholic (Christianity) has the number of dominancy in Spain.
Spain has been subdivided into different 50 states. The progress and success of every country are based upon the subdivisions and local bodies. If you will see behind the scene of progress you will see the division of states and local bodies.
The tourist destination of Spain:
Before visiting Spain, you should know about some basics which we have mentioned above. Now we are going to list down some tourist destinations in Spain which should be visiting.
- The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens.
- Mosque of Cordoba.
- The Prado and Paseo del Artes.
- Guggenheim Museum.
- Plaza Mayor.
- Costa del Sol Beaches.
- La Rambla.
- Toledo’s Old City.
- El Teide.
- Santiago de Compostela Cathedrals.
The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens:
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 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.
Mosque of Cordoba:
The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, officially known by its ecclesiastical name, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Córdoba dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and located in the Spanish region of Andalusia
Building materials from Roman and Visigothic buildings were used in the construction, which began in 785, and by 1000, it had grown to its present dimensions, its prayer hall with no fewer than nineteen aisles. No matter where you stand or which direction you look, its rows of columns and rounded Moorish arches line up in symmetrical patterns.
The Prado and Paseo del Artes:
The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid.
After a 2007 expansion that doubled its exhibition space, the Prado added another 12 galleries in 2009 to house a collection of works by Goya and other late 19th-century artists. The Prado has the world’s largest collection of Spanish art, an impressive continuum from 12th-century medieval works through the avant-garde movement of the early 20th century, and is especially noted for its works from Spain’s golden age by El Greco, Velazquez, and Goya.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian American architect Frank Gehry and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum was inaugurated on 18 October 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, with an exhibition of 250 contemporary works of art.
The Plaza Mayor is a major public space in the heart of Madrid, the capital of Spain. It was once the centre of Old Madrid. It was first built during the reign of Philip III. Only a few blocks away is another famous plaza, the Puerta del Sol.
Plaza Mayor has played an important part in Madrid’s life since the 16th century when Philip II entrusted the task of designing it to his favourite architect Juan de Herrera, builder of the Escorial. It has served as the stage for ceremonial events — the proclamation of a new king, the canonization of saints, the burning of heretics — and public entertainment such as chivalric tournaments and bullfights.
Costa del Sol Beaches:
The beaches are not Costa del Sol’s only attraction for tourists. Revitalizing its hub city of Málaga has made this coast even more alluring to everyone. Yachtsmen love the smart marina of Puerto Banu’s, and avid golfers head west from Marbella’s old-world charms to Nueva Andalucía, known as Golf Valley for its more than 50 courses. A few steps from the beach in Marbella is the old town of whitewashed houses and well-preserved remains of the Moorish Castillo.
La Rambla is a street in central Barcelona. A tree-lined pedestrian street, it stretches for 1.2 kilometres connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. La Rambla forms the boundary between the quarters of Barri Gòtic, to the east, and El Raval, to the west.
Toledo’s Old City:
Toledo is an ancient city set on a hill above the plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The capital of the region. it is known for the medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments in its walled old city. It was also the former home of Mannerist painter El Greco. The Moorish Bisagra Gate and the Sol Gate, in Mudéjar style, open into the old quarter. where the Plaza de Zocodover is a lively meeting place.
Mount Teide is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. The highest peak in Spain, this ancient but still simmering the volcano is also one of Europe’s top natural wonders. The Pico de Teide and the Caldera de las Canadas, a gigantic volcanic crater, together form the Parque Nacional del Teide, at the centre of the island of Tenerife.
Santiago de Compostela Cathedrals:
The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela. It is an integral component of the Santiago de Compostela World Heritage Site in Galicia, Spain. The cathedral is the reputed burial place of Saint James the Great, the apostle of Jesus Christ.