10 Top Tourist Attractions in Spain

Written by touropia in Europe



Spain is a surprise to those who have the image of having to fight for towel space at one of its crowded beaches or sipping sangria while watching a bull fight or flamenco. From the ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors, the medieval castles of the interior, the white villages in inland Andalucía or the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain.

The landscape varies just as widely. The evergreen estuaries of Galicia could hardly be more different from the deserts of Almería or the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And then there are the countless glittering beaches that dot the Spanish coast. Although busy in summer even along the coast of the big tourist Costas some enjoyable beaches can easily be found.

The top tourist attractions in Spain:

10Palacio Real
Palacio Real

The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 to 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764.

9Running of the Bulls
Running of the Bullsflickr/the.joberg

Pamplona is a city in Navarra, famous for its San Fermín festival held each year from

July 6th – 14th. At the heart of the festival is El Encierro, the Running of the Bulls,

an activity that involves running in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose,

on a course of the town’s streets.

8La Concha
flickr/Gemma Bou

Protected from strong winds by steep cliffs and islands, La Concha in San Sebastian

is said by many to be one of the best city beaches in Europe, let alone Spain.

Here you can go surfing, walk along the promenade in search of good restaurants

and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach.

7Aqueduct of Segovia
Aqueduct of Segoviaflickr/Alaskan Dude

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved monuments left by the Romans in Spain.

The ancient aqueduct carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frío River to Segovia and was

built of some 24,000 massive granite blocks without the use of mortar. Probably constructed

around 50 AD it still provided water to the city in the 20th century.

Cuencaflickr/Gabriel Villena

Situated between Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is a marvelous example of a medieval city,

built on the steep sides of a mountain. The many “hanging houses” are built right up to

the cliff edge, making Cuenca one of the most striking towns in Spain, a gem in the

province of Castilla La Mancha.


Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain.

The island is one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During summer,

the island’s population doubles as tourists flock to Ibiza to enjoy the night clubs,

beach bars and restaurants.

4Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familiaflickr/photographerglen

The Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, and one of Spain’s

most visited tourist attractions. It’s a design by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who

worked on this project for almost 40 years until his death in 1926. The construction

of the basilica began in 1882 and still as yet not finished.

More things to see in Barcelona

3El Escorial
El Escorial
flickr/Alvaro Oporto

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, El Escorial was the political center

of the Spanish empire under King Philip II. Philip appointed Juan Bautista

de Toledo as the architect in 1559 and together they designed El Escorial as a monument to

Spain’s role as a center of the Christian world. Today it functions as a monastery,

royal palace, museum, and school.

2Mezquita of Cordoba
flickr/Andrew Griffith

The Mezquita (Spanish for “Mosque”) of Cordoba is a fascinating building famous for

the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. The site was originally

a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors

built the Mezquita. After the Spanish Reconquista a cathedral was built into

the center of the large Moorish building.

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Spainflickr/Lanpernas 2.0

Part fortress, part palace and part garden the Alhambra is situated on a plateau overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.

Malaga and Picasso, the colours of success

If you like Picasso, you'll love Malaga, the city of his birth. While you enjoy the

attractions of this destination on the Costa del Sol, you'll be able to discover

the work of this artistic genius in his museum.


A white spring in the Jerte valley

Every year in the month of March, Extremadura springs to life again with a

spectacular natural display that cloaks the Jerte Valley in white: the blossoming

of over two million cherry trees.

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