Spain cities, attractions and photos
Spain: Lush Sea and Mountain Landscapes, Medieval Monuments and Modern Architecture
Spain occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe and is known for its passionate people who celebrate life to its fullest with colorful fiestas, bullfighting and flamenco dancing. Spain is quite geographically diverse, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the east, the rugged Atlantic Ocean and Portugal
on the west, the massive Rock of Gibraltar to the South, the Pyrenees mountain range, France
and Andorra to the North. The Canary and Balearic Islands as well as two cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla round out the Spanish territory.
From the Basque Region to Ibiza
- For those visitors who value high class accommodations and a cosmopolitan nightlife, the international cities of Madrid
beckon, as well as the many Andalucian seaside resorts in the Costa del Sol region and the hedonistic Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Mallorca
. The northern Basque region offers quiet, but spectacular medieval towns featuring Gothic and Romanesque monuments. History buffs can happily spend days, touring the ancient treasures left remarkably intact throughout Spain by the Greeks, Romans, Goths and Moors through the centuries.
- Among the must see architectural treasures are: the Alhambra, a breathtaking Moor castle and gardens located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Granada
, the Mezquita, a Muslim mosque in the town of Cordova with its stunning blue tiled dome and courtyard perfumed with orange trees and the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The more modern creations of famed architect Antoni Gaudi, most notably, the Sagrada Família
a massive cathedral in Barcelona, is also not to be missed.
- The many world-class museums are a feast for the senses such as, the Prado in Madrid that offers masterpieces by Rubens, Goya, Van Dyck and Velázquez and the modern Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank O. Gehry, in the Basque city of Bilbao. After a day touring the museums and architectural treasures, visitors can stop at a café to enjoy the local wines and some tapas, Spain’s version of delicious bar snacks, or indulge in Paella, a popular dish of rice, seafood and fiery Spanish sausage that is particularly prevalent in the town of Seville
Spain’s many cultural attractions and stunningly preserved medieval monuments and cathedrals combined with the popular beach resorts along the southern and eastern coastlines, kissed by the Mediterranean sun, offer something for everyone. The old world beauty of Spain and its fun loving people will leave a lasting impression on any traveler.
Barcelona: Nightlife, Culture, Architecture and Sunny Beaches
Madrid: The Cultural Capital of Spain
Toledo: Spain's imperial city
Mallorca: Mediterranean Island Paradise
Seville - The heart of Andalusia.
Granada - Moorish architecture at its best.