Spain is a huge tourist destination, welcoming people from all over the world. In 2018, over 82 million people visited the country. Spain is known for its warm and sunny beaches, but it’s also the country’s food and sangria that attracts many. Spain is a great mix of cultural attractions as well, seeing as to how there were ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors, as well as medieval castles. History buffs love visiting the country to dive into the ancient culture. The most frequented tourist cities in Spain are Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, and Granada, and each city holds an abundance of life and attractions. Here are some of the best attractions in these cities of Spain.
Dating back almost 200 years, Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum located in Madrid. The Prado is known as having one of the world’s finest collections of European art. It first started out as a museum of paintings and sculpture, but it now has many collections of other types of work. This museum is one of the most visited in the world and is globally known as one of the greatest art museums.
Buen Retiro Park, located in Madrid, is one of the largest parks in all of Madrid. Before it became a public park in the late 19th century, it belonged to the Spanish Monarchy. The park is huge, covering over 125 acres and has more than 15,000 trees. It is known as the green oasis in the heart of the city. Retiro Park is the perfect green space where you can relax, take walks, jog, and it even has several playgrounds for kids to play. If you enjoy riding bikes, you can rent a bike from one of several bike rental stations. The park is home to La Chopera municipal sports centre, a public library, and the Casa de Vacas Cultural Centre. Retiro is also home to several outdoor cafes and kiosks where you can get a drink and a quick bite to eat.
International Festival of Music and Dance
The International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in Granada, Spain, each and every year in June. The event’s origins date back to certain symphonic concerts that were held at King Carlos V Palace since 1883. The festival is held in different venues and stages, at iconic locations in and around the city. Although, its traditional concerts are based on classical music and ballet, the event houses several different styles and genres of music, as well as music from all over the world.
Located in Toledo, Spain, Fly Toledo is a tourist favorite. Fly Toledo is Europe’s longest urban zip lining experience. With this zip lining experience, you get to enjoy birds’ eye views of famous Toledo landmarks, including the Tagus River and San Martin Bridge. This zipline adventure is the perfect attraction for families, as it is kid-friendly. Toledo’s unique history and culture, along with this zip lining experience will provide you with a unique opportunity to both learn and have fun while in Spain.
City of Arts and Sciences
There’s no way you can visit Valencia, Spain without taking a trip to the City of Arts and Sciences. Not only is it the largest science center in Europe, but it is one of the most visited as well. The City of Arts is extremely modern and is the most important tourist destination in all of Valencia. Situated on the former bed of the River Turia, the City of Arts and Sciences has an endless amount of space for entertaining and learning about the arts. The building itself, is absolutely beautiful and so modern. Inside, you will find Europe’s largest aquarium, housing 500 different species of marine life. The aquarium has dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, and even sharks. There’s also a museum, IMAX cinema and planetarium, as well as plenty of open space for events. You simply cannot visit Valencia and not go here. There is something for everyone.
Traveling has always been a passion of mine. Ever since I was in college, I enjoyed packing my bags, getting on a plane, and traveling to far away parts of the world to site-see. I have been to over twelve countries and counting. When I am not traveling the world, I enjoy exercising, trying new foods, and playing games such as Jigsaw Puzzles and Roulette Wheels if there is nothing interesting on TV during the evenings. Surfing the net on my smartphone also helps me to spend some time on the plane or in my hotel room. I love the convenience and nothing else gets me fired up. However, traveling to as many places as I can while I’m here on earth will always come first in my life. I can’t wait to explore as many countries and their attractions as I can!