Spain is a fascinating country with plenty of things to see in Spain, from the iconic Picasso Museum in Barcelona to the stunning Moorish architecture in Granada and Gaudi’s as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia. Then there are the sun-drenched beaches, the evocative historic cities, the natural beauty, the ancient legends, and the vibrant local culture. And of course, there’s the food – Spain loves to eat, whether you’re crowding into a tapas bar in Bilbao, sampling the creative Michelin stars in San Sebastian, or diving into super-fresh Valencian paella by the Mediterranean.
Eight centuries of Islamic rule they produced some of the most spectacular architecture in Spain, especially across Andalusia. The highlights include Granada’s Alhambra, Cordoba’s Mezquita-Catedral, and Seville’s Royal Alcazar. But the story doesn’t stop there – travel along the little-known Ruta del Califato, where castle-topped villages mark the final frontier between Christian and Muslim Spain; or head to Huelva’s remote Aracena mountains to discover a perfectly preserved Moorish-era mosque.
Tasting Spain: A Culinary Tour of the Best Spanish Dishes and Markets
Art is another of Spain’s defining attractions, and three of the most prestigious galleries form the Madrid Golden Triangle. You’ll find some of Europe’s most iconic masterpieces here, from Picasso’s Guernica (Centro de Arte Reina Sofia) to Van Gogh’s Les Vessenots in Auvers (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) to Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s Saturno devorando a su hijo (Saturn eating his son). In addition, there are many lesser-known treasures to explore, from sketches by Federico Garcia Lorca to mysterious works by Antoni Tapies.