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 Palaces and museums, 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 Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.
La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. Designed by a famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, his work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction was started in the year 1882. In November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI declared it as the church and proclaimed it a minor basilica.
The Park Guell is a public park system composed of architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill and gardens in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Carmel Hill belongs to the mountain range of Collserola. The park was designed by one of the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. One of Gaudi’s best friend and patron, Eusebi Guell commissioned Gaudi to design the park. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. UNESCO declared Park Guell as a World Heritage Site In 1984. It remains open all days from 8AM-9: 30 PM.
Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera or “The stone quarry”, a reference to its unconventional rough-hewn appearance, is a modernist building in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the last private residence designed by architect Antoni Gaudi and was built between 1906 and 1912.
Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. The Seville city is worldwide famous for its culture, monuments, traditions and artistic heritage. This is the birthplace of Flamenco and the city where the most amazing Easter processions take place. But Seville is also the neuralgic center of the South of Spain, a city full of life and possibilities.
Monte Perdido National Park
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park is an IUCN Category II National Park situated in the Pyrenees. There has been a National Park in the Ordesa Valley since 1918. Its protected area was enlarged in 1982 to cover the whole region amounting to 156.08 km².
Madrid is Spain’s central capital is a city of elegant boulevards and manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velazquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry.
There is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol known as Malaga. It is known for its high-rise hotels and resorts protruding up from yellow-sand beaches. Near that, there are modern skyline city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. The city’s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed a one-armed lady because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt.
Peniscola is a coastal town in eastern Spain. It’s known for beaches like Pebret and Norte, and its historic old town. The 13th-century Peniscola Castle has panoramic views of the coast and Artillery Park, which is full of lavender and olive trees. Exhibits at the Museo de la Mar explore the town’s nautical history.
Granada is a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for grand examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation, especially the Alhambra. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios, and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty, as well as the fountains and orchards of the Generalife gardens.
Barcelona is the capital of Spain. It is known for its art and architecture. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudi makes the city great and worth visiting. Museu Picasso and Fundacio Joan Miro feature modern art by their namesake. City’s history museum MUHBA includes many Roman archaeological sites.