If you regularly follow my travels on this blog or on social networks you will know that Spain is a destination that I particularly like. I do not really count the number of times I could go to this country to visit Seville , Granada, Cordoba, Valencia, Madrid or Avila. I decided to write you an article on things to see and do in Spain . How to navigate among all these places that we talk so often.
Some tips before you start to discover things to do in Spain. First of all, Spain is an ideal country to visit from France. Its geographical proximity is not for nothing. Indeed it will allow you to get (very) many flights from a multitude of French cities and to the main cities of Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville or Granada.
The other advantage that Spain offers in comparison to France is car rentals. Indeed these are particularly affordable in this country and often offer unlimited mileage. To find a rental car among the most interesting I advise you to compare the rental companies using a comparator.
Let’s start now our tour of the must-sees to do and see in Spain.
BARCELONA, A CITY TO SEE IN SPAIN
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is one of the cities to see in Spain. Its magnificent and perfectly preserved medieval district, the Bario Gotico, is home to Plaza Reial. Many architectural treasures designed by Gaudi, such as Park Güell, Sagrada Familia or some mansions such as Casa Batllo or Casa Mila, are scattered throughout the city and are the subject of wonderful walks. Stroll through the Plaza de Catalunya, the nerve center of the city, to discover the fountains and sculptures that adorn it, before strolling along the Ramblas to the sea and the tower of Christopher Columbus, is a source of various surprises, including the Boqueria market and its Art Nouveau entrance, or a mosaic of Miro worked on the ground.
MADRID, THE SPANISH CAPITAL
Forming an autonomous community, the city of Madrid is also the capital of Spain. The Royal Palace, built in the 18th century, is the largest palace in Western Europe. It has more than 3000 pieces that house many artistic collections. Attending the Changing of the Guard is one of the things to do in Spain. The Plaza Major, a pretty arcaded square built in the Habsburg times in the heart of the historic district, is one of the liveliest places in the city. The Passeo del Arte includes many museums including Prado and Queen Sofia where you can admire the famous “Guernica” painted by Picasso. A walk to the Retiro Park, created in the nineteenth, allows you to discover remarkable buildings, sculptures and beautiful gardens.
SEVILLE, ANDALUSIAN CAPITAL
Although Barcelona and Madrid remain Spain’s two must-see cities, Andalusia, with Seville as its main city, is one of the regions that attracts the most tourists. Andalusia is one of the regions to see in Spain, its rich history that has seen many invaders conquer, including the Moors, today offers wonders to see at all costs. Seville is one of the cities that has benefited the most from this succession of invaders, as evidenced by its incredible cathedral or its sublime palace of the Alcazar, one of the most beautiful in Spain!
More recently, Seville has become even more attractive with, at the beginning of the century, the reception of the Iberian-American exhibition. From this event was born many incredible monuments, parks or squares like the most famous Plaza of Spain.
Located in the province of Castile, of which it is the capital, Toledo presents an important architectural diversity. Thus, Christian, Jewish and Arab monuments rub shoulders, reflecting the various cultures that have influenced the construction of the city. Its walled old town is medieval, while the Sainte Marie cathedral is a fine example of the flamboyant Gothic of the 13th century. It houses works by Greco, Goya, Vélazquez and Caravaggio. The Santa Maria la Blanca synagogue was built in Mudejar style in the 12th century and converted into a church in the 15th century, while the Christo de la Luz mosque represents Islamic art. The monastery of St. John of the Kings, built in the fifteenth, has a splendid two-storey cloister and the Alcazar palace built in the sixteenth, houses a military museum.
Also located in the province of Castile, this city devotes a cult to St. Therese and many of its religious monuments are dedicated to him. Dominating the Sierra de Gredos, it is surrounded by ramparts dating from the 12th century, Romanesque style. Its cathedral, which also houses a museum, is the oldest gothic cathedral in Spain: it was built in the 12th century. Former textile production center, Avila also has many Renaissance palaces and mansions. The beautiful baroque facade of the convent of Santa Teresa dates from 1636 and is one of the things to see in Spain. Similarly, the Provincial Museum of Oriental Art, the Basilica of Saint Vincent and the Royal Monastery of Saint Thomas are among the buildings worth visiting.
Like many cities in the province of Castile, Segovia has a rich and varied architectural heritage. Its medieval ramparts surround a steep city whose main attraction is the Roman aqueduct and its 160 arches. The Alcazar is a fortified castle dating from the 12th century. From the top of the Tower Jean II one enjoys a breathtaking panorama. The Vera Cruz church is Romanesque, while the cathedral, built under Charles V in the sixteenth, is Gothic. The Royal Palace of Granja de San Ildefonso was built in the 17th century and its many rooms and gardens can be visited. The old town has kept its Jewish quarter almost intact and many mansions can be admired through strolls in the alleys that crisscross.