Spain. It’s one of those countries that you just have to see. It’s exotic, it’s exciting, and it’s historical. They are just three reasons why España is worthy of anyone’s travel list. But there’s a lot of Spain, and only a small amount of you.
So what to see? Well, there are some amazing landmarks which are breath taking. A prime opportunity to point a camera and take in a little culture at the same time. Let’s look at a few of them shall we…
Palacio Real, Madrid
If you are coming to Spain, then you must try to visit the capital. The Palacio Real, or Royal Palace is technically the official residence of the King of Spain, and it’s one of the most famous landmarks in Spain. Although only used for ceremonies now, it is over 350 years old and is a beautiful example of classic architecture
Segovia Aqueduct, Segovia
A Roman aqueduct which is estimated to have been built in the 1st or 2nd Century AD, this structure is simply amazing. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient architecture in Europe and is made of over 20,000 solid granite blocks, surprisingly, without the use of any form of mortar.
Interestingly enough, it still provided the area with water as a functioning aqueduct until the last century.
A unique city, which is a landmark in itself. Cuenca is a medieval city, built into the side of a mountain. A popular attraction is the Hanging Houses. Known as Casas Colgadas, several structures effectively hang over the over the cliff edge, making for an impressive sight. The city itself is replete with classical architecture, churches and monuments.
Walls of Avila, Avila
Built in the 11th Century, these walls are quite high above sea level and are about 12 metres high. There are two impressive gates, and is one of the most complete ancient structures in the country. During the night, the lights give an impressive sight to be sure.
Seville Cathedral, Seville
Striking in its construction, the cathedral in Seville was originally built to showcase the wealth of the city. Built in the 1500s, Seville Cathedral is also famous for the Giralda; a minaret that was converted into a bell tower. At almost 100 metres high, you certainly can’t miss it!
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
No list of famous landmarks in Spain would be complete without its most famous one, Sagrada Familia, or Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia in Spanish.
Considered the pride of Barcelona to some, others are less convinced, saying it will compete with the city’s own cathedral.
The church still remains unfinished, despite work beginning well over 100 years ago. However, it remains an impressive sight, and is slowly being built using advanced computer-aided techniques.
Of course, there’s so much more to experience; the running of the bulls in Pamplona, or the relaxing beaches of Ibiza and Majorca for example. But this list of landmarks are a nice little taster into the beauty and the majesty of the Iberian Peninsula!