10 most beautiful places in Spain
From the Northern mountains to the hot Seville and a distant Canary Islands: places to visit, in order to more fully encompass the magnificence of Sunny Spain.
1. Pueblos Blancos, Andalusia
White villages, onizawa hilly region in Central Andalusia, not too long ago experienced a period of decline: young people in large quantities left of these farm settlements, heading for work in major cities. But now the residents of the villages obviously have decided to attract more tourists and began restoration of the buildings and bridge.
Narrow alleys, winding between whitewashed houses, ancient churches and overgrown variegated colors of the site was returned to its medieval charm. The picturesque village is Grazalema, Vejer de La Frontera and Arcos de La Frontera.
2. The Alhambra, Granada
Moorish fortress, covered with stunning carvings is one of the most visited monuments in Spain. The complex of palaces surrounded by manicured gardens, crowned by a hilltop; the background of it are the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada. Inside its walls the fortress is no less impressive: here, among peaceful courtyards, Moorish pinellascounty decor amusing contrast with the simple lines of the Baroque elements in later eras.
3. The Masterpieces Of Gaudi, Barcelona
In the Catalan capital there is no shortage of virtues: a vibrant nightlife, long beaches and for shopping make it one of the most popular tourist destinations of Europe. However, its main pearls is, without doubt, phantasmagoric buildings built by the legendary Antonio Gaudi. The most visited of his creations (and, concurrently, the symbol of the city) is, of course, still not completed Sagrada Familia with its carved towers and intricate columns. Other masterpieces of the architect to visit – a house of Casa Mila, as well as “gingerbread” houses Park Guell.
4. Mountain beauty, the Picos de Europa
The Spanish scenery is good everywhere, whether it is long sandy beaches or the wide plains. But the most impressive natural views of the country are concentrated in the mountains of the natural Park of the Picos de Europa. Rocky slopes, emerald green valleys and rushing rivers make this area of Northern Spain is an ideal place for trekking, rafting and other activities.
5. Cathedral, Santiago de Compostela
Many Gothic cathedrals of Spain is an important tribute to Catholic traditions. Perhaps the most impressive of these is the bulk of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. It’s a huge building, covered with Baroque ornaments, statues and stalagmites. And yet the Cathedral is the last item in the route of thousands of pilgrims who each year pass through the famous pilgrimage route known as the Way of Saint James.
6. The Volcano Teide, Tenerife
To the Canary Islands from Spain you need to fly, nearly, two hours. The Islands are located much closer to the African coast than to the European, and their nature differs sharply from landscapes, represented in Spain. These lands are of volcanic origin covered with stepped slopes and black sand. In the centre of Tenerife – the most popular of the Islands, rises the mighty mount Teide volcano, topped with a snow cap. Those who dare to conquer its slopes on foot, will walk among the very “lunar” landscape, and the summit offers stunning views of the Canary Islands.
7. The beaches of Formentera, Balearic Islands
Almost 10 thousand kilometers of coastline and an abundance of sunlight for a long time already has turned Spain into a beach Mecca. The beaches here range from the covered sun beds and colorful umbrellas to a pristine and deserted stretches of sand. Perhaps the most intact (and most are white!) beaches can be found on Formentera – one of the Balearic Islands. Swim to the small island from the mainland in just a couple of hours. The most picturesque of the island’s beaches — Ses Illetes beach is a curving stretch of white sand, which gently lapping azure blue waters of the Mediterranean sea.
8. The city of arts and Sciences, Valencia
Spain is famous for its outstanding historic architecture, but its current projects no less interesting. Located in Valencia architectural complex “City of arts and Sciences”, designed by prominent architect Santiago Calatrava, can be called the hallmark of modern Spanish architecture. Dazzling white buildings of fancy shapes, the walls of which are curved from unexpected angles, are impressive at any time of day, but especially beautiful at night, when their outlines highlights artful lighting.
9. Plaza De España, Sevilla
The capital of Andalusia is the most beautiful buildings and a stunning, traditionally Spanish atmosphere. Plaza de españa, designed by local architect aníbal gonzález in 1929, is a colorful kaleidoscope of colorful turrets and colonnades, generously covered with wavy patterns. In the center of the square a huge splashing fountain and the channels through which you can ride a rented pedal boats. The place is so picturesque that it was featured in various films, the most famous of which is the second episode of “Star Wars” (“attack of the clones”).