Spain has some of the most beautifully preserved architecture in all of Europe that includes medieval, gothic, roman and historical Spanish styles. Along with a rich history and beautifully preserved historic buildings and sites, Spain also has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe at San Sebastian and it is also home to the party capital of the world, Ibiza. These are our top 5 cities to visit in Spain where you can take in the sites and soak up the local history.
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The Historic city of Alicante affords access to the stunning beaches of Postiguet, Playa del Coco and San Juan. The city also gives visitors the opportunity to view a great many sites relating to the history and culture of Spain. The most famous of these historic attractions is the Castle of Santa Barbara which is situated atop of Mount Benacanti, overlooking the city of Alicante.
If you decide to visit Alicante consider the month of June as this is when the Saint John’s Bonfires festival is held. Live music, local wine and food are all offered in opulence with the grand finale being the fireworks show that can be seen from all around Alicante.
The Capital of Spain, Madrid, is known for great football and a fast paced local scene with popular bars and restaurant seemingly never switching off their lights. The architecture is a beautiful mix of modern and historic with the Palacio Real, Plaza de Cibeles and the Gran Vía arguably the most famous attractions.
For a local feel, be sure to visit the Plaza Santa Ana where the city’s most famous bars and pavement terraces are located. Order a local beer with some fried calamari and you might just look like one of the locals.
Arguably the most famous Spanish city Barcelona is known for its festive and romantic atmosphere. Barcelona is home to some of Europe’s most famous attractions and buildings. The famous La Rambla, Park Güell and Sagrada Familia are among these attractions the latter being the most famous of them all and the oldest, still-under-construction, site in the world.
Visit the local fresh food markets where you will find all sorts of fresh food from fish to juices to meats, perfect for those renting a self catering holiday apartment. One of the true joys of visiting Barcelona is enjoying the local tapas.
Seville, or Sevilla in Spanish is the spiritual home of both flamenco dancing and bullfighting and it has some of the most beautiful gardens and buildings in all of Spain. The city has been inhabited and visited by many artists and poets seeking inspiration for their work for hundreds of years. This is because of the rich history of Seville, the beautiful architecture and the contrasts of cultures because of the different cultures and religions that have ruled over the city.
The Seville Cathedral is the biggest gothic cathedral in the word. It hosts countless priceless artworks but the most famous attraction of this Cathedral is the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Columbus lived in the city and Seville was the port from which Columbus and the Spanish conquistadors set off for the New World, some 510 years ago. The Seville bullring Plaza de Toros is the oldest of its kind in the world and the most famous, all matador’s dream of one day slaying a bull in this famous arena.
San Sebastian boasts one of the best in-city beaches in Europe and indeed the world. The beaches are not only special because they are so beautiful but also because they are so close to major historical buildings and churches. Centro Romántico is the fishing district of San Sebastian and has beautiful 19th century buildings with many fresh fish restaurants that are worth a visit. Playa de Gros is the city surfer beach, it makes a cheerful alternative to the more popular main beach, the Playa de la Concha.
The best views of the city and the beach is from Monte Urgull where a statue of Christ looking over the city can be seen, the view from the top of the mountain is well worth the walk.
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