Even though my favorite city in Spain was Barcelona, we saw amazing sights throughout our trip. Since we visited nine cities in the span of 2 weeks, we made sure to visit the must-see sights in those cities. Ten sights stand out as the most memorable of our trip.
1. La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
As I shared in my Barcelona post, La Sagrada Familia was a riveting sight of creativity and history. This is a must-see!
2. La Boqueria, Barcelona
When I go back to Spain, I want to indulge in fresh fruit more. That’s why La Boqueria, the market on La Rambla, is one of my favorites. I loved the fresh fruit and juices and all the food stalls.
3. Prado, Madrid
The Prado has an unbelievable number of famous masterpieces, and we spent a whole day indulging in it. Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez was my favorite, and I also loved several pieces by Rubens, Bosch, El Greco and Goya. Art history fans will love this museum.
4. La Mezquita, Córdoba
Not only does the La Mezquita have a beautiful, expansive and unique interior, but the history behind the interior fascinated me. It was built as a medieval Islamic mosque and then converted into a Catholic Christian cathedral.
5. Real Maestranza Bullring and Museum, Sevilla
I was hoping to see a bullfight because it is a traditional part of the Spanish culture but in actuality, I’m not sure I would have handled seeing the goriness! Since our schedules didn’t line up to see one, the bullring and museum in Sevilla was the next best thing. Sevilla and Madrid are the two most popular and passionate cities when it comes to bullfighting. We learned a detailed history and culture from our tour guide and we got to see behind the scenes, from where the bullfighters prayed before entering the ring to where the bulls were kept, in addition to the center stage.
6. La Casa del Flamenco, Sevilla
Another necessity in experiencing Spanish culture was a flamenco show. It’s a very emotional, technical and mesmerizing performance with singing, guitar, dance and handclaps.
7. La Alhambra, Granada
A palace and fortress, La Alhambra sits majestically above Granada. Islamic tradition, Arabic inscriptions and geometric patterns cover the interior. Room after room, La Alhambra is a place of details to discover and history to learn. Mirador de San Nicolas is a lookout point across town that gives a fantastic view of La Alhambra, as seen in the night photo.
8. Cathedral de Toledo
We saw many, many cathedrals but the one in Toledo was my favorite. The interior is incredibly elaborate. The gothic-style altar depicts the story of Jesus’ life and the another section of the cathedral is a huge marble altar with sculptures of the Virgin and Child and natural light shining down on it.
9. Burriana Beach, Nerja
I LOVED our beach day and this beach was pretty perfect. Nerja is on the southern coast of Spain and touches the Alboran Sea, which is part of the Mediterranean Sea. The water was chill and crisp, the sand was hot, the crowds were manageable and the food and drinks were plenty. Our beach day was towards the end of our trip and a welcome day of relaxation in between packed days of sight-seeing.
10. Teatro Kapital, Madrid
I debated my final favorite sight for a while because listing a nightclub with all of these other historical sights just seemed wrong. But, when it comes to unique, fun and memorable places we went in Spain, this makes the list. We knew Spain, especially Madrid, was known for a vibrant nightlife, but our packed daytime schedule left us little time and energy to really experience it. Plus, it wasn’t a priority for us. On the last night we were all together, we decided to see what it’s all about, and we ended up choosing Teatro Kapital. It had 8 stories with different themes/music on each and it was packed! It ended up being a very fun night and experience. Our group matching in black was a coincidence!
As you can imagine, we saw tons more on our trip. In two weeks, we visited at least 20 well-known sights, landmarks, attractions! In addition to what I listed above and in my Barcelona post, here are some other sights we saw:
-Cathedral de Segovia
-Alcazar of Segovia
-Casa de Santa Cruz
-Los Patios de Alcazar Viejo
-World Exposition Park
-Cathedral de Sevilla (inside is the Tomb of Christopher Columbus)
-Cathedral of Granada
-Tomb of Ferdinand and Isabella
What’s your favorite landmark or attraction you’ve experienced in your travels?