MUST VISIT MONUMENTS IN SPAIN
As we mentioned in a previous post, Spain has an enviable wealth of heritage. It is the third country in the world with the highest number of monuments declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco. Today we want to take you on a tour of our destinations by visiting the best monuments in Spain.
This is our list of essentials! Why? Because they are spectacular, valuable, magical, beautiful, overwhelming… and, you can’t miss them! So here you have our TOP monuments!
The Alhambra, Granada
The Alhambra is a unique jewel inherited from the reign of the Nasrites of the 13th and 14th centuries. It is much more than a palace, it is a small walled city within the city of Granada. In it you can see the Alcazaba, the Generalife, the Patio of the Lions, the Nasrite Palaces… Everything here looks to have been taken from a fairy tale. We recommend that you take your time when visiting and soak up its calming qualities. The sound of the water from its many fountains will help you relax and renew yourself during the tour. Part of the site can be visited for free, but we recommend that you buy a ticket (even if you think the price is high) because it’s definitely worth seeing. In addition, you will have the privilege of enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the City of Granada from the vantage points offered by the Alhambra.
Burgos Cathedral is the best example of a Gothic cathedral in Spain, the construction of which took more than four centuries. Its silhouette crowns the city of Burgos and it can be seen almost from any corner of the city, which allows visitors to use it as a point of reference while wandering the city streets. It has plenty of interesting locations to carefully admire. In addition, entrance to the Cathedral includes an audio guide, so you won’t miss a single detail. In it you will be able to see the Portadas, the Escalera Dorada, the Cloisters, the dome of Cimborrio and different chapels such as the Condestables.
The Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
The Sagrada Familia is an icon par excellence of the city of Barcelona. A work of the most illustrious Barcelona-born architect Antonio Gaudí, who dedicated his life to this project; the greatest of his professional career. Unfortunately, he was never to see it finished. Still under construction, the modernist cathedral is expected to be completed by 2026. The Sagrada Familia is ingenuity, colour, creativity and originality… Every detail, both in its interior as well as its exterior dazzles. The calling card of Gaudí, its characteristic organic forms and shapes inspired by nature, can be seen throughout the city: Park Güel, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló or Casa Calvet.
The Real Alcázar of Seville
Different cultures throughout history have passed through this Palace. This is evident in its architecture, a mixture of Islamic, Mudejar and Gothic styles, which sit in perfect harmony. During your visit you will be able to enjoy its gardens and halls and get to know the numerous legends and anecdotes that took place inside it… The most recent of which being that it has been the setting for the famous series Game of Thrones. The Real Alcazar is a monument which is stillactively in use, it is the residence of the royal family in Seville, as well as having other municipal uses.
The Monastery of El Escorial
A must-see on the list of monuments if you’re going to Madrid. It is situated 50 kilometres from the city, in San Lorenzo del Escorial. Its renaissance architecture, “herreriano” style, is basic emphasising its lines. By avoiding the overuse of decorative elements the eye is drawn to the immensity and robustness of the building itself. In it you will be able to see the Palace of Philip II and the Palace of the Bourbons, the Museum of Architecture, the Gardens of the Friars. It also has a basilica, pantheon, convent and library. If you want to make the most of the offer entrance of El Escorial is free on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
Cathedral of Santiago
Finally, the most international and visited monument in our country is not to be missed out on our list. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The city of Santiago is the greatest tourist and pilgrimage destination of all time. Thousands of pilgrims pledge to undertake the Camino de Santiago or the Way of Saint James, in order to reach the Plaza del Obradoiro and catch a glimpse of the famous Romanesque temple as a final goal. Throughout history, it has undergone changes and we can also see Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical styles. In its interior you can find the tomb of the Apostle St. James.
We take it for granted that we have left a lot of incredible monuments off this list… What other monuments would you include?