This stunning church is unfinished but nonetheless remains one of Gaudí's masterpieces. The construction began in 1882 and Gaudí continued to work on it until his death in 1926. The basilica is still under construction, but it is already accessible to the public. Expected completion is in 2026, a hundred years after the architect's death. Its exterior is magnificent. There are three facades describing the life of Jesus: Nativity Façade picturing the birth of Jesus, Passion Façade dedicated to Jesus’s suffering during his crucifixion and Glory Façade representing his glory after the resurrection. The interior is also beautiful with its high ceilings, tree-like columns and play of lights between the walls from white marble and the colorful windows. Reserve your tickets beforehand to avoid long lines. Various guided tours are available for both individuals and groups on the official website.
This wonderful park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Completely designed by Gaudí, it is by far the most beautiful park in Barcelona and one of the highlights of your visit. Spare some time to explore it and witness the amazing connection of architecture and nature. Climb on top of the hill to see one of the greatest views of the city and finish your visit with a picnic. There are two zones in the park. One is accessible to visitors free of charge, the other (Monumental Zone) requires a ticket. The Monumental area consists of the porter's lodge pavilions with the Dragon stairway, which leads to the Hypostyle Room. Built to serve as a market, it consists of 86 columns resembling Doric order and its ceiling is decorated with mosaics. The center of the Monumental zone is formed by the artificial Nature Square with a view of the lovely Austria gardens. The ticket to the Monumental Zone is assigned per time-band. You can enter up to 30 minutes after the assigned start time. Beware of long lines, reserve your ticket beforehand or come early.
This long pedestrian street is lined with cafés, bars, shops and souvenir stalls. Always bustling, performances of street artists are common here - there are often buskers, living statues and mimes. The boulevard is 1.2 kilometers long and runs from Plaça Catalunya to Mirador de Colom overlooking the Port Vell. When you stroll down the street, you will also see many other sights, such as the oldest theater in the city or the Palace of the Virreina. The famous market La Boqueria is also worth visiting. Do not miss Joan Miró’s colorful pavement mosaic in the center of the boulevard which is often neglected by tourists.
One of the main squares of Barcelona is a significant transportation hub and it is an ideal place for people watching. Live musical performances also take place here. When passing the square, do not overlook its beautiful fountains and statues. There is a monument honoring Francesc Macià i Llussà, who fought for the independence of Catalonia and then served as the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia between 1932 and 1933. Also, a statue of a female figure by Josep Clara called La Deessa is located here. The square is also surrounded by shops, including Corte Inglés, a large Spanish department store.
This building's facade will certainly catch your eye while walking around. Being one of Gaudí's masterpieces, it is definitely worth the visit! The house was awarded the Europa Nostra prize for the best conservation of architectural heritage in 2004. Casa Batlló is open to public since 2002. You can visit the former residence of the Batlló family (Noble Floor), the former store rooms and laundry rooms (The Loft), and the Roof Terrace. Unlike in other museums, in Casa Batlló, you are invited to touch and explore anything you want. Also, the device you receive for your tour will bring many objects to life. It is truly a magical experience. Purchase your ticket in advance to avoid the ticket office queues. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building.
The most famous central square is the official starting point for Spain's 6 National Roads. It is also the most common meeting point, lined with many notable buildings and shops. There are several points of interest located in this square, such as the statue of Charles III of Spain, Tío Pepe lighted sign on one of the buildings, and one of the most famous sculptures in Madrid - the Bear and the Strawberry Tree - which is also the symbol of the city and is to be found depicted in various ways all around the city.
The official residence of the Spanish royalty is a must-see. However, spotting the king here will be hard, as it is used only for state ceremonies. When inside, be sure to see the marvelous interior decorations, made using a number of materials, from marble to mahogany. The palace is also home to Royal Armoury of Madrid. Surrounded by large and peaceful gardens, this palace is said to be one of the most beautiful ones in Europe. Once you are done with exploring the exterior, you can take a stroll through Plaza de Oriente and look at statues of Gothic kings. The nearest metro station is Ópera.
Madrid's central square is dominated by a bronze statue of King Philip III, dating back to 1616. What once used to serve as an execution place and a bull-fighting arena, is now a site of many events throughout the year, such as concerts, games and festivals. This popular meeting place is lined with cafés and restaurants that offer a beautiful view of the square. Here, you can taste one of Madrid's culinary specialty - a calamari sandwich. However, be prepared that the restaurants are usually quite expensive. Plaza Mayor is located only a few minutes' walk from Puerta del Sol and San Miguel Market.
The name speaks for itself - this renowned museum prides itself on one of the largest collections of European art in the world. The exhibition contains more than 7,600 paintings, some of them on the display here and some on loan in other museums. Being one of the most visited art museums in the world, Prado National Museum is home to works of many famous artists, both Spanish and international, such as Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Diego Velázquez and Peter Paul Rubens. One of the most popular and prominent artworks in the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez, a really intriguing piece of art.
Set on the site of a medieval mosque, the cathedral now serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid. The aim of Madrid's first Catholic cathedral was to overwhelm the believers. Well, the aim has been achieved because the medley of architectural styles is really something exceptional. It houses many interesting paintings as well. The cathedral is also home to a museum which will guide you through the history of Almudena and where you can explore various historical artifacts, such as manuscripts and pieces of clothing. You can also visit a Neo-Romanesque crypt. The nearest metro station is Ópera.
This majestic cathedral was finished in the 16th century, after a hundred years since the construction started, and replaced a former mosque. Its bell tower, Giralda, was originally a minaret. The grand Gothic building contains 80 chapels and it is the largest cathedral in the world. Also, it features the largest altarpiece in the world. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it attracts many visitors. Peek inside and note the stained-glass windows and the richly decorated interior. The cathedral is also the burial place of the famous explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus and Alfonso X of Castile, the 13th century King of Castile, León and Galicia.
One of the best remaining examples of Mudéjar architecture and the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe - part of the complex still serves as an official royal residence. The gargantuan palace complex was originally a Moorish fort and it's surrounded by vast gardens. You enter the palace to the Lion's Patio through Puerta del León which takes its name from the lion depicted above the gate. The following patio (Patio de la Montería) is named after the hunters who gathered here before they went out and it is bordered by the Mudéjar style facade of the Palacio Pedro I. The main patio of the complex, Patio de las Doncellas, served as the central meeting place. It is surrounded by beautiful arches and it leads to several halls which were usually used for ceremonial purposes - check out the decorations and different architectural styles of the halls. The royal gardens consist of several parts of different styles, such ad French, Italian or Arab. They are decorated with a number of statues, fountains, and ponds.
Plaza de España, located in the heart of Maria Luisa Park, is a fine example of a mixture of Renaissance and Moorish Revival style. This plaza, built in 1928, is famous mainly for its beautiful mosaics decorating the square. It also boasts a beautiful fountain in its center. If you fancy a romantic experience, there are more ways how to explore the beauties of this place. You can either rent a boat or go on a horse carriage ride. Today, you can also find several interesting museums here. This place has also been used as a filming location - for instance of Star Wars.
The tower was built between 1220 and 1221 by the Moors to defend the city from Christian invaders since it was a great observation point. It also served as a prison in the Middle Ages. It is said that the tower was once gilded in gold, hence the name. Now, it is one of the most popular monuments of the city, with a peculiar dodecagonal shape. The tower is accessible to visitors and the top offers exquisite views of the surrounding area. Also, it houses a naval museum displaying documents regarding navigation and models of ships, including the three ships that were used by Christopher Columbus in his voyage to the Indies.
A beautiful garden in the middle of Seville's Old Town. Take your time to enjoy the atmosphere of the park, take a nice long walk and lose yourself in the quiet corners of this park. The botanical garden boasts exotic trees and numerous plants as well as a variety of bird species. There are also ponds, fountains, many monuments and historic buildings in the park. Some of the sites were constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and then were used as the offices.
One of the largest and certainly most beautiful castles in the world. Originally built for military purposes, it eventually served as a royal residence. The mighty Alhambra that we see today was rebuilt by the Moors in the 14th century and it is a real gem with its red walls, arabesque, and tile mosaics decorations. The surrounding gardens are a feast for all the senses. Sit and relax while listening to the singing of the nightingales and the purling water and rest your eyes on beautiful roses and myrtles.
One of the oldest still running markets in Europe, originally built as open-air. In 1928, the market place was roofed over and now, the building is a marvelous example of turn of the 20th century architecture. This place is always busy with tourists and locals alike, and it is the perfect spot to buy some local products and taste traditional dishes.
City of Arts and Sciences is a true architectural gem and Valencia's cultural centre. It is one of the main tourist attractions of the city and you should save a whole day for it, if you want to explore all the facilities. Among other things, the complex houses a science museum, largest aquarium in Europe and a planetarium.
Also known as Saint Mary's Cathedral, this beautiful architectural monument is an absolute must-see when in Valencia. Built in the Valencian Gothic style, the cathedral also mixes Romanesque, Renaissance and French Gothic styles. It is set on the site of a Roman temple that was later turned into a mosque. Valencia cathedral is known for the collection of religious works or art. It is also said to hold the world's one true Holy Grail, a cup made of ancient gemstone dating back to the 1st century, which can be found in the Chapel of the Holy Chalice.
The cathedral took 181 years to built and the initial plans were counting with two towers, which weren’t built due to financial reasons. Its façade with three semicircular arches and decorated with pilasters faces Plaza de las Pasiegas. The majestic church presents a breath-taking display of interior decorations lead by the magnificent pipe organ.
The largest aquarium in Europe is notable not only for its marine animals, but also for the modern architecture. The park is divided into several areas, according to the habitats. You can choose from a variety of activities, from becoming an animal trainer to diving with sharks. Come here for both an educational and an entertaining experience.