Discover what Spain has to offer for your next vacation

Spain
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Spain is a renowned tourist destination for a plethora of reasons: its stunningly well-preserved architecture and historical landmarks, Mediterranean atmosphere, diverse landscape, tasty food, and passionate culture. It is definitely a place to visit at least once in a lifetime.

Situated on the Iberian Peninsula, it is bathed both by the Mediterranean sea on the East and the Atlantic Ocean on the South and the North.

Tourists surely will enjoy travelling to see a number of cities. In this article, we will mention just a few of them: Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Malaga and Pamplona.

Barcelona

Magic fountain of Montjuic, Barcelona
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Barcelona is the capital of the region of Catalonia and the second-largest city in Spain. It is the birthplace of the world-famous architect Antoni Gaudi, whose unique buildings can be seen throughout the city.

Other places of interest in Barcelona include the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, the Gothic Quarter, and Park Guell. But what really has been a must-see since decades ago is the Basilica La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family), designed by Gaudi himself.

Apart from that, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as exploring the many museums, going for a swim at the beach, or indulging in the local food scene.

As for accommodation, you can reserve your hotel and see what Black Friday hotel deals Barcelona are available to get attractive discounts.

Granada

Granada is located in southern Spain at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This city is known for the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex from the Arabic era built around 700 AD. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. 

The Alhambra is definitely the main attraction in Granada, but guests can also explore the Albayzin neighbourhood, go on a hike in the mountains, or visit the Granada Science Park.

Madrid

Madrid Royal Palace
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Madrid is the capital of Spain and the largest city in the country. Certainly, it is a popular tourist destination for its many museums, including the El Prado or the Thyssen Bornemisza museums, which house works by European masters such as Velazquez, Goya, Chagall, Rembrandt, Cézanne, El Greco and many others. 

Other well-known attractions are the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and the Buen Retiro Park; this is a perfect place to take a tranquil stroll in the evenings. 

Seville

The capital of Andalusia is located in southern Spain. This city is renowned for its beautiful architecture, particularly the Alcázar palace and the Cathedral of Seville. 

The Plaza de España is also a popular spot for tourists, as it is a beautiful building with a large central fountain. It was built by architect Aníbal González in 1929.

In Seville, visitors can enjoy Flamenco shows, with talented guitarists, singers and dancers. Other entertaining options could be going on a boat ride through the canals, or exploring the Santa Cruz neighbourhood.

Valencia

The city of arts and science, Valencia
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Valencia, like Barcelona, is another excellent city located on the eastern coast of Spain and is the capital of the Valencia region. This city is known for its architecture, as well as its food and culture. 

La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences) is a must-see, as it is an expansive complex that includes an opera house, a planetarium, and an oceanarium. It was built in the second half of the 1990s, in a striking modern architectural style.

Other Valencia highlights worth a visit include the Silk Exchange, the Central Market, and the Ceramics Museum.

Málaga

Málaga is a city of the Andalusia region located on the southern coast of Spain just off the western end of the Mediterranean sea. This city is known for its beaches, as well as its many museums and historical landmarks. 

The Malaga Cathedral, the Alcazaba fortress, and the Gibralfaro castle are all popular tourist destinations. 

In addition, vacationers can enjoy the local food scene, go for a swim at the beach, or explore the many shops in the city centre.

Pamplona

Bull running, Pamplona
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Pamplona is the northernmost of the seven cities described here.  It is the capital of the province of Navarra and is just 100 miles from the French border. Pamplona is most famous for the San Fermin festival, which takes place every year from July 6-14 and includes the famous encierros (Running of the Bulls). 

Other attractions in Pamplona include the Pamplona Cathedral, the Plaza del Castillo, and the Citadel. 

Visitors can also enjoy the local gastronomy, which includes top-quality wines, and attend a game of a traditional basque sport called pelota vasca in the Navarra Arena or the Labrit.

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