Travel Guide to Spain

 

Places to See in Spain:

Tower of Hercules

Tower of Hercules
Galicia, Spain

As the great Dan Deacon once said, “Lighthouses rule. If you don’t like the lighthouse, you suck”. This statement is all the more true when you are blessed enough to have visited the Tower of Hercules, otherwise known by its Spanish name, Torre de Hércules. Perched on a rocky peninsula on the coast of Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain, the Tower of Hercules has been safeguarding ships since the late 1st century AD. Among the more magnificent structures erected by the Roman Empire, local legend has it...
Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral
Burgos, Spain

Built during the early 12th century, Burgos Cathedral in Burgos, Spain is famous for its massive size and amazing Gothic architecture. Construction began on the cathedral on the orders of King Ferdinand III of Castile and Mauricio, Bishop of Burgos on July 20, 1221. After a hiatus of nearly 200 years work resumed on the cathedral toward the middle of the 15th century and continued for more than 100 years. It wasn’t fully completed until 1567, three years after the death of Michelangelo, when the lantern spire over the...
La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain

This magnificent building was the vision of legendary Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Begun in 1892, La Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family) has been more or less under continuous construction for well over a century, and is still not expected to be completed until at least 2017. Although there were several delays due to war and the loss of the original blueprints, the majority of the holdup is due to the fact that the entirety of the construction of this cathedral is founded purely on donations from the public. And with...
Palacio Real

Palacio Real
Madrid, Spain

The Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain and the biggest palace in Europe. Although the official residence, the Royal Family does not actually reside in the Palacio Real, instead they live in a more reserved palace on the outskirts of Madrid. The Palacio Real is open partially to the public except when being used for official business such as ceremonies. Originally it was a Moorish Alcázar (fortress) that was rebuilt by Carlos I and Felipe II in the 16th century; the current Berniniesque designed palace was completed in 1755 after...
Alhambra

Alhambra
Granada, Spain

Called “A Pearl Set in Emeralds” The Alhambra in Granada, Spain was built between the mid-1200s and the late 1300s on the grounds of a former Roman fortress. One of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Europe, it is also the last such creation before the Muslim rule in southern Spain was overtaken by the Christian monarchy. If you go, be prepared for a lot of walking and even more jaw dropping sighs of wonder. There are essentially four major areas of The Alhambra: The Moorish Royal Palace, the...
Santa Barbara Castle

Santa Barbara Castle
Alicante, Spain

Watching over the city of Alicante from high above is the Castle of Santa Bárbara, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman artifacts have been found on the slopes of the mountain, but the castle was built in the 9th century by the Moors; the castle encompasses the complete summit of Mount Benacantil. Led by Alfonso de Castilla, Castilian forces conquered the fortress December 4th, 1248. It received the name Santa Barbara Castle because the day it...
PortAventura Resort & Parks

PortAventura Resort & Parks
near Barcelona, Spain

Located one hour south of bustling Barcelona is PortAventura, a theme park and resort that is among the largest in Europe. The park was originally built as a joint effort by the Tussauds group, Anheuser-Busch and Universal Studios and is currently owned and operated by Criteria with the original three no longer holding a stake in it. It has evolved into a complete themed resort destination boasting four wonderful 4-star hotels as well as the PortAventura Theme Park, the Caribe Aquatic Park and...
   

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