If you’ve never been to Spain before, then you’re in for a real treat as there are some seriously good sights to see… you certainly won’t find yourself bored in this wonderful part of the world, whether you decide to follow the tourist trail or go off the beaten track a bit.
For first-time visitors to the country, you may prefer to base your trip on the main attractions to be found in Spain as they really are tourist traps for a reason and there are some sights that really must be seen in person, such as the Sagrada Familia. This unique temple is the work of architect Antoni Gaudi - and an incredible five generations have watched as the building work progresses. It’s expected to be completed in 2026, over 135 years after the first bricks were laid, although this deadline may well be extended given the current global coronavirus pandemic.
You can take yourself on a virtual tour of the impressive structure right now on the official website, however, which will give you a lovely taster of what you can expect when you do make it to Spain once lockdown restrictions are lifted. If you already know that you’re a big fan of Gaudi’s work, then after you’ve been to the Sagrada Familia, you must head out into the open air to explore Parc Guell. You could easily while away a whole day here out under the sunny Spanish skies, enjoying some incredible views of the city while finding out even more about the celebrated architect. Built as a public park in 1926, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and you’ll find some incredible examples of Gaudi’s mosaics and sculptures - including an amazing dragon gate at the Guell Pavilions.
Another must-visit is the Alhambra Palace in Granada, which overlooks the city and affords you some stunning views. It was originally built to serve as a small fortress in 899, but was later rebuilt during the 11th century to become the palace we know and love today. Make sure you visit the Royal Manor, the Lions Patio and Alcazaba - and make sure you book your tickets in advance, as you’ll find yourself in for a long queue otherwise.
If you’re keen to see some of Rome’s influence in Spain, head to Segovia near Madrid where you’ll find one of the very finest Roman aqueducts the world has to offer. It’s one of the best-preserved elevated aqueducts of its time and certainly worth going to have a look at.
And don’t forget that Segovia is a wonderful town to explore as well, so you’ll have a wonderful time if you add this to your holiday itinerary. Of course, these are just three sights to see in Spain and there are countless others… so make sure you do your research and plan your trip properly so you can fit it all in.
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