The Best Cities In Spain For The First Time Visitor

The cities in Spain are no less that any other world class cities. On Europe’s Iberian Peninsula is rich in culture and has diverse geography. Madrid, the capital city, is where we have the Royal Palace and housing spectacular works by European master is the Prado museum.

The Alcazar; a medieval castle and an intact Roman aqueduct can still be found in the city of Segovia. Barcelona is a city known for the whimsical modernist landmarks by Antoni Gaudi like the Sagrada Família church.

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Barcelona

This cosmopolitan is known for its art and architecture. Dotting the city of Barcelona are the famous landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí along with the fantastical Sagrada Família church. Popularly known as La Pedrera or “open quarry” is Casa Lima having unconventional rough-hewn appearance and a modernist building in Barcelona.

Stroll on the narrow medieval streets of charming Gothic Quarter filled with trendy bars, clubs and Catalan restaurants. Another sight worth a breathtaking visit is Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range.

Valencia

Lying on the south-eastern coast of Spain is the captivating city of Valencia. Known is the city’s Arts and Science with futuristic mix giving rise to structures such as the planetarium, an oceanarium and an interactive museum.

Of the several beaches the city has for a perfect sun bath some lie within nearby Albufera Park. The park is a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails and is a perfect place to be closest to the nature.

Madrid

With elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retir awaiting you is the city of Madrid. Rich in European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters are globally famed.

At the centre of old Hapsburg Madrid is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory and in the vicinity is Plaza Mayor lined by portico. Madrid has become centre for expression in the arts. Popular for nightlife, theatre and tapas bar is the Sunday Flea market at El Rastro. Housing the statue of the Bear and Strawberry Tree from the city’s coat of arms is the Central Square Puerta del Sol while a vast collection of historic artefacts are displayed at Museo Arqueológico Nacional.

Seville

The city of Seville is famous for flamenco dancing. The cities top sights include the Alcázar castle complex from the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring dating to the 18th century.

Home to the Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda is the cathedral of Gothic Seville. A walking tour of the major is the best way to explore old city. Featuring the winding, cobbled alleys lined with orange trees is the medieval Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz.

Malaga

A port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol is known for its luxury hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. The city’s two massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, loom over the modern skyline making it picturesque scenery. Nicknamed as La Manquita (“one-armed lady”) because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt is the city’s soaring renaissance cathedral.

Zaragoza

The baroque Nuestra Senora del Pilar basilica is a famous pilgrimage site overlooking the Ebro River in the city centre of Zaragoza. The basilica is a shrine to the Virgin Mary and multiple domes.

The Aljafería, an 11th-century Moorish palace, and the Cathedral of the Savior, begun in the 12th century are popular for their Mudéjar-style landmarks, combining Islamic and Gothic architecture.

Overall the country of Spain is about the baroques, castles and the neo-gothic architectural delights. Apart from this Madrid is home to the renowned football club.

A visit to the cities in Spain is an amalgamation of history, culture, and architecture. So what are you waiting for… go board the flight and start your tour to the great cities in Spain.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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