From the sun-drenched Mediterranean beaches, pilgrims at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, to the street life of La Rambla and Plaza Mayor, Spain is a country that harmoniously blends the vibrant energy of the past and present.

Spain is known for a diverse background, unique language, colorful culture, energetic dances, and thrilling adventures. If you plan to study in this fantastic country, you can expect to experience the country’s best and top attractions in your free time.

Make sure to list down notes as we provide you some of the places that you must visit in Spain:

The Alhambra

The Alhambra never fails to satisfy its visitors. With breath-taking beauty, this Moorish palace manifests the Nasrid dynasty’s artistic highlight.

The complex consists of buildings, gardens, towers, walls, and a mosque matched with intricate stone carvings, tile-lines ceilings, filigrees, delicate arches, and a serene courtyard.

This palace is the finest example of Spain’s High Renaissance architecture even in its unfinished state.

Sagrada Família

Basílica de la Sagrada Família, more popularly known as Sagrada Família, is an unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is one of the most unconventional churches in Europe and the world. Antoni Gaudi who has designed outrageous buildings in Barcelona created the basilica adapting an architectural style called Art Nouveau and took it a step further. Since it is still under construction, when you look down from the tower, you will see the progress below.

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum is an extraordinary museum whose beauty and symphony of shapes can’t quite transfer on photos. Its contemporary architecture using blocks of limestone and sheets of titanium has turned this to modern architecture. You can find rotating displays and traveling exhibitions in the museum’s modern art collection.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba (Mezquita)

The Great Mosque of Cordoba is one of the main mosques of western Islam and one of the largest in the world. Along with the Alhambra, both of these attractions are two great examples of Islamic art and western European architecture.

The materials used to build the mosque were the same ones used to construct Roman and Visigothic buildings in 785 and 1000. In the 13 century, the mosque was converted into a Christian cathedral.

The Moorish arches of the mosque create a symmetrical pattern. Around the mosque, you can sense a Moorish atmosphere as beautiful patios and low whitewashed houses fill the street.

The Prado and Paseo del Artes

Located in Madrid, the Prado alone belongs to the top art museums in the world known for its collection’s riches. But when you add the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia National Art Museum, and the CaixaForum, all in Madrid’s mile-long boulevard, you have El Paseo del Artes (Boulevard of the Arts). This may be the highest concentration of valuable arts in the world.

The Prado is a must-see museum as it holds the largest Spanish art collection in the world, 12th-century medieval works, and notable works from artists in the country’s golden age by Velasquez, El Greco, and Goya.

You can also see medieval murals and paintings by non-Spanish artists such as Flemish, Bosch, Rubens, Brueghel, Corregio, Botticelli, and a lot more.

Reina Sofia is home to an impressive 20,000 works by Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Braque, Magritte, and others.

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