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100 Things to do in Spain

You may consider many places when you plan a holiday, but there are plenty of reasons why you should choose Spain as your destination.

Apart from the fact that it is one of the greatest holiday destinations you can find, there are other reasons which will sway you.

Spain is cheap! It is still one of the best value holiday destinations in Europe.

The sun! While it does rain in Spain, you can almost guarantee that the sun will shine for most of your holiday.

The amazing cities! You will be spoilt for choice when planning your vacation. Spain is full of the most interesting, colourful cities you can imagine!

We’ve selected the top 100 destinations in this amazing country for you to visit, so get your bags packed and head out for the holiday of a lifetime!

1. The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família


The construction on this magnificent building started in 1882, and the following year Gaudi took over the work. It started off as a cathedral-sized building, but not actually as the cathedral itself. It has grown over the years to include many sections such as cloisters with double aisles, and multiple towers.
The original design by Gaudi included 18 spires which were to represent the 12 apostles, the Virgin Mary, the four evangelists, and the tallest one Jesus Christ. The completion of the spires will make this the tallest church building in the world.
The building was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi devoted his life to the project, until he passed away at the age of 73. The building is scheduled to be completed by 2026, which is the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
Allow yourself a full day to look through this amazing structure.

2. The Prado Museum

This museum is the main Spanish national art museum, and you can find it in central Madrid.
It has one of the finest collections of art dating back to the 12th century, and is the single best collection of Spanish art. It is also one of the most visited sites in the world.
You will be able to see works from Goya, Bosch, El Greco, and Rubens to name but a handful.
The museum has over 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and over 1,000 sculptures, in addition to numerous historical documents.
If you plan a visit, then bear in mind that you can get in for free after 5pm. There will be a long line, but most people get to look around. You may be able to come back a second evening to finish your visit.

3. Casa Batlló

You will find this building in the centre of Barcelona. It is known as one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. The literal translation is ‘House of Bones’, and this is because of the skeletal look it has.
You will note on the ground floor, the oval windows, and sculpted stone work. Very few straight lines exist, and much of the exterior is decorated with broken ceramic tiles. This method is called Trencadis.
Allow yourself a half day to look at the house, and then take extra time to explore Barcelona.

4. The Guggenheim Museum

This museum is in Bilbao, and is of modern and contemporary art. It was opened in October 1997 by King Juan Carlos I, and is one of the museums which belong to the Guggenheim Foundation.
You will find permanent exhibitions of Spanish and international artists. This is one of the largest museums in Spain.
The building itself is thought of as significant in the architectural society because it represents a feeling of unity between critics, academics, and the public.
Allow yourself a full day to look around the museum.

5. Palacio de Cristal

You will see that there are similarities between this building in Madrid, and the one in London which was completed 30 years before. It is a huge ornate shelter for plants and art, and has been around for over a century.

The high glass dome, bright red brick foundation, and the glass walls make this building a thing of beauty.

The gardens are worth looking at, as is the lake where you may take a ride on a boat, and enjoy the beautiful landscaping.

Spend at least a half day, possible longer, as there is plenty to see.

6. Ibiza

This is a small island off the east coast of Spain, about 90 miles from the city of Valencia. It is the third biggest of the Balearic Islands. The highest point of the island is St Talaia which is 457 metres above sea level.
Most tourists are attracted to the nightlife on the island, and this gets very busy in the summer season.

The port in Ibiza has been acclaimed as a UNESCA heritage site, and well worth spending some time looking around.

Whether you are looking for the nightlife orcultural eventsIbiza is where you will find what you are looking for.

If you plan on spending any amount of time there in the summer season, then be sure to book accommodation far in advance as you will be unable to find a place at short notice.

7. Museo Reina Sofía

This is also known as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. It is considered to be Spain’s museum of 20th century art. You will find it in Madrid. You will find the work of masters such as Picasso, Dali, Chillida, Gargallo, to name a few.
You will also find an astounding collection of art by international artists.
If you need to look anything up, you will find free access to the library which specialises in art, and has a collection of over 100,000 books, 1,000 videos, and over 3,500 recordings.
Allow yourself at least half a day here, although longer if you want to spend time in the library.

8. Mosque-Cathedral

What makes this place unique is that it is a place of worship for Christians and Muslims alike, and has been this way throughout its history.
There is a large cathedral at the centre of the mosque with crosses alongside mihrabs. This is one of the largest religious spaces in Spain. It is certainly one of the grandest mosques in Spain.
You will find the mosque in the centre of Cordoba’s Jewish Quarter, which is significant in that it brings together all the religious traditions which make up the Spanish culture.
Allow yourself a few hours to look inside, bearing in mind that it is an active place of worship.

9. The Alhambra

You will find this palace and fortress in Granada, Andalusia. It was a small fortress in 889 AD and was renovated in the 13th century, and became a royal palace is 1333.
The Alhambra is one of Spain’s major tourist attraction, bringing together significant Islamic architecture, and 16th century Christian inspiration. The gardens are worth visiting. These have been described by Moorish poets as ‘pearls set in emeralds’. This is referring to the colour of the building s and the surrounding woods.
A point of interest is the dense wood of English Elms which was brought by the Duke of Wellington in 1812. The parkland has water fountains and cascades among the roses, oranges, and wildflowers.
The building is literally mind blowing! Ornate carved stucco plaster, tile mosaics, and wooden ceilings are just some of the points of interest inside.
Allow yourself a full day to make the most of the buildings and the gardens.

10. The Royal Palace of Madrid

Although this is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Family reside on the outskirts of Madrid.
There are several rooms which are open to the public, although they all close during state functions.
You will find the palace in the western area of Madrid. Some paintings of interest are works by Caravaggio, de Goya, and Mengs. You will also be able to see fine examples of porcelain, watches, furniture, and silver.
Something to look out for here is the only complete Stradivarius String Quartet in the world.
You should check entrance prices online as some days are free, while others ask for €11.
Allow most of the day to look around the palace and gardens.

11. Gothic Quarter

You will find this area in the centre of Old Barcelona. It is an area, rather than a place, and runs from La Rambla to Via Laietana.

You will find the remains of the Roman wall as well as notable landmarks. It is in the oldest part of the city, in the Ciutat Vella District.

Apart from the very old area, there are many buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a veritable labyrinth of small streets which seem to disappear and then open into plazas with unique shops and cafes.

Regular traffic is not permitted there, although taxis and service vehicles are allowed, so be prepared to walk! Pack some sturdy shoes and explore the area, you will find the small streets a delight to explore.

12. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

This art museum can be found fairly close to the Prado Museum. The whole area is known as the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’, and it is here you will find the Prado, the Thyssen, and the Reina Sofia museums.

There are over 1,600 paintings here. It was one of the largest private collections in the world, belonging to Baron Thyssen. A competition was held to decide where to house his collection in 1987.

After searching through Europe, the Baron settled on Madrid to place his paintings.
The museum is very popular with about 950,000 visitors per year.

If possible, buy your ticketsonline to avoid lines.

Plan to spend the better part of the day there, as there is plenty to see. If you finish earlier than you expect, there are many other interesting things to see in that area of Madrid.

13. Gaztelugatxe

You will find this tiny island off the Basque coast. You may never have known it existed had it not been for the bridge which connects it to the mainland.

The bridge was built in the 11th century and is completely made of stone. It truly does look like something out of a fiction story.

On the island, there is a little church, which has been rebuilt. It stands on the little isle, inviting you to cross over on the bridge to look at it.

You need to be in good shape to do this as there are literally hundreds of steps across to the island. As you cross on the bridge, you will find many smaller staircases leading down to the water. Once across, you can visit the hermitage.

Legend says that after you have crossed the bridge, you should make a wish.

Depending on how fit you are, this may take a morning or longer.

14. The Alcázar of Seville

This palace is often referred to as the most beautiful palace in all of Spain. It is certainly one of outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture. The top part is still inhabited by the royal family, while parts of the lower section is open to the public.
This is the oldest royal palace in Europe, which is still in use. It is part of UNESCO world heritage sites.
The palace is very large, being spread over seven hectares of gardens, and 17,000 square meters of buildings.
The buildings range from the 11th to the 16th centuries, with different architecture from each period.
Allow yourself most of the day to see the palace and then the extensive gardens.

15. The Holy Chalice of Valencia

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Many tales have been told about The Holy Grail, and this is added to the list. This does, however look the part, being spectacularly beautiful.
Whether you believe the theory or not, you will find that this chalice is lovely to look at. You will find the Chalice in the Chapel of the Holy Grail in Valencia.
Note at the top the cup which is of chocolate-red agate, while the base, handles and adornments were added many years later. The theory is that St Peter took the chalice to Rome, and then it was brought to Spain by a Vatican soldier.
This will not take you more than an hour to see, although the area is worth spending more time in, as it is very beautiful.

16. Montserrat

The name, literally translated means ‘saw mountain’, and this is related to the rock formations which you will see in the distance. The sedimentary rock is a striking pink shade. This is Spain’s first national Park.
The monastery, which is a Benedictine Abbey, can be reached by road, or by cable car, or the Montserrat Rack Railway. You can get to the start of them from the station in Barcelona.
If you choose to hike up to the Abbey, you will see many abandoned caves where the monks used to live.
The highest point of Montserrat is ‘Sant Jeroni’, and this stands an impressive 1,236 metres above sea level. There are many hiking trails which you can follow, and these will lead you up to the entrance of the monastery.
Hikers will recognise the Cavall Bernat which stands at 1,111 metres, and is very popular with climbers.
Be sure to take correct clothing and shoes, and supplies before you go. This may not be suitable for children or people who are not in good health.

17. Buen Retiro Park

This park, which is one of the largest in Madrid, is translated as the ‘Park of Pleasant Retreat’. It was the property of the royal family until the 19th century, when it became open to the public.
It is a huge green area in the middle of a vibrant city, and it is filled with amazing surprises such as sculptures, monuments, galleries, and lakes.
You will often find that outdoor events are held here through the year. The gardens have been left unattended through the years and then restored to their former beauty, as you will find them now.
The amazing rose garden was built by chief gardener, Cecilio Rodriguez, in 1930-1940, and is well worth visiting.

Pack a picnic lunch, and take time to admire the work which has been carried out to restore the park.

18. Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

If computers turn your head, or fascinate you in any way, then you must see this computer, which is now housed in a disused chapel in Barcelona.

It is one of the largest computers in Europe. The computer has been in the chapel since 2005, and it is called the Mare Nostrum.

The computer is used to predict weather, and helps in fields of research such as human genome mapping.

Looking at the computer, you may think that it is just a pile of black computer stacks encased in glass.

The church was rebuilt in the 19th century after the civil war, then used as a catholic church until 1960. It was then deconsecrated and taken over for other purposes.

The Mare Nostrum may not be the most powerful computer any more, but you will agree that it certainly has the most visual appeal, as thousands of people arrive every month to view it.

19. Masia Freixa

You will see Gaudi’s influence in the design of this building. The combination of traditional and modern shapes was initially the design of Louis Paralleda Muncunill, who was inspired by Gaudi.

The building was for many years the home of the Municipal Conservatory of Music.

Take time to wander through the elliptical arches and note the high tower, which is a great example of modernism.

This will not take you longer than two or three hours to look at, but it is worth spending some time exploring the area around it.

20. Barrio de La Latina

This is a neighbourhood, rather than a specific place. It is the oldest area of Madrid, with narrow streets and large open squares. The area was initially named after the old hospital which was founded in 1499 and called ‘La Latina’.
Note that one of the boundaries of the area is Segovia Street, which is in fact, a deep ravine where the San Pedro River used to run into.
Take a half a day to look at the area, stop for a bite of lunch in one of the many small cafes in the area.

21. Barcelona’s Baby Drop-off

Many years ago, this used to be a drop-off point for unwanted babies, along with charitable donations of food and clothing.
The building is discreetly hidden in El Ravel, which is attached to the ‘House of Mercy’. There is a small shrine there which was a rotating wooden turntable where people would place items anonymously.
This was founded in the 16th century, and became an orphanage in the 19th century. The practise was used from 1853 – 1931, when hundreds of babies were placed there. Today, all you will see is the small wooden inlet.
This will take no more than an hour, although the area is interesting, and the church is impressive.

22. Puerta del Sol

This means the ‘Gate of the Sun’ and is to be found in Madrid. It is one of the best known, and certainly the busiest place in Madrid.
You will find the clock which denotes when – at the end of the year – it is time for the eating of the twelve grapes. This marks the start of the new year. As the bell strikes twelve, one grape is eaten for every gong.

You will find interesting buildings here, such as the Old Post Office which houses the President of Madrid now, the mounted statue of Charles III of Spain, and the statue of the ‘Bear and the Strawberry Tree’.

Also notable is the ‘Kilometre zero’ which is a plaque marking the exact centre of Spain.

Keep an eye out for the many monuments along the way.

Plan to spend the morning here, as there is plenty to see. There are also many restaurants and cafes to eat, before you explore further.

23. City of Arts and Sciences

You will find this entertainment based complex in the city of Valencia. It is one of the most popular attractions of the city, and ranks as one of the ‘12 Treasures of Spain’.
An interesting point is that the centre is at the end of the riverbed of River Turia, which was drained and then re-routed to avoid further flooding such as the 1957 flood. The dry bed is not a very pretty park.
The Art and Science centre was opened in 1998, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain. The complex gets very busy in the summer months, with different exhibitions and events.
Plan to spend a full day here. If you plan to visit in the season, and want to stay overnight, be sure to book in advance.

24. Margalef

You will find that this small village is very isolated. It is also built into the crevices of the rock formations.
The village is tiny, with quaint houses tucked into crevices. It is not unusual to find the rock face a few feet from a front door.
If you enjoy rock climbing, then this will be ‘one for the books’, as at times you may find yourself climbing over someone’s roof!
This will not only appeal to climbers, but to anyone wanting to get right back to nature. It is a very charming, while intriguing village.
Depending on how long you intend to climb for, you may want to arrange overnight accommodation in advance.

25. Lavapiés

There used to be a fountain in the Plaza de Lavapiés, where people would wash. The name means to ‘wash feet’. The fountain no longer exists, and the area has gone from being a slum to a well-respected art area. Often you will find impressive paintings done of the walls in the area.
In the south side of the area you will find many bars and cafes, and a distinct bohemian atmosphere.
In the east side there are alternative bars, and music meetings on most nights. Mostly these are held in warehouses.
Look out for cafes which sell Madrid’s Zapatilla – a huge 1 kilo sandwich made of ham and cheese.

26. House of Francisco González

Francisco Gonzalez Grajera was a Spanish artist who wanted to build a home in his own style and this is what you will find here. Legend has it that he built the home all by himself, and lived there until he died. You will see the elaborate mosaics made of broken tiles on the sprawling castle-shaped villa. The ramparts and spires were designed to look like a crown.
The house is now open to the public. Take a morning or afternoon to see the odd house that locals have talked about for years.

27. Temple of Debod

This ancient Egyptian temple was taken apart and piece by piece, out back together in Madrid. Originally it was built near Aswan. In 1960, due to the construction of the Aswan Dam, and the threat to the temple, it was moved to Spain. The temple was rebuilt in the Parque del Oeste and opened to public in 1972.

The temple is one of the very few works of ancient Egyptian architecture which can be seen outside of the country. It is the only one of the kind in Spain, and well worth visiting.

While it may only take you a morning to look at this, it is worth looking at the area around it.

28. Torcal de Antequera

At first glance, you may think that this is all man-made. It has all eroded from the sea bed, and been formed millions of years ago. The rocks go back to pre-dinosaur times, some 150 million years ago.

The karst formations are very popular, with visitors coming to see them from all over the world.

There is also a lot of appeal to climbers, who get the most amazing views from the summits.

Apart from the rock formations, be on the lookout for the rare Spanish Ibex who frequent the area.

This is a great place to drive your RV to, and spend a few nights in the area. This was you can watch the sun setting over the formations.

29. Hanging Houses of Cuenca

You may also know of these as the ‘Casas del Rey’. The origin is unclear although they have existed since the 15th century. Look out for the group of three with their wooden balconies.
Most of the hanging houses have been refurbished, some back in the 1920’s. Over time, they have been used as private homes, council buildings and restaurants. You will also find the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español in the town of Cuenca.

The cliffside houses will leave you wondering how they manage to stay up there.

This is the perfect place to stay a few days as the town bears looking around. While it does not get very busy even in the season, it is worth booking in advance as there is not a whole lot of accommodation available.

30. Los Callejones de Las Majadas

This means ‘Alleys of Stone’ and it forms natural mazes in the park. The erosion has taken place over millions of years, you may be able to see the formations called the dog and the whale.
There are two main walk ways through the alleys, and you can still see some of the enclosures where cattle herders used to keep their cattle many years ago.
Interesting to note is that the area has served as backdrop for many fantasy films, notably the 1969 production of Valley of Gwangi. Conan the Barbarian was also shot there in 1982.
This is a great place to drive your RV, stay overnight and explore the mazes.

31. Park Güell

You will find this in La Salut, Barcelona. Gaudi designed the park which was built between 1900 and 1914. It opened to the public in 1926. The park has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site and is worth spending some time there. You will see fine examples of modernism in the Catalan style.
There are many small cafes in the area where you can buy something to eat, as you stroll through the grounds.

32. Picos de Europa


The ‘peaks of Europe’ are a mountain range, about 20km inland from the northern coast. Legend has it that these were the first things ships arriving from the Americas could see.
Almost all the range is formed of limestone, and the glacial activity made an impressive alpine karst. This is a very popular area for climbers, and hikers. The highest peak is Torre de Cerredo which sits at 2,650 metres above sea level.
There are many other peaks which reach over 2,600 metres, and a good amount of mountain hostels to stop overnight.
The village of Caín is a good place to start out from. One other well-known climbing site is Naranjo de Bulnes. Picu Urrirllu is also considered a very good route, and is one of the most famous climbs in Spain.
Pack you gear and get going!

33. El Rastro de Madrid

This is the most well-known flea market in Spain. You will find it open every Sunday and public holiday of the year. It is located between Calle Embajadores and the Ronda de Toledo in Madrid.
There are also many small antique shops in the area which only open on Sundays.
It is well worth spending a day there, as there are also many small cafes where you can eat. Wear a good pair of shoes, and enjoy the market life.

34. Montjuïc

This hill in Barcelona is often called the ‘Jewish Mountain’, and this is because of the medieval Jewish graveyard which was discovered there. The top of the hill is relatively flat, and overlooks the harbour. On the eastern side, there is a sheer cliff. This used to be the site of many fortifications, with ruins of some remaining there today.
The area was the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics which took place in the Olympic stadium nearby.
You can reach the summit by taking the Funicular de Montjuïc, which operates in conjunction with the Barcelona Metro. From that you would take the gondola to the top.
If you are an avid cyclist, you may follow the cycle route to the top. The top and sides are covered in well maintained park and gardens, and well worth taking a look at.

You should start your visit at the top, where you will have the most amazing views.

Plan to spend a day there, get to the top, and enjoy the magnificent views.

35. El Fonoll

This is a naturalist colony set among 1,000-year old ruins.
There was a medieval town in the area which was falling into disrepair, until a businessman from Barcelona bought it, and created a self-sustaining village in 1995.
With currency almost eliminated, El Fonoll became a place where it was free to live. People came to start farmland, and raise animals. It also became a nudist camp, where people regularly went about their daily work naked.
There are strict rules about photography and smoking in public areas, with the aim of the town being to make tourists feel as comfortable as possible.
You can rent a home for four people for about 50 euros a weekend, or 200 euros a month. There is a good bartering system in the town, so be prepared to negotiate!

36. Casa Milà

This was the last private residence to be designed by Antoni Gaudi, and it was constructed between 1906 and 1910.
At the time of building it was very controversial because of the stone façade, and twisting iron balconies. The stone front is impressive, as are the sculptures on the roof.
It is a part of UNESCO world heritage, and there are often exhibitions and activities there.
You should check online and see what is coming up, and then plan to spend a day or two in the area.

37. Tibidabo


This is commonly thought to have been the mountain where Jesus was tempted by the devil.
It overlooks Barcelona and stands at 500 metres high. The town is home to an amusement park, which is very popular. There is a church at the top.

You can reach the town by taking the funicular, or by bus and car. The railway was built in 1901, and was the first of its kind to be built in Spain. The amusement park is also the oldest of its kind in the area, dating back to 1899. There are more than 30 rides, some of them very old.

At the top, the church has a sculpture of the ‘Sacred Heart’ done by Josep Miret Llopart.

Plan to spend a full day here, and there is quite a lot to see.

38. Museum of Lázaro Galdiano

You will find this museum in Madrid. It houses collections by Galdiano. It was built in 1903 as his home, although is now open to the public.

The collections consist of works from the prehistoric period, to the 19th century. Focus is very much on Iberian works, with such things as small bronzes and jewellery, carved ivory, and ceramics on display.

You will also see works from many artists such as Constable, Goya, Clovio, to name a small selection.
Allow yourself a day to see all you want.

39. Palau de la Música

This Palace of Catalan Music is situated in a concert hall in Barcelona, and was built between 1905 and 1908. A choral society was founded in 1891, and they adopted the hall as their home.
The palace won an award some years ago for being the best building to be built in 1909. It was remodelled and repaired, and is now part of the UNESCO world heritage site.
Over a half million people come to hear musical performances during the year, ranging from jazz to chamber music and symphonic compositions.
If you plan on attending one of these, you may want to book in advance to be sure of getting a seat.

40. Erosiones de Bolnuevo


This amazing landscape has been shaped over millions of years into weird and wonderful shapes.
The ‘Enchanted City’ in right across the road from the beach, and you will find the remains of microfossils carved into the sandstone, dating back some 4.5 million years.
Strangely, the area is not protected, and you may see people clambering over the rocks to get photographs.

The beach across the road from the rock formationsis a great place to take your lunch.

It will take not much longer than an hour to look at the formations, but the town is very pretty, with beach cafes where you can get lunch and perhaps go for a swim.

41. Aqueduct of Segovia

This is one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts. It is so important that it merits a place on the city coat of arms.
It is thought that this has been around since the 1st century, although there are different thoughts on this.
You will find the first section has 36 semi-circular arches, this was rebuilt in the 15th century. The upper section has arches which are shorter than the base. The aqueduct is built of brick-like granite, and what is amazing is the fact that there is no mortar between them.
Two points of interest are the two niches, one on either side. Legend says that one held the image of Hercules who was apparently the founder of the village. The other niche contains the image of the Virgen de la Fuencisla, wo is the patroness of the town, and of Saint Stephen.
This will not take you too long to look at, but be sure to take your camera as you will be rewarded with some beautiful photos.

42. Rio Tinto

This amazing river is tinted red from over 5,000 years of mining. It is widely thought to be the birthplace of the Copper and Bronze Age.

The high acidity means that people do not swim in the river, but it is of great interest to scientists. Life in the river does exist, with the bacteria feeding on iron and sulphide minerals on the rocks just below the surface.

Scientists believe that the conditions are similar to those found on the planet Jupiter, where there is believed to be an acidic river under the surface.

This is one of those places where you will be able to take pictures of something your friends may never see! Allow yourself a half day here, take a picnic lunch and enjoy the unusual colours, but remember not to go into the water.

43. Camp Nou

This is the home stadium of Barcelona Football Club, and if you are a football fan, then this is something you will want to see.
The stadium is the largest in the Spain and Europe, seating 99,354 people at any time. The stadium hosted two European Cup Champion League Finals, and five matches of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. It also played host to the finals of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
You will be able to wander around the stadium and enjoy the atmosphere, and possibly watch a game.
If you plan to see a game, be sure to get your tickets from a reputable source, and arrive in plenty of time.

44. The Chocolate Museum

This amazing chocolate museum will delight you, even if you are not a chocoholic! As you enter you will be greeted by an enormous white chocolate ape named Snowy. You will also receive a chocolate bar, which is included in your entrance fee.
The museum is filled with the most amazing sculptures, all done in chocolate. You will see some famous names such as Minnie Mouse and Louis Armstrong. There are also sculptures of the Sagrada Fimilia, along with creatures from Parc Guell.
Plan to spend most of the day here, especially if you have children. Whatever your taste in chocolate, there is something here to make your mouth water!

45. La Ruta de las Caras

The translation for this is ‘the route of faces’, and that is what you can expect to find, as you wander along the paths and hiking trails. The park is meant to symbolise the relationship between nature and man.

You’ll find swamps and dense pine forests, sandstone rock and sculptures. The faces range from 1’ to 8’ tall.

Artists and nature lovers alike come to explore the area, and you will find that the faces seem to have a certain mystical feel about them.

Because the park is near Madrid, it is easy to get to for either a day out, or a longer period. It is the perfect area to take an RV and spend some time.

The hikes range from easy for the kids, as well as some more involved hikes for people who are fit. Advanced hikers may enjoy the trails along the swamp, some of which start at the town.

If possible, stay until the dusk when you will be rewarded with pink colours on the faces.

If you choose to stay some time, you will find that there are water sports for all the family such as sailing, motorboats, jet skiing, and fishing.

46. La Barceloneta

This is a neighbourhood, rather than a specific area. It was recognised as this in the 18th century, and even has its own flag.

You’ll be able to get there using the town’s own Metro stop on the Barcelona Metro.

The town has a sea front with a statue of Columbus, although the most interesting things are to be found up and down the side streets and narrow alleys.

The beach is sandy, and the nightlife in the area is well-known, with many nightclubs along the boardwalk.

In the centre, you will find a small museum, named the ‘Casa de la Barceloneta’, which dates back to 1761.

Allow yourself a full day to explore the area.

47. The Hole at Rodellar

This will appeal to rock climbers, as it is an arch which seems to have been punched right through the mountain, creating the most amazing scenic spots. It also makes for some of the most challenging climbs.

The ‘hole’ is more than 100’ high, and appears to have been carved right into the rock. Hundreds of climbers come here every year to scale the mountain, which is almost vertical.

Even if you are not a climber, you will still be amazed by the magnificent scenery, with small coves, and secluded beaches.

If you plan to climb here, then perhaps bring an RV and stay for a few days.

Benidorm

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This is a very popular seaside resort. It was a tiny fishing village back in 1960, until people discovered the white, sandy beaches. Now it is more well-known for the night life.
The promenade is lined with bars and rows of skyscrapers.

Look out for the ‘M’ shaped building, which is 47 storeys high and has never been occupied. It is one of the highest residential buildings in Spain, and in the shape of a huge ‘M’, you will not miss it.

There is a view that the ‘M’ shape is a tribute to the city of Madrid after a terrorist attack in 2004.
There are literally dozens of hotels in the area, so you will have no problem staying a few days, if you so choose.

49. Faunia

You will find this zoo and botanical garden in Madrid. There are many different sections to it such as the African Forest, and the jungle.
The botanical gardens also represent the different ecosystems. Originally it was named the ‘Biological Park’ but this changed to ‘Faunia’ in 2002.
The park is very popular with visitors through the year, especially when the flowers are in bloom.
This is a great place to take your lunch and sit enjoying the smells and sights of the park, before visiting the zoo.

50. Museo de las Brujas

The ‘witches’ museum’ is dedicated to the town which was terrorised by the Inquisition.
This may have been a small town, but it was the focus of one of the biggest witch trials in history. The trial ended with the deaths of many innocent people. Folklore believe that the victims are remembered in the museum.

The town of Zugarramurdi rounded up all the accused and tried them. 53 people were found guilty of witchcraft, and locked up. Most of them died in prison, while others were burned at the stake. The town has been associated with witchcraft ever since, and the museum which is housed in a former hospital has displays which will leave you chilled.

The town takes part in the annual celebration of the summer solstice, which you will find being held in local caves.

This may not be the ideal place to bring children, although if you are interested in the Spanish Inquisition, then perhaps stay a few days.

51. Parque Gulliver

Every visitor here becomes the Lilliputians who can climb over Gulliver. This is an enormous model of the giant, who is tied down.

The park is mostly designed for kids, although adults can climb over the giant. There are many slides and stairways dotted around the enormous body, and secreted in the folds of his clothes, all leading to secret places. Even the hair is designed to be slides for the kids.

Gulliver’s hat is cast off to one side, exactly as the story tells it. There is a miniature model of the park, so you can see how it all looks from above.

Be sure to check opening dates and times to avoid dissapointment.

This may take a morning to see, as the children will be exhausted by then, from all the climbing and sliding.

52. The Douro

This is the perfect area to see with an RV or campervan. The Douro is a river which starts near Duruelo de la Sierra and travels down to the outlet at Porto.
The Duero flows through many vineyards where you can stop for a night or two, and taste the wine.
The slopes along the river are now also taken up by olives, almonds, and grapes, all of which play a part in the production of the famous Port Wine.
If you prefer to use public transport, there is a railway line which runs from Porto to Pocinho, and stops along the way at many small villages.
A point of interest along the way is the city of Foz Côa,where there is a Paleolithic art site.
Plan a route along the river, and relax while you watch the river flow, or taste some Port.

53. Valley of the Fallen

After many soldiers were killed on both sides during the Spanish Civil War, the church was built as a memorial. It is in fact, underground and built into the cliff face. The 500-foot high cross is visible for miles.

You will notice that the courtyard is in an arc shape, with porticoes, while the church is set inside the hill. There are many angel statues to be seen, as well as Franco’s crypt inside the church.

Whatever your beliefs about the Civil War, this remains a building that is well worth visiting.
Plan on spending a half day there, although the area is a pleasant place to walk around.

54. The Cat House

The felines of Valencia are free to roam and rest in their own private house. The house is too small even for children, but it is inhabited by dozens of cats of all shapes, sizes, and colours.

You will find the Cat House on Carrer del Museo, although you may miss it as it is only 2’ tall. The design is a classic Valencian style, with a tiled roof, small fountain, and a garden off to one side.

Legend says that an old lady owned the big house behind the gate, and left it for the feral cats. Whether you believe this or not, the Cat House remains, and Valencians accept it as a place where the cats can stay.

The house won’t take more than a few minutes to see, but the area is worth looking at, perhaps you can find someone who will tell you more about the legend of the old lady and the cats!

55. Ski the Sierra Nevada Mountains

If you enjoy hitting the slopes, then this is one place you should not miss.
You can get to the slopes from Malaga, where there is also an international airport. A relatively short trip will bring you to the ski resorts.
This is one of the places where you can ski in the morning, and then head for the beach in the afternoon!
Despite the contrast of weather conditions, this is one of the best ski resorts you will find in Europe.
Plan to stay a few days, especially if you like skiing. The towns along the way have many bed and breakfast places where you can set yourself up and head out from.

56. Pont del Diable


This translates to ‘devil’s bridge’, and when you see it, you will agree that there is something amazing about the structure. It really should not be able to stay standing, but it has done so since 1283!
The bridge crosses from Martorell to Castellbisbal in Catalonia, and stands 145 feet at the highest point.
Although much of the bridge was destroyed during the Civil War, there is plenty of stone which is original.
No one seems sure just how the bridge got the name, but some locals believe that human hands did not build the bridge, it was the devil who did it. It was built by human hands, despite the legend, and a point to note is that the small chapel at the top is what keeps the bridge stable.

The aqueduct is also known as the Ferreres aqueduct and is just 4 km north of the city.

Allow a half day to explore the area, and walk over the bridge – if you dare!

57. La Tomatina

This is a fun festival which is held in the town of Buñol, in Valencia. Every year the townsfolk get together to throw tomatoes. This huge tomato fight is entirely for their entertainment. The event has been held on the last Wednesday of August since 1945.

Make sure you are there at the beginning for the enormous Paella feast to get things going. The next morning all the town takes to the streets and throws tomatoes as long as they like, making this possibly the biggest food fight in the world!

Apparently, there is a knack to throw the tomatoes, the locals squeeze them first so they explode on impact! This way no one feels any pain.

At the end of the day, a fire cracker is let off to signal the end of the fight. You may then head home to shower!

If you plan on being there at this time, be sure to book accommodation well in advance, and take old clothes!

58. Bodegas Güell del Garraf

Gaudi built this winery, and you will notice his style as soon as you see it.

It is now a restaurant, although the building is maintained in the original Gaudi style.
This is one of the few understated Gaudi designs, although still very typical of the artist. You will see the architectural fantasy style for which he is so well known.

If you plan on eating at the restaurant, you must book in advance to avoid disappointment.

59. The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria

This is a very large public market in the Cuidad area of Barcelona. It is one of the city’s most well-known landmarks.
You will find stalls of every kind, ranging from food and fish, to clothing and household goods.
It was only in 1826 that the market diversified to include things other than pigs and goats.
Plan to spend most of the day there, and wear comfortable shoes to walk around. Watch your pockets, as in all markets, there are pickpockets.

60. Hotel Marques De Riscal

You will find a very modern hotel in this somewhat medieval town. The building looks from a distance, like ribbons made of metal and glass. This is the work of the architect Frank Gehry, and opened in 2006.

The hotel is in the region of Rioja wine, and should you stay there, you can expect a selection on the menu. The wine list is extensive, and compliments the very high-end food.

If you want to relax, spend some time in the spa with many different treatments.

The hotel arranges tours of the area, which are well worth going on, as the villages are as old as 1,000 years.

Plan to spend a day or two at this magnificently modern hotel, and enjoy the architecture of the village from the glass rooms which overlook it.

61. Benicassim festival

This is known as Spain’s biggest music festival. It lasts for four days and is normally held in July. This varies each year by a few days, so checking online will make sure you get the exact dates.
Make sure you take waterproof clothing as that is the rainy season, and the field gets very muddy.
It’s a wild time of music, mayhem, and drinking, with bands you may or may not recognise.
If music is your ‘thing’, then head off here. Possibly not suitable for children.

62. Fundacio Joan Miro

This is a monument to the mercury mine which worked there many years ago, using criminals and slave labourers. It produced over 250,000 metric tonnes of mercury.

The Mercury Fountain was designed by Alexander Calder and is also known as Calder’s Fountain. The original design was supposed to be filled with mercury instead of water, until people realised that mercury was toxic.

The fountain was then moved to the location where it is now, in Barcelona, and has a glad window to protect viewers breathing in the fumes. It does still pump real mercury.

This is one thing which you should see, just to say you have seen the only mercury fountain in the world. It won’t take very long, although the area merits some time spent in looking around.

63. Alicante

Alicante is a port city, and the capital of Alicante province. The old part which is known as Barrio de la Cruz, is filled with narrow streets and coloured houses.

If you are fit enough, then climb up the steep steps to the medieval Castillo de Santa Barbara. You will be rewarded with the most amazing views of the city and then sea.

You will find that the nightlife in the city seems to be never ending.

Alicante airport is a very popular airport to fly into, and then base yourself at one of the many hotels, while you explore the area.

64. Casa de Piedra

This means a ‘stone house’. It was in fact carved out of stone more than a century ago. In 1907 Lino Bueno decided to build an ‘everlasting home’ for his family. You will find the stone house in the town of Alcolea Del Pinar. The house took eight years to complete, with Lino working on it by himself, and excavating the rock face as they needed more space.

An interesting fact is that during the Civil War, the house served as a refuge for locals. In 1928 Lino was awarded a Merit badge by the Ministry of Labour.

The house has been a curiosity for tourists since it was made known to the public. It won’t take too long to look at, but the area deserves credit for being very pretty and pleasant to explore.

65. Park of Horta Labyrinth

You will find this secret garden in the centre of Barcelona, it is the oldest garden in the city. There are over 2,000 feet of twisting hedges to find your way through. It is regarded as one of the city’s gems, and visitors have been coming there for many years.
The city took over the gardens in 1960 and they became a public park. The hedges are kept perfectly manicured. When you get to the centre you will find a statue of Eros, God of Love.
If you don’t fancy getting lost in the maze, there is a pavilion where you can sit and look down onto the maze.
Plan to spend a half day here, although if you get lost, you may be there for longer!

66. Metropol Parasol

This ranks as the largest wooden structure in the world. The construction met with huge objections when it was first designed. It was erected in the old quarter of Seville, and the locals thought it would never blend in. However, once the landmark had been erected, the locals adopted it as their own.

The parasol is a staggering 150 x 70 metres, and stands 25 metres high. It was constructed using some 8,000 pieces of timber, and stuck together using steel and glue.

The parasol covers the very lively central market, and there is a museum below that which houses ancient Moorish and roman artefacts.

If you take a walk up to the terrace you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city.

Plan to spend a morning in the area, as you will be able to explore the market and the area.

67. Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid

You will find the entrance to the garden next to the Prado Museum. The garden was opened to the public in 1755, and today it contains more than 2,000 plants collected by the botanist José Quer y Martínez.

The mission of the Garden was to not only show plants, but also teach botany, and encourage expeditions to discover new plants.

Today there are seven outdoor sections and five greenhouses, containing over 90,000 plants, and 1,500 trees.

An interesting point here is that the Herbarium is the largest one in Spain, containing over 1 million specimens from all over the world.

Depending on the time of year, you should plan to spend a half to a full day there. Winters get cold in Madrid, so wrap up warmly if you go there in those months.

68. Pamplona

Where else in the world can you run down the town streets, while being chased by angry bulls? While this is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Pamplona, you will find the city full of other interesting things.

There is an historic quarter which has many well-preserved churches and monuments. Next to the town hall you will find the gothic Church of San Saturnino which was built in the 13th century.
You can look around the old Cloister which stands at the Chapel of the Virgin del Camino. Nearby is the oldest building in the city – the Cámara de Comptos.

Look for the Museum of Navarre where you will see many works of art and archaeological pieces.

Pamplona is the most noteworthy city in the area.

Plan to spend a full day here, as there is such a lot to see.

69. Pas des Trucadors

You will find these amazing rock formations near Ses Illetes beach in Baleares. This is a very popular spot for backpackers, hikers, and ramblers. It is the perfect place to take an RV and spend a few days exploring the area.

This truly is a place of peace and tranquillity, and if you ever need to escape the tumult of life, then you should plan some time here. It has a mystical quality about it, with the man-made stone formations being conducive to meditation.

70. The Falles

You will find this festival held every year in the city of Valencia. It is in commemoration of Saint Joseph, and there are a number of towns in the area who celebrate it.
‘Falles’ refers to the festival as well as the images which are burned during the event.
Through the year, the villages raise money for the Falles by holding fundraising events such as parties and dinners. The festival takes place annually from March 14 – 19, with bonfires, fireworks and fiesta.
If you plan to stay in the area, then be sure to reserve accommodation in advance, so that you will not be disappointed.

71. Playa de las Catedrales

You will find this amazing formation along the Galician coast. It is a long stretch of sand about a mile in length, and has natural stone arches which are visible at low tide. When it is high tide, everything disappears from sight.

The true name of this is the ‘Beach of Holy Waters’, although the locals often call it ‘Beach of Cathedrals’.

As the tide goes out, the rock outcrops become visible, with sea caves and arches clearly seen. You can walk among the rocks and explore while the tide is out, but then make your way back to shore when it turns.

Be aware that children must be supervised at all times, as there are many caves and crevices where they could hurt themselves.

This is a wonderful area to relax and watch the wonders of the ocean.

72. Plaza de Santa Ana

You will find the plaza in the centre of Madrid in the Barrio de las Letras. Here you will see the monuments of Spanish writer Pedro Calderón de la Barc, and the poet Federico García Lorca. The plaza is filled with cafes, tapas bars, and restaurants of every description.
On the east side in the oldest theatre in Spain, namely Teatro Español. This was built in the 17th century.
The plaza is a regular meeting place for locals, throughout the day, and in the evenings. The Christmas market is held here every year and draws huge crowds.
Plan to spend a full day here as, apart from the plaza, there is plenty to see. A better idea is to check into one of the small hotels in the centre, and spend time exploring the city.

73. Ciudad Encantada

This amazing formation, locally known as ‘The enchanted city’ is to be found in the Serranía de Cuenca Nature Reserve. Over time the rocks have been shaped by the winds to resemble figures and scenes.

The formations have been formed due to the unique mineral composition which makes the lower part of the rock erode quicker than the top.

Locals have named some of the formations as the Mushrooms, the Slide, the Crocodile, and the Elephant.

This is a great place to take a trip with an RV. You can spend as long as you like exploring the area, and see the formations during the day, and in the evening, when the sun sets around them.

74. Bullfighting

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No visit to Spain will be complete without paying a visit to a bullfight! This is one of the traditions in Spain, which some people agree with and others disagree with. Whatever your thoughts, it is here to stay for the near future, and the Spanish love the tradition.
The bullfighting season lasts from spring to Autumn, and you will find them held in many major cities. with Madrid and Andalusia being the two most popular places.
This may not be a good place to take small children. If you decide to go to a bullfight, plan to spend an evening in the area.

75. Mount Teide

This volcano is on the island of Tenerife, locals will tell you that it is the house of the devil.
It is the highest peak in Spain, and the third largest volcano in the world. The last eruption was in 1909, and it is still considered to be active. Another interesting fact is that the volcano was named as one of the ‘Twelve Treasures of Spain’ by UNESCO.

The area is extremely popular with tourists, in fact it is the most visited park in Europe. Legend says that the devil kidnapped the god of light and sun, Magec, and held him captive in the volcano. The supreme God fought the devil, freed Magec, and plugged the top of the volcano. People still believe the devil lives inside the volcano.

You can book tickets for the cable car online to save time.

Spend some time in the area, perhaps you can learn more about the legend!

76. CaixaForum


This museum and cultural centre in situated in the passage next to the Prado museum in Madrid.
It used to be an old electrical station, but now has the floors encased with cast-iron. Notice the green wall which was designed by Patrick Blanc, a French botanist.
Although the museum is classed as being contemporary, the exhibits are from a variety of artists from earlier times.
The museum is one of the most visited in Madrid.
To see the entire museum will take at least a half day, although perhaps longer, so allow enough time for everything.

77. Setenil De Las Bodegas

This delightful Spanish town is built right into the rock face of the surrounding cliffs. The whitewashed walls seem to blend perfectly with the hills of Andalucia.

There are only 3,000 residents in the town, but there is record of Romans living there 2,000 years ago.

Legend says that the name refers to the underground storage facilities where wine was kept. It is not the wine that draws people, it is the rocks that have houses built right into them that brings people to the area.

Note the one enormous boulder which almost covers an entire house, providing shade in the summer months. What is even more amazing is that other houses are built on top of the rocks, and the question is often asked as to whether the town formed the boulders, or the boulders the town.

Either way, it is an interesting place to visit.

78. Platform 0


This 1919 station has not worked since 1966, when it was decommissioned. It was totally restored to the original station, right down to the ceramic billboards and antique furniture. It is the perfect example of how the Madrid Metro used to look.
You’ll find a small museum there, where you can see a collection of ‘all things railway’, dating back many years. The locals call it the ‘ghost station’ because everything has been left as it was many years ago. It almost feels like someone from that era will walk towards you!
It will only take a morning to look around, so plan to do other things in the afternoon, as the area is full of historical buildings to see.

79. Costa Brava


Also known as the ‘Wild Coast’, you will find this area in the north-eastern part of the country. Costa Brava runs from 60km north of Barcelona, to the French border. It is well developed as a tourist attraction, with many hotels and restaurants along the coastal towns.
The popularity is mainly due to the climate, which is very pleasant in summer. The beaches are excellent, and the nightlife is plentiful.
If you fancy getting away, but still being able to eat, drink and party, then head to any of the towns along the coast.

80. The Canary Islands

If you fancy year-round sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, and amazing volcanic landscapes, then consider spending some time in the Canary Islands. They are a group of islands off the north-west coast of Africa, and are Spanish owned.

Tenerife is the largest island and it is here that you will find Mount Teide. There is an observatory here, as well as the Teide National Park.
The pre-lent carnival is held in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, when thousands of tourists descend on the island.
Volcanoes, prehistoric sites, sandy beaches, and lush pine forests all make up this group of islands, making it a great place for family holidays.
There is plenty of accommodation available, although at festival time, you need to book well in advance.

81. Cuartel del Conde-Duque

This building is to be found in Madrid. It is the cultural area, and houses many interesting buildings such as the Municipal Library, The Historical Library, and the Archivo de la Villa.
The façade is a shade of pink, so is easily recognisable. There is also an auditorium and a theatre where you can find shows and performing arts at different times through the year.
The building itself, is a great example of Madrid architecture. It was partially destroyed by fire in 1869, and rebuilt in 1969, when the city acquired it.
You will be able to see this in a half a day, although you may like to look around the proximity and grab a bite to eat in one of the many small cafes.

82. Paseo del Prado

The Paseo is the oldest historical area in Madrid, running north to south, with some 5-star hotels half-way along it.

It is thickly tree-lined, and serves as a landmark for tourists and locals alike. It is here that you will find the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’, with three museums, namely The Prado, The Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofia Museum. You will also find, among many historic buildings, the Bolsa de Madrid, which is the stock exchange.

The Paseo itself has several monuments that are of historical importance, some of which were erected in the 18th century, and others from long before.

You can check online for a list of upcoming events in the area.

This is a great place to wander, and just enjoy the history of the area. You can buy some lunch and stop in one of the many grass areas, or visit one of the museums. Whatever you choose to do, plan to spend a day there.

83. Santiago de Compostela

This is the destination of the ‘Camino de Santiago’, which is the pilgrimage route followed every year by thousands of people who come to the city. The remains of St James the apostle lie in the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, which was consecrated in 1211.
The town has a medieval wall around it and there are some interesting plazas to see.
Apart from the pilgrim way, the town is also very lively, and full of culture, restaurants, and cafes.
This is a great place to take an RV so you can spend a night there and move along the pilgrim way if you choose.

84. Pueblos Blancos

Andalusia has many villages which fall under the label of ‘white houses’. You will normally find that age-old customs are still performed here, and Spanish traditions are very much alive.

Most of the whitewashed villages are off the beaten path, although they are all easy to find. Most of the villages are to be found in the regions of Sierra de Grazelma, Sierra Nevada, and Las Alpujarras.

An excellent way to see them is to take an RV and tour the area. Be aware that some of the villages have very narrow streets so you may have to park your RV or car and walk into the centre. Some villages to look at are Arcos de la Frontera, Grazelma, Medina Sidonia, and Zahara de la Sierra.

85. Museum of San Isidro

This museum is filled with archaeological artefacts about Madrid and its origins, along with an excellent collection of models and prints. The collections date back to prehistoric Madrid and up to present day.

Please note that you can only take photographs without a flash. There are some narrow steps in the building so pushchairs will be difficult in some areas.
Worth looking at is the beautiful chapel which has been preserved perfectly.
The museum and chapel will take a half day to look at.

86. Romanesque Churches of the Vall de Boí

This is an area rather than an object. It is a long, steep-sided valley near Catalonia, in northern Spain. The main town is Barruera.
The valley is most well-known for the nine early churches, which makes it the densest concentration of this type in Europe. The churches are all Romanesque in style.
You will also find a ski resort in the valley which is in fact the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees, at Boí-Taüll.
This is a good place to take an RV and explore the area in your own time, and at your own relaxed pace.

87. Parque de Atracciones de Madrid

This is the third oldest operating amusement park in Spain, having opened in 1969.
There are four different theme areas, with the Tranquilidad area having attraction such as a shooting gallery, trampolines and many restaurants.
Other areas are the Maquinismo area with roller coasters, the Naturaleza area with water rides, and Nickelodeonland, which is specifically for kids of all ages.
You should plan on spending a full day here, although kids may want to stay longer!

88. Dalí Theatre and Museum

Giant eggs, and walls made of bread are all part of Dali and his works. From the outside the museum looks somewhat like a breakfast castle!
True to his style, Dali designed some of the doors inside to resemble large, open mouths. Corridors are filled with weird and wonderful works. There is an amazing collection of his paintings, which are very popular with tourists.

Opening times vary with each season so check online before you go.

To view everything in the museum will take you almost a full day, but there are cafes inside where you can stop for a break.

89. Madrid Zoo and Aquarium

The zoo is owned by the city, and is one of the largest zoos in the country. It is also one of the few zoos in the world which houses giant Pandas.
The aquarium is equally spectacular, with the dolphins being on display daily at feeding times.
There is a petting zoo for the smaller children, as well as a boat and train tour.
There are several restaurants so spending the whole day there should not be a problem.

90. Atocha station

This memorial is dedicated to the 191 victims who died in the 2004 Madrid train bombings. The monument stands 11 metres tall, and you may read the texts that were sent from hundreds of people expressing their grief, as they are all printed on the inside of the cylinder. The memorial itself is constructed from glass blocks and at night the cylinder is lit up by lams at the base.
It will not take very long to look at this, although you may want to explore the area nearby.

91. The Giralda

This is the bell tower of the cathedral in Seville. The tower stands 104 feet high and is one of the city landmarks. The foundation was built using solid stones taken from the Roman wall nearby.
The tower is called after the weather vane at the top, which is over 4 metres tall.
An interesting fact is that the tower has an arch which is high enough and wide enough to allow a person on horseback to ride through. There are another 17 steps which lead up to the bells.
The stairs are steep, and may not be a good idea for unfit people.

92. Gran Vía

This is the central street in Madrid city. It is filled with unique shops and restaurants. The locals know it as ‘the street that never sleeps’. If nightlife is what you enjoy, then this is the place to head!
Aside from the fun, there is a great deal of amazing architecture in the buildings in the area. The city has a huge shopping centre, many large hotels, and dozens of restaurants and cafes.
You will easily be able to spend a day wandering up and down the street, as there is plenty to see and do.

93. Museum of America

Here you will find collections from the Americas, dating back to the Palaeolithic age to the present day.
The museum was opened in 1941, and has five permanent exhibitions, as well as others which are opened through the year.
Allow yourself a day to see all that there is to see here. There is a café where you can get lunch half way through the day.

94. La Rambla

This is the central street in Barcelona, and very popular with locals and tourists alike. It is tree-lined and runs for 1.2 km.
The Rambla can get very crowded, especially in the holiday season, although because the area is so vast, this does not seem to be a problem.
As with any public walk in Spain, you should be aware of pickpockets, and take care of your purses and wallets.

Check out the route and restaurants along the way.

It is a great place to walk, with many beautiful buildings to see along the way. Of course, there are dozens of cafes and restaurants so you came easily stay the day.

95. The Roman Ruins of Cordoba


In the city of Medina Azahara you will find the ruins of the fortified Arab Muslim palace, built back in 912. It is on the west side of Cordoba.
Back then the city had gardens, workshops, barracks, and baths, with water being supplied through aqueducts.
There is a museum on the site now, where you may see the ruins, as well as artefacts from that time. The garden is still maintained to a very high standard.
Plan on spending a day in the area.

96. Ses Fonts Ufanes


You will find this interesting place in the middle of the forest in Campanet. This is a unique water wonder which only appears after a heavy rainfall.
The flat geyser bubbles up out of the ground after a storm, then disappears again just as fast when it stops raining.
You can only reach the site by walking the last 15 minutes through the woods. The site is well signposted, but you must take care to stay on the path.
Be sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes, and take waterproof clothing in case it rains while you are walking. This may not be suitable for young children or anyone who is unfit.

97. Cartagena


Cartagena is a naval base, and a port city in the south-eastern part of Spain. It was founded about 220BC, during the Roman period. The city boasts the most amazing, well-preserved roman theatre, as well as very educational museum. The Muralla Púnica (Punic Wall) dates back to the 3rd century.
The city offers boat trips out into the docks, and has a very impressive Naval museum right on the front.
The city if filled with many restaurants and tapas bars, so plan on spending the whole day there, and you will not be disappointed.

98. Mazarron


This used to be the home of a military fort between 1930 and 1936. Now it is a tourist attraction worth seeing.
With over 35 km of beaches and unspoiled coves, it is a great place to spend the day. The rock formations of Bolnuevo are just a few minutes away.
If you enjoy scuba diving, then you will find two or three diving schools where you can join a trip and head out into the ocean. The diving is very good all around the area.
If you plan to stay a night, then try to book in at the Hotel Le Cumbre. This hotel sits on top of the hill, with the most spectacular views of the city and the ocean.

99. Fortuna

Not far from the capital, Murcia, you will find the spa town of Fortuna. The area is famous for the hot springs, which is what makes the town a huge tourist attraction.

You should plan to stay at least a night at one of the many hotels in the area, are partake of the treatment. The fountains are said to have healing, and rejuvenating properties.

Many hotels have spa package deals which are worth taking advantage of.

Whether you accept that or not, the area is well worth spending some time, as it is close to the capital, and far enough away to still be relaxing.

100. Murcia city

The city is in the south-eastern part of Spain. It is the seventh largest city in the country. The climate is one of hot summers and mild winters, with relatively low rainfall.
The city was founded in 825, and possibly the main highlight is the wonderful cathedral in the centre.
Murcia is renowned for its cuisine, and many fiestas throughout the year.
There are many hotels where you can stay a few days and enjoy the lifestyle, and food. Make sure that the hotel you choose has parking, as this is normally difficult to find.
Murcia is a city of beauty, and should be on your list of things to do in Spain.

Summary
Spain is a country which is filled with history and culture of every type. Each state differs from the others with architecture. Cuisine is one thing that draws many tourists to the country, because it is so varied and unique.

Whether you enjoy a quiet holiday where you can relax on a sandy beach, or prefer a vacation filled with culture, this country has something that you will enjoy. There is certainly something in Spain for everyone!

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