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A guide to its main attractions
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This page provides a list of the main things to see in Spain. "++" identifies the top attractions.
Legenda:
castillo = castle
basilique = basilica
catedral = cathedral
monasterio = monastery

Northwest:
Santiago de Campostela (Galicia): ++catedral (+Goldsmith's portal of 111x and +Gloria Portal of 1188), convento de San Martino Penario, Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos, Praza do Obradoiro,
Santillana del Mar (Asturias): La Colegiata
Oviedo (Asturias): Cathedral San Salvador, San Julian de los Prados (830), Naranco's Santa Maria (848)

West:
Guadalupe (Estremadura): +Monasterio
Trujillo (Estremadura): Plaza Mayor
Caceres, (Estremadura): Casa de los Golfines, Santa Maria,
Merida (Estremadura): Teatro romano, Puente romano

Central:
Madrid:
  • ++El Prado
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Plaza de la Villa
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Palacio Real
  • Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
  • ++El Escorial
  • +Torres Puerta de Europa (Plaza de Castilla, Line 10 Cuzco station)
  • Edificio Torres Blancas (Corazon de Maria & Avenida de America)
  • Skyscrapers near Line 10 Santiago Bernabeu Station: Picasso Tower (157 m), Europa Tower (121 m), Banco de Bilbao Tower (107 m), Titania Tower (104 m)
  • Skyscrapers near Line 10 Chamartin Station: Caja Madrid Tower (highest in Spain), Sacyr Vallehermoso Tower, Cristal Tower and Espacio Tower

Segovia (Castilla): ++Alcazar, Catedral, aqueducto
Belmonte (Castilla): castillo
Ponferrada (Castilla): castillo
Puebla de sanabria (Castilla): castillo
Astorga (Castilla): Catedral, Gaudi's Palacio Ebiscopal
Leon (Castilla): +Catedral, Basilica de San Isidoro (+Panteon de los Reyes, 1067)
Sahagun (Castilla): +San Tirso (12th c)
Zamora (Castilla): +Catedral, +San Pedro dela Nave at El Campilo (680 AD)
Ciudad Rodrigo (Castilla): Catedral
++Salamanca (Castilla): Plaza Mayor, Torre del Clavero, +Catedral (+Torre del Gallo), Universidad, Casa de las Conchas
Avila (Castilla): ++Walls (11th c), San Vicente (12th c), Monasterio de Santo Tomas, Catedral (1160)
Coca (Castilla): castillo
Penafiel (Castilla): castillo
Tordesilla (Castilla): Convento de Santa Clara
Valladolid (Castilla): Catedral, Colegio de San Gregorio
Medina de Rioseco (Castilla): Santa Maria de Mediavilla
Fromista (Castilla): Iglesia de San Martin
Palencia (Castilla): Catedral
Frias (Castilla): Puente medieval
Covarrubias (Castilla): Iglesia colegial, Tower of Dona Urraca (950)
Burgos (Castilla): +Arco de Santa Maria, Monasterio de las Huelgas, Cartuja de Miraflores, +Catedral (1224, +puerta sarmential, +Judgement of the world in portal), San Baudelio de Berlanga (11th c)
Alava: +Bodegas Ysios
Lerma (Castilla): old town, Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos
Burgo De Osma (Castilla): Catedral
Molina de Aragon (Mancha): old town
Guadalajara (Mancha): +Palacio de los Duques
Cuenca (Mancha): +Casa Colgadas, Catedral
Toledo (Mancha): Iglesia de Santo Tome (+El Greco's painting), ++Catedral (stain glass window, +retablo "El Trasparente"), Alcazar (16th c), Sinagoga del Transito, Sinagoga de Santa Maria, +Monasterio de San Juan, +Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz (tenth-century mosque)
Belmonte (Mancha): +castillo
Alarcon (Mancha): old town
Albacete (Mancha): +Alcala del Jucar, castillo de Almansa
Alcaraz (Mancha): Tardon, Trinidad
Calatrava la Nueva (Mancha): +castillo

Northeast:
Bilbao (Basque): +Guggenheim with Louise Bourgeois' sculpture "Maman"
San Sebastian (Basque): old town
Olite (Basque): Palacio Real
Pamplona (Basque): old town
Loarre: Castle (12th c)
Elciego (Basque): Gehry's Hotel Marques de Riscal
Leyre (Basque): monasterio
Ainsa (Aragon): old town
San Juan de la Pena (Aragon): monasterio
Alquezar (Aragon): old town
Zaragoza (Aragon): catedral, Nuestra Senora del Pilar
Daroca (Aragon): old town
Teuel (Aragon): catedral

East:
Barcelona (Catalonia): +Sagrada Familia, Gaudi homes (++Casa Batllo, Casa Mila), Barrio gotico, cathedral, Museo Picasso, Juna Miro foundation, Gaudi near Barcelona (Park Guell, Colonia Guell crypt), Jean Nouvel's ++Angbar Tower (2005), Torre Agrau, Bofill's Kafka Castle in Sant Pere de Ribes (1968), Meier's Museum of Contemporary Art
Torre Galatea Figueras
Ripoll (Catalonia): +Monasterio de Santa Maria (+doorway with reliefs)
Santander (Catalonia): Villa Quijana (Gaudi), Altamira Caves with paleolithic wall paintings (pinturas rupestres) of 14,000 BC
Besalu (Catalonia): old town
Girona (Catalonia): old town
Figueres (Catalonia): Dali museum
Montserrat (Catalonia): +monasterio, Santa Cecilia (957)
Lerida (Catalonia): Cogul Caves with paleolithic wall paintings (pinturas rupestres) of 10,000 BC
Cardona (Catalonia): old town (+San Vicente)
Poblet (Catalonia): +monasterio
Tarragona (Catalonia): anfiteatro, catedral
Morella (Murcia): old town, cave paintings (pinturas rupestres) of 3,000 BC
Peniscola (Murcia): Castel del Papa Luna, old town
Sagunt (Murcia): Castillo, Teatro romano
Valencia: Catedral, Torres de Serranos, Santiago Calatrava's +Arts and Science Museum
Murcia: Catedral

South:
Sevilla: Hospital La Caridad, +Torre del Oro (12th c), +Catedral, Los Venerables, +Alcazares, +Plaza de Espana, Altar of San Luis (1731), Alcala de Guadaira's fortress (a few kms east of Sevilla)
Granada (Andalucia): +++Alhambra, Generalife, Catedral, Capilla Real
  • Torres Bermejas (12th century)
  • Puerta de la Justicia (1348)
  • Puerta del Vino (14th c)
  • Torre de la Vela
  • Mexuar: the Serrallo facade (the southern facade), especially the eaves
  • Patio de los Arrayanes (sometimes called de la Alberca, del Estanque or de los Mirtos): semicircular arches of the ceiling, wooden ceiling in the north gallery
  • Sala de la Barca: inverted boat of the ceiling
  • Salon de Embajadores
  • Banos Reales : polychromatic decoration in the main room, frescoes in the Tocador de la Reina
  • Sala de las Dos Hermanas: dome
  • Sala de los Reyes (or de la Justicia)
  • Patio de los Leones: gallery supported by 124 white marble columns, +fountain with 12 lions, +alabaster basin)

Ronda (Andalucia): old town, Puente Nuevo
Cadiz (Andalucia): Catedral
Malaga (Andalucia): Catedral
El Chorro/Alora: El Caminito Del Rey (walkaway and bridge 100 meters over the river)
El Chorro: El Caminito del Rey
Carmona (Andalucia): Medina Azahara
Cordoba (Andalucia): Alcazar, ++Mezquita, old town
Ubeda (Andalucia): old town
Baeza (Andalucia): old town
Almeria (Andalucia): Alcazaba, La Chanca
Ibiza
Mallorca: Monasteri de Lluc, Catedral de Palma
Menorca: Ciutadella
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Warnings

Things that annoyed me in Spain:

  • The "corrida" (bullfight) is a barbaric tradition (let the coward toreadores fight with their hands, not with the sword, and with no help)
  • Some people in some regions (especially Catalunia) insist on speaking their dialect even to foreigners who are already making an effort to speak Spanish