One of the world’s leading tourist destinations is Spain. This beautiful country located in south west Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, attracts millions of tourists each year. According to World Tourism Organisation, Spain received 53 million tourists in 2010. This made it the world’s 4th most visited country that year after France, Us and China. This country has numerous tourist attractions that include its great climate, cultural and historical monuments, white villages, medieval castles, beaches and great infrastructure. Below are the top 5 delightful destinations in Spain.
This is partly a garden/palace/fortress situated on a plateau that overlooks Granada. Granada is a city located in southern Spain. The Nasrid Sultans constructed the palace in the 14th century. It exhibits Spain’s 16th century buildings together with Islamic/Arab architecture. It is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has inspired many stories and songs.
This is a Balearic Island located in the Mediterranean Sea off the Spanish coast. It is one of the renowned party destinations in Europe. Its population doubles during summer as visitors flock to enjoy the restaurants, beach bars and nightclubs. Top DJs and producers visit this island in summers and play in different clubs on their way to other international destinations. This island is renowned internationally as a cultural center for music genres such as trance, house, electronic dance and techno.
This is among the best city beaches not only in Spain but in the whole of Europe. This beach is located in San Sebastian and is protected from the strong winds by islands, lush forests and steep cliffs. Visitors to this beach enjoy numerous water sports such as scuba diving, water polo and surfing. They can also enjoy leisurely walks as they look for great restaurants with mouthwatering cuisine.
This is a medieval city located between the cities of Valencia and Madrid. It is built on steep sides of a mountain and it has numerous “hanging houses” that reach the edges of the cliff. This city has many other attractions including Church of Saint Peter, Bridge of Saint Paul, Mangana Tower, Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace and Saint Julian. It also boasts of museums and parks among other attractions. All these attractions make this city one of the gems of Spain.
This is a museum found in central Madrid. It is the main national art museum in Spain and features the world’s best collection of European art. The collections date from the 12th century to the 19th century. The highlights of the collections include works by Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco de Goya, Peter Paul Rubens and Titian among other famous artists.
According to Arabian culture, Spain is the country where earth and heaven touched and where golden apples were grown. This country is now a great tourist destination which has become the meeting place between the west and the east. It is also a member country of the US Visa Waiver Program. Nationals of member countries are able to visit the US for business or tourism for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
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