Holidays: Sightseeing in Spain

By: Liam G

Spain has long been praised for its exhilarating and active night life, with visitors enjoying the bars and night clubs in such cities as Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and especially Madrid.

As well as the above "hotspots", Spain is also home to Benicassim. The four day festival has soared in popularity over the years because of the guaranteed sun, and all night acts. To top it off the festival ends with a huge beach party.

Spain has much more to offer than an excellent night life though. It presents a strong sense of its own identity ornamented with an astonishing religious history which has resulted in a country rich with breathtaking cathedrals and palaces, gorgeous rolling landscapes and a vibrant culture of art, dance, and outstanding architecture.

Firstly there is "La Sagrada Familia", a colossal Roman Catholic temple and museum, which has been in construction for over a century.

Over the years La Sagrada Familia has been the architectural project of many influential figures, each adding their own ideas and mythologies to the temple.

Like many other architectural masterpieces throughout Barcelona, it's a must-see for any visitor.

Situated next to the "La Catedral" in Seville is a royal palace "El Alcazar". The palace dates back to 1364, when it was built for "Pedro the cruel" and his mistress, MarÃ?a de Padilla.

The gothic elements added by Charles V, contrast beautifully with the distinctly Islamic elements that Pedro incorporated. This has resulted in a palace that it considered one of the best remaining examples of mudejar architecture.

There is an abundance of breathtaking sites throughout Spain for you to enjoy when on your holidays, some other notable examples include:


  • The "Garden of Conception"

  • Catedral de Toledo

  • The Sanctuary of Santa MarÃ?a Magdalena

  • The Guggenheim Museum

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