Spain’s Most Visited Attractions in 2011

by martin clay

With unrivalled beaches, record hours of sun and a historic monument at every step, Spain is well up in the top most visited countries in the world. There are various reason why one would choose Spain as a holiday destination: the beaches and warm climate are some of the most popular, but nightlife and history are also among the major reasons attracting the tenths of millions tourists every year.

However, not all Spanish attractions enjoy the same popularity among tourists: there are few of them which somehow always manage to stay on top. So let’s take a look at Spain’s most visited attractions in 2011 and see what makes these sights so dear to tourist world-wide:

Alhambra, Granada

The historic city of Granada is famous for many reasons, but most tourists come here with one thought: visiting the Alhambra. Built by the Moorish kings in the time when they still ruled over this part of Spain, the Alhambra is a genuine sample of Islamic architecture, luxurious enough the accommodate a monarch and innovative enough to marvel the 21st century tourists crowds.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

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Even though they are relatively far from the continental Spain (the Canaries are situated somewhere in the Atlantic, close to the African coast), the Canary Islands are the second most visited Spanish territory. Favoured by the warm Saharan winds, Tenerife, the best known island in the archipelago, is also Europe’s only all year round beach destinations. Not to mention that Tenerife’s Mount Teide has recently become Europe’s most visited national park.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

With millions of tourists coming to admire its grace and unusual design every year, Sagrada Familia can as well be considered as the world’s most famous unfinished project. Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi started this ambitious project some decades ago, and left Spaniards a legacy that will take some other tenths of years to finish. Which is still a record time considering that every detail, arabesque or sculpture decorating this unique cathedral is itself a piece of art.

Dali Museum, Figueres

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Surprisingly or not, the Dali Museum in the small town of Figueres has made it into the top 4 most visited sights in Spain. Founder of the Surrealist art movement and utterly unconventional public figure, Salvador Dali is among the great artistic geniuses of the 20th century. Far from the conventional art museum, this attraction near Barcelona has had the rare privilege of being designed and projected by the very man it worships.

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