Top Historic Attractions in Spain

Famous for its beaches, fiestas and good-humored inhabitants, Spain is also a fabulous destination when it comes to history and monuments. Many European regard Spain as the ultimate beach holiday destination, but in fact the history or art buff might find this country just as appealing as clubbers or party goers. And since the party goer’s curiosity has so far been by a few posts about nightlife in Spain’s major cities, I thought I should dedicate this next post to the top historic attractions in Spain. But before getting to learn a bit about these next attractions, I must remind you that my selection was purely subjective: if you ever feel that another attraction would have been worthy of this top 5, it probably is.:) So here we go:

Alhambra, Granada

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Granada takes great pride in its Moorish heritage. The Alhambra Palace overlooking this beautiful Andalusian city is arguably the greatest masterpiece of Moorish architecture in Spain. The palace has suffered several modifications throughout the centuries but fortunately much of the original building, with its delicate stonework, complicated mosaics and artful fountains, has survived.

Mezquita, Cordoba

And speaking of the Moors and their legacy, one cannot leave the hot Andalusia without paying a visit to Mezquita mosque in Cordoba. The red and white arches and the elegant marble columns represent the trademark of this glorious construction, whose existence can be traced back to the 8th century. What’s even more interesting about it is that it also holds a catholic church inside – right after Spaniards and thus Catholics conquered this part of Spain, all the Moorish mosques has to be transformed into churches.

Aqueduct of Segovria

Long before the fights between Spaniards and Moors, the Iberian Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire. Romans have left priceless pieces of Architecture in Spain, many of which continue to awe modern people. One of these remarkable monuments is the Aqueduct of Segovria, which continues to stand after almost 2 millennia.

The Walls of Avila

If you were ever curious how a true medieval fortress really looked like, all you have to do is take a trip to Avila. This historic Spanish town is famous mainly for its impenetrable walls: 9 gates and almost 2.5 kilometers of thick stone gigantic walls protect Avila from invaders. Don’t miss the chance this monument at night: under the magic of modern illumination, the place seems to be taken out of a fairytale.

Cathedral, Seville

The cathedral of Seville is only out shadowed by Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in terms of fame. However, the tow cannot be complained. Seville is the religious center of Spain so a visit to its monumental cathedral, a mix of Christian and Arabic styles, is close to a pilgrimage.

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