Spain is one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations, welcoming over 83 million visitors in 2019. While many are attracted to the country’s sun, sea and sangria, there is much more to the country than its (amazing) beaches. We take a look at some of Spain’s must-visit attractions.
Madrid’s golden triangle of art museums holds some of the world’s most famous works. From the Spanish masters of the Prado to Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica in the Reina Sofía and the eclectic collection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza, you can’t leave Madrid without discovering its rich artistic heritage.
Spain has the largest number of vineyards of any country in the world, and nowhere are they more beautiful than in the Rioja wine region. It’s the ideal place to discover Spanish wine, tour some vineyards and explore the beautiful Spanish landscape.
Madrid’s famous park began life as a royal garden, and was opened to the public at the end of the 19th century. A popular destination for locals, especially at the weekends, it is a great place for picnics, sport or just getting away from the hectic pace of city life.
The largest royal palace in Western Europe is a great example of Baroque architecture and, unlike other European palaces, is not protected by a huge gate; you can walk right up to it. Nowadays, it is only used by the royal family for state occasions (they live in the more modest Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid), but it is open to the public.
Whether it’s laid-back Menorca, family-friendly Mallorca or hedonistic Ibiza, Spain’s Balearic Islands are a popular holiday destination for all ages. From partying the night away in Ibiza’s clubs to cycling around Mallorca and lazing on the islands’ incredible beaches, however you prefer to spend your holidays, the Balearics are the perfect location.
The old quarter of this Andalusian town is separated from the rest of the town by a huge gorge, spanned by a bridge that is one of Spain’s most-photographed structures.
Separating Spain from the rest of Europe, the mighty Pyrenees stretch nearly 500km (311mi) from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea. A great place for hiking and other sporting activities, they are one of Spain’s most beautiful natural wonders.
One of Spain’s most beautiful squares, Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is, like many other buildings in the city, constructed from sandstone. It is a good example of the city’s Baroque architecture and is a popular meeting place, lined with cafés and restaurants.
Tabernas Desert, in southeastern Spain, doesn’t feel like Spain at all. Its arid landscapes have doubled for the Wild West in films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), and since many spaghetti westerns used it for filming in the 1960s, it has become a favourite location for Hollywood shoots.