I recently got a chance to travel to Spain for about 2 weeks and it was so exciting. There were so many beautiful things to see and so many delicious things to eat. I was trying to figure out how to share the details about my trip for you all and I decided that I would share my thoughts about what I saw by giving you the highlights: my favorite attractions. 

For context, here is a list of the cities in Spain that I visited: Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. There are so many incredible attractions in Spain that I did not get a chance to visit, these are simply the attractions that I enjoyed most in these cities. 

no. 1 | La Alhambra (Granada)

There is no doubt about it, La Alhambra de Granada was my favorite attraction that I saw in Spain. While the outside may be simple, the inside is absolutely stunning. I was aware of how gorgeous it was before even stepping foot in, since I had done a mini project about the building for a class in school, but being in it was even more stunning. The place did not have a bad angle, everywhere you turned there was another beautiful spot. 

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain


My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

For me, I found the mix between the different types of architecture to be fascinating. If you didn't know, Alhambra has been through a lot. Alhambra was originally built by the Moorish monarches of Granada during the invasion of the Iberian peninsula by the Muslims. Alhambra's barchitecture follows a hybrid style called mudéjar, which is a combination of Islamic art and a Gothic style. The Christians were amazed by the palace when they arrived, which I also was, but for them it was incredible because it was so different than the fortresses that Christian monarchs had. Back then, the place was full of vibrant colors and textiles that likely made the place even more extravagant. 


Even without visiting the gorgeous palace, the gardens (Generalife) are absolutely incredible. I may have known about the beauty of the palace, but the gardens surprised me. With big fluffy roses, lush trees and shrubs, and fountains, the gardens possess the same photogenic properties as the palace. 

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

no. 2 | La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)

La Sagrada Familia was overwhelming in the sense that there was so much to see, both on the exterior and interior. I generally am not very excited about viewing churches and cathedrals as tourist attractions, but Sagrada Familia was like something else. There was so much detail everywhere you looked. The exterior told stories and everywhere you looked there was another one, while the interior was made to look like you're under the treetops, with light streaming in between the tree leaves. 

A little context behind this cathedral, Gaudi began working on it in 1882, but died before he could finish it. Since he knew that he wouldn't have much time left in his life, he left detailed instructions and information so that it could be finished in his vision after his death. La Sagrada Familia is still not complete and is set to be finished in 2026, which is the centenary of Gaudi's death. 


My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

The most incredible and unique thing in my opinion would be the light in the building. There's so much natural light and the stained glass is incredible in the sense that it projects rainbows of light into the cathedral. This picture below really captures what I mean by this, with the light streaming in to create such vibrant colors of light, but there is so much more of this in the cathedral that the pictures just cannot capture. 

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

no. 3 | Casa Milà, aka La Pedrera (Barcelona)

For me, while I felt like the building itself was interesting, I think that I found the attraction to be so enjoyable due to the valuable information within the building (models, information signs, etc.) and the audio tour of the place because it allowed me to find a new appreciation for Gaudi's architecture, see trends with some of his other buildings, and understand how the building came to life. For example, without the audio guide I wouldn't have known about the unique ventilation that works with the natural environment and I wouldn't have known about where those wacky Dr. Seuss-like doorknobs were formed.

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

no. 4 | Real Alcazar (Seville)

The Real Alcazar in Seville has a lot of architectural similarities to Alhambra in Granada. I think that if I had seen the Real Alcazar first, I would have been awestruck. The place was undoubtedly beautiful and I enjoyed myself there, but I wasn't as wowed because I had already seen Alhambra, which in my opinion was more grand than the Real Alcazar. Nevertheless, it is still worth a visit to the Real Alcazar. There are some beautiful gardens and these arches are less like the circular Alhambra arches and more of a different type, almost like scallops or flowers (I'm not sure what to call that shape). 


My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

no. 5 | Park Guell (Barcelona)

Park Guell looked like some kind of made up world or something straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Iti's so colorful and vibrant and I loved seeing all the tiles. It's very unique and feels a lot more special than a typical park. 


My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

Honorable Mentions:

Parque del Buen Retiro (Madrid) 

I was recommended the Parque del Buen Retiro by Caitlyn and I'm glad that I went. It was really nice and serene, especially in contrast with all of the fast paced sightseeing of the trip. There was a lot of life there and the park is so large that you can find a place with bustling excitement or you can find a quiet grassy location to read a book. 

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain



Plaza de España (Seville)

I really liked the Plaza de España because of the tiles and the murals constructed out of tile representing various Spanish cities. There are some really nice tiles for decoration throughout the plaza: on the buildings, hand rails, and the bridge. The place felt very grand, which is probably why it was one of the filming locations for Star Wars. 

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

My Top 5 Favorite Attractions in Spain

2 comments:

  1. Awww. Everywhere you highlighted is beyond gorgeous. Definitely bookmarking this for my move their later this year. Lots to see.

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    1. ooh a move to Spain sounds so exciting!

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