Barcelona, situated on the Mediterranean coast, is Spain's second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Barcelona is a truly magnificent city, attracting tourist with its historic, beautiful architecture, markets, museums, shops, churches, street performers, art culture, festivals, restaurants (with their traditional Catalan cooking) and the beaches.
Most popular attractions in Barcelona include:
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic (Spanish Village),
La Pedrera - Casa Mila,
Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso),
Catedral de la Seu,
Palau de la Música Catalana,
Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar,
Passeig del Born,
Mercat del Born,
L'Aquarium de Barcelona,
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya,
and many others.
Granada is a city located in Granada Province in Andalucia, Southern Spain, on one of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. For many visitors it is considered the number one, the first place to see in Spain. For most of them it's because of the magical Alhambra - a palace and fortress build in the 13th and 14th centuries. In addition to the Alhambra and other magnificent monuments Granada offers a refreshing break from the summer heat while hiking and trekking in the nearby Sierra Nevada.
Madrid, located in the center of Iberian Peninsula, is Europe's third largest city and Spain's financial and political core. Madrid is a city with astonishing art galleries, relentless nightlife, an exceptional live music scene, fine restaurants, bars and, of course, museums - Museo del Prado, Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Center and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art (the Golden Art Museum Triangle).
During the summer (July and August) the weather in Madrid becomes very hot - most of the locals take their vacation and leave to seaside resorts, leaving Madrid look rather empty. The best times to visit Madrid are between March and June and then from September to October.
Valencia is Spain's third largest metropolis, located approximately four hours to the south of Barcelona and three hours to the east of Madrid. The city is famous for its nightlife, great architecture, Las Fallas spring festival and for being the birthplace of paella.
The key tourist attractions are:
The City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias),
The Gardens of Turia,
Plaza de Ayuntamento,
Plaza de la Virgin,
La Seu/Catedral (Cathedral),
Torres de Serranos,
Mercado Central (Central Market),
Museo de las Ciencias,
The Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares, Illes Balears in Catalan) are an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The archipelago consist of four main islands: Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza, Formentera. For tourists these islands are a European paradise - offering beaches, sun, fun, sea, shopping and nightlife. Beautiful Gothic cathedrals and stone age ruins add the value to the "vacation in paradise".
San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia) the capital city of the province of Guipuscoa, in the Basque Country, with the metro area population of about 400,000. It's located at the mouth of Urmea river and has one of the most beautiful and picturesque coastlines in Spain. For tourist and locals San Sebastian offers great beaches (considered one of the world's best city beaches): La Concha and La Zurriola (particularly excellent for surfing and water sports).
Other top tourist attractions in the city include the Kursaal Conference Centre (Palacio de Congresos del Kursaal), the San Sebastian Port (El Puerto), Palacio del Mar - Aquarium, Monte Igeldo Amusement Park (Parque de Atracciones del Monte Igeldo) or Funicular Railway (Funicular de Igeldo).