The top 5 historic and cultural sites to see on your holidays to Spain!

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The wonderful land of the rabbits as spain is also called, is a feast for all the senses. From its friendly weather to friendly people, amazing history, vibrant culture and super tasty food, Spain is a place where no matter where you look, you will find something to like. Holidays to Spain however have to be planned accordingly since the Iberian Peninsula and its islands might be considered a sole country but at the same time distances are great. In order to wet your appetite and give you something to look forward to, here are some of the best sights to see on your next holidays to Spain.

Sagrada Familia Basilica

One of the most well known if not the most well known basilica in the world, Sagrada Familia embodies a variation of architectural styles and cultural influences. Yet unfinished after 134 years in the making, Sagrada familia is also one of the largest basilicas in the world with a spire height reaching up to 170m. Overall a majestic sight, Sagrada Familia is something definitely not to miss if you plan holidays to Spain.

 

Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba

The wonderful region of Andalusia is also home to some of Spain’s most fascinating cultural sites. Speaking of the area however we definitely have to mention the breathtaking Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba. Initially built as a Catholic Basilica by the Visigoths during the 6th century AD and expanded into its immense size by the Moors after their occupation in 711 AD, this cross of cultures is amongst the most impressive historical buildings to visit while on holidays to Spain. The site hosts a hypostyle hall with 856 columns made out of expensive stone such as jasper, onyx marble and granite.

 

Prado National Museum

Amongst the most well-known art museums in the world, the Prado national museum is a sensation! With a huge collection of works dating back to the 12th century, a visit to Madrid is incomplete without its inclusion. Speaking in numbers, the museum hosts 7.600 paintings, 4.800 prints, 1000 sculptures and 8.200 drawings by classical grandmasters such as Velasquez, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. Due to the large number of works on display (about 1300) you will need to devote more than 1 day of your holidays in Spain in order to witness its immense collection.

 

The Alhambra

The revered palace of Alhambra in Granada is amongst the most impressive Spanish palaces. Built upon a small Roman fort by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar who ruled Grenada during the 13th century, Alhambra is an impressive mixture of Moorish and Renaissance architecture. Its impressive gardens are watered by numerous fountains and cascades with water circulated from a nearby river. Named as a pearl among emerald due to its colour contrasting the lush forests surrounding it, the Alhambra is a definite must see if you plan on having holidays to Spain and more specifically in the area of Granada.