A study says that it’s possible to fall in love just by staring at someone for a few seconds. Something very similar to what you feel each time you visit Spain. Charming places, good weather, amazing gastronomy, welcoming people and olives! The perfect ingredients for a mind-blowing experience. No matter in which country or latitude of the Iberian ‘s Peninsula you are in, you will find some interesting places to visit and a good olive snack to enjoy with friends, family or even a good book, keep reading for an amazing list:
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous Gaudi’s artworks and the most known and characteristic monument of Barcelona. As the greatest exponent of the modernist architecture, thousands of tourists come every day to contemplate the curious but unfinished temple. It is a giant neogothic Basilica that has been under construction since 1882. And is not expected to be completed between 30 and 80 years.
Gaudi’s Tour, Barcelona
Apart from the already named basilic, Gaudi was an inventive architect spreading his job all around the Catalan capital. We cannot miss “La Pedrera”, Gaudi’s emblem and one of the most popular buildings in Barcelona. Following the street down a little further you will find another work of art from Barcelona’s genius and another legendary facade of the city, “Casa Batllo ”. Finally, why not finish our day having a relaxing olive snack at the “Parc Gu ell”? The use of tiles as a decorative ornament fills the park with colour and the architecture merges with the nature that surrounds it. It has served as a stage for movies, TV series, music videos, photo shoots …and it is located at the top of the city, above the popular Gracia neighbourhood. Not a bad day, right?
The Meninas, Madrid
The Meninas is considered the masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age painter Diego Velázquez. It’s a painting made in oil on a canvas of large dimensions formed by three bands of cloth stitched vertically, where the figures located in the foreground are represented at life-size. It is one of the most analyzed and commented paintings in the world of art where the central theme is the portrait of the Infanta Margarita of Austria, placed in the foreground, surrounded by her servants, “the meninas”. Nowadays this work of art is located in the Prado National Museum, an inevitable stop during your visit to Madrid. Tapas and olive snack after visiting for a quick commenting of the tour?
The Alhambra, Granada
The Alhambra is an Andalusian palatine city located in Granada, Andalusia. It consists of a set of palaces, gardens and fortress that housed a real citadel within the city of Granada, which served as the accommodation to the monarch and the court of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Its attraction, as in Muslim works from other times, not only lies in the interiors, whose decoration is among the peaks of Andalusian art, but also in its location and adaptation, generating a new landscape but fully integrated with the pre-existing nature. Perfect emplacement for a sunset and some olives snack, weather looks amazing!
The Mosque-Cathedral, Cordoba
The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is the most important monument of all the Islamic west construction and one of the most amazing in the world. Its history summarizes the complete evolution of the Umayyad style in Spain, as well as the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles of Christian construction. The place that today occupies the Mosque-Cathedral seems to have been, since ancient times, dedicated to the worship of different divinities. The interior space is arranged over a concert of columns and two-colour arcades with a great chromatic effect. You cannot miss it!
And now, still hesitating about coming to Spain?