Catedral de Sevilla:
Seville Cathedral is the biggest Gothic chancel in Christendom, incomparable in its impressive scale and abundance of art treasures. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incomparable monument was constructed between 1402 and 1506 on the site of the town's principal mosque. The Giralda Tower was generally the cupola of the chapel built in the 12th century by Almohad Moorish rulers. This 93-meter-high tower of the cathedral is still the emblem of Seville. To appear at the cathedral, caller walk over the Patio de los Naranjos (Patio of Orange Trees), which was the forecourt of the mosque. The octagonal fountain in the center is a remnant of the Islamic midha, the fountain for religious ablutions.
Seville’s extreme Catholic marker affect with its sheer size: it is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Construction of this sprawling Gothic complex, which houses 80 chapels and has the longest central nave in Spain, began in 1401 on the site of the city’s former mosque. Work advance for over 100 years, and in 1507 the cathedral was certainly finished, having spectacularly succeeded in fulfilling the design team’s aim to make something ‘so beautiful and so magnificent that those who see it will think we are mad’.
Giralda Bell Tower:
All that leavings of Seville’s considerable chapel is a chunk of its minaret, which is now the cathedral’s Giralda bell tower, another of Seville’s key building attractions. The dome, which was built during the Almohad period, was basically topped with giant copper globes, but these fell off in a shock in 1365. The cardinal winner perhaps clarifies their removal as a hint from the universe, decided to replace them with a Christian cross and bell tower. Except for the final section, which features stairs, the route to the top (for stunning views) is via ramps – supposedly so it can be reached by horseback, although it’s unclear whether this means you have to buy two tickets or just one.
Casa de Pilatos:
This charming 15th– 16th-century building is one of central Seville’s buried cache, and its admirable gardens, though lesser in scale, contest everything you’ll see in the Alcázar. Begun by the affluent winner and Mayor of Andalucia, Pedro Enriquez de Quiñones, in the late 1400s, Casa de Pilatos is another of Seville’s classic Mudéjar structures, built around a central courtyard in the traditional Andalusian style. Its brand – Pilate’s House – was conferred (hopefully with a touch of mockery) later Quiñones’ son Fadriquecarried to Jerusalem in 1519 and traded glut with emotion for the Holy Land. The palace’s certain good looks have acquired it a showing role in two films: 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia and 2010’s Knight and Day.
Torre de Oro:
Arresting from any of Seville’s essential bridges is the 13th-century watchtower known as the Torre de Oro or the ‘Tower of Gold’. It was built by the Almohad rulers of Seville between 1220 and 1221 and has undergone several restorations over the intervening centuries, the most recent of which was in 2005. At the moment, it houses Seville’s small but alluring Maritime Museum, which analyzes the effect of the Guadalquivir River and Atlantic to the Andalusian capital’s history.
One of Seville’s Mudejar prototype is the Plaza de España, an amazing evolution built in 1928 in preparation for Seville’s hosting of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The half-moon-shaped building is fronted by a moat and borders on a plaza with a beautiful fountain at its centre; it showcases a striking mix of Mudéjar and Renaissance approach, with the sensation of Art Deco to be seen on the doleful colouring. Boating can be enjoyed on the moat, which is spanned by four bridges representing the ancient kingdoms of Spain.
Maria Luisa Park:
In an arrangement for Seville’s introduce of the Ibero-American Expo of 1929, the south part of the city accepted a costly facelift. At the heart of this redevelopment were the Maria Luisa Park, a botanical garden and the Andalusian capital’s largest and most attractive area of greenery. It is a charming place to excursions spring, when the park’s many species of plants and flowers are in bloom and when the local residents – doves, parrots, ducks and swans – are on display. Stretching along the banks of the Guadalquivir, its half-mile of shaded walkways, tiled fountains, ponds and tropical foliage is also home to the Mudéjar Pavillion, in which the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of Seville can be found.
Archivo de Indias:
Registering the Golden Age of the Spanish Empire that pursues Christopher Columbus’s examination of the Americas in 1492 is Seville’s Archive of the Indies, a must-see for history offings.These UNESCO-protected 16th-century construction house some 80 million documents describe to the Spanish authority of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, a period when Seville was the empire’s most important city. If you think that sounds like a little too much reading for one afternoon, fear not: as well as the beautiful old books and the palatial buildings themselves, other sights here include a 17th-century cannon, maps charting the entire Spanish Empire and several paintings by Goya.
A truly world-class gallery, the Prado Museum has a compilation of more than 5,000 paintings that competition the lucre collection in Paris. Spanish paintings from the 12th centenary to the early 19th century form the majority of the collection, and many are famous masterpieces. The mishmash of the canvas by Francisco de Goya introduce a curious 140 entirety. The selection also canvas Italian, Flemish, French, British, and German paintings as well as Neoclassical Italian sculpt.
Royal Palace: Grandiose Architecture Inspired by Versailles
This ambitious area is the Spanish adaptation of vessels, a royal patio designed to thrill.Rising above a steep slope overpassing the lush gardens, the palace is built entirely of granite and white Colmenar stone. The palace was commissioned by Philip V in the 18th century. The awesome Neoclassical exterior lineaments classic columns and classic pilasters, based on a cartoon that the artist Bernini basically calculated for the Louvre in Paris. The balustrade features statues of Spanish kings.
Elegant 17th-Century Ambience at Plaza Mayor
This delicate 17th-century plaza was assembled during the dynasty of Philip III. The Plaza Mayor was an inside of the business and municipal life as well as the scene of solemn events such as the proclamation of a new king and the canonization of saints. The balanced also dealt with a locale for bullets, dramatic achievement, and charitable contest.Today, the Plaza Mayor continues to be an important gathering place in Madrid. The expansive cobblestone square is a pedestrian precinct with many outdoor cafés that are popular with tourists as well as with the local Madrileños.
Puerta del Sol: The Heart of the City
The Puerta del Sol was called later the sun badge on the old city gate, which earlier erects here. This spacious town square aligns with the rising sun. Besides being a hub of public transportation (with several bus stops and Metro entrances), the Puerta del Sol is also the "Kilometer Zero" point from which all distances on the Spanish national road network are measured.The Puerta del Sol has been the scene of many historic events, including the Spanish resistance to Napoleon on May 2nd, 1808, and in 1931, the Second Republic was proclaimed here. Nowadays the square is a place to hang out and enjoy life.
Refined Relaxation at Buen Retiro Park:
The Buen Retiro Park (Parque del Retiro) is a fountain of accord in the character of Madrid. Just above the active streets, this lush 120-hectare park offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. constitution for the Count-Duke of lives in the 17th centenary, the important park has a delicate climate with its attractive garden and tree-lined channel.From the main avenue at the Plaza de Independencia, visitors arrive at the pool in the centre of the park.since here, avenue direction to the enchanting Rosaleda (Rose Garden) and the formal French Jardín de Don Cecilio.
The National Archeological Museum is Madrid's better essential museum after the Museo del Prado. The exhibition was established by Queen Isabella II in 1867 and has a rich selection of artefact from prehistoric times to the 19th century.Display article ethological finds, engraver, fancy arts from antique, and elderly coins.The durable assortment carries chunk from different time periods and places, such as Egyptian mummies, Hispano-Roman body of art, Islamic archaeology, and Mudéjar wares.One of the most prized possessions of the collection is the best of the Lady of Elche. The museum's library features publications on art, history, and archaeology.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza: Fine Arts Museum
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum instant an analysis of European art from the 13th centurial to the late 20th centurial. With roughly 1,000 artworks on display, the assortment covers the Renaissance, the Baroque period, Rococo, Romanticism, Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, modern art and Pop Art. The building also has an admirable compilation of 19th-century American paintings.This high-caliber collection includes outstanding classic such as Christ and the Samaritan Woman by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Venus and Cupid by Rubens, The Annunciation by El Greco, Young Knight by Vittore Carpaccio, Jesus among the Doctors by Albrecht Durer, Charing Cross Bridge by Monet, Dancer in Green by Edward Degas, and Les Vessenots by Vincent van Gogh.
Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía: Contemporary Art Museum:
Not closed by Queen Sofía in 1986, the Centro de Arte de Reina Sofía is Madrid's avant-garde center for current art. The sleek modern building was created by the architect Antonio Fernández Alba and has features that recall the Pompidou Center in Paris, especially the three glass towers that house the elevators on the outside of the building. Addition amazing amazement to the caller is the beautiful garden in the inner courtyard filled with artistic sculpture. In its thorough representation of Spanish contemporary art, the collection includes remarkable masterpieces such as works by Juan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. The artworks are displayed in various rooms spread out in a vast exhibition space of 39,000 square meters. The museum also has a bookshop, cafeteria, and restaurant.
Ride Tram 28
The journey starts below the palm-spotted hills of Graça, and weaves toward the hair-pin alleys of Escolas Gerais, before pulling up to a halt beneath the gorgeous domes of the Estrela Basilica. Like San Francisco in the United States, Lisbon is a city illustrious for its historic, rattling tram lines. None are more iconic than Tram 28 which has been working its way up the steep, cobbled roads and into the old Alfama district for decades.
Get lost in the Alfama District
The compact little Alfama District is Lisbon’s answer to the old town centers of Europe’s other olden capitals. As you stroll, great cathedrals like the Lisbon Cathedral and tile-fronted chapels reveal themselves on the corners. Like the Forum of Rome, it’s greeted as the oldest part of the town, although this one dates back to the Moors of Africa instead of the kings of Latium. Delving into the warren of winding streets and alleys that forms the district is one of the top activities for visitors to Portugal’s capital.
Make a trip to Sintra
Did you go to Sintra?’ is the normal question asked by veterans of Portugal’s capital. Despite being a totally different city and situated more than half an hour away from Lisbon by car, the glorious town of Sintra remains one of the major attractions here. Outings are common, while others will want to spend a couple of days exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It sits high up amidst the mythical Mountains of the Moon, displaying elegant baroque churches, colorful mansions and the grand palaces of former Portuguese kings and queens.
Enjoy the azulejos in the National Tile Museum
These prominent ceramic works of art gave the country its reputation for craftsmanship in ceramics. You’ll get to see all types, sizes, and designs, and learn about the development of the enchanting motifs that adorn their cobalt surfaces. Of course, the top part of all the exhibitions is the blue-hued azulejos. Ask any ceramic aficionado and they will tell you that Portugal is the place to go for tiles. Cue Lisbon’s great National Tile Museum, which is enthusiastic about everything fired in a kiln.
Trace glorious history in the Monastery of Jerónimos
It was constructed to mark Portugal’s most glorious age which was called ‘The Age of Exploration’. The fusion of architectural designs, known as the Manueline style, stands as testimony to the cultures encountered by Lisbon’s explorers, while the money used to build the structure came from Portugal’s international trade in cloves, cumin, and exotic spices.Just a glance at the ornate spires and grand carvings of the great Monastery of Jerónimos should be enough to deduce the raison d’être for this massive landmark which is nestled close to the banks of the Tagus River.
Go underwater in the Lisbon Oceanarium
Situated out in the blue waters of the Tagus Estuary, the huge Lisbon Oceanarium rises like a hulking aircraft carrier. There are also exciting collections of sea anemones and corals, not to mention an artificial boating lagoon out front where you can rent a pedalo if it is sunny. Inside, the structure houses countless exhibits related to marine life, which composed pull in over one million visitors each year. You can get up close to colorful puffer fish as well as watch the marauding sharks. You’ll see curious moray eels and meet cuddly penguins.
Wonder at the masterworks of the National Museum of Ancient Art
Patrons here can also like countless wandering exhibitions, with past collections reflecting Lisbon in the Renaissance period as well as featuring historical paintings from the Age of Discovery. It is the home of Portugal’s prestigious national art collection. Pieces here range from pious saintly depictions by Nuno Gonçalves to chiaroscuro portraiture by Josefa de Óbidos. Most of the canvasses date from between the 16th and 19th centuries and came into public ownership following the Liberal Wars that rocked the country in the early modern age.
Get a taste of the East in Museu do Oriente
It’s a real joyfulness to ride on some of the tracks such as the old Ascensor do Lavra which dates all the way back to the late 1800s and has been honored with a national heritage tag. Let’s also not forget the soaring Santa Justa Elevator which lifts people from Baixa to Carmo and offers sweeping views of the Lisbon downtown area along the way. There is similarly the Ascensor da Bica, which winds up the tight-knit cobbled lanes off Largo do Calhariz.
Alhambra: A Masterpiece of Islamic Architecture
The Alhambra stands impressively on a fortified hilltop with the snow-peaked Sierra Nevada Mountains as a backdrop. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site is the main reason to visit Granada and is an absolute must-see attraction. It was the dwelling of the Moorish rulers of the Nasrid Dynasty for 250 glorious years, from the 13th to the 15th centuries, and is a veritable museum of Islamic architecture. This site was the last stronghold of the Moors in Spain. Enclosed by ancient walls, the Alhambra seems from afar to be an impenetrable fortress.
Catedral Santa María de la Encarnación
The cathedral was constructed by Queen Isabella as a monument to the victory of Christian Spain over the Moors. It stands on the site of a former mosque. To discover the finest Renaissance church in Spain, holiday Granada's Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación near the Plaza Nueva. Begun in Gothic style in 1523 and continued in Plateresque style from 1525, it was sacred in 1561 while still unfinished. The 16th-century west facade features a large relief by José Risueño over the main doorway.
The Gypsy Quarter of Sacromonte
This hilltop neighborhood begins around the Cuesta del Chapiz where the Camino del Sacromonte ascends the hill. Granada's colorful Gypsy quarter on the Sacromonte is an attractive place to stay. The Gypsies (Gitanos) have had a presence in Granada since 1532 and settled in the caves of Sacromonte in the 18th century. The caves in the upper area of the Camino del Sacromonte are in the top condition. Wander the hillside roads of this atmospheric neighborhood to see the artistic Gypsy homes, some are decorated with vibrant handcrafted ceramics.
La Alcaicería (Arab Spice Market)
The whole neighborhood of the Alcaicería, a maze of narrow streets, once held the silk and spices market. This traditional Arab souk is a recreation of the old Moorish market that existed here before the fire in 1843 destroyed the area Today's Alcaicería recalls the original souk with many crafts and souvenir stalls. Near to the cathedral, the Alcaicería runs on the Calle de la Alcaicería from the Plaza Alonso Cano. An artistic fountain stands at the center of the square surrounded by decorative ironwork and colorful flower stands.Nearby is Plaza Bib Rambla, a spacious public square that teems with people and activity.
Hammam Al Andalus: Traditional Arab Baths
The Hammam Al Andalus are authentic Arab Baths in the Moorish style. The Moors brought the ritual of the hammam (Arab Baths) from their homeland in North Africa to Andalusia. Today, visitors can indulge in a pampering experience in the ancient Arabic tradition. On the ruins of an old hammam at the foot of the Alhambra, the complex was totally renovated and reopened to the public. Restored to their former glory, the baths feature graceful arches and exquisite tile work in the traditional Islamic style. The Hammam has three bathing pools: cold water, warm water, and hot water. After a dip in the baths, visitors can opt for a relaxing massage and select from spa treatments such as fragrant Andalusian essential oils and exfoliating treatments.
International Festivals of Music and Dance
The wistful melodies of Gypsy guitar and flamboyant flamenco fascinate audiences who attend this world-class festival. Held during June and July at wonderful venues, mostly historic monuments throughout Granada, the music and dance festival showcases the city's rich cultural heritage. The history of the festival dates back to 1883 when performances were held at King Carlos V Palace. The festival continues the tradition with its showcasing of diverse Spanish musical styles and genres, such as opera, zarzuelas, and flamenco.
Religious Events and Festivals
The Albaicín was once surrounded by defensive walls. Beginning Puerta Nueva, a well-preserved stretch of the city's old ramparts runs west to the Puerta Monaitia. Many places in the Albaicín offer stunning outlooks onto the Alhambra Palace, which is separated from the Albaicín by the dramatic gorge of the Río Darro. The top view of the walls is from the Cuesta de la Alhacaba near the ninth-century Puerta de Elvira, once the town's principal gate.
An elaborately wrought grille by Bartolomé de Jaén encloses the richly decorated royal tombs. The inner features nice-looking 16th-century stained-glass windows and seven vast images by Alonso Cano. To the right is the Tomb of Ferdinand and Isabella in a monument of Carrara marble created by sculptor Domenico Fancelli of Florence. The crypt households sarcophagi of other kings and princes. To the left is the tomb of Philip the Handsome and Joan the Mad by Bartolomé Ordóñez.
Monastery of Pedralbes
Its unique occupants were Poor Clares, nuns from frequently noble families; they were charged with protecting the city. The quiet charm of the Monastery of Pedralbes provides a safe harbor for travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona. Some nuns still live in the monastery, which today houses the city museum. This gothic monastery was built in 129y by Queen Elsenda who sought forgiveness for her sins. It is considered an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Arched outer corridors overlook swaying palm trees.
It’s one of his first main works and sets the tone for his designs to follow. Gaudi designed Palau Guell for an extremely wealthy resident. Because the tycoon entertained a lot, the house was designed around a central hall, with other rooms designed to fit the family’s needs. Gaudi’s use of space and lighting in the Palau Guell was innovative for its time. Barcelona is filled with significant buildings designed by noted architect Antoni Gaudi. A good place for visitors to begin their appreciation of his work is Palau Guell or Palace Guell.
Fundacio Joan Miro
Joan Miro was one of Barcelona’s most illustrious artists, a master who created works known around the world. Usually, foundations are set up after a person dies to honor their ideas, but Miro created his own legacy by setting up the Fundacio Joan Miro himself. It was designed to be a place where younger artists could explore contemporary art, with Miro’s own works providing the nucleus for this study. The foundation opened in a modern building in 1975 and is a good place to see a great collection of Miro’s work in one place.
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
At this time holidaymakers will find exciting Romanesque murals that graced church apses and Gothic art from the era when Catalonia was expanding across the Mediterranean. Sitting atop a hill, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya looks more like a massive castle than an art museum, a museum that holds a king’s ransom in treasures. It is here, however, that visitors will find the greatest Catalan art from the 10th century to the 20th century. The gallery also contains paintings by the great Spanish artists El Greco and Velasquez.
Old is good, especially when it’s the Gothic Quarter, situated in the oldest part of Old Town Barcelona. Holidaymakers will see the Jewish Quarter, considered the Gothic Quarter’s prettiest section; walk the paths where a young Picasso went to school; eat at Can Culleretes, the oldest restaurant in Barcelona, dating to 1796, and shop at the multi-colored Boqueria market. Some say the quarter dates back 2,000 years, but what travelers will see today isn’t that old: a maze of narrow streets flanked by buildings from medieval times to the 19th century.
La Boqueria Market
Situated just off La Rambla, the market dates back to 1297 when meat was sold at the city gates. More than meat is sold there today. There’s an array of foods, from farm-fresh produce, seafood, spices and candies being sold by more than 200 stalls. Foodies may think they’ve died and gone to heaven when they holiday La Boqueria Market, a colorful market (and tourist attraction) in the old town. Buy the fixings’ for a picnic lunch or eat at one of the many restaurants before continuing sightseeing.
This stadium is home to formidable European football champions F.C. Barcelona. One for the sports fans, yet still one of Barcelona’s best popular charms. With a capacity of 99,000 people, this breathtaking sporting arena is Europe’s largest. A tour of the ground is definitely worthwhile and you never know, you might be lucky enough to catch a game!
It is housed in five connecting medieval palaces in Barcelona’s La Ribera. In particular, the Museu Picasso reveals Picasso’s relationship with the city of Barcelona, a relationship that was shaped in his youth and adolescence, and continued until his death. With over 4,000 works by the painter, the Museu Picasso houses one of the best broad gatherings of artworks by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.