Traveling through Spain’s many cities is a great experience with tons of culture and history. Each city brings its own architectural influence. I will share my favorite architecture for each city I visited.


If you have been to Barcelona, you may have heard of Gaudi. The famous architect that made Barcelona modern through his construction of the city. The first time I visited Barcelona was a weekend in 2007 with my study abroad friends. Unfortunately, I was along for the experience and did not do a whole lot of sightseeing.

Gaudi’s work throughout the city is a must. It can be a trip in itself. I did most of the free touring while in the city. However, it is definitely worth going into La Sagrada Familia. I skipped the attraction completely the last trip and completely regretted it.

La Sagrada Familia 2011

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia 2011

Inside La Sagrada Familia

If you want a free attraction displaying Gaudi’s work, check out Parc Güell early in the morning before many tourists and vendors arrive.

Parc Güell 2011

Parc Güell


Valencia has many churches and forts to view on your visit. However, a the new Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Science) building is gorgeous with pools reflecting the structure. You do not have to go inside to enjoy this architectural beauty designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.

City of Arts and Science, Valencia 2011

Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias


Alhambra is an Islamic palace with some parts constructed as early as 889! The detail in the architecture makes you wonder how they were able to design and build with little mechanical equipment. Granada was by far my favorite city.

Panorama of Alhambra 2011



Madrid has a very modern, city-like feel to it, but that does not mean it does not have great architecture! The Palacio Real de Madrid (Royal Palace of Madrid) began construction in 1738 with Filippo Juvarra being the first of many architects. You are not permitted to take pictures inside of the palace unless otherwise advised. The detail and furnishing are lavish with velvet and gold everywhere.

Panorama of Royal Palace 2011

Palacio Real de Madrid

What are your favorite Spanish architectural structures?

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