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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palacio Real de Madrid
What are your favorite Spanish architectural structures?
More in this series:
- Oh the Memories – Returning to Barcelona
- Valencia – the “c” is Pronounced as “th”
- Traditional Paella in El Palmar
- The Alhambra
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