From bullfights to flamencos, there are so many things that are iconic things to do inSpain. With so many sites to see, most people don’t have the time to see everything. Here are some must-see sites plus some good to know tidbits to save some money while you enjoy your vacation.
Dubbed as the most important art museum in Spain, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofiaholds the country’s single most famous art piece, Guernica, by Picasso. Other noted artists shown in this museum are Salvador Dali, Juan Gris, Georges Braque, and Joan Miro whose paintings and sculptures became a symbol of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The other museum is Museo del Prado which boasts some of the greats from the 14th to the 19th centuries including Velazquez, Goya and El Greco. Bonus tip; both museums offer free admission times and days, so do some research before going.
While many Spaniards may face-palm at this suggestion, no one can deny bullfighting is deeply rooted in the Spanish heritage. There are many places to still see one, but do some research first. There are plenty of towns that have a bull ring, but are no longer used for bullfighting. The most popular place to view one is actually in Madrid, but there are other places such as Ronda, where it all started, and Seville, its spiritual home.
La Sagrada Familia
This very unique cathedral, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi, is the place to see if you only have time to do one major outing. While it has been in the building stages for over one hundred years, it is still not completed. Price of admission is €12 per adult, and it is well worth the price. Many tourists agree that this incredible building is best seen on a tour, and be sure to go up in the towers!
Alhambra Moorish Fortress
Located in the hills of Granada, this mighty fortress protected its dwellers for hundreds of years during the Crusades. While many Christian forces charged at it, this city was the last to fall during the Reconquista portion of these fights. Be forewarned that this site is massive and will take some time to see. It is also very popular, so be sure to book your tickets quite a while in advance and avoid the busiest times of year.
The best tips anyone can give deal with travel. When it comes to flying, the best thing to do is book flights far in advance using a budget airline rather than hoping you will be able to find a great last minute deal that may not come. When it comes to lodging, time shares are generally less expensive than hotels when it comes to staying in Europe. Just like everything else, do research before leaving so that unpleasant surprises are kept to a minimum.
About the author: Brett McCullough, with timesharepartners.com, is a travel enthusiast that enjoys writing about his experiences. He loves to travel with his wife and kids.