11. Royal Palace of Madrid (Madrid, Madrid)
One of the palaces with the largest number of tourist attractions visited in Spain, a jewel of the architecture and history of this mythical nation. Destined to be the official residence of the king, although they currently inhabit the Zarzuela Palace, so it is only used for state policy ceremonies. It has an area of 199,000 m² and 3,478 rooms, making it the largest palace in Western Europe and one of the largest on the planet.
Located on Calle Bailén, it is also known as Palacio de Oriente, because it is located in Plaza de Oriente, it houses an invaluable collection of art pieces. It is National Heritage, one of the most beautiful places in Spain and annually receives an average of 1.4 million visitors.
The tours include the spaces of the Official Salons, the Throne Room, the Gasparini Room, the Porcelain Room and the Gala Dining Room, the Royal Armory and the Royal Pharmacy. In winter (October to March) visiting hours are every day from 10:00 a.m. at 06:00 p.m., and in summer (April to September) from 10:00 a.m. at 08:00 p.m. May 1st closes, just like Christmas and New Years.
How to get? If you go by metro you must get to the Opera station (L2, L5, R), Plaza de España (L2, L3, L10), but if you arrive by bus you must take these routes: 3, 25, 39, 46, 75, 138 , 148, C1.
12. Central Market (Valencia, Valencia)
It is a building of the modernist artistic trend, an icon of Valencia and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain. It is located next to the Bruges City square. In addition to being one of the busiest markets in Valencia, it is the largest in Europe.
Structured with iron columns and tiles and stained glass windows, it has an area of 8000 square meters decorated with beautiful country motifs. It houses 1,200 stalls where you can get fish, seafood, meat and spices. Another characteristic that makes the market a great tourist attraction in Spain is the variety of options to taste exquisite dishes at the Central Bar, where tapas, portions and sandwiches are offered.
How to get? To get there by bus you must take stops 161, 265A, 160 and 150, and the EMT lines 70, 10, 16, 11, 13, 14, 35, 19, 27, 9, 64, 4, 32 and 31. By metro you have several options, one of them is taking line 3 (Airport) and get off at Xàtiva.
13. La Boqueria Market (Barcelona, Rambla)
If you are looking for what to do in Spain, the Boqueria Market is one that you cannot miss. Opened in 1840, it is one of the oldest markets in the world in operation and the most popular in Barcelona. Its official name is Mercat de Sant Josep, located in Las Ramblas and it is an extensive labyrinth of 2,500 square meters with a wrought iron structure and beautiful columns. In it there are more than 300 stalls of various foods and fruits, fish, meat and vegetables.
As it is one of the most popular tourist places in Spain, it is very common to see more foreigners and tourists than natives. Sources and news media such as CNN rank the market as one of the top 10 on the planet, making it a great reason to travel to Spain and get to know it. Its hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 08:00 a.m. at 8:30 p.m.
How to get? To get there by metro you must locate lines Line 3, Liceu station and Line 1 Placa Catalunya station, or by bus you must take routes 14, 38, 59 and 91.
14. Siurana town (Tarragona)
Siurana is a place stopped in time and hidden in the majesty of the forest. It is one of the great cultural attractions of Spain, 50 km from Tarragona. It is famous for its great beauty, natural attributes and its past, this was the last Muslim stronghold in the Christian reconquest.
Among its most outstanding attributes is the Romanesque church of Santa María, one of the best places in Spain to visit, built in 1154 and is the only monument of this style in Siurana, the La Trona viewpoint, which offers great panoramic views. , a company is in charge of organizing kayak routes, and a very popular route is that of Toll del Forn, which can be done in two hours. You can taste the typical food of the place in the three restaurants that are located there: Restaurante El Carcaix, whose recommended dish is the kid confit in oil filled with mushrooms and foie gras with rancid wine juice; Refugio Ciriac Bonet Restaurant, where you can have a snack in its bar set in the rock and Siurana Restaurant, with Catalan dishes such as brossa soup, snails and scalloped.
How to get? From the AP-7 motorway, take the Reus exit, continue on the N-420 road towards Falset. In Les Borges del Camp take a detour along the C-242 road towards Cornudella de Montsant and as soon as you pass the town heading north take the detour to the right that leads only to the town, follow the signs that indicate Siurana. At the end of the road you will find a parking lot where you can leave your car.
15. Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar (Alicante, San Pedro del Pinatar)
Next to the Mar Menor, is one of the most beautiful places in Spain, ideal destination for lovers of natural settings. This park has 6 km of virgin beaches, where you can enjoy incredible landscapes and go deep into the natural medicinal mud ponds.
Located in Murcia, it is a space where the natural attractions of Spain abound thanks to the incredible fauna and flora that surrounds the place. You will find areas for bicycles, walks, bathing beaches or viewpoints and bird watching areas. Another great attraction of the park is the salt mine, which has been in operation since Roman times and creates a landscape full of dunes, ponds and dykes. The best dates to visit this wonderful park are spring, autumn, and at the end of July, the largest concentration of flamingos arrives.
How to get? To get there by public transport you must take Globalia route 2, the closest stop is Alicante – Cartagena (By Torre – Pacheco and La Palma).
16. Municipality of Chulilla (Valencia)
Considered one of the municipalities with the most natural attractions in Spain, this town built from the remains of an old Arab castle transports its visitors to the past. It is located 60 kilometers from Valencia, in the natural setting of the Turia River Canyon, and thanks to its location it is an ideal destination for climbing lovers.
Among its most outstanding tourist attractions are the Hanging Bridges, the Charco Azul and the Historic District of Chulilla, where its Roman castle, the Parish of Our Lady of the Angels, built on a mosque, and the hermitage of Santa Barbara stand out.
Another good reason to come are its comfortable hotels and lodgings, and its great gastronomic options, since you can taste typical dishes such as the meat pot, the cabbage pot or the rin ran, sweets such as the reguiño, the congretes or the cakes of almond, and excellent wine options such as Rancio Wine and La Mistela.
How to get? From Valencia by CV – 35 and CV – 394 at Losa del Obispo or taking the A-3 to Requena – Sot de Chera-Chulilla.
17. Park Güell (Barcelona, Barcelona)
This is another of the great gifts that the nation inherited from the hands of Antoni Gaudí. The park is one of the most beautiful places in Spain to go with children, as its beautiful fairy tale decoration makes it a magical space for the delight of its visitors.
Located in Carrer d’Olot, 3, north of the Gracia district, this park has an area of more than 17 hectares, adorned with undulating shapes, tree-like columns, animal figures and geometric shapes. Many of its surfaces are decorated with mosaics made of colored ceramic.
In the heart of the park you will find a large square with a bench no less than 110 meters long, shaped like a snake and adorned with small ceramic fragments. You will also find the Gaudí House Museum. The entrance to the monumental area is paid and it is recommended to buy the tickets online. You can visit it on a daily schedule from 08:00 a.m. at 9:00 p.m., depending on the time of year.
How to get? You can get there by metro at Lesseps station, line L3, by buses on lines H6, 32, 24 and 92, or by tourist bus on the red line.
18. Prado National Museum (Madrid, Madrid)
In addition to being one of the main attractions in Spain, it is one of the most important museums on the entire planet. On November 10, 1819, it opened its doors for the first time and exhibited pieces from the royal collection.
Later, it expanded its collection to include an enormous amount of artistic works from different periods. Located on the Paseo del Prado, the museum collects great cultural attractions from Spain and the world. It has the largest collection of Spanish painting of all, Italian and Flemish painting are not lacking in its showcases, statues and decorative arts also receive great attention.
And in November 2019 they celebrated their first centenary. To make the visit more enjoyable, the museum offers audio guide services, a library, a cafeteria, information points, a restaurant, a lactation room, a store and free WiFi throughout the area. Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. at 08:00 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. at 07:00 p.m. The general ticket has a value of 15 euros (16.59 USD).
How to get? To get there by metro you must take the Banco de España station, on line 2, Art Station (Antigua Atocha), line 1. By bus you must take routes 6, 10, 14, 19, 26, 27, 32, 34 , 37 and 45. You can also rent bicycles at stations 27, 67, 68 and 81.
19. Las Catedrales beach (Lugo, Ribadeo)
Known by many as the best place in Spain with a beach, it has been classified as a Natural Monument by the Junta de Galicia since 2005. Its real name is Playa de Aguas Santas, but it is known as Playa de Catedrales because of the shape of the cliffs on the edges of the beach.
You can tour the spaces of the beach along its marked trails, making it a great option in places in Spain to go with children. It can be accessed through a staircase and stroll among its rocks.
Another great attraction is to know the grottos on the beach, to explore its spaces full of bushes and meadows and its great variety of birds, such as herons and curlews, it is a unique experience. Keep in mind that since 2015 the Junta de Galicia has limited the number of visitors, so to come you have to book 45 days in advance. Although this restriction that only applies to the sandy area, the rest of the areas are all public.
How to get? You must reach the Autovía do Cantábrico, heading towards Asturias, until exit 513. From the Autovía, take the regional road that connects to the beach.
20. Banco de Loiba (La Coruña, Ortigueira)
One of the most incredible tourist places in Spain, overlooking a beautiful landscape, are the Loiba cliffs. Home to seagulls and pelicans, they extend from Esteiro to Céltigos parish, and have a height between 80 and 160 meters. At the top is one of the most unique modern icons of the town, Banco de Loiba, the best bank in the world.
Thanks to the winning photo of the Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance contest in 2008, the photo went viral in 2009 and tourist visits were swift. Due to its location almost on the edge of the cliff, the view is almost literally “with your feet in the void”. From the exact point where the bank is located you can appreciate three of the natural wonders of Vigo, the Cíes Islands, the Rande Bridge and the Illa de San Simón.
One of the most difficult and curious tasks for tourists is to get to sit down during a beautiful sunset, however, it is one of the most charming places in Spain.
How to get? You should arrive at the town of O Barqueiro, then take the AC-862 regional road, in the direction of the Loiba village, then you should take the CP-6106 road and continue until connecting with the CP-8104 road, near the Loiba bank. The route is well signposted, you should not miss any detail.