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Spain is among the most visited countries in the world by tourists, the country is a treasure trove of art, history, languages, folklore, and among the most complete and fascinating natural beauties of the European continent. Among the tourist attractions of Spain we find cities of great charm such as the capital Madrid. This city is located in the center of the country and has important monuments and museums of world importance such as the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art.
Another fascinating destination is the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona. This city is above all the industrial engine of Spain. It is also a lively and cosmopolitan city, with monuments ranging from the Middle Ages to modern art, from the Gothic Quarter to the works of Antoni Gaudí, whose most famous work is the Sagrada Familia cathedral.
Among the cities that have seen a great tourist development in recent years there is certainly Valencia, located in front of the Balearic islands. Thanks to a wise development of its cultural offer and a valorisation of its historical heritage, this city has become a very popular tourist destination.
Spain is a country that has made tourism one of its main sources of income. In recent decades it has become a popular destination for seaside tourism thanks to its mild climate and the beauty of its coasts and islands. However, this tourist development has often been the cause of villainous building plans which have compromised the coastal ecosystem in many seaside resorts.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF SPAIN: THE SEA
Among the best known and most famous seaside destinations are the two Spanish archipelagos. That is, the Balearic islands, located in the Mediterranean sea, between Sardinia and the Spanish coast, and the Canary islands, located in the Atlantic ocean, in front of the coast of Morocco. Other famous seaside resorts are found all along the Spanish coast, both on the Mediterranean Sea and on the Atlantic Ocean. These include areas such as the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada in Catalonia, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Azahar in the Valencian Community, the Costa del Sol, the Costa de la Luz, the Costa Tropical and the Costa de Almeria in Andalusia.
Among the other interesting cities, in Andalusia we find three important destinations, Seville, Granada, home of the last Muslim kingdom of Spain, and Cordoba. In addition, this region also has some really interesting small towns, some of which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Among these we find the Renaissance towns of Úbeda and Baeza, not to mention the characteristic Pueblos Blancos that characterize the countryside between Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera.
In Galicia, the north-western region of Spain, there is the popular pilgrimage center of Santiago de Compostela. While in Extremadura there are the important archaeological center of Merida and the medieval city of Caceres. Furthermore, in the surroundings of Madrid, the important historic cities of Avila, Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Segovia, with its majestic Roman aqueduct, and further north Salamanca, Valladolid, Burgos, Bilbao and Zaragoza are worth visiting.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF SPAIN: THE NATURE
Nature is another aspect to consider when traveling to Spain. The landscapes of the Pyrenees, the Cantabrian Mountains and the Sierra Nevada have nothing to envy to those of the Alps. Some areas are preserved by national parks such as the Picos de Europa, in the Cantabrian Mountains. The Ordesa and Monte Perdido national park in the Pyrenees. The natural area and the Sierra Nevada national park in Andalusia. The Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. While the barren landscapes of Meseta Central are another characteristic aspect of Spanish geography. In Andalusia there are important marsh areas such as those protected by the Doñana national park, where hundreds of species of water birds can be spotted.
Official Spanish Tourism website.