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Spain attractions … to many to count. The Prado alone ranks with the world’s top art museums for the riches of its collections. But add the Reina Sofia National Art Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the CaixaForum, all along Madrid’s mile-long, tree-shaded boulevard, and you have what may be the world’s highest concentration of priceless art treasures. It’s no wonder this is known as El Paseo del Arte – Boulevard of the Arts.

After a 2007 expansion that doubled its exhibition space, the Prado added another 12 galleries in 2009 to house a collection of works by Goya and other late 19th-century artists. The Prado has the world’s largest collection of Spanish art, an impressive continuum from 12th-century medieval works through the avante-garde movement of the early 20th century, and is especially noted for its works from Spain’s golden age by El Greco, Velazquez, and Goya. But its riches are not all Spanish; other highlights are the medieval murals and retablos, paintings by Flemish and Dutch artists (be sure to see the fantasy world of Hieronymous Bosch and works by Rubens and Brueghel), and Italian art (Botticelli, Raphael, Correggio, Titian, and Tintoretto). Highlights of the Reina Sofia’s impressive 20,000 works are Picasso’s Guernica and works by Miró, Dalí, Dubuffet, Braque, Serra, Calder, and Magritte.

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

The end point for the thousands of pilgrims who embark on the gruelling Camino de Santiago each year, Santiago’s cathedral is said to hold the remains of St James. Expect jubilant scenes in the square in front of the cathedral, as walkers take the very last few steps of their long journey.
Mount Teide, Tenerife

The highest point in Spain, this volcano in the Canary Islands is part of an other-worldly landscape more akin to Mars than Spain. Part of the Teide National Park, the whole area is beautiful and ideal for hiking.

The Pyrenees

Separating Spain from the rest of Europe, the mighty Pyrenees stretch nearly 500 kilometres (311 miles) from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea. A great place for hiking and other sporting activities, they are one of Spain’s most beautiful natural wonders.
Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor

One of Spain’s most beautiful squares, Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor is, like many other buildings in the city, constructed from sandstone. It is a good example of the city’s baroque architecture and is a popular meeting place, lined with cafes and restaurants.

With a mile-long stretch of pristine white sand and sun rays covering the whole seashore, the Costa del sol beaches offer sun and sand retreats for the tourists. Just a few steps away from the beautiful Marbella town of old whitewashed homes, these beaches are major Spain tourist attractions.
Famous for: Sun-bathing
Key attractions: Yacht ride, and golf at Golf Valley near the coastline.

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The Great Mosque of Cordoba is one of the oldest man-made structures that is still standing tall. Built during the 8th century, this Islamic pilgrim has interiors that will leave you mesmerized. The architectural beauty of the mosque makes it one of the top tourist places in Spain.

Famous for: The Hypostyle Hall
Key attractions: The Great Hall for prayer, The Horseshoe Arch and The Mihrab (Focal Point of Prayer)

Madrid to do things:

Every Sunday for decades the most famous flea market in Madrid is held around Plaza Cascorro. More than 1,000 street vendors set up first thing in the morning in C/Ribera de Curtidores and spread out over the surrounding streets. A must for tourists and locals alike, the market’s stalls offer practically everything you could hope to find, including rare items that can be difficult to find in conventional shops. Set out early, as around midday it can be a battle to get through the crowds. Once you’ve had your fill, the tradition is to go relax with a beer and a snack at any of the bars in the nearby neighbourhood of La Latina.