Spain is filled with vast history and splendid architecture with a mixture of green spaces, art collections and museums. The country has many beautiful landmarks. If you are a fan of bucket lists and you need one for specific destinations and things to do in Spain, then this article is for you.
The Royal Palace of Madrid
This is not the official residence but is the house of the Royal family. It is one of the symbolic landmarks that Madrid is most famous for.
This is one of the great things to do in Spain. This Palace mixes magnificence with the history and the Palace has over 3000 rooms. The interior is decorated with the most luxurious items so be prepared to marvel at Spanish marble, stucco and mahogany doors. The frescoes of the Palace were done by the Spanish masters of art like Giaquinto and Mengs. The Palace Gardens are also some of the most luxurious in the world.
The Royal Armoury is one of the most exquisite and well-stocked in the world, showcasing pieces of warfare used during the Peninsular War and the Spanish Civil War. The palace also holds the Royal Pharmacy which is home to medical breakthroughs of the 17th century and the medical supplies to the Royal family.
The Pamplona Bull Run
This spectacle that takes place every July. This is dangerously fun as everyone who thinks they are brave enough tries to outrun about 6 angry bulls as they run to find a way to reach the bullfighting ring.
Despite how dangerous this is, many people still have it on their bucket list as one of those things they must do. It is held every year around July, you also do not have to be a runner to enjoy the Pamplona Bull Run. It can also be lots of fun on the sidelines.
Parc Guell, Barcelona
This is a park created for aristocracy. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the symbol of modern architecture and has many elements of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s modernist style.
It is made up of many mosaics, fountains, stone sculptures, many architectural buildings as well as twisting rock pillars which tend to highlight the areas that have terraces which overlook the city and a mini museum settled on the property. The view alone is captivating enough to make you want to visit the park as well as several activities. The peaceful gardens are also perfect for picnics and photographers.
If you’re in Spain and love art, then you have to visit the Prado museum which happens to be the most acclaimed museum in Madrid.
The museum houses art ranging from paintings to drawings to sculptures.
Another incredible thing about this museum is its location, the museum is located in the heart of the city itself and this often captures many artist’s hearts. You should check out the La Boqueria Market for amazing pastries for a beachside picnic. To visit the Prado Museum, make sure you wear flat shoes and enough time to really soak it all in.
The Alhambra and Generalife Gardens, Granada
Another landmark that is included in this bucket list is the Alhambra Palace located in Granada which was initially a fortress in 889 until 1333 when a Royal Palace was built.
This is one of the most popular examples of an Arab-Islamic architecture as well as a World Heritage Site. You should try to see the court lions, the fine arabesques and elaborate ceiling design.
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Barcelona’s biggest football club have their home at the Camp Nou. It is a sporting wonder and one of the biggest and best stadia in the world at the moment.
If the season is on, you ‘ll have a chance to see one of the best football players of all time, Lionel Messi during a game of football. This is a must-do for any sports or football fan. You should be able to get tickets in advance.
Stadium tours also take you through the inner workings of the club like the dressing rooms, the executive stands and the extensively adorned trophy room of one of the football’s most successful clubs. Visiting the Camp Nou is not complete without visiting a local bar and singing chants with fellow soccer fans.
The Museu Picasso
Home to about 3500 of the world’s most famous Pablo Picasso pieces, this place should also be at the top of your bucket list.
This is because there are about 5 adjoined medieval palaces which keep the museum and all of its works. They also happen to be among the most extensive collections in the whole world.
The museum is one of the most visited in the world and even though most of its treasured paintings are available online, nothing beats seeing them in real life.
There is an island that is located at about 79km off the main coast of Valencia called the Ibiza island. This island is a must-do if you’re looking to have a bit of a party and enjoy the incredible nightlife.
The fun doesn’t only come at night, by morning or during the day the fun continues as you enjoy the sights of the beautiful sandy beaches and warm waters. Or you can probably just visit one of the great world heritage sites that are accessible on the island.
Europe’s largest aquarium, the Oceanographic, is the home to the world’s major marine ecosystems.
The aquarium is made up of different buildings and is home to an underwater restaurant, playful penguins and shark tanks to mention a few. It is a place to visit and in our opinion, it belongs at the top of the bucket list.
Another thing that should be near the top of the bucket list is the popular Guggenheim museum. It encompasses both contemporary and modern art with several interesting architectural designs on the outside of the museum.
The museum is home to a large number of installations among so many other things. One of the best parts of the Guggenheim is that you can explore most of the masterpieces for free and still have an unforgettable experience.
These are very few places that guarantee a great and incredible experience like Spain does. Spain is a place you must visit whether it’s for business or holiday as long as you plan to enjoy your trip to the country for all it has to offer.