Spain is a traveler’s paradise especially for fun loving people, who want to chill on the beaches while experiencing the profound historical lineage of the city. Spain is famous for its nightlife, bull fighting, art galleries, shopping paradises and its glorious past. You can live the cultural ancestry of Spain while crossing its streets or sunning on its beaches. The hotels are cheap, amenities are great and places to enjoy are many, thus the whole nation always emerges out as a tourist magnet in Europe. Thousands of tourists flock to the city to experience its grandeur, which has been rendered modern by the time. Traveling to Spain without a little fluency in Spanish is criminal, while it is equally criminal if you fail to visit certain places after landing in Spain. The list is long, but here are a few things that you can’t let go off while in Spain.
A particular favorite among Madrilenians, the park is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the whole country. It certainly is a lot more than a park, which can be experienced in the Real Sitio del Buen Retiro palace here, made during the tenure of Phillip IV. It was opened to public in 1868 and has been topping the list of most desired locations among the Madrileniansand perhaps all Spanish ever since. Destroyed during the Napoleon war, only two buildings stand today, one of which houses the Museo del Ejército – an army museum. The other surviving building features an art gallery with the collection of 19th and 20th century paintings and is known as Casón del Buen Retiro. The great King Alfonso XII monument standing by the lake is also a trademark of the park and is a unique experience. The mesmerizing glass building on the far end of the Lake along with the statute of El Angel Caído dedicated to Satan are also among the things you’ll find pretty amusing. Located on the east side of the city, the park is well served by the metro and other means of transportation, so traveling to this palace is not much pain. The main entrance of the park lies around the Alcala Gate. The park is not much far off from the Prado Museum, which you shouldn’t miss either.
Experiencing the revival of Renaissance style, the Plaza also provides the glimpse of Spanish architecture. The plaza was made in 1929 for the Ibero American Exposition on the Maria Lusia Park. The Plaza was designed by Aníbal González, who blended 1920s Art Deco, ‘mock Mudejar’, and Neo-Mudéjar styles for its design. These days the Plaza mainly features government offices, including the municipal Town Hall of Seville. It also features a museum that will introduce you to the grand Spanish industry and city’s archeological collections. A location for numerous films, the Plaza attracts numerous tourists due to its archeological significance. Featuring a lake, the Plaza gives one of its own kinds of views. This building is 200 meters in diameter and exhibits two beautiful high towers on each of its ends. Towards the sunset, the view of beautiful gardens around the Plaza is second to none. Plaza de España is the nearest metro station, while buses are also plentiful to get here.
Located in a harbor called Port Vell, this aquarium is a house to around 11,000 animals of over 450 species and features an 80 ft. long underwater tunnel that is used to walk past the aquarium. It offers a unique experience, which leaves you amazed as it the world’s largest aquarium based on the Mediterranean theme. The only Oceanarium in the entire Europe, the place is the best to thrill your eyes with different kind of sea creatures. Opened in 1995, the aquarium uses the latest technology to produce the environment in the most natural way. The staff of around 100 people ensures that you are enlightened in the best way about the underwater life that the aquarium exhibits. You can get a cab to this place from anywhere in Barcelona, while the nearest metro station is Drassanes. You can also hop into numerous buses plying in Barcelona, which would drop you next to the aquarium. The entry fee to experience the awesome marine life here is €300. Visit this place for an experience like none another.
Rohan is a freelance blogger who is planning a tour to Africa with Palace Travel in the near future. He writes about travel and has covered tourism in different countries.
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