Pueblos Blancos or white villages, Andalucia
The white villages or pueblos blancos (in Spanish) that spot the rocky hillsides in central Andalucia seem to almost challenge gravity in places.
In the past it was a farming village, when the younger decided to leave the village and to look jobs in cities the village fell in despair.
Now locals and overseas visitors have rediscovered their charm, and the narrow streets, whitewashed houses, pretty old churches and
flower-strewn squares have been restored. Particularly lovely villages include Grazalema, Vejer de la Frontera and Arcos de la Frontera.
The Alhambra, Granada
The attractively ornate Moorish palace, the Alhambra, is one of Spain's most visited monuments and it's not hard to see why. A sprawling
complex of palaces encircled by ornate gardens perched atop of a hill with the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains behind, it's in
a spectacular location. The interior is similarly beautiful with romantic involved Moorish-style decoration around peaceful courtyards
contrasting with the powerfully simplistic lines of later vast Baroque additions.
City of Arts and Sciences,Valencia
The wonderful curves of the Guggenheim museum have really put Bilbao on the map, but it's the City of Arts and Sciences designed by the
wonderfully exuberant Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava that is the pinnacle of modern architecture in Spain. His shapeless,
buildings in bleak white are a feast of odd angles and remarkable shapes at any time of the day, but they look particularly
spectacular when flood light at night..
Plaza de Espana,Seville
It was designed by local architect Anibal Gonzalez for the great 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition that was held in the city and virtually
bankrupted it. It's a feast of ornate colourful towers and colonnades decorated with tiles and motifs. In center of Plaza there are a huge
fountain and canals which visitors can float along on hired pedals. It's such a beautiful place that it often features in movies such as
Star Wars Episode 2, Attack of the Clones.
Gaudi's Masterpieces, Barcelona
Barcelona has plenty to offer the visitor such as great nightlife, shopping and beaches. But it's the famous buildings created by
legendary architect Gaudi that are by far the biggest stars of the show. The still unfinished La Sagrada Familia with its formless
spindly towers and oddly shaped buttresses and roof is the most visited of his creations. Although his residential buildings like
the Casa Mila are also wonderful as are his more playful statues and benches in the popular Park Guell.