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What are the best cities in Spain for architecture & culture?

I want to take a holiday to Spain within the upcoming year and I can't decide what city to go to. What is your favourite city in Spain and why?  Are there that any in particular that would be especially good for architecture and culture?

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  • Ross Sparks

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    My answer is going to be the obvious one, Madrid! Barcelona was nice but it wasn't nearly as pretty as far as the city's go. I also found the people warmer in spirit in Madrid. Sometimes Barcelona has a south of France style attitude (kinda snobby). But the museums and architecture are sublime in Madrid. I am also a lover of all things pig, and Madrid holds a very high rank in top pig cities lol! Also Toledo city is close and has a more Northern Europe medieval vibe, I had a fun couple nights there.

    Eat tapas, drink wine and eat ham, no matter were you go in Spain if you follow those three rules and you will love anywhere you go!

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  • Mei & Kerstin Open Up Now

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    Hello Leslie,

    If you're looking for architectural splendors in Spain, we would definitely recommend you Barcelona and Seville. The architecture in these two cities are very different. In Barcelona you get to see Gaudi's amazing buildings, which are one-of-a-kind, and definitely not to be found anywhere else in the world, whereas Seville (as well as other cities in Andalucía) is best-known for its Moorish architecture. We've recently published a Photo Post about Seville (our favourite city in Spain); have a look to get an idea of what you can expect to find in Southern Spain: Weekly Photo Post: Seville, Spain

    If you have any question about Spain, feel free to contact us. Always glad to help :)

    Cheers,

    Mei & Kerstin from Openupnow.net

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    • Ashley and Ryan R.

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      Agreed, Barcelona has some great sites, I've never seen anything like the Sagrada Famillia. Southern Spain is equally amazing for the Moorish influences and tropical like setting -- Grenada for the Alhambra and Seville. · (0 likelikes)

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    This answer depends on how much time you have. Barcelona has fabulous food and architecture. See all the Gaudi sights and I strongly recommend the Aborigines food tour. Been on there walking food tours in Barcelona and this is by far the best. If you have a week just do barca and take a day trip to the Dali Museum and hit Cadeques or Sitges which are charming beach cities.

    If you have 10 to 12 days go to Southern Spain. Seville has great food, architecture, and people. Walk across the bridge to Triana and experience the working class of Seville, see the cathedral, and visit plaza espana. Also go to Cordoba which is under appreciated. Tour the Mesquita and old city and bridges. It's cheap. Hotels and food are significantly less than Seville and a 35 minute train ride away. Finally, you must experience Granada. The Alhambra is magnificent and there are beautiful Spanish and morish architectural influences and you get free food with every drink!

    Whatever you choose you can't go wrong in Spain.

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      Thank you so much, Brenda! · (0 likelikes)

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    Really, I think Madrid was one that all should see, then Toledo, you need to see the aquaducts, SevilleJust generally worthwhile and over on the coast Gandia and Valencia. If you make it up to Barcelona halfway back is a monastery which everyone should see once with the main building inside a cave (kind of) known as Monestir de Sant Miquel del Fai.

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  • Daniel Souza

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    For architecture, Barcelona, no doubt. Gaudi alone is worth the trip. If you have time Frank Gehry's museum in Bilbao Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is also a must.

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  • Travis Huyghebaert

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    Spain is definitely one of the best countries if you're looking for amazing architecture, there's so many options. Three "areas" came to mind right away.

    1. Barcelona: The home of Gaudi and his Catalan Modernism style, there are some absolutely breathtaking buildings from Parc Güell to the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Plus with the amazing Gothic Quarter and the Waterfront, you can easily spend days wandering aimlessly through Barcelona.Parc Güell

    2. Madrid: Madrid always appeared to me to be the absolute opposite of Barcelona. The buildings in Madrid always appeared so regal, from the Royal Palace of Madrid to the Plaza Cibeles to the Museo del Prado to Plaza Mayor. Plus you have the ability to take daytrips to Toledo to see the Holy Cathedral of Toledo; OR Segovia to see the ancient Aqueduct of Segovia and the Alcázar de Segovia. *If you do go make sure to look for the Elephant gargoyles on the Banco Espanol de Credito - they are one of my favourites.Plaza Cibeles

    3. Andalucía: The south of Spain offers some of the most unique blending of cultures in the world. As most of the cities were once part of the Islamic Caliphate of Cordoba, they offer a blending of moorish architecture (the Alhambra of Granada, the Cathedral-Mosque of Córdoba, the Alcázar of Seville, etc.) and Christian masterpieces (the Seville Cathedral, the Plaza de España, the Granada Cathedral, etc). A bonus for Andalucia is that it is generally cheaper than Madrid/Barcelona.Alhambra


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      This is fantastic! Thank you! · (1 likelikes)

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    I hope you have a long time to visit as there are so many interesting cities for architecture and culture.

    Granada has the Alhambra - a magnificent Moorish palace. Granada is the perfect place to eat tapas as you get a free dish of tapas with your beer or wine.

    There are also many white villages just outside Granada where you can see the cave houses. Also you could go skiing in winter on the Sierra Nevada.

    Cordoba (Spain) has a cathedral inside a mosque. While here you can visit Sevilla and Madrid.

    Valencia has an interesting old town with historic buildings, towers and cathedrals as well as the controversial new city of arts and sciences, which is stunning to look at especially at night.


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    You've got to go to Barcelona to experience the amazing Gaudi architecture. He created some truly one-and-only buildings like Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction. Here are a few highlights of what you can see: http://snapshottraveler.com/sights/47-gaudi-or-gaudy-which-is-it. We also loved seeing Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its mix of old and new and to see the Moorish influences at its royal palace. Have a great trip!

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