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Spain Attractions

Most visitors to mainland Spain and the islands are attracted by the endless sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches (See Coasts) but there are many other very good reasons to visit this wonderful country. Barcelona in Catalonia has become a popular destination and is easily combined with a beach holiday. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Spain holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Costa del Sol directly from your local home owner. Barcelona is home to the famous architect Gaudí and the architectural style called Modernisme. Gaudí’s most famous work is the unfinished neo-gothic church Sagrada Família and his colourfully tiled buildings with elaborate chimneys are dotted throughout the city including the fanciful park, Parc Güell. The Barrí Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) is well worth a visit as is a stroll down the bustling thoroughfare of Las Ramblas and the busy La Boqueria market.A great daytripfrom Barcelona would be tothe Benedictine monastery known as the Monestir de Montserrat about an hour’s drive away. Set in astunning location high up in the mountains it is surrounded by chapels and hermit caves. Further south and again inland is the beautiful Cistercian monastery, Monestir de Poblet famous for itsRoyal Tombs.

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The capital of mainland Spain, Madrid has plenty to offer with 3 world famous art galleries to choose from. The Museo del Prado contains the best collection of 12th to 19th century Spanish paintings such as works by Velásquez and Goya plus famous Italian and Flemish works. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is one of the most important private collections in the world and has a good cross section of Western Art through to the 20th century. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía contains modern art with important works by Picasso and Miró. Madrid has several beautiful palaces, the Palacio Real in the centre, the Escorial and the Aranjuez both located in the countryside nearby. Madrid also has an interesting historic medieval quarter to explore and a buzzing nightlife.
Andalusia in the south is full of architectural gems. The Alhambra Palace in Grenada is a fine example of Moorish architecture. You can’t fail to be impressed by the superb Islamic craftsmanship as you wander through the palace, patios and gardens. Light is reflected throughout by the clever use of water and the intricately carved plasterwork takes on a golden hue in the sunshine. The Real Alcázar palace in Seville is another superb example of Moorish architecture. Meanwhile the Mezquita Mosque in Cordoba is a superb blend of Moorish and Christian architectural styles and is famous for its giant arches and pillars.
Finally, Bilbao in Northern Spain on the Atlantic coast boasts the Museo Guggenheim which houses one of the most important collections of modern art in the world. The building itself is a work of art; made from titanium it looks very futuristic. Don’t miss it!
Don't forget, a holiday visitinf attractions in Bilbao or Madrid, Spain, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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