Top ChoiceBasilica in L'Eixample

La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Família

If you have time for only one sightseeing outing, this should be it. Gaudí's unparalleled, Unesco-listed La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it...

Top ChoiceIslamic Palace in Granada

Alhambra

Alhambra

The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture. Set against the brooding Sierra Nevada peaks, this fortified palace started life as a walled citadel before becoming the opulent seat of...

Top ChoicePalace in Catedral & Barrio de Santa Cruz

Real Alcázar

Real Alcázar

A magnificent marriage of Christian and Mudéjar architecture, Seville’s royal palace complex is a breathtaking spectacle. The site, which was originally developed as a fort in 913, has been revamped many times...

Top ChoiceMosque in Córdoba

Mezquita

Mezquita

It’s impossible to overemphasise the beauty of Córdoba’s great mosque, with its remarkably serene (despite tourist crowds) and spacious interior. One of the world's greatest works of Islamic architecture, the...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Catedral & Barrio de Santa Cruz

Catedral & Giralda

Catedral & Giralda

Seville’s showpiece church is awe-inspiring in its scale and majesty. The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, it was built between 1434 and 1517 over the remains of what had previously been the city’s main mosque....

Top ChoiceMuseum in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado

Welcome to one of the world's premier art galleries. More than 7000 paintings are held in the Museo del Prado’s collection (of which only around 1500 are currently on display), acting like a window onto the...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

The grand heart of Santiago, the cathedral soars above the city in a splendid jumble of spires and sculpture. Built piecemeal over several centuries, its beauty is a mix of an original Romanesque structure...

Top ChoicePark in Gràcia & Park Güell

Park Güell

Park Güell

Around 1km north of Gràcia, the Unesco-listed Park Güell is where Antoni Gaudí turned his hand and imagination to landscape gardening. It’s a surreal, enchanting place where the great Modernista's passion for...

Top ChoiceMuseum in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

The Thyssen is one of the most extraordinary private collections of predominantly European art in the world. Where the Prado or Reina Sofía enable you to study the body of work of a particular artist in depth,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in El Retiro & the Art Museums

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Home to Picasso’s Guernica, arguably Spain’s most famous artwork, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Madrid’s premier collection of contemporary art. In addition to plenty of paintings by Picasso, other major...

Top ChoiceGallery in New Town

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao

Shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings. It played a major role in helping to lift Bilbao out of its postindustrial depression and into the 21st century –...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Toledo

Catedral de Toledo

Catedral de Toledo

Toledo's illustrious main church ranks among the top 10 cathedrals in Spain. An impressive example of medieval Gothic architecture, its enormous interior is full of the classic characteristics of the style, rose...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Figueres

Teatre-Museu Dalí

Teatre-Museu Dalí

The first name that pops into your head when you lay eyes on this red castle-like building, topped with giant eggs and stylised Oscar-like statues and studded with plaster-covered croissants, is Salvador Dalí. An...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in L'Eixample

La Pedrera

La Pedrera

In the top tier of Gaudí's achievements, this madcap Unesco-listed masterpiece, with 33 balconies, was built in 1905–10 as a combined apartment and office block. Formally called Casa Milà, after the businessman...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Burgos

Catedral

Catedral

This Unesco World Heritage–listed cathedral, once a former modest Romanesque church, is a masterpiece. Work began on a grander scale in 1221; remarkably, within 40 years most of the French Gothic structure had...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in L'Eixample

Casa Batlló

One of Europe's strangest residential buildings, Casa Batlló (built 1904–6) is Gaudí at his fantastical best. From its playful facade and marine-world inspiration to its revolutionary experiments in light and...

Top ChoiceHouse in Cadaqués

Casa Museu Dalí

Overlooking a peaceful cove in Port Lligat, a tiny fishing settlement 1km northeast of Cadaqués, this magnificent seaside complex was the residence and sanctuary of Salvador Dalí, who lived here with his wife...

Top ChoiceCathedral in León

Catedral

León's 13th-century cathedral, with its soaring towers, flying buttresses and breathtaking interior, is the city's spiritual heart. Whether spotlit by night or bathed in glorious northern sunshine, the cathedral,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga

This unmissable museum in the city of Picasso’s birth provides a solid overview of the great master and his work, although, surprisingly, it only came to fruition in 2003 after more than 50 years of planning. The...

Top ChoiceCave in Nerja

Cueva de Nerja

Cueva de Nerja

It’s hard to imagine the surreal world that lies beneath the mountain foothills 4km east of Nerja, and it’s even harder to believe that these vast caverns weren’t discovered until five local chicos (young men)...