Spain is known for its golden beaches, relaxed culture and stunning cities containing some of the world’s finest architecture – so the fact that it’s amongst the most popular holiday destinations for Brits comes as no surprise.
It’s a country renowned for its cuisine – from tapas and rioja to paella and sangria.
It’s a nation of matadors and bullrings, flamenco dancers and street festivals, but above all, it’s a beautiful country with many sights, sounds and flavours for all to sample.
As a result, we’ve collected some of the best photographs available on the web to give you an even better idea of what Spain is all about…
This stunning Majorcan village is the epitome of everything this popular Balearic island has to offer.
Valldemossa is a sleepy, yet ruggedly authentic Spanish location – tucked away in the less commercialised corner of the island.
This photo gives you a little indication of what to expect when you visit here – with its array of quiet, tiled streets with dainty tapas bars around every corner.
~ Photo by Patrick Baum.
Most people think Spain has a consistently warm climate all year round – however, this beautiful photo would suggest otherwise.
Situated in the North West of Spain, León is a picturesque city home to many churches and cathedrals of architectural and cultural significance.
At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a photo of New York’s Central Park in the winter.
~ Photo by pragmart.
The exterior of this world-famous Barcelona landmark is what makes it so recognisable to so many people.
However, it’s when you make your way inside this breath-taking Gaudí-designed building that you get the perfect picture opportunity.
Simply tilt your head back and look towards the ceiling – and you’ll get a full appreciation of both the beauty and sheer scale of La Sagrada Família.
~ Photo by Claudio Testa.
If food is your thing, then you simply must check out this authentic gourmet tapas market.
Besides the local meats displayed in the photo, you can expect a wide variety of olives, baked goods, freshly prepared tapas and even different types of alcohol to try.
Situated in the heart of Madrid, the market is buzzing from throughout the day, so you can soak up the atmosphere whilst you eat.
~ Photo by Victor Garcia.
This photo shows a model reconstruction of Malaga’s distinctive cityscape – including the famous Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta.
Even though this is model-built, the photo gives you a clear indication of scale between the old mixed in with the new – i.e. the traditional Spanish bullring set amongst the modern buildings that make up the city’s business district.
It gives you an idea of what an archetypical Spanish city looks like from an elevated viewpoint.
~ Photo by Mark Gosling.
Another famous Spanish building captured perfectly in this stunning gothic image.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was actually designed by an American architect – adding a distinctive contrast between the traditional architecture found in other Spanish cities.
This photo amplifies the modern look and feel of the building, which has now become synonymous with Bilbao and the Basque region.
~ Photo by Jon Del Rivero.
Spain is home to many famous beaches – simply travel up the Costa del Sol or the Costa Brava and you’ll come across many.
But few people would expect one of the country’s most popular beaches to be found in one of its largest cities.
In fact, while the photographer can see the beach and ocean ahead of him, looking over his shoulder, you’d only need to walk a matter of metres before you find yourself in the busy city centre of Barcelona.
~ Photo by Federico Giampie.
When you take a good look at this photo, it’s easy to start thinking that you’re exploring the palace of an Arab prince when you consider the intricate and elaborate decoration.
This is almost entirely true, except this magnificent ancient fortress is found in the heartland of Spain – in Granada.
The Alhambra is perhaps the most significant evidence of Islamic presence in Spain – and is a fantastic place to visit if you want to delve even deeper into the history of the country.
~ Photo by Austin Gardner.
Bullfighting is still one of the most uniquely Spanish traditions to remain as the country has modernised over time.
In most cities, you’ll find arenas like the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, which is one of many bullrings the capital.
This photo perfectly captures the mood and intensity as the bull confronts the matador - and gives you a true idea of what to expect if you dare to watch a bullfight during your travels.
~ Photo by Giovanni Calia.
Another massive aspect of Spanish culture is sport – and in Europe, you’ll struggle to find a sporting amphitheatre as magical as Camp Nou, the home of FC Barcelona.
Most tourists who visit the city tend to go on the world-famous stadium tour – where you can get up close and personal with the club’s glittering trophy cabinet and historical museum.
One of the best moments you can experience on the tour is beautifully teased in the photograph – as you get that first glimpse of the pitch and smell the hallowed turf.
~ Photo by Edgar Chaparro.
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