- By John
- On Oct 30, 2018
- Travel Tips
Spain, a place which full of the beautiful, breathtaking places. Madrid and Barcelona are world-class cities at the cutting edge of gastronomy, art and nightlife. You could spend weeks in either and never get bored. To begin your Spain trip by our tips.
Spain's Must-See Sights
Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga, Parque Nacional de Los Picos de Europa, Asturias
Towering above the Picos de Europa mountain range, the Basílica de Santa María la Real de Covadonga rises out of the greenery with its pink and red steeples. The Neo-Romanesque church is constructed entirely from pink limestone, and if you’ve never seen a pink church before this will more than satisfy your curiosity. The church is really just the beginning of all the beautiful things you can see in this National Park. The Santa Cueva de Covadonga is a sanctuary carved into the side of a cave and mountain with a waterfall, where the Virgin Mary has been said to appear to worshipers. Two spectacular glacial lakes, Lake Enol and Lake Ercina, are located in the park and definitely warrant a visit too.
Insider tip: Be careful when visiting the park during inclement weather, as the lakes may be closed due to difficult curves and poor visibility.
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Walking into the Plaza Mayor is one of those magnificent moments that will have you staring in awe at the 237 balconies facing the square’s center, complete with a statue of Felipe III on his horse. Enjoy a delicious—albeit, overpriced, but who cares because the plaza is just so gorgeous—cold beer on one of the many terraces as you admire this 17th century plaza that was once the site of bullfights, public executions, trials during the Spanish Inquisition and crowning ceremonies.
Insider tip: Check out the traditional San Miguel Market located just outside the Plaza Mayor for some tapas and vino.