If you come to Spain you’ll see…
- September 14th, 2015
- Posted in Spanish Culture
If you come to Spain you’ll find many interesting places and it is very probable that you’ll compare them with other places you’ve been to or seen around the world. We do it too! Want to know what the equivalent of Florence or Notre Dame would be in Spain, for example? Well, we’ll tell you.
The Spanish Broadway: If you’re looking for a place where bright neon lights mean many different varieties of theater shows, where a successful career or a star can be born, where dreams are made into reality on the stage, you’ve got two options: Gran Vía in Madrid or Avenida del Paralelo, in Barcelona.
The Spanish Notre Dame: An architectural jewel that gives personality to the whole city? If you’re looking for this kind of monument in Spain you’ve got to see the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (in Galicia), or the Cathedral of Burgos (Castile and León).
The Spanish Versailles: This is a charming place, of refined taste, and home to kings, where history has been made… and we’ve got two great examples in Spain. The first is Aranjuez (very close to Madrid), a beautiful, elegant palace from the beginning of the 19th century with incredible gardens. The second is the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia), built by Philip V (remember he was the grandson of Luis XIV of France); which stands out for its refreshing atmosphere and fountains.
The Spanish Florence: For this one our hearts are not just divided in two, they’re divided in three! Which Spanish city is the most similar to the legendary and beautiful cradle of the Renaissance? Zaragoza held the title until it was devastated during the Peninsular War, although it still maintains a great deal of its splendor with palaces and historical buildings. On the other hand, there’s no shortage of people who would say it’s Valencia, with its many medieval buildings. On the other hand, many people would give the title to Toledo, a magical, cultural and ancient city if there ever was one.
As you can see, not only do we have some places that have nothing to be jealous of when it comes to the most emblematic places in the world, we have a lot of them!