As a crossroads of several civilizations, Spain offers a number of historical cities and towns. Major destinations include Spain’s two largest cities: Madrid and Barcelona, which stand as two of the leading city destinations in Europe.
Fifteen Spanish cities have been declared World Heritage Cities by the UNESCO: *Alcalá de Henares (map), Ávila (map), *Baeza (map), *Cáceres (map), *Córdoba (map), *Cuenca (map), *Ibiza (map), Mérida (map), Salamanca (map), *San Cristóbal de La Laguna (map), Santiago de Compostela (map), *Segovia (map), Tarragona (map), *Toledo (map) and *Ubeda (map).
Other first-class destinations are Seville (map), Granada (map), *Santander (map), *Oviedo (map), *Gijón (map), *Bilbao (map) and San Sebastián (map). All of them with historical landmarks and a lively cultural agenda.
The most popular Spanish mainland coasts are on its Mediterranean side, and include, from north to south clockwise:
Spain’s two archipelagoes, the Balearic Islands (map) off the mainland coast in the Mediterranean and the volcanic *Canary Islands (map) in the Atlantic, are also both very popular destinations.
Sierra Nevada in Spain is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in one of Europe’s most southerly ski resorts. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little further, Almería and Málaga.
To date, Spain has a total of 15 National Parks, of which 10 are on the mainland, 1 in the Balearic Islands and 4 in the Canary Islands. Spain’s most visited National Park is the *Teide National Park (map) in the Canary Islands. (*List of national parks of Spain)
Madrid is considered one of the top European destinations concerning art museums (*List of museums in Madrid). Best known is the Golden Triangle of Art: