One of the outstanding artist’s house museums in Europe, the Museo Sorolla has preserved the original atmosphere of the Madrid mansion and studio of Spanish impressionist Joachim Sorolla, and it holds the richest collection anywhere of the artist’s works.
Around the turn of the 20th century, Madrid experienced a couple of decades of major urban revival. A variety of styles evolved as local architects reinterpreted designs of previous centuries while embracing the modernist trends from other countries.
With huge collections that bring together many of the best artists ever, Madrid is home to a few of the most widely recognized art museums on the planet — and some that most tourists overlook.
Along with dramatic volcanic scenery and gorgeous sandy beaches, Tenerife, the largest island of Spain’s Canary archipelago, boasts one of the very best climates on the planet, making it a favorite sub-tropical escape for winter-weary Europeans.
Home to the Alhambra, the most emblematic tribute to seven centuries of Islamic legacy to the Iberian Peninsula, the Andalusian city of Granada retains a Moorish atmosphere to this day.
Although Cordoba had been an important settlement since Roman times, it was the Moors’ conquest in the eighth century a.d. that gave it the Mezquita, one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture in the world.
Throughout Andalusia, displays of Catholic might compete with the memories of Moorish rule. Especially in Seville, where the largest Gothic cathedral in the world sits on the site of the great 12th century Aljiama mosque, just a few steps away from the magnificent Alcàzar palace, built by Christian kings in the post-Islamic Mudéjar style.
The Spanish province of Andalusia is a land of striking contrasts. From ancient white villages and cities dominated by Moorish palaces to artisan vineyards nested in the rugged valleys of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is a fascinating road trip destination.
Ravaged three centuries ago by a major volcanic eruption, the arid, windswept Spanish island of Lanzarote, off the coast of western Africa, didn’t seem conducive to wine-growing. Yet its inhabitants have managed to create thriving vineyards by shaping a unique landscape of tiny craters of black volcanic ash, each planted with a vine.
The easternmost island of the the Canaries Archipelago, Lanzarote owes its unique personality to two major influences: the longest volcanic eruption in recorded history and the island’s favorite son, the artist and environmentalist César Manrique.
Antoni Gaudi, the leading architect of Catalan Modernism, is all but synonymous with Barcelona. Admired worldwide, his buildings are the most visited tourist attractions in the city.
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