Bull Run and Bull Fighting may be Spanish, but she has more to give in terms of culture, beauty, history, delicacies, tourist attraction, and plenty of sunshine. Spain ranks as one of the most visited countries of the world especially in the month of July when the famous Bull Run of Pamplona is hitting up.
Therefore, if you are en-route to Spain this July for a visit, tour, business or leisure, then make some time to see the Monumento al Encierro (Bull Run Monument), San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Seville Cathedral, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, and Costa del Sol Beaches.
#1. The Monumento al Encierro (Bull Run Monument)
The Monumento al Encierro (Bull Run Monument) is a distinctive work of art on Avenida Roncesvalles in Pamplona city center (a stone’s throw from the bullring), which was designed by Bilbao’s famous sculptor – Rafael Huerta as a tribute to Pamplona’s famous Bull Run festival.
This iconic ‘must see’ monument depicts 11 spirited bulls charging through the streets, snorting at the feet of runners (mozos) as they sprint toward the plaza for safety. It simply tells a story of what happens in the bullring during the Bull Run festival.
#2. San Lorenzo de El Escorial
San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a huge complex that was built in the year 1563 to serves as a home to Philip II during his reign but now serves as a summer home of Spanish kings. The complex is exceedingly beautiful and spacious to include a monastery, church, royal palace, mausoleum, library, and museum. When you get to the palace, ensure that you get a glance of the Bourbon Suite – the state apartment of Charles IV.
#3. Seville Cathedral
The Seville Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a masterpiece of Almohad architecture, and one of the largest cathedrals in the world. UNESCO spokesperson once said that the Seville cathedral has more interior space than St. Peters Basilica in Rome does. The cathedrals alter is magnificently adorned with carved images all overlaid with pure gold, and the cathedral also houses the monumental tomb of Christopher Columbus. It is truly a sight to behold when you get to Spain
#4. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is counted among the Spanish most popular sites to behold as thousands of tourist visit the breath-taking site. The history of Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is a unique one, it was constructed when Valencia diverted the course of the river that repeatedly flooded the city, and used this brilliant architecture to fill the broad riverbed it left behind.
#5. Costa del Sol Beaches
If you’re not really a fan of monuments and breath-taking architecture, then you must find Europe’s sunniest beach a place to relax. Many sun-starved Europeans troop to Costa del Sol beaches as their sun-and-sand getaway. You will find the beach natural, the surrounding coast peaceful, and the buildings in harmony and complement to the beach.
In a nutshell, you’ve seen the reason why we chose these beauties and sites over the numerous breath-taking beauties of Spain. Feel free to share your comments, experiences or insights on the 5 must-see tourist sites in Spain that we’ve discussed above.