Top 10 Historical Places & Sites to See in Spain + 2021 Local Advice

Last Updated on January 16, 2021

Spain has a great history of 2,000 years. Of course it is not possible to mention all the best historical sites to see in Spain but here you may find the most fascinating ones from the Middle Ages. Our below list can be considered as the top 10 best historical sites and places to visit and see in Spain.


Spain Historical Places FAQs

What is the must see historical places in Spain?

  • Alcazar of Seville (Reales Alcazares) in Seville,
  • Alhambra Palace in Granada,
  • Alcazar of Toledo in Toledo near Madrid,
  • La Mezquita (The Great Mosque of Cordoba) in Cordoba,
  • La Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona,
  • Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela,
  • Merida Roman Theatre in Merida,
  • Alcazar of Segovia in Segovia near Madrid,
  • Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda Tower in Seville and
  • Medina Azahara in Cordoba can be considered as the must see historical places and sites in Spain.

What is the most visited places in Spain?

  • Alhambra Palace in Granada,
  • the Gaudi's works including La Sagrada Familia Church, Park Güell, Palau Güell, Casa Milà (La Pedrera) and Casa Battlo in Barcelona,
  • Alcazar of Seville (Reales Alcazares) in Seville,
  • La Mezquita (The Great Mosque of Cordoba) in Cordoba,
  • City of Arts & Sciences in Valencia,
  • the three essential Art Museums in Madrid including the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum,
  • the Alcazar of Segovia near Madrid,
  • Picasso Museum in Barcelona, and
  • the Salvador Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres, Costa Brava can be considered as the most visited places with the tourists in Spain.

What are the top three famous landmarks in Spain?

Alhambra Palace in Granada, La Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona and Alcazar of Seville (Reales Alcazares) in Seville can be considered as the top three must see landmarks in Spain.

Top Historical Places & Sites in Spain

Alcazar of Seville (Reales Alcazares) – Seville

The Alcazar in Seville is a 14th century Moorish style palace and Arab fortress located in Patio de Banderas, next to the Seville Cathedral. The Alcazar was first rebuilt by Pedro I, the Cruel over the ruins of a lavish Arab palace. Continue reading…

Alhambra Palace– Granada

The world famous Alhambra Palace is one of the most visited sights in Spain and the most popular sight in Granada. It is a must see in Granada. The Generalife gardens also worth a visit there. This excellent palace is a must see destination for all travellers visiting Granada, Andalusia and Spain. Continue reading…


Alcazar of Toledo – Toledo, near Madrid

Toledo was the model par excellence of coexistence of the three great cultures; Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The Alcazar of Toledo is very impressive that the Army Museum recalls the defence of this position during the Spanish Civil War. The Alcazar was first used as a Roman palace in the 3rd century and was restored under Charles I and Philip II of Spain in the 1540s. The Alcazar of Toledo and the monumental sights around is definitely a must.

La Mezquita (The Great Mosque of Cordoba)– Cordoba

La Mezquita (The Great Mosque of Cordoba) is a 8th century mosque that is converted to a cathedral in the 13th century. La Mezquita is a spectacular Mosque-Cathedral-nearly one thousand columns comprise this unique ancient mosque. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most popular sight in Cordoba. Continue reading…

La Sagrada Familia Church– Barcelona

La Sagrada Familia is one of the most spectacular and most visited sights in Barcelona. A must see and one of the best places to see in Barcelona. The church is Antoni Gaudi’s most important, biggest and world famous surrealist masterpiece and his largest project. Continue reading…

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – Santiago de Compostela


The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, also known as the Cathedral of St James is the most popular sight and landmark of the city. The 11th century cathedral is located at the Plaza Obradoiro square, at the point that where all roads into the city converge. The Cathedral is the last stop on the journey of the pilgrims. A visit to the cathedral is a must.

Merida Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano Merida)– Merida, Badajoz-Extremadura

Merida Roman Theatre (Teatro Romano Merida)

Alcazar of Segovia– Segovia, near Madrid

The Alcazar of Segovia and the town is very beautiful by its Roman aqueduct, the city’s immediately recognisable landmark. The Alcazar is perched atop the Rivers Eresma and Clamores and it is a royal residence since the 13th century which, despite its incomparable location, has always been used more as a palace than as a defensive redoubt. A visit to the Alcazar is a must.

Cathedral of Seville & La Giralda Tower – Seville

The Cathedral of Seville is one of the biggest churches in the world. The church and la Giralda tower is one of the most popular two monuments in Spain. You may hike up to Giralda and see the beautiful views of Seville. Continue reading…

Medina Azahara– Cordoba

Medina Azahara is a 10th century palace situated on an area of 112 hectares and was intended to be the capital of a new province of the Caliphate of Cordoba. The Medina Azahara and the archaeological site is worth a visit. Continue reading…