The Spain tourist map shows all tourist places and points of interest of Spain. This travel map of Spain will allow you to easily plan your visits of landmarks of Spain in Europe. The Spain tourist map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
Tourism in Spain was developed during the last years of Francisco Franco dictatorship, when the country became a popular place for summer holidays, especially for tourists from the British Isles, France, Central Europe and Scandinavia. In 2007, Spain became the second most visited country of the world after France as its shown in Spain tourist map. That year, almost 60 million foreign tourists were received, according to the World Tourism Organization, which has its headquarters in Madrid. In 2010, Spain dropped to the fourth most visited country in the world after France, the United States and China with 53 million visitors.
Spain national airline is Iberia, but the country can also be flown into on many international passenger airlines such as Air Europa, Vueling, Air Berlin, Clickair and charter airlines, both of which fly to many tourist spots in the region as you can see in Spain tourist map. The main train operator is RENFE; the AVE (Spanish high speed train) or Talgo are the intercity services for tourists. Many freeways link the touristic cities.
Spain has two archipelagoes, the volcanic Canary Islands, in the Atlantic, and the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean, both very popular with Spaniards and foreigners as its shown in Spain tourist map. In the Canary Islands archipelago in the same tourist island is Gran Canaria. In addition to the summer tourism, other modalities like cultural and monumental tourism congresses, sport or fun tourism have been developed in these areas, including such famous cities as Barcelona and Valencia, the biggest harbours of the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Beach tourism also has been involved in the beautiful beaches of Spain.
The Spain attractions map shows all monuments and sightseeing of Spain. This tourist attractions map of Spain will allow you to easily discover monuments, museums ans places to visit of Spain in Europe. The Spain attractions map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
The Nasrid dynasty royal palace is the artistic highlight of Spain Islamic period, when Al-Andalus — as they called Andalucía — represented the epitome of culture and civilization in Europe Middle Ages. The fanciful and outrageous buildings which were created in Barcelona have become landmarks, the signature attractions of this Catalan city as its mentioned in Spain attractions map. Foremost is The Sagrada Família church, officially the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família or the Holy Family Church of the Atonement. Once the principal mosque of western Islam and still known as the Mezquita, Cordoba mosque is one of the largest in the world and the finest achievement of Moorish architecture in Spain.
The Prado alone ranks with the world top art museums for the riches of its collections. But add the Reina Sofia National Art Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the CaixaForum, all along Madrid mile-long, tree-shaded boulevard, and you have what may be the world highest concentration of priceless art treasures. San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometers northwest of Madrid as you can see in Spain attractions map, was the summer home of Spain kings, and in 1563, work was begun here on a huge complex, which would include a monastery, church, royal palace, mausoleum, library, and museum, all conceived as a monument to Philip II and his reign. The result is a staggering collection of attractions, built around 16 courtyards, its rooms and structures connected by 16 kilometers of corridors.
La Giralda tower, Seville Cathedral, and the Alcazar combine to form a UNESCO World Heritage Site as its shown in Spain attractions map. The tower is a minaret, a "masterpiece of Almohad architecture," according to UNESCO. The magnificent cathedral of Santiago (St. James) was built to house and honor the relics of the saint, and it has been the goal of pilgrims since the Middle Ages, the culmination of their completing the famed Camino de Santiago. The throbbing heartbeat of Spain vibrant capital city, Plaza Mayor has played an important part in Madrid life since the 16th century, when Philip II entrusted the task of designing it to his favorite architect Juan de Herrera, builder of the Escorial. The beaches are not Costa del Sol only attraction for tourists. Revitalizing its hub city of Málaga has made this coast even more alluring to everyone.