Architecture

Spain is globally recognized for both its architecture and architects, offering the greatest variety in Europe and has the second highest number of buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Ancient Architecture in Spain is an amalgamation of influences from a rich mix of cultures that have settled in the Iberian Peninsula over time. The Celts, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors all left their mark and their legacy can be felt throughout, especially that of the Moorish kingdom which has bequeathed us the Alhambra in Granada and the Mezquita in Cordoba.

Spain is also the proud home to some of the finest Renaissance and Gothic style buildings in Europe, with spectacular examples not just in the main cities but also in lesser-known towns such as Ubeda and Baeza in Andalucia.

Spain has many examples of outstanding 20th and 21st century architecture. Marvel at the unique Gaudi and modernist architecture in Barcelona in a city that perennially wins international architecture awards.

Take in Santiago Calatrava´s iconic City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia. In northern Spain Frank Gehry´s Guggenheim Museum and winery design at the Marques de Riscal in Rioja are must-see sites. In the north-west, head out of Santiago de Compostela to visit the polemic but fascinating City of Culture. Down south Malaga is emerging splendidly both aesthetically and culturally from major urban regeneration over the last few years – one to watch.

With so much incredible Spanish architecture to experience, we are fortunate to work with specialist guides in architecture as well as architects themselves who are delighted to share their enthusiasm, insight and knowledge.

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