Ancient Architecture in Spain and Portugal 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.

With so much incredible spanish and portuguese 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.

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. Marvel at the unique Gaudí and modernist architecture in Barcelona in a city that perennially wins international architecture awards.

Portugal’s longstanding traditions, geographic isolation, extended period under an authoritarian government, have enabled Portuguese architecture to evolve within local traditions. Much like Gaudí in Barcelona, its architecture is very mostly unique to Portugal. Architecture in Lisbon focuses on the Pombaline style that developed after the Great Lisbon earthquake of 1755. But now striking new projects are dotting the Lisbon landscape such as the spectacular riverfront Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology – a must visit. And the works of Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura will leave an indelible mark on Portugal and beyond.

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

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