The Iberian Peninsula is located in the southwestern corner of Europe and consists of Spain and Portugal. The connection of the peninsula to the rest of Europe is punctuated by the Pyrenees Mountain Range. Spain and Portugal, because of their proximity to Northern Africa have Moorish roots (for approximately 500 years) along with Roman influences (since the region was conquered in the Second Punic War). The two countries have millions of visitors each year who come to see the many cities and towns with their rich histories.
My choices as the best of the top 40 tourist attractions on the Iberian Peninsula are the following gems.
5. Gothic Quarter, Barcelona — The heart of this enchanting city is its Gothic Quarter. Spend hours walking the narrow, cobblestone streets (Walking Tour available for just $1.49 on the website).
4. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain — The culmination of Antonio Gaudi’s contribution to the world is this incredible cathedral (still unfinished) which is a marvel of symbolism and unique design.
3. The Prado, Madrid, Spain — One of the world’s great museums houses an incredible collection of Spanish works and an extensive collection of works by other noted artists. Its companion museum, Reina Sophia, is also excellent.
2. La Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain — This intriguing and unusual mosque-turned-church-turned-museum has colorful candy-striped arches and captivating allure.
1. Alhambra, Granada, Spain — To me, the Alhambra is one of the most exquisite building complexes ever conceived and constructed. Wander through the various buildings and its extensive gardens (Generalife Gardens) to be amazed and delighted.