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Top Five Photographic Highlights in Spain

Spain is a diverse and beautiful European country that offers photographers a multitude of different opportunities to capture stunning photography. Whether you want to take pictures of breath-taking landscapes, ancient buildings, unique architecture, bustling city streets, or cultural festivals, in Spain it is all possible. Steeped in history and full of tradition, Spain offers photographers endless options when it comes to finding something to take a photo of. The climate and weather here is great for photography, because rain in infrequent and the sun often shines bright through a cloudless sky. This list comprises of just five things you really should try and capture on film while visiting, but there are so many more than just these.

Granada - The Alhambra

  An ancient palace and fortress all rolled into one, The Alhambra is one of Spainís most visited attractions, and rightly so. Itís found on the border of the city of Granada, and is officially classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built during the 14th century when the area was controlled by Muslims from Northwest Africa, often referred to as Moors. Since then Christian rulers added to the immense complex, and now the result is a unique combination of Islamic and Christian architecture that complement each other. Here there is the chance to take photos of historic culture and architecture from inside the complex, and from outside you can take stunning landscape shots to capture the entire complex against a beautiful green backdrop.

 Barcelona Ė Sagrada Familia

Designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic church unlike any other on the earth. It has been under construction for 130 years already, and it is hoped that it will finally be completed in 2026, 100 years after the death of Gaudi. The architecture of the church is truly unique, and, if it can be described at all, is a mix of modernisme and gothic styles interpreted by Gaudi. The Sagrada Familia is constantly changing as more is added to it, and if there is one building in Spain that you must take a photo of, then this is it.

Bunol - La Tomatina

La Tomatina is an annual festival held in the small Spanish town of Bunol, close to the sunny Mediterranean coast. It began in 1945 when young men from the town used tomatoes as weapons during a brawl in the main square, Plaza del Pueblo. Since then it has been received with mixed feeling from local authorities, but now it is allowed as has a few rules in place. Put donít let that fool you into thinking it is regulated. It is a complete free for all once the hour of tomato throwing commences. Taking photos of this event can be tricky, but with the right preparation you could get a fantastic photo.

Madrid - Grand Via

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is the countryís largest city and is absolutely jam-packed full of buildings, people, scenery, parks, and other attractions to take photos of. But one place that you have to visit here is the Grand Via. Construction of the street started at the beginning of the 20th century, and since then many different styles have been used to design the buildings here. Expressionist, art deco, art nouveau, and even a totalitarian style of architecture can be seen here. It is also home to Europeís oldest skyscraper, the Edificio Telefonica. Grand Via is one of the busiest streets within the heart of Madrid, and a great place to capture the hectic vibe of city life here.

San Sebastian Ė La Concha

San Sebastian is on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, and lies close to the French border with Spain. It is part of the ancient Basque country, and most of the people that live here consider themselves Basque, not Spanish. But the city is officially part of Spain, and is one of the most picturesque places in the entire country. It has everything, wide sandy beaches and beautiful buildings mixed in around bright green trees and clear blue seas. Some of the best photos in this area can be taken from up on the hill overlooking the beach of La Concha.

Izzy Woods is a freelance writer and avid traveler. She specializes in cruises from Southampton, but there's always a special place in her heart for the cities, people and food of Spain.