Spain is blessed with numerous enchanting places and landmarks, equal to those of any other land in the world. The country is full of wonders capable of captivating the gaze of any traveller at first sight. And if these places are incredibly beautiful by day, when night falls they show off their best side (one that many have possibly never seen). For that reason, and so you don’t miss out on these visions you can only see by starlight, here are 5 of Spain’s most beautiful places to visit when the moon is riding high.
La Alhambra, Granada
To talk of the Alhambra is to talk of Granada and vice versa. One of the most emblematic landmarks of Andalusia and of Spain. It takes a visitor’s breath away at any time of the day, but it has a special beauty reserved for the night, when the lights highlight its silhouette. And there’s no better place to see it from than the Mirador de San Nicolás, in the heart of the Albaicín district. Don’t hesitate to organise a guided night tour to enjoy a different side of this Andalusian wonder. And to rest and relax after, enjoy the comfort and services available at the Vincci Albayzín 4* or the Vincci Granada 4*.
Temple of Debod, Madrid
It’s true, Madrid has no beach, but it offers a multitude of options to ensure you have unforgettable holidays. One example: the Temple of Debod, a landmark whose unique stones were brought, one by one, to Spain as a gift from Egypt. Seeing it by night, with the lights on, is an outstanding experience for any visitor, and what’s more, you can enjoy one of the Spanish capital’s finest sunsets from there, as well as gazing over the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace lit up.
And for a place stay, what better than on another iconic Madrid street, a delightful stroll from the Temple of Debod. We’re talking, of course, about Gran Vía, where the hotel Vincci Capitol 4* is waiting for you.
Plaza de España, Sevilla
The capital of Andalusia has many must-see locations, and one of them has to be the Plaza de España. Its circular form, right by the Parque de María Luisa, its bridges criss-crossing the small lake, and the famous dedications to other Spanish cities make it one of the most visited spots in the city. And the backdrop for scenes from many films. And if by day it’s delightful, when the sun goes down it’s truly enchanting. But, because at night the gates are shut to protect it, to see it illuminated you have to go in autumn or winter, when the days are shorter. And just like the Plaza de España, our hotel, the Vincci La Rábida 4*, also shows it’s most charming side when night falls. Enjoy this 18th century palace and fall in love with the views from its viewpoint over the city, including the cathedral and the Giralda lit up.
Palacio de Montjuïc, en Barcelona
The mountain of Montjuïc is the site of this magnificent building that houses the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. As well as offering a cultural visit, by night you can enjoy a visual experience: the fountain of Montjuïc turned into an explosion of water, light and colour, and a must-see for visitors, who also get to enjoy the views of the illuminated palace. For a place to stay in Barcelona, choose the Hotel Vincci Bit 4* and enjoy its unique decor: each floor has been decorated with graffiti murals by renowned Spanish and international artists and designers. Or head to Vincci Gala 4*, a stone’s throw from the Plaza de Cataluña and Las Ramblas.
Barrio del Carmen, Valencia
If Valencia has a special spot to head to at night, without a doubt it’s the Barrio del Carmen neighbourhood, the most charming district of the city bounded by two walls. Fashion boutiques and gastronomic and leisure hot spots invite the visitor to lose themselves in its streets and enjoy the night air. And just as beautiful as the Barrio del Carmen is the Hotel Vincci Palace 4*, housed in a building with an impressive façade that will knock you off your feet when it’s lit up.