Art enthusiasts often travel the world to see the incredible pieces that both classic artists and modern artists have to offer. And if you’re looking for a country replete with astonishing art, then you need to add “visit Spain” to your to-do list!
Many skip the art museums when visiting other countries. After all, if you want to see famous paintings and architectural masterpieces, can’t you just search for them on Google Images these days? If you do, you’re missing out on a set of truly unique and mesmerizing experiences. If you’ve never been on an art-focused holiday before, then Spain is an incredible starting point.
Spain’s incredible artists
Spain has been home to some of the greatest artists of all time. Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Francisco de Goya – and that’s just to name the really obvious names!
Wherever you go in Spain, you’re bound to be within reach of museums that showcase the incredible works of Picasso, Dalí, Goya, and many others. Madrid, Barcelona, Figueres – they all present opportunities to lose yourself in the hypnotic works of the masters.
Museo del Prado
The Museo del Prado in Madrid is one of the best examples, and it actually has some of the most famous works of non-Spanish painters. Masterpieces by Matisse, Monet, and Rembrandt can be found adorning its walls. But, most notably, it has the biggest collection of Francisco Goya’s paintings in the world. Goya’s disturbing Black Paintings are all held here, despite these works having been painted directly onto the walls of Goya’s home. Sections of his walls were removed after his death and transported to the del Prado, where they remain. Being able to see these things for yourself is not an experience to be missed!
Art in Barcelona
If you’ve managed to find cheap flights to Barcelona, then you’ll be rewarded with a plethora of incredible art.
The first place people think of is the Picasso Museum. While the works of most famous painters have been taken to museums across the world, Picasso’s work largely remains in his home country. But the Picasso Museum isn’t the only place in Barcelona for art lovers to check out. There’s also the Fundació Joan Miró, which features loads of modern art, and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, which focuses on the Gothic works that developed in the 19th century.
And Barcelona isn’t the only place in the Catalonia province of Spain to feature the works of a famous master; if you want to see some truly mind-bending work of painting and architecture, then the Dalí Theater and Museum in Figueres is an essential visit. Dalí designed it himself, so the architecture is filled with as many optical illusions as his paintings. When building the place, he said that he wanted people who visited to have the sensation of “having had a theatrical dream”. It’s also the home to the largest collection of his his works. Dalí was so proud of the place that he wanted to be buried in a crypt below the theater stage. Which is actually what happened when he died, by the way.
I spent 5 years living in Moraira, on Spain’s Costa Blanca, and am currently living in Valencia. And even after all this time I feel I haven’t seen half of what this beautiful, diverse country has to offer. Whether you are into art, architecture, good food, hiking, skiing or prefer a relaxing beach vacation… Spain offers it all and I highly recommend visiting!