Seville (Sevilla) is one of the largest cities in Spain. It bears numerous traces of the 500 years of Moorish occupation. The cathedral is the largest Gotich building in the world and has a superb collection of art and period stonework. Christoffer Columbus is buried here. Of great importance is also the Alcazar, the palace fortress of the Arab kings and one of the finest examples of Mudejar (Moorish) architecture.
Cordoba was founded by the Romans. Cordoba's heyday was during the early Moorish period when it was reputed to be the most splendid city of Europe. The main tourist attraction is the Great Mosque (the Mezquita), built between 785 and 1002. In the 16th century the center of the mosque was transformed into a Christian church.
Granada was the last city to fall to the Christians. Granada's outstanding monument is Alhambra, the palace fortress built by Nasrid rulers in the 13th and 14th centuries. Being the most popular tourist attraction in Spain, tickets to visit Alhambra should be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
Palma de Mallorca is the capital of the Balearic Islands and also the biggest city in terms of both population and extension. Right now almost 400,000 people live there, and its is still growing. The city has something to offer for almost everyone; good shopping, historical places and museums, nice restaurants and a lively nightlife.
Las Palmas is Gran Canarias main city, and probably the most cosmopolitan city in the Canary Islands. It is situated on the northeast tip of the island, and offers everything of a big city: museums, squares, parks, theater etc. Las Palmas is surrounded by two large beaches; Las Caletas to the north, and the Alcaravaneras to the south.