Barcelona is one of Europe's nicest cities. Highlights include the spectacular Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi works scattered around the city, Parc Guell (also designed by Gaudi, a genius in the field of architecture), Barcelona's beaches and port area, Placa d'Espanya, the Montjuic Castle and the alien looking Communications Tower. Madrid seemed less glamorous but was nice as well. I enjoyed its large (but overcrowded) plazas such as Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol, as well as the cool Gran Via boulevard.

Valencia is another beautiful city which I visited on an MSC Seashore cruise. The modern City of Arts and Sciences features spectacular architecture and some interesting museums. I visited the Science Museum which included an exhibition on space exploration and some of ESA's missions and projects. The beautiful Valencia Cathedral has the Holy Chalice on display, a relic believed by many to be the Holy Grail. I also did a brief tour of the Southern part of the scenic island of Ibiza during the same cruise.

Additional info:
- country entry on Wikipedia
- country profile on Wikivoyage

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