As with Italy, early Phonecians, Greeks, and Carthinagians occupied the Iberian Peninsula. The Romans conquered Spain and their influence over Spanish culture was enduring. 
Spain (Hispania) was invaded by the Umayyad Caliphate from Baghdad in the early 7th Century and Muslim rule continued until 1492.
Although Islamic influences are apparent in art and architecture, Christian and Roman icons and rituals have had a profound effect on Spanish culture.
Regional variations are pronounced with languages, such as Catalan and Basque, being a major marker of heritage and culture.


Best Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona

Monique Skidmore10 min read
There are so many wonderful examples of Spanish architecture in Barcelona, it can be hard to know which are the best Gaudi buildings to see. With this guide to Gaudi’s best 11 buildings in Barcelona, you’ll be able to plan an itinerary that will leave you amazed and inspired by the works of the man called “God’s Architect.”

55 Famous Landmarks in Spain to Visit [2023]

Monique Skidmore63 min read
Spain’s histories of conquest, Christianity, and invasion are only a part of what makes Spain a land of famous sites – 55 famous landmarks in Spain to be precise! Spain’s cultural landmarks were created by the genius of architects such as Gaudi but this country is also home to diverse natural wonders and ancient structures. Together you get a list just like this one! See how many you can squeeze into your next trip to Spain.