A Beautiful New Way to See Spain Virtually

Spain is a country full of beauty and a place many dream of visiting. Whether you visit the Moorish cities of the south or venture to the high Pyrenees, take time to relax on the beach or immerse yourself in the bustle of the capital, Madrid, Spain is a place of wonders at every turn. Those choosing to travel to Spain can take their pick of vibrant cities to visit, however, not all travelers have an unlimited budget and this can limit the areas and sights to a fraction of the many places they would like to be able to see in person.

Now there is a way to travel in Spain and see all the sights you wish, by visiting Spain virtually. Google Maps has developed from an application that just provides directions from one point to another, to a program that allows users to see a location on a map at street level. Google launched Street View in 2007 in several US cities and in October of 2008, Google expanded to include Street View in Spain. While initially coverage was limited to Spain’s largest cities, now coverage has expanded to include almost all of the streets of Spain. Anyone wishing to explore cities including Seville, Valenca, Barcelona, Figueres, or Salamanca can do so from the comfort of their own home. From your living room, you could virtually visit El Caminito del Rey. “The King’s Little Pathway” is a trail that follows the edge of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Alora in the province of Malaga, Spain. For over ten years, the path was closed for safety concerns and then to allow for extended renovations and repairs, yet it would still have been available to visit by the virtual tourist (the path has since reopened in 2015).

In December 2014, Google added 50 new Spanish Monuments to its street view library. You can be a virtual tourist and explore sights such as the large, still-under-construction, Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia. This church was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi and combines Gothic, Art Nouveau and curvilinear forms to create a masterpiece. Virtual visitors also have access to the Catedral de Sevilla, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, also knowns as the Seville Cathedral. Here you can visit the burial site of Christopher Columbus in the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.For those ready to commence an amazing virtual voyage, adventure is only a click away: