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Catholic Churches, Shrines & Places of Interest in Spain

About the Catholic Church in Spain:

The new religion of Christianity came to Spain early in the first Century through the efforts of Saint James and the apostle Paul. Through the centuries Spain has given us some of our greatest saints and offers many shrines of interest to Catholics. Presented here are just a few of them and we will be adding more as time goes on.

If you are traveling on your own, there is a mobile phone app, misas.org, that will give you local Mass times and locations throughout the country (in Spanish only at this time).

A word about dinner in Spain:  If you are traveling independently and head out for dinner, be aware that dinner is normally served from 9:00 p.m. until midnight, much later than many visitors are expecting.  It is usually served earlier in tourist towns, or if you happen to be in a group tour.  Dinner is usually a lighter meal than lunch.

Catholic shrines & places of interest in Spain:

Alba de Tormes: Carmelite Convent & relics of Saint Teresa of Avila

Almonte: Monastery of El Roccio

Agreda:  Incorrupt Body of Venerable Mary of Jesus of Ágreda “The Lady in Blue”

Aragon: Our Lady of Torreciudad

Avila: Saint Teresa of Avila

Barcelona:  Basilica La Sagrada Familia, Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Canary Islands: Our Lady of Candelaria

Cantabria:  Monastery of Santo Torbio de Liebana

Cravaca de la Cruz:  Basilica of the Holy Cross

Carretera de Guadarrama: Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

Covadonga: Our Lady of Covadonga

Garabandal: Apparitions of Our Lady

Girona:  Monastery of St Peter of Rodes

Guadalupe: Our Lady of Guadalupe in Extremadura (Black Madonna)

Limipias: Miraculous Crucifix

Leon: Basilica of San Isidoro & Pantheon of the Kings

Loyola: Ignatius of Loyola

Madrid:  Catholic shrines & places of interest

Malaga: (cruise port & Cathedral)

Manresa:  Where St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote his “Spiritual Exercises”

Montserrat: Home of the Black Madonna

O Cabreiro:  Eucharistic Miracle & stop on the route of Saint James

Oviedo:  Catholic shrines in Oviedo

Prada Nuevo: (Madrid area): Our Lady of Sorrows

Salamanca: Pena de Francia (Our Lady of the Rock)

Santiago de Compostela: the Cathedral of Saint James

Santo Domingo de Silos: the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos

Saragossa (Zaragoza): Our Lady of the Pillar

Segovia:  Tomb of Saint John of the Cross

Seville:  Largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, tomb of Christopher Columbus

Valencia: Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the Holy Grail

Vic: Tomb of St Anthony Mary Claret in the Motherhouse of the Claretian Order.

 Villafrana de Bierzo:  Convent of the Annunciation (tomb of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi)

Villareal:  Basilica of Saint Paschal Baylon

Traveling independently?  Try staying in a Parador for a unique experience.


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  1. We would like to spend june, july, and august in Spain 2023. We have 2 teens and would like to join a swim team and a tennis club. We have bever been to Spain. We would like to see a lot of historical sites and practice our Spanish. Should we stay in Madrid, Valencia, Seville, or somewhere else as our home base?

    • Try researching Zaragoza – we lived there for over 3 years. Zaragoza is located about halfway between Madrid & Barcelona, (as a bonus, it is only a 4.5 hour drive to Lourdes). You will love the basilicas, especially Our Lady of the Pillar, where you can venerate the pillar and see 3 bombs dropped (but which never detonated) during the Spanish Civil War. Santa Engracia church had started investigating/excavating when we left in 2009, so there may be crypts to visit by now.

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