Spain’s dynamic metropolises, breathtaking landscapes and cultural offerings are second to none, making the country an undisputed stop on many travelers’ Eurotrip itineraries. If you’re unsure where to go while on a trip to Spain – we’ve got you covered! Here are the 15 Most Beautiful Cities in Spain.
In stark difference from other Spanish cities, Bilbao stands out for its modern architecture. This old port city’s claim to fame is the Guggenheim Museum, which is a colossal titanium structure that houses some spectacular modern art. Don’t forget to try a plate of pintxos with your drink while you are in Bilbao.
2. Tossa De Mar
Tossa de Mar is the place to visit to experience coastal Catalonia without the massive crowds you might find in Barcelona. Famed for its beaches, this is definitely one of the most amazing places to visit in Spain for your dose of sun, sea, and sand.
Spain’s large capital city showcases the country’s incredible history. It’s a perfect holiday destination, as there are royal palaces, marching soldiers, changing of the guards, and hundreds of museums to visit.
No visit to Madrid is complete without visiting all three of the city’s major museums. The Prado Museum showcases what was formerly the Spanish royal collection of art, while the nearby Reina Sofia Museum shows modern masterpieces like Picasso’s moving Guernica. Also, the nearby Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum combines Old Masters with the best in contemporary art.
4. Costa Brava
The Costa Brava boasts a dramatic coastline, which is however very attractive. The mountainous land offers great hiking trails. Meanwhile the coast features soft sandy beaches and warm blue sea attracts bathers from all around Europe.
Granada is home to one of the great wonders of the world, the Alhambra Palace. This special city offers the ultimate cultural weekend break, nestled beneath the Sierra Nevada mountains and only an hour from the Costa Tropical, you can combine a stay in the city with a beach excursion or even a day trip to the ski resort.
6. The Sierra Nevada
Not to be confused with the region of the same name in the United States, the Sierra Nevada in Spain is a mountain range that features Spain’s highest peak, the Mulhacén.
If you enjoy all things snow related then don’t miss a trip to one of the many ski resorts in the region where you will find skiing and snowboarding opportunities, and can stay in quaint ski chalets.
Legend has it that Ronda was split apart by the gods as a result of too much arguing. Thankfully, the locals don’t bicker anymore and are now a downright friendly bunch. A jaw-dropping bridge was built to re-join the two sides of this small mountain city, making Ronda one of the most beautiful places in Spain.
Make sure to stroll around the city’s cobbled streets, take a ramble down below the bridge (an epic place for a shot of the city) and take in the views from the centre of the gorge. To keep costs low, head here by public transport (the tiny town has both a train and bus station) and stay in one of the local hostels in the city itself.
8. Santiago de Compostela
The capital city of the Galicia region in northwestern Spain, Santiago de Compostela is famous as the final destination of the traditional pilgrimage known as Camino de Santiago. This pilgrimage is important to many Christians because it is believed that Santiago de Compostela is where St. James, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, is buried.
Today, the city attracts thousands of visitors every year for both its religious tradition and history. The arriving point for most pilgrims is the main square, Praza do Obradoiro. Situated in the heart of the city, this bustling plaza is the scene of many important landmarks, particularly the Santiago Cathedral where the tomb of St. James is located.
Spain’s second city is an eternal favourite with visitors for its stunning Mediterranean location, iconic architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Go gaga for Gaudí at the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell and check out some of the architect’s lesser-known works such as Casa Batlló.
Make the trip up to Mount Tibidabo for sparkling views across the city to the sea beyond; rollercoaster lovers should visit the Tibidabo Amusement Park, opened in 1905, while the mountain is also a great place to cycle or hike.
This beautiful Andalusian city is awash with romantic allure. During the day, you’ll find outdoor cafes along cobbled streets and horse-drawn carriages meandering through pastel-colored plazas. And when night falls, flamenco dancing comes out in full force. This is the kind of place you should allow yourself to get lost in, but if you carve out time for popular sites such as the Plaza de España or the Real Alcázar you won’t be disappointed either.
Malaga is a large city on the Costa del Sol. Located in the southern region of Andalucía, the coastal city is famous for its great shopping opportunities, delicious cuisine, stunning beaches and historical sights. A popular tourist destination, you can count on this destination for much-need beach time year-round.
Believed to be the birthplace of Paella, Valencia beautifully fuses contemporaneity with the archaic. The structure that draws most people is the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. There are many areas in the city dedicated to sports which are idyllically surrounded by trees and plants. The beach, of course, is an added attraction.
Toledo is a walled city with a rich and varied past; home to monuments and statues for Arab, Jewish and Christian communities. Toledo has a lot to explore. Must-visit places in Toledo include the Sol Gate as well as the Moorish Bisagra Gate. The Sol Gate can be found in the old quarter, close to the buzzing Plaza de Zocodover.
Like walking around in the past, Cordoba wins its place in our most amazing places to visit in Spain list for being a mentally amazing medieval city. Not only is Cordoba literally like a time warp, but it’s also a fun place to spend your night too. Its got a buzzy drinking culture and ah-mazing food. Cordoba all about plazas and patios and staying in a cool place with a balcony where you can people watch for days and days.
15. San Sebastian
This resort city is on the north coast of Spain, in the Basque region. San Sebastian is right on the scenic Bay of Biscay, which opens to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a popular surf town, with quite a surfing scene at Playa de Zurriola.
Things to do here include spending some time on the sandy beach of La Concha or maybe hiking up Monte Orgull, the fortress-topped mountain overlooking the city’s harborside old town area. It’s also fun to spend time in that cobblestoned old town, called Parte Vieja. The neighborhood is filled with really nice, locally owned shops and lots of places to sit and enjoy pintxos (the Basque version of tapas).