I’m not a psychic, but if I were a betting woman (and I’m not but that’s beside the point), I’d guess that you were here looking for some hella awesome, Spain holiday destinations.
Am I right?
Knew it. But only because the not-so-original title above kind of gave your true intentions away.
But let’s be brutally honest for a moment, shall we?
Because seriously, who isn’t looking for some amazing places to visit in Spain?
Between the sangria, castles, beaches, tapas, paella, historic culture, and vast, natural beauty, who doesn’t wanna travel all day, everyday in Spain? Or maybe even prolong their stay by getting a retirement visa in Spain?
Glad we can agree on the REALLY important things in life (insert sarcasm here), like how awesome day trips from Malaga really are.
If you feel like I do about Spain (and I’m sure you do because that’s probably why you’re here), then this list of 42 insanely gorgeous, fairytale level pretty places to visit in Spain is for you.
Especially if you’re trying to plan a fantastic, Spain itinerary, but have no idea where to start.
Feel free to grab yourself a giant glass of Sangria and a plate of Papas Bravas (just to get yourself in a very Spanish mood) because we’re about to swan dive into this post about 42 of the best places to visit in Spain.
You can also learn even more about this amazing country by checking out this epic list of the best books on Spain.
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By: Dhara from It’s Not About the Miles
If you’re planning a trip to Spain, then you definitely must add Granada to your shortlist of top Spain holiday destinations!
Located in the hills of Andalusia, Spain’s southern province:
Granada is home to the world-famous Alhambra Palace which, along with the adjoining Generalife Gardens, is part of Granada’s UNESCO World Heritage site.
Because this amazing castle and fortress complex is also an incredibly popular tourist attraction, be sure to book your tickets well in advance if you do wish to visit.
And while exploring the Alhambra Palace should definitely be at the top of your list of things to do in Granada:
There are many other experiences that you can enjoy in this charming, Moorish-style city.
Try strolling through the labyrinth of cobblestone streets that form the historic, Albayzin quarter, or visiting the immortal, caves of Sacromonte.
You can even do a tapas tour through the city and taste some of the best food that Granada has to offer.
If you’re looking for a nice, sit-down meal, then stop by Los Jardines de Zoraya for fantastic views, even better food, and for amazing flamenco shows that will perfectly complement your meal.
And if need a nice place to stay while in Grenada:
Then consider booking a room at Eurostars Catedral, a fantastic, centrally located hotel that offers guests spacious rooms with contemporary furnishings and comfortable beds.
By: Sarah of A Social Nomad
The gorgeous village of Guadalest can be found sitting atop a granite mountain, high above the coast, in the Costa Blanca region of Spain.
It is perhaps the most visited village in all of Spain, given its close proximity to the concrete jungles of immortal, Costa Brava resorts like Benidorm.
This charming, Spanish town, of just 300 permanent residents, also has a long history that dates back more than 1,000 years.
Guadalest is also home to an eclectic assortment of fantastic museums that include the sal and pepper shaker museum and the museum of tortures.
There really is something for everyone along the narrow, cobblestone streets of this tiny town.
Before you leave though:
Be sure to visit the upper village, which is home to an ancient castle. Just trek to the top of the tallest tower and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping, panoramic views of the surrounding countryside below.
If you’re looking for a superb place to relax (try booking a room at the ever-amazing, Casa Novas boutique hotel), sip on some local wine, and savor some delicious, regional cuisine (For the best views and food in town, try El Mirador de Guadalest restaurant) then Guadalest is the perfect Spain holiday destination for you.
3. San Sebastian
By: Whitney of GoFam Travel
The view from the top is breathtaking and makes for a fantastic Instagram opportunity.
4. Cabo de Gata
By: Natalie of Love and Road
By: Addie of Addie Abroad
If you’re looking for a town that will take your breath away, then Seville is the place to go.
From picturesque, winding streets to delicious tapas around every corner, Seville truly is one of the best places to visit in Spain.
So whether you want to explore the Real Alcazar (Get your tickets to the Royal Palace here), see a flamenco performance, check out a Game of Thrones filming location, or enjoy some of the amazing views from atop the Metropol Parasol (a fascinating, wooden structure that almost resembles a mushroom), Seville has something amazing for you to do.
And if you’re really interested in historic architecture:
Then be sure to visit both the Seville Cathedral and the Plaza de España, for a better understanding of this city’s fascinating past.
One thing that really makes Seville stand out as of the best places to visit in Spain is the delicious tapas (and food in general) that you’ll find here.
If you’re wondering where to eat in Seville, then be sure to stop by Bodega Santa Cruz Las Columnas, one of the most famous tapas bars in the entire city since it’s cheap and delicious (Los Coloniales and Bar El Baratillo are great choices too).
And for a great, centrally located, budget-friendly place to stay, I highly recommend Cathedral House Sevilla, as well as some of the best family hotels in Seville, Spain.
By: Claire of ZigZag On Earth
Just a short 3 to 5 hour plane ride away from many of the major cities in Western Europe, is Lanzarote, an exotic island in the Canary Islands that is filled with Spanish culture.
Located just off the coast of Western Africa:
This island is the perfect place to rent a car and discover some of the many amazing things to do in Lanzarote, like hike around one of the area’s many volcanoes (my fave is Montana Cuervo), visit one the island’s stunning beaches, tour the magnificent Timanfaya National Park (think mesmerizing, volcanic landscapes), explore some of the lava tubes created by César Manrique, tour a local winery, and more!
And if you need a place to stay while you’re here:
Then you’ll be delighted to know that there are three major resort towns that you can stay in: Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, and Costa Teguise.
Sure, it may not be as centrally located as some of the other towns mentioned:
But Playa Blanca offers visitors the perfect combination of beaches, shops, and fun, especially if you stay at the beautiful Princesa Yaiza resort.
While you’re here, you can also take a trip to the tiny village of Playa Quemada, along the East Coast, for some of the most authentic cuisine and delicious seafood on the island.
By: Jodie of A La Jode
Ibiza has so much to offer that it’s hard not to fall in love while this magical destination.
Because between late-night dance parties, world-renowned DJs, quiet yoga retreats, and ultra-luxe spas, what’s not to love?
It’s an island where anything goes since glitter and neon are perfectly acceptable things to wear in Ibiza, at any time of the day.
Ibiza is the perfect place to relax and truly be the best version of yourself.
Ibiza also has some wonderful, lesser-known spots, like Ibiza Town, that are much quieter than the area’s busy tourist hubs.
Ibiza Town might possibly be one of the quaintest towns in all of Spain with its collection of colorful buildings and historic castle walls that make the perfect backdrop for a long walk or a spontaneous picnic.
The town itself is also filled with a variety of unique boutiques and fantastic restaurants that provide visitors with stunning, seaside views.
Ibiza is just one of many amazing Spain holiday destinations if you’re looking for the perfect balance of vibrant nightlife, wellness, and chilled out excursions, all rolled into one.
8. Lloret de Mar
9. Gibraltar (Technically a British territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula)
By: Michael of The World Was Here First
One of the best places to visit in Southern Spain is undoubtedly the city of Córdoba.
And while many travelers visit Córdoba as a day trip from Seville, I would recommend spending a bit more time in the city, if your travel plans allow for it.
While in Cordoba, the Mezquita-Catedral (also known as the Cordoba Mosque-Cathedral) is undoubtedly a must-see.
Because throughout the city’s extensive history, Cordoba has been controlled by both Christian and Muslim rulers.
This iconic, Cathedral/Mosque has stunning elements of both Christian and Muslim architectural design, resulting in a spectacularly unique interior that is truly amazing to see.
You can also climb the Bell Tower, inside the church, and enjoy stellar views of the surrounding city.
Other sites worth seeing in Córdoba include the Alcázar, Roman Bridge, and the Jewish Quarter.
Being in the heart of Andalucía means that Córdoba has a fantastic food scene, with some of our favorites including Bar Casa Patri (you can get large portions of iconic Spanish dishes here) and Taberna La Alquería (they offer a delicious, set lunch menu at a great price).
There are also plenty of fantastic accommodations in Cordoba that will suit any and all budgets, like OptionBe Córdoba Hostel (perfect for budget backpackers) and Hesperia Córdoba (a fantastic, boutique hotel).
By: Jennifer of Sidewalk Safari
Santander is one of my favorite places to spend a day in Spain.
Do a little shopping at Mercado de la Esperanza, a Santander market hall that sells local sweet treats, produce, clothing, and regional souvenirs.
You can then embark on an enchanting coastal walk from Jardines de Piquio, with its ample shade and picturesque views of the Bay of Biscay, along the waterfront and towards the Peninsula de la Magdalena.
Once you arrive at the peninsula:
You can check out the sea lions and penguins at the marine zoo, explore the historic ships on display here, or visit Palacio de La Magdalena, which was first built in the early 1900s for the Spanish royal family.
However, if you have time:
You can also stop by the city’s Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria and get a better understanding of the region’s local history and finish your day watching the sunset at Centro Botin Arts Center, a facility that is home to a diverse array of modern art exhibits.
And If you’re only spending a day in Santander:
Then be sure to stop by El Diluvio, a modern tapas bar that serves juicy mini-hamburgers and delicious Spanish Rioja (La Casa del Indiano in Mercado Municipal del Este and Ramonoteca are two other cools tapas bars that you might want to try).
12. Las Palmas in Gran Canaria
By: Milene of Surf & Unwind
Gran Canaria’s capital, Las Palmas, is often overlooked by many visitors.
That’s because when people think about this island, they often associate it with popular resorts like Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles, which makes sense since Las Palmas has perfect beach weather all-year-round, with the exception of some cloudy months between July and September.
If getting your feet sandy isn’t your thing, then hop on a local bus, or Guaguas as locals refer to them, and visit Las Palmas charming Old Town with its cobblestone streets, colonial houses, and museums will suit you perfectly.
Not only will you find a wide range of lovely cafes, restaurants, and bars that serve amazing tapas (don’t miss the Canarian papas arrugadas (crinkly potatoes) and wash it down with a refreshing caña (half pint)), but you’ll also find some superb markets like Mercado del Puerto in Las Canteras and Mercado de Vegueta.
13. Costa Tropical
By: Joanna of The World in my Pocket
Costa Tropical makes a fantastic holiday destination in Spain and is a great alternative to the over-saturated Costa del Sol.
Less than an hour drive from Malaga Airport:
Costa Tropical is a veritable paradise for visitors, with a micro-climate that results in year-round, high temperatures and a series of picturesque towns with white historic centers and beautiful Moorish Castles overlooking the sea.
Costa Tropical is a great destination if you love either water sports or vast mountain ranges.
Because the beaches here are sandy, stretch on for miles, and have crystal clear waters that are perfect for kayaking, snorkeling, or diving.
And because this area is a lot less touristy, you can rent a speed boat here for a fraction of what it would cost at nearby Costa del Sol.
If mountains are more your thing, then you’ll be delighted to know that Costa Tropical sits in close proximity to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which are home to the highest peaks in Spain.
It will take you just forty minutes to drive from the Sierra Nevada ski resort to the beaches of Motril and Salobrena, meaning that you can easily ski in the morning and sunbathe in the evening.
While in the area:
You can also trek along some of the fantastic cliffside hiking trails here or head inland, to the canyons that have been carved out by the Rio Verde.
And if you want:
You can even continue up into the hills and explore some of the wineries and almond liquor producers that are found on this part of the island.
By: Iris of Mind of a Hitchhiker
I honestly didn’t have high expectations when I hitchhiked to Tarifa.
It’s a peninsula that forms the southernmost part of Europe and I really only envisioned staying there for maybe a day or two.
And then I left, almost two weeks later since it is one of those amazing, non-touristy places in southern Spain.
While I was there, my host actually invited me to join him at the annual Real Feria de Tarifa – a festival on the first Sunday of September that includes a lot of horse riders galumphing through the Puerta de Jerez, women in traditional Andalucían dress, and a busy fairground.
If you can, definitely try and visit during this festival, or during the shoulder season (in either spring or autumn) in general, since Tarifa is less crowded and a whole lot cheaper during this time of year.
Aside from the amazing Andalucían culture, the tasty tapas/wine, the awesomeness of seeing Morocco from the beach, the beauty of the beaches themselves, and the opportunities to practice wind sports, Tarifa is also an excellent location for anyone starting out as a digital nomad.
It’s a place where I first made contact with people who work online and travel perpetually.
I’ve been plotting my return for quite some time, but still haven’t managed to make it happen yet.
I can go back to Tarifa and learn how to kitesurf, revitalize my Spanish, or take the ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangiers or Ceuta.
15. La Alberca
By: Brittany of The Sweetest Wanderlust
I discovered La Alberca as a volunteer in Spain and have been dreaming about returning to this adorable town ever since, with its winding roads, rich history, and unique melding of Jewish, Islamic, and Christian cultures.
On arrival in La Alberca, a small village in Salamanca:
I checked into the Hotel Doña Teresa, which is a centrally located hotel with bright, clean rooms and delicious food that will definitely leave you wanting seconds.
After settling into the hotel:
I decided to stroll through the town’s many quaint lanes, only to come face to face with a wild(ish) pig, known locally as El Marrano de San Antón (the pig of Saint Anthony).
Every summer in La Alberca, a pig is blessed by the local priest and released into the streets.
Over the months:
The pig is then fed by locals and housed in city hall (If you should see this pig in the streets during your visit, be sure to take a photo and give it a pat for good luck).
In January, on the feast day of Saint Anthony:
The pig (or the sum of its parts) is then raffled off in a lottery and transformed into a famous, regional dish, known as jamón ibérico (made from local acorn-fed black pigs).
By: Karen of Are We There Yet Kids
Centrally located in Northern Spain’s Basque Country:
Bilbao is a fantastic Spain holiday destination that is full of vibrant art, delicious food, and beautiful buildings.
A trip to the Guggenheim should definitely be at the top of your list of things to do in Bilbao.
Not only is this exquisite, contemporary art museum full of interesting modern art installations, but the building itself was designed by Frank Gehry and is a truly notable work of art too (If you’re interested in more traditional styles of art, you can always visit the Museum of Fine Art instead).
Bilbao isn’t just about great art since the city’s historic old town is a beautiful place to explore and try some traditional pintxos(Basque-style tapas tasting plates).
I’d suggest skipping the traditional restaurant experience altogether and just sampling a small plate from each bar that you pass instead.
Do try and take a 20-minute drive to Vizcaya bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site that joins the towns of Portugalete and Getxo.
Sure, you can take a floating gondola across the Nervion Estuary.
But, I’d recommend foregoing the gondola ride and crossing over the top of the bridge instead, for some truly mesmerizing views of the surrounding area.
If you’re in search of a fantastic, reasonably priced, luxury hotel that is right in the city center, then I recommend the Hotel Carlton. It’s a fabulous, 5-star hotel that is also home to one of the best restaurants in the entire area.
By: Chrysoula of Historic European Castles
Even though Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain:
It’s still much less visited than either Barcelona or Madrid, a fact that adds to the city’s overall authenticity and makes it one of my favorite Spain holiday destinations.
Most of Valencia’s main attractions are actually situated within mere minutes of each another, allowing you to quickly and easily see most of what this city has to offer, even if you’re only planning a 3 day Valencia itinerary.
While you’re in town, be sure to explore amazing places like the Jardín del Turia, the Barrio El Carmen, the Central Market and the Plaza de la Virgen, a spectacular square where you can grab a drink and just watch the people as they stroll on by.
You can also take some time to visit the wealth of galleries, museums, cathedrals, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that sit just inside Valencia’s, stunning historic center.
And when it comes to cuisine:
Valencia certainly has you covered, with a variety of delicious, local delicacies like squid ink rice (Arròs negre), gazpacho, cured meats, and of course, paella, which is served up in all of the area’s top restaurants.
Because Valencia is located along the eastern coast of Spain, it has a relatively mild climate and is home to a variety of beautiful, sandy beaches that you can enjoy all year long.
By: James of Travel Collecting
Cuenca may be a small village, but it packs a BIG punch.
That’s because this quaint, Spanish town sits atop a rocky outcrop that is nestled along the edge of a deep gorge.
It also has a network of narrow, cobblestone streets that are lined with a variety of different shops and cafes that are just waiting to be discovered.
However, once you find yourself inside of Cuenca’s Plaza Mayor (the main square):
Be sure to take some time to relax, while enjoying some tapas at Restaurante Mangana, and marvel at an entire building made of arches that seamlessly allow cars to pass through.
Of all the things to do in Cuenca, this town is most famous for the Casas Colgantes (Hanging Houses), a small section of houses, just near the Puente de San Pablo (Saint Pablo Bridge), that are built right into the edge of a cliff.
The white houses here have beautiful, wooden balconies that jut out from the main building, creating the architectural illusion that the buildings here are actually “hanging” out over the gorge below.
This entire area is incredibly picturesque and best photographed from the Puente de San Pablo bridge.
And while Cuenca can be visited as part of a day trip from Madrid:
I’d suggest spending the night at either the Posada de San Jose (a small boutique hotel with lots of character and rooms that sit along the edge of the gorge) or in the Parador de Cuenca (a four-star hotel in a former monastery) to truly appreciate everything that this town has to offer.
19. Galician Coast
By: Inma of A World to Travel
The fact that I am Galician and that I have almost always lived near the sea may have a lot to do with what I am about to tell you.
But, be that as it may:
The fact remains that I am truly, madly, and deeply in love with the Costa Gallega.
From the border with Portugal to Ribadeo (where the next autonomous community of Spain, Asturias, begins) this majestiic coastline is full of amazing places that deserve to be visited.
Some of my favorite places along the Galician Coast include the beach of the cathedrals in Ribadeo (think ethereal, stone arches of worldwide fame), the scenic route to Fouciño do Porco in Viveiro, the beaches of northern Ferrol (a surfing mecca, known for being a mecca, especially Doniños and Pantín, Coruña (one of the largest cities in Galicia), the stunning Death Coast (aka Costa da Morte), the Rías Baixas, (especially the northernmost: the estuary of Muros and Noia), the National Park of the Atlantic Islands, and so much more.
If you’re searching for the Spain holiday destination of your dreams, then look no further than the stunning, natural beauty of the Galician Coast.
By: Cal of Once in a Lifetime Journey
Siurana is a tiny village in Catalonia that is home to some of the most beautiful views in the entire country.
And while being in Siurana will bring you nothing but glee and excitement:
This tiny town does have a tragic past, which is reflected in a local legend where Abdelazaia, the Moorish Queen, tried to ride her white steed off a nearby cliff, when she saw that Christian conquerors were about to attack the city.
The horse got frightened and stopped just meters before the edge of the cliff.
To this day, that horseshoe print remains, as a reminder of Muslim resistance against Christian invaders.
Apart from this tragic tale though:
Siurana is also famous for its spectacular, panoramic views.
One of the best things to do in Siurana is to simply walk along the area’s many cobblestone streets
Along the way:
You can even visit a local castle or stop by the Romanesque Church with its exquisite, 360-degree views of the cliffs below.
And if you fancy spending the night in this picturesque, little town:
The absolute best place to stay is at the Mirador de Siurana, with its central location and sweeping views of the surrounding area.
if you can’t afford the minimum 2-night stay here, which will cost you around 2,000 euro, then you can always opt for the Hotel La Siuranella instead.
21. Gran Canaria
By: Michelle of Greedy Gourmet
One of the best places to visit in Spain is by far, the island of Gran Canaria.
As part of the infamous Canary Islands, located right off the northwestern coast of Africa. this amazing place is just a short and inexpensive flight away from mainland Europe.
You’ll find that there are plenty of things you can do on the island of Gran Canaria, like visit the enchanting capital city of Las Palmas. There, you can explore the dynamic city center and take a stroll through the city’s many charming, historic streets.
Don’t miss out on the island’s many famous, sandy beaches, like the Playa des Ingles, or the stunning sand dunes of Maspalomas.
And if you’re a foodie at heart:
That’s great because there are no shortage of amazing restaurants on the island, some of which include ZOE Food, 360º Restaurant (fine dining with exquisite ocean views at the Bohemia Suites Hotel), Bioloco (100% vegan), Casa del Caminero, and so much more.
And if you are in search of one of the best places to stay on the island:
Then you can’t go wrong with the Bohemia Suites & Spa Hotel, which is a 100% adult-only, five-star hotel.
By: Nadine of Le Long Weekend
Most people visit the Balearic Island of Menorca in search of relaxation.
Which makes sense since this is the perfect place to enjoy long, hot days at the beach, with a good book, and cool, crisp nights sampling delicious, local, food and wine.
If you’re in search of a more active holiday in Spain, then Menorca is a fantastic place to do a bit of hiking since the island is encircled by an ancient walking trail known as the Camí de Cavalls.
And while you’d need a good week or so to complete the entire track:
Many sections make excellent day walks, taking you through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Mediterranean and to some of the most beautiful beaches in Menorca!
After a full day of exploring though:
Head back to the capital of Mahón for tapas and a tipple of the island’s famed gin.
Cruise over to Cova d’en Xoroi for a nightcap and to enjoy some of the best sunset views on the island, before you call it a night at the beautiful, Menorca Experimental hotel.
23. Rio Verde in the Sierras de Tejeda
By: Julie of Ruhls of the Road
By: Maura of Travel Kiwis
Cadiz sits along the Andalusian coast of Spain is one of the oldest cities in all of Western Europe.
That’s because in the past:
Cadiz was a strategically important port for the Phoenicians, Romans, and even Napoleon himself.
When wandering through the charming streets of Cadiz today, you’ll be able to find historic towers (like the 45-meter tall, Torre Tavira), ethereal Roman ruins (including a Roman Amphitheatre along the waterfront that dates all the way back to the 1st century), canons left behind by Napoleon, and the Barque-style, Cadiz Cathedral.
If you have time:
Be sure to climb the bell tower of this ancient church since you’ll be rewarded with stellar, panoramic views of the ocean and city. You can also take some time to visit La Caleta Beach and stop at La Casa Manteca, along the way, for some of the most amazing tapas in the entire city.
And for an amazing place to stay in Cadiz:
Try the Hotel Patagonia Sur, a three-star hotel that is centrally located in the Old Town, with incredibly clean rooms and wonderfully helpful staff.
By: Gemma of Two Scots Abroad
Located just 8 km from the city of Granada:
Monachil is a small village in Sierra Nevada National Park where you can go to escape the heat and hike amidst the cool shade of the area’s vast wilderness.
Taking a day trip to Monachil is definitely one of my favorite things to do in Granada, Spain.
To visit for yourself:
Just hop on a public bus, or take a taxi, so that you can enjoy a wealth of hiking opportunities along the river and even cross a local rope bridge known as the Hanging Bridges of Los Cahorros.
Along the way:
You’ll come across locals playing in the river and see a few cafes where you can stop for a beverage.
And if you’re in Monachil for dinner:
Visit La Barberia, a relaxed restaurant where you can indulge in some delicious tapas and a cold beer while savoring the amazing views from their outdoor seating area.
Now, accommodation wise:
There are over 30 hotels and apartments in Monachil. But, since this village is so close to Granada, you can always spend the night in the city instead, at the beautiful, Moorish-style buildings of Granada’s Alhambra Palace.
By: Amber of Food and Drink Destinations
Logrono is one of the main cities from which you can explore the famous, Rioja wine region of Spain.
Arguably the most famous wine region in all of Spain:
Logrono is the capital of the area and home to over 150,000 year-round residents.
It can also easily be explored on foot, is a stop along Spain’s famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. and is the perfect place from which to explore this part of Spain.
Like most cities across Spain:
The centerpiece of Logrono is its Gothic-style cathedral, the Catedral de Santa María de la Redonda, which was originally built in the 15th century.
Another one of the most recognizable attractions in Logrono is the Puente de Piedra, or Stone Bridge, which was rebuilt in 1871 and is one of four bridges that traverse the Ebro River.
Once you’ve finished exploring some of Logrono’s many top attractions:
Treat yourself to some delicious Pinchos, a traditional dish in Northern Spain that is easily paired with some local, Rioja wine,
For the best Pinchos in the area:
Visit Calle Laurel, the Logonro tapas street, where dozens of pinchos bars serve tasty tapas.
And after you’re eaten all the pinchos you can stomach:
Spend the night at the fabulous, Hotel Calle Mayor, a luxury, boutique hotel that sits right in the center of town.
By: Jessica of Wine, Dine, and Roam
Segovia is a small town in Spain that sits just an hour outside of Madrid (and a half hour an hour away by high-speed train).
If you’re looking for a fantastic day trip from the Spanish capital, then consider Segovia since the entire city center is a designated, UNESCO World Heritage site that has one of the most well preserved sections of a Roman aqueduct in the world.
The entire structure is 17 kilometers long and absolutely stunning to behold!
This town is also home to a lovely, 16th century, Gothic cathedral, known as Catedral de Segovia, as well as Alcázar de Segovia, an enchanting castle that dates all the way back to the early 12th century.
In terms of food, you absolutely must try Cochinillo (Suckling Pig) at El Bernardino, an absolutely delicious dish that consists of tender meat and a crispy skin that is normally served without sides.
And if you’re planning a trip to Ribera del Duero, an amazing wine region with delicious wines like this one from Territorio Luthier, then Segovia would make a perfect stop along the way!
28. Alquezar, Huesca (Northeast Spain)
By: Allan of It’s Sometimes Sunny in Bangor
Alquezar is a remote, medieval village that is located in the northern Huesca province of Spain.
Surrounded by olive groves, winding roads, and some of the most magnificent limestone cliffs and valleys in the country, Alquezar is a truly charming Spain holiday destination that is home to no more than 400, permanent residents.
And while it can be tricky to reach Alquezar in Huesca (given that the nearest city is Zaragoza, which is around 140 kilometers away):
it is undoubtedly worth the effort since the serenity of this place makes you feel as though you have an entire, medieval settlement, all to yourself.
When it comes to tourist attractions, visitors should explore Saint Michael’s church, Collegiate church of Santa Maria, and the local, medieval castle.
The real appeal of this place is the delightful, al fresco dining along the cobbled, pedestrianized central square, at places like the fancy, yet affordable, Restaurante Casa Pardina.
And because this is a small village:
Don’t expect to find any big-name hotels here either.
You’ll encounter an assortment of lovely boutique hotels, like Hotel Villa de Alquezar, with reasonably priced rooms and adjoining balconies with expansive views of the area’s many valleys.
29. Zahara de la Sierra
By: Linn of Brainy Backpackers
Zahara de la Sierra is a staggering, white village in Andalusia that offers visitors incredible, panoramic views of a deep, turquoise reservoir, known as Embalse de Zahara-el Gastor.
Situated inside the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, at 500 meters of altitude:
Zahara de la Sierra is an enchanting place that makes for a perfect day trip from Malaga and Ronda.
While in the area:
Be sure to explore the 17th century, Santa Maria de la Mesa Church, the19th century, San Juan de Letran chapel, the Roman-style, Palominos Bridge, and the local Clock Tower, which dates back to the 16th century.
Also towering over the Zahara de La Sierra, are the remains of a 14th century, Moorish castle that was first built at the top of an old watchtower in the 8th century.
And while the castle itself isn’t a big deal:
This place is still worth a visit, even if it’s only for the breathtaking views that you’ll find at the top.
By: Daniel of Layer Culture
There’s also a fantastic marina and beautiful beach here where you can go for a stroll and marvel at the beautiful houses and luxurious yachts in the area.
And in terms of accommodations:
H10 Estepona Palace is a lovely, 4-star hotel, (and spa) with beach access, that I highly recommend if you’re looking to spend the night in the area.
By: Kieren from Got My Backpack
Something that is still visible today, within the multitude of churches, synagogues, and mosques that are scattered throughout the city. Toledo is also home to an array of impressive, historic buildings, like the Toledo Cathedral, which has an enormous altar made of gold and is home to the largest bell in all of Spain, which weighs in at more than 17 tonnes. Other must-visit buildings in Toldeo include the Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes and the Alcázar of Toledo, a fortified Roman palace that stands at the helm of the city.
33. Picos de Europa
By: Nesrine of KEVMRC
There are a lot of trails in Picos de Europa that you can explore.
Some of my favorite hikes through the area include Poncebos to Bulnes (Use this trail to visit Bulnes, a small village near the edge of the Canal del Texu), Bulnes to Sotres (a fantastic trail full of flower fields and wild animals), and Ruta del Cares (a trail that is carved into the side of the mountains and that gives you amazing, panoramic views).
To enjoy the best of Picos de Europa though:
Be sure to use Hostal Poncebos as a home base. Just book your bed here well in advance since this hostel is highly rated by guests and includes breakfast with your stay.
By: Wendy of The Nomadic Vegan
By: Ana of Merry-Go-Round. Slowly
Tenerife is the second largest of the Canary islands and really does have something for every type of traveler, and all at a fraction of the price that you’d encounter on many other islands in Spain, which is why you should definitely be planning to spend at least one week in Tenerife!
The climate here is also one of the best in the world since the island experiences mild temperatures throughout the winter and summer, making it one of the few places in Southern Europe where you actually remain warm in winter but also not burn to death in summer.
The natural landscape of Tenerife is incredibly varied, with almost Martian-like landscapes surrounding the Teide volcano, misty, jungle-like forests in the Northeast, sandy beaches in the south, and winding, mountainside roads along the cliffs of the west.
The roads along this relatively compact island are also very well-maintained, making it easy to explore most of what this island has to offer within a few short days
Even if you don’t drive (or decide not to because you want to taste some local wines along the way), that’s okay because this island has a fantastic public transportation system that will allow you to quickly and easily visit most of the island’s main attractions
Depending on your interests, there are a multitude of different areas that you can stay in while on Tenerife.
If you’re looking for warm sun and beaches, then be sure to choose a hotel in the South of the island.
if culture and cities are more your thing, then the north of the island is where you want to be.
If you’d like to party the night away, then Playa de Las Americas is the perfect location for you.
Regardless of where you decide to stay, be sure to stop at El Cordero restaurant, in the south of the island, for a true taste of amazing, local cuisine.
By: Vicki of Vicki Viaja
Barcelona is arguably the most popular city in Spain, at least considering the fact that nearly 8 million visitors travel to this Catalan capital every year.
That’s because this enchanting city has the perfect mixture of culture, delicious food, sunny beaches, and fantastic nightlife, which is why Barcelona is the perfect city break for basically any type of traveler.
Even if you have no interest in either culture or religion, a visit to the world-famous, Sagrada Família is a must and should be a part of any Barcelona Itinerary.
Designed by famed, Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí:
This impressive, Roman Catholic cathedral was started more than 100 years ago and to this day, has still not been completed.
A visit to this church’s stunning, vibrantly colored, modernist style interior is the highlight of any trip to Barcelona.
And if you’re looking for a fun beach holiday:
Then you’ll enjoy the many wonderful beaches that are waiting for you both in and around Barcelona, like the popular Costa Brava Beach,
So, as you can see:
Barcelona really is one of the best cities to visit in Spain, making it the perfect, Spain holiday destination.
***Not sure where to stay in Barcelona? Then check out this list of amazing hotels in Barcelona!***
By: Laura of The Travelling Stomach
The Andalucia region of Southern Spain is well known for its amazing, beach holidays.
By: Gabor of Surfing the Planet
The Canary Islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Spain, with Fuerteventura island having some of our favorite beaches in the area.
The beaches here retain a natural quality, with the best beaches in Fuerteventura including Caribbean-style, white sand beaches as well as volcanic beaches with black stones.
Many of the beaches here are also several kilometers long, making them the perfect place to take a swim or go for a long stroll.
The wind here is quite strong, making this island a popular destination among surfers in Spain.
Apart from the beaches though:
The interior of the island is also charming and features a variety of viewpoints, historic windmills, and picture-perfect villages that you can explore.
You can also stop and try some fantastic, local cuisine at Los Pinchitos en Lajares, a great restaurant in a fairly rural area that has a menu full of hearty stews and various other local specialties.
And if you’re searching for an amazing place to stay in Fuerteventura:
Then try Laif Hotel. Located in the picturesque, west coast village of El Cotillo, this charming accommodation has a calm vibe but is also a fun place to explore.
By: Cat of For Two, Please
While Zaragoza might not be as well-known as either Madrid or Barcelona:
It is still Spain’s oldest settlement and has over 2,000 years of history that includes periods of rule by the Romans, the Moors, and a variety of Christian kings.
As a result:
This amazing town has a plethora of ancient sites that visitors can explore, including The Aljaferia Palace, a stunning, Moorish-style building that is a rare, architectural monument from the Taifas period.
Basilica del Pilar, the biggest baroque church in Spain, is another breathtaking, piece of architecture in Zaragoza. Just take the elevator to the top of the North Tower for a lovely, panoramic view of the city!
In addition to the town’s wealth of historic architecture:
Zaragoza is also home to The Goya Museum, which showcases a collection of fifteen paintings that were done by the immortal. 18th and 19th century, Spanish artist, Francisco de Goya.
And for a taste of local cuisine:
Stop by Los Zarmientos Parrilla Aragonesa for a delicious lamb chop, Bar Hermanos Teresa offers a great selection of tapas, and Meli Melo for some fine, contemporary fare.
In terms of accommodations:
Hotel Sauce is a high-quality, well-located hotel that offers guests lovely rooms, at a fantastic, budget price (If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, consider Hotel Palafox Zaragoza).
By: Julianna of The Discoveries Of
Madrid is one of my favorite places to spend time in Spain since it has been the capital of the country for centuries, is filled with gorgeous architecture, like the royal palace, and is home to some of Spain’s most impressive museums,
That being said:
Madrid is more than just a multitude of impressive buildings and museums. It’s also a cool city that is filled with a ton of fun things to do, like visit the Embajadores and Lavapies neighborhoods.
Both areas are filled with amazing street art murals that have been created by local, as well as international artists like Bordalo II, Ben Eine and Okuda San Miguel.
If you prefer your art to be a bit more tradtional, then visit the Thyssen Bornemiza or the Prado Museum instead.
And while I’m not a huge fan of the Reina Sofia Museum myself, many people enjoy it because it’s home to Picasso’s famous, Guernica.
Eating and drinking-wise
Madrid has a number of cool rooftop bars for you to try. So, skip the super-busy Palacio de las Bellas Artes and head to the quieter, Palacio de Cibeles at Centro Centro instead.
You can swing by Casa Revuelta, for some insanely good battered bacalao (salt cod). or eat your way through a multitude of local tapas bars while enjoiyng the beauty of the gorgeous, Mercado de San Miguel.
After you’ve had your fill and can eat no more:
Bed down for the night at the Axel Hotel Madrid, a super-stylish, well-located hotel where you can relax and prepare for another day full of adventure.
By: Ioana of The World is My Playground
Renowned for its epic nightlife:
Mallorca is a fairly large island in Spain that has quickly become one of the most popular islands in the world.
Mallorca is so much more than a party destination. Not only does the capital city of Palma de Mallorca (or ‘Palma’) have an absolutely beautiful Gothic Quarter, but it’s also home to a stunning, 14th century cathedral with an impressive Gothic façade that towers over the rest of the city.
While you’re here:
You can also visit the Royal Palace of La Almudaina (right next door to the cathedral) and stop for a bite to eat at any one of the amazing restaurants in the Old Town area.
And for a conveniently located place to stay:
Try Hotel Zurbaran in the old town since it’s within walking distance of some of the island’s best beaches and most amazing attractions, like the Castell de Bellver, with its spectacular panoramic views of the nearby bay.
Outside of Palma:
You can find many different limestone caves scattered throughout the island, the biggest and most popular of which is the Coves del Drac, with the beautiful, Castell de Caldepera perched atop a hill nearby.
Friday 29th of July 2022
I love Spain so much! Thanks for your article!
Saturday 7th of January 2023
Me too and thanks for reading.
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Wednesday 25th of May 2022
We have been to a few places on your list, but your post shows us how much of Spain we still need to visit. Thank you very much for perfect tips!
Wednesday 25th of May 2022
Thanks so much for reading.
Tuesday 9th of June 2020
I love your list of where to go in Spain. You have some really good ideas about where to do go, you did a great job. If you are ever back in Barcelona I would love to show you some amazing places to eat in the city. I run a food tour company called Eye on Food Tours drop me a line some time.
all the best,
Saturday 4th of January 2020
Nice blog! Keep it up. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Saturday 4th of January 2020
Thank you so much and thanks for reading!
Thursday 7th of November 2019
What??? No Figueres? The Dali Theatre and Museum is necessary for modern art lovers! We also stopped in Girona to walk the walls on the way back.
Thursday 7th of November 2019
Oh both sound amazing! Would love to visit both for myself.