Can't Decide Which City to Visit in Spain? This will help!
Starting to plan your next getaway to Spain? Wonderful! Now, the next question is: how will you choose where to go?! With so many unique cities to visit in Spain, we imagine it can be overwhelming to limit down your itinerary to just a few. While there are countless gorgeous cities and villages to visit, we’ve chosen some popular destinations and broken them down, so you can choose the perfect city for you!
If you’re a person who enjoys the energy of city life and being on-the-go, Madrid is a wonderful destination for you. There’s nothing quite like the vibrant capital, full of endless cultural activities, entertainment, shopping and restaurants, you’re sure to never get bored! Explore each unique neighborhood, one completely different from the next; from the young neighborhood of La Latina bustling with locals, to the hipster barrio of Malasaña, full of vintage shops and cafes. Get your culture fix by seeing a theater show on Gran Via, or visit one of the world-famous art museums. Explored the capital and ready to see more? Madrid is smack dab in the middle of Spain, making it the perfect central starting point to travel to the rest of the country, whether it be north or south.
Want the excitement of the big city and the beach? You’re not asking for too much; Barcelona might be the city for you! One of the most international cities in Spain, this Mediterranean melting pot has endless culture, nightlife and architectural eye-candy. Take a Gaudí walking tour and admire his funky architectural masterpieces around the city, then give your feet a rest at one of the many beach-view restaurants. Shop until you drop on Las Ramblas, or explore the winding medieval streets of Barrio Gothic. Don’t forget to save some energy for the night – the city’s dynamic nightlife is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Maybe visiting a fast-moving metropolis isn’t your idea of a “relaxing” vacation, but you still want the culture…and the beach? Valencia is the destination for you! The third biggest city in Spain, Valencia is known for its beautiful beaches, and of course, its most famous landmark – the City of Arts and Sciences. It’s also home to the beautiful Turia River Bed Gardens and the historic Central Market filled with delicious local food. Oh, and did we mention it’s located in the land of paella?
Ahh, the picturesque Andalusian city of Seville; a city engrained in centuries of tradition, if you’re looking to immerse yourself in “fairytale” Spain, Seville is your city. Stroll through the city center brought to life by orange trees, Flamenco dancers, horse drawn carriages and the jaw dropping Moorish Alcázar Palace. Stop for a tapa or two at one of the many tapas taverns, and continue walking along the Guadalquivir River, admiring the charming traditional neighborhood of Triana staring back at you. Don’t forget to stop by the gorgeous Plaza de España, featured in world famous movies like Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia!
Calling all nature-loving foodies! If you want a smaller city marked by Michelin star cuisine, lush mountainous landscape and gorgeous beaches, put the northern Basque city of San Sebastian on your itinerary. Known for its iconic “pintxos” made with mouth-watering gourmet ingredients, munch your way through the city while exploring its medieval old town, or relax and take in the sound of the crashing waves at La Concha Beach.
History buffs, mountain lovers and hippies at heart…Granada is calling you! Tucked away in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Andalusian city of Granada is symbolized by the Alhambra, a jaw-dropping Moorish palace and fortress that sits on top of the city. Wander through the winding medieval Moorish streets of the Albaicín neighborhood, complete with Moroccan tea shops, hippie hangouts, street musicians and stunning views hiding in every alley. Not to mention, Granada is known as “the city of free tapas”. That’s right, we said free! Still too many cities you want to visit? We don’t blame you! Lucky for you, Spain is extremely well-connected by high-speed trains and buses. Whatever you choose for your final destination, we’re sure you’ll love it! Besides…you can always come back for more. Written by: Casie Tennin April 18, 2017