Welcome to Spain - not just a country but a land of tourism where people from all around the world come to visit. The country offers a variety of fantastic sights to its visitors, from amazing architecture to beautiful beaches.
Spain is such a popular travel destination that has made it to the position of the third most traveled country in the world. The Travel and Tourism index also ranked Spain as one of the top countries on the travelers’ list simply because there are so many sights to explore, so many places to see and things to do in Spain.
You're not sure where to go in Spain? Don't get overwhelmed with your travel itinerary. I recommend to hire a car in Barcelona or Girona and start from there, heading further southwest. Alternatively, if you don't like to drive yourself, you could travel across the country with a rail pass.
Let's get started... Here are 5 of the most beautiful cities in Spain that you definitely must visit!
Barcelona is one of the prettiest cities in Spain, mostly known for its architectural landmarks. One of Barcelona's most iconic sights is the historical Sagrada Familia Church, one of the most stunning cathedrals in the world, designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
If you're into art, head to Museu Picasso, it houses the largest collection of the popular Spanish artist, with over 4000 pieces. If you are looking for a taste of the old Roman times, check out the Barcelona City History Museum, it's a fascinating place that will help you to understand the history of Barcelona.
If you want to work out and watch pretty people, head to Barceloneta Beach, there are plenty of sports activities by the sea, including a free open air gym, beach volleyball, table tennis and more. And after a hard work out, enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas in one of the beachfront cafes and restaurants.
Madrid, the capital city of Spain is all about art. Your first stop should be the Prado Museum where you can admire superior art works of Velázquez, Goya, Rubens and other Spanish artists.
After the museum, head down to Plaza Mayor, one of the most iconic squares in Spain. The vibrant place is located in the centre of Madrid, surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants.
Walk a few minutes towards West and you'll see the glorious Royal Palace of Madrid, that will most likely blow your mind. The palace has more than 3000 rooms, filled with treasures, such as paintings from famous artists, antique furniture and silverware.
Getting hungry? You couldn't be in a better place! Madrid is the perfect place to give your taste buds a kick by trying a variety of local cuisines – in fact Madrid is one of Europe's richest culinary capitals. Enjoy!
Girona, the colorful city in northeastern Spain is popular for its medieval architecture, amazing art galleries and Gothic churches. To get an overview of the city, hike the Passeig de la Muralla, the 3 kilometer path along the ancient city walls will take you back in time, offering some fantastic panoramic views over Girona.
If you want to relax, there are some gorgeous manicured gardens that encircle the Passeig Arqueològic pathway. Apart from this, animal lovers should visit Fundacio Mona. The wildlife foundation rescues abused chimps and other primates from circus and television and rehabilitates them.
Being the capital of the Andalusia region in Spain, Seville is a highly popular city on every travelers’ list. The vibrant city is famous for flamenco dancing and historical ruins.
Make sure to explore Plaza de Espana, a gorgeous square with stunning architecture and mesmerizing tiles. It's free to visit and it's offering some excellent photo opportunities with all the horse carriages.
Another breathtaking site is Real Alcazar, an incredible fortress that was constructed in the Moorish era in the 1300s. Go early, there is always a long cue as this is the number one attraction of Seville.
Get lost in Centro Historico de Sevilla, it's like the Old Town of Seville, a maze of narrow streets, cute little cafes, shops and tapas bars, impressive squares and plenty of beautiful buildings.
Valencia is located on the Southeastern coast of Spain, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Turia River. Undoubtedly, Valencia is popular for art and science. Being the third biggest city of Spain, Valencia is a mix of old and new buildings.
If you want to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, spices or meat, head to the historic Central Market, one of the most colorful markets in Valencia.
If you visit Valencia in March, make sure to go to the Fallas Festival, a joyful and vibrant celebration for welcoming spring. It's an incredible experience, traditional as well cultural, don't miss it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sabrina Iovino is the founder of JustOneWayTicket.com. She's half German, half Italian and has traveled to more than 50 countries around the globe. She feels weird to write about herself in the third person, so she'll switch now. Phew...much better! Let's restart:
Hi, I'm Sab! This is my blog and I write about the things I love. Mostly.
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