The Best Cities to Visit
Spain is a country in the southwestern region of Europe that attracts travelers from around the world. From Madrid to Barcelona, and Granada to Cadiz, Spain offers something for everyone who visits. It also just happens to be my all-time favorite country in the world!
In this article, we will explore the best cities to visit in Spain. I’ll share the highlights of Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Cadiz, and more. I’ll discuss what each offers visitors in terms of cultural things to do and the top attractions you can enjoy when visiting these Spanish cities!
I had to put Granada at the top of this list. It is one of the absolute best cities to visit in Spain. It’s full of beautiful architecture, gorgeous scenery, and people who are always ready to share their love for this vibrant city!
One of the best attractions in Granada is walking up the mountain to see the famous Sacromonte caves. These caves were where the famous flamenco singer, José Mercé, was found, and where you can find the Flamenco Museum. It’s worth checking out to learn more about this part of Spanish culture! You can always find small flamenco shows late at night in many restaurants in this area.
Another great thing to do in Granada (or any Spanish city) is to go on a tapas tour! This fun activity allows you to walk around different neighborhoods and taste Spanish cuisine. You order a drink and get a free plate of food with your beverage. What can be better than that!?
If you like history and architecture, you must visit the Alhambra in Granada. This palace is a work of art that was built over time for generations. The intricate Moorish designs here will mesmerize you and you’ll spend hours wandering through the gardens, learning the history behind this ancient structure!
Pamplona is one of the first major cities you will cross if you complete the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile hike through the north of Spain. When I first entered Pamplona, it was with stumbling feet after walking nearly 70 kilometers, so obviously, I was happy to see this city appear on the horizon.
Pamplona is where you can experience one of Spain’s more dangerous festivals, the Running of the Bulls. This festival takes place in July. I’ve never experienced it myself, but this will be one to watch from the sidelines when I do.
While visiting Pamplona, you can check out the Jorge Oteiza Museum to see many sculptures and drawings from this Spanish sculptor. The building is exceptionally interesting in an architectural sense and also the artist’s former home.
Nearly every Spanish city has a famous cathedral, and Pamplona is no different. The Catedral de Santa María la Real has an impressive gothic style interior.
Last, explore Fort San Cristóbal. This prison-fort complex towers over Pamplona and has been through multiple wars, including the Spanish Civil War. It’s cool to wander through this old fort overgrown with grass and get a vantage point view of the city.
Now for some of the best Spanish Cities with beaches…
That’s right! You can’t forget Spain is home to many gorgeous chill beach cities. It’s hard to choose which to visit, so why not visit them all? 🙂
Another coastal city, Alicante, is where you can enjoy heaps of fresh seafood. The Mercado Central will have your mouth watering as you gaze upon loads of crabs and lobsters.
The Basilica de Santa Maria makes for an enjoyable day trip paired with the Contemporary Art Museum right next door.
History buffs can check out the Archaeological Museum or climb to the Castle of Santa Barbara.
End your evening with a stroll down the Explanada de España. Here you can vibe with Alicante nightlife and feel the ocean breeze.
I went to Ibiza during the off-season and have to admit, this wild island was pretty dead! You will want to go between May and October to make sure the party is really popping.
Some of the most famous clubs in Ibiza include Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, Bora Bora, and Privilege Ibiza.
But Ibiza is not just a party island! You can also rent kayaks to explore the beaches or check out the Can Marça Caves.
Like bohemian style and crystals, the Hippy Market has your back with exceptional souvenirs.
Which of these best cities to visit in Spain are you most drawn to?
Let me know in the comments!