Cities in Spain You Need to Visit

Spain is the most incredible country, diverse and full of beauty. There's so much to see, it's the second most mountainous country in Europe and has had the the most diverse settler's leading to an interesting mix of people. The influences of all these settler's can be seen across the country, and attracts visitors from around the world. Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona, and the Alhambra in Granada, showing exactly how diverse this country is. Never mind the different dialects and languages spoken (Basque is much more difficult to understand than Catalan, but even Catalan is different than Castilian Spanish). Here are five cities you should visit in Spain.

Plaza de España, Seville 




5. Valencia

Spain's third largest city, and not necessarily one people tend to think to visit. Founded by the Roman military, Valencia has one of the best preserved city centre's in Spain. Two of the city's original gates still stand today, though the city has expanded. I was excited to see my first real life bull ring walking through the city. Valencia Cathedral is also worth a visit, claiming to be the home of the Holy Grail! We spent time meandering around the arts and science complex. The complex is built in the former river bed of the river Turia (the river was rerouted in 1957 after a terrible flood) & now the entire area is a sunken park.  

The bull ring, Valencia

4. Seville

Absolutely full of history. Seville was the economic centre of the Spanish empire, with trade routes being monopolised along it's river. The city centre is full of tiny lanes and it's easy to get lost walking around. The heat in the summer is kept out of the street's by big white sheets being hung between buildings to create shade, but we stayed in a hostel with a roof top pool - the best way to keep cool was to sit in that and drink tons of Sangria! You should visit the historic Alcazar, still a Royal Spanish palace (and apparently Game of Thrones is to be filmed there). La Giralda is also a famous sight, worth climbing to get views across the city (and a pretty easy climb since it only has 17 steps). Also you should take a walking tour with Pancho Tours, they do one in the evenings and one in the morning- and each tour is different so if you've got time, take both! Don't forget to visit Plaza de España, it's bigger than you think and gives the world a cuddle! 



3. Barcelona

Home to the beautiful architecture of Antoni Gaudi, one of the best party scenes I've seen (I went in November, during the off- season and still managed to get home at 4am each night), and, of course, FC Barcelona. A city with something for everyone, and incredibly easy to get around. There's the pretty Barceloneta beach. Or you can stroll along Las Ramblas, or Barri Gotic. If you want to get out of the city centre you can climb up Montjuic, or Tibidabo to look over it, or enjoy the fresh air and views of the pyrenees. 

Parc Guell, Barcelona


2. San Sebastian

The setting for Ernest Hemingway's famous novel, The Sun Also Rises, a gorgeous city to visit. San Sebastian has not one, but two stunning beaches, on either side of the river. It also has the highest amount of restaurants per capita in the world, and boasts loads of Michelin stars. You can walk down street upon street full of restaurants, and pintxos crawls are entirely acceptable, and encouraged. Entirely different than the rest of Spain, not only in language, the city is fairly small in comparison to other Spanish cities, and we stayed minutes from La Concha beach. Overlooking the beach, and the city, it has it's own Jesus statue which makes a great short walk and a great view of La Concha. 

La Concha


1. Granada

My favourite place in Spain, I stayed for 3 days in the Albaicin, the Arabic quarter, and whilst I ventured out into the rest of Granada, it was my favourite place to stay. Food smelt amazing, constantly, there was a real mixture of Arabic food and tapas style lunches. I spent a full morning exploring the Alhambra, it's exhausting and you should definitely get there early to avoid the crowds. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada's, the climate is much cooler in this part of Spain, but it just makes it easier to wander around and take in the beautiful parts of the city. Be sure to take time to visit the Hammam whilst you're there, and pay the extra for a massage it's sooo worth it!

Looking over La Alhambra complex

Have you visited Spain, where was your favourite place? 

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  1. Great choices. I absolutely loved Barcelona. It was so beautiful!

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    1. Barcelona is such a great city, isn't it? I loved it both times I went, and definitely hope to return some day :)

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  2. Ugh, I need to go back to Spain!! Two days was not enough. I'm now debating if I should do a month-long tour of Germany or Spain in 2015!

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    1. That's a tough choice! They're both so different. It depends what you're looking to get out of it. I mean I love Spain tons, and would go back so many times, but you've got German heritage, too. Was it just Barcelona you went to? It's quite different than Andalusia, and the Basque region (which are also quite different from each other).

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  3. I have returned to Spain for 5 times so far, and I have always loved it, no matter whichever part of the country. These are absolutely gorgeous cities, but haven't been to Valencia. I loved Seville and Granada.

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  4. I visited Spain for the first time in April- only Barcelona but I LOVED it! I'm debating going to TBEX Costa Brava this spring, but even if I dont I definitely need to go back to Spain soon!

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    1. Spain is such a weird country because each region is so diverse.

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  5. So many fantastic choices for places to visit in Spain! It sounds like I would really love Granada as well!

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    1. Granada is stunning, stunning. I want to live there at some point X

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  6. Great list! I've never been to Spain, but would really love to go! Granada is near the top of my list--it looks amazing!

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    1. It is, and you can go out to do things on the Sierra Nevada mountain range, too :)

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  7. I've yet to get to Spain but I can't wait to get to each and every one of these cities! Especially San Sebastian during the running of the bulls :D!

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    1. Megan, that's when I went to San Sebastian :) it's so amazing :)

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  8. Great choices. I never visited San Sebatian, but now it's on my list. :) And my favourite is Sevilla.

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    1. Seville is so hot! I really liked it, and was glad I did it at the end of my trip because it made me relax, but the heat was overwhelming.

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  9. Great choices. I love all of them and Granada is really so very special. If I may recommend another, I would say Santiago de Compostela. Truly a spellbinding place, especially arriving on foot from the Camino.

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    1. I haven't been there yet ;) but am always looking for places to explore in spain, i really want to hit rioja for batalla de vino this year :)

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  10. Great post! I have never been to Spain but would love to visit, especially San Sebastian, I love me some beaches!

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    1. San Sebastian is totally beautiful, I loved it there would like to go back to those beaches

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  11. San Sebastian is my favourite, everyone should check out this amazing place, and if you are a foodie like me this is a real heaven on Earth!

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    1. Isn't it? We went on tapas crawls and everything.

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  12. I've never been to Spain, but I think I'd most like to visit Seville because of the history. But really, I'd just love to visit all of these places! :)

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    1. If you visit Seville, I recommend going between October- June, it was sooo hot there that I didn't want to move away from the pool (not even to sleep)!

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  13. I really loved Granada!!! The Ahambra is amazing!

    -Raphael Alexander Zoren

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    1. Granada was my favourite- the alhambra was amazing, and exhausting! My friend bit was the Nasrid palaces

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