things to do in spain things to do in spain

From Barcelona to Seville: The 15 Most Beautiful Cities in Spain

There are numerous stunning cities in Spain. It is simple to understand why so many people, like myself, adore Spain because of its vibrant cities like Madrid and Córdoba and its lush countryside. If you’re pondering your next destination, we heartily recommend that you have a look at one of the top cities in Spain that we’ve listed below.

You can be sure that there will never be a shortage of breathtaking historical landmarks in a country with a past as varied and rich as Spain’s. However, Spain has also developed into a more modern nation; evidence of this may be found in street art, museums, galleries, and restaurants.

If this is your first time visiting Spain, prepare to be amazed. All the cities in Spain have their own personality, complete with local cuisine and beverages. Numerous wine areas are accessible, as are the two largest cities in Spain, Barcelona and Madrid, as well as the lesser-known gems of San Sebastian and Sevilla.

A Journey Through the 15 Most Beautiful Cities

1. Seville

Seville, the largest city in Southern Spain and unquestionably one of the most beautiful, is renowned for its flamenco dancing and distinctive architectural styles. It is one of the fascinating destinations to visit in Spain since it is supposed to have been constructed by Hercules himself and because of its rich history. Visitors will never be at a loss for things to do in this city because it offers such a wide variety of attractions. Seville is also known as an ancient city in Spain.

Even if bullfighting is debatable, “The Bullring” is one of Seville’s most visited attractions. The “Plaza de Toro,” regarded as one of the best bullrings in the nation, is rich in Spanish culture and heritage. The arena, which was constructed between 1762 and 1881, can accommodate 14,000 spectators and has acoustics that allows everyone to hear the action from any seat. Even though bouts are still performed there, the arena itself is a beautiful site to behold with its late baroque architecture and striking main entrance made of exposed stone if you choose to visit during a less busy period.

Seville is also renowned for being a foodie city, and there are more than 3,000 tapas bars there. I could entertain myself for the entire day by simply hopping from bar to bar and trying the Solomillo al Whisky, Pringle (sandwiches), and churros! Additionally, there are several famous buildings in this stunning Spanish city, including the Torre del Oro, the captivating Real Alcázar Palace, and the Plaza de Espaa.

As you go through the charming Barrio de Santa Cruz and take in the aroma of citrus, or from the Setas de Sevilla, the largest wooden structure in the world, where you can take in unrivalled vistas.

Although Seville is home to numerous significant historical structures, museums, and monuments that you shouldn’t miss when visiting if you won’t be spending much time there, here are the must-see sights.

1.1. Plaza de Espaa

One of Spain’s most stunning squares is Plaza de Espaa. Anibal González’s 1929 creation is a masterwork that draws tourists from all over the world.

The area is ideal for exploring, taking in the stunning Andalusian tiled benches that depict cities in Spain and the intricate architecture, riding a boat in the canal, and taking pictures. It should come as no surprise that this square hosts a lot of events, from fashion displays to concerts, so you might want to check the calendar.

1.2. Royal Alcazar of Seville

A short distance from Seville Cathedral, the Royal Alcazar is among the top things to do in Seville.

This magnificent palace complex has a rich past dating from the first centuries of the ninth century to the present. You should allow enough time to tour the entire palace because it also features stunning Mudejar architecture, lovely fountains, and roomy gardens.

1.3. Seville Cathedral and Giralda (The world’s largest Gothic temple)

There are undoubtedly three structures that you must see among Seville’s many old structures. The Real Alcazar, the Giralda, and the Cathedral are part of a group that was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites along with the Archive of the Indies.

For a structure of its time, Seville’s Giralda is a tower of unsurpassed size (from the 12th to the 6th century). For a moment, it held the record for the highest building in the world (101 meters counting the Giraldillo, the beautiful weathervane that crowns it and one of the symbols of the city). A perfect combination of several architectural movements and civilizations may be seen in The Giralda.

The size of the Seville Cathedral will leave you confused. According to the chronicles, the Cathedral Chapter members had the idea to construct a huge church that would make people think they were insane. Everything is enormous in the Cathedral. Admire the main altarpiece, which is regarded by many as one of the finest pieces of art ever created. A peek into the mausoleum where Christopher Columbus’s remains are interred.

The Santa Maria de la Sede Cathedral in Seville is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a must-see destination.

1.4. Setas De Sevilla

Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful view? You can walk on the Metropol Parasol, also referred to as Las Setas de Sevilla. It has the shape of a mushroom.

You can visit this viewpoint in the morning or the evening, and both times offer simply stunning views. You can see the light show and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of Seville if you visit Las Setas at dusk or later in the evening.

1.5. Casa De Pilatos

Another Andalusian palace in Seville that is worthwhile visiting is Casa de Pilatos.

Although it is considerably smaller than the Real Alcazar of Seville, that does not make it any less stunning or majestic.

2. Valencia

Without eating paella, the renowned Mediterranean rice dish, a trip to Spain is not complete as it is one of the best cities in Spain. And Valencia, the birthplace of paella, is the only location where you can enjoy this dish in its purest form. Valencia is home to a variety of delicious cuisine that you should sample while there. Valencia is the third largest city.

photo by Shuishi Pan from unsplash

The city is most known for Las Fallas, a joyful five-day celebration in March that features a parade of enormous paper-mâché puppets. Visit the City of Arts and Sciences, notably the Oceanogràfic aquarium there, stroll through the lovely Old Town streets, peek inside the Gothic church from the 13th century, and take some time to relax on the lovely beaches.

2.1 Attend The La Tomatina Festival And Begin a Fight.

La Tomatina is a happy, if sometimes disorganized, celebration. The largest food fight in the world is held every year in the village of Buol, 40 kilometers outside of Valencia. The main activity of the celebration is tossing overripe tomatoes at one another and into the street.

Despite being the result of a humorous incident in 1945 involving an insane audience and readily available tomatoes, the festival now attracts thousands of locals and visitors to the streets and has grown to become one of the most enjoyable, jovial celebrations in the entire nation.

2.2. Explore La Lonja De La Seda

Another of Valencia’s top attractions, this collection of buildings is a historical landmark. Its importance to culture and spectacular architecture led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The name, which translates to “silk trade,” honors the opulent structures’ past function as Valencia’s center for the interchange of goods and silk in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

2.3. Let The City Of Arts And Science “Wow” You

Visiting Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is among the best things to do in Valencia (the City of Arts and Science). This vast edifice is an homage to modernism, visually stunning, and capable of supplying hours of amusement. Santiago Calatrava, a local architect who is now well-known worldwide, created the majority of the complex.

The 350,000 square meter area is covered in numerous buildings. A 3D IMax theater, a planetarium, an aquarium, a scientific museum, an opera theatre, and a lovely collection of indigenous plants are among the six zones that make up this complex.

3. Madrid

There is no shortage of breathtaking locations in one of the lovely cities in Spain which is Madrid. Even while the grandness of the structures along the Gran Va is enough to stop you in your tracks, there is even more exquisite architecture to behold.

Madrid, the capital of Spain, has a prominent public space called the Plaza Mayor. In the center of Spain is Madrid. You’ll adore the Madrid Palace, the quaint Chamber district, and the numerous art museums and galleries, including the renowned Prado. Visit the stunning El Retiro Park if you want to spend some time in nature.

We advise joining a Madrid food tour to sample some Jamon, manchego cheese, sidra, and churros because the city has so many different culinary delicacies.

Tours to take in Madrid include:

  • Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour in Madrid
  • Tour from Madrid to the Valley of the Fallen and the Escorial Monastery.

3.1. The Prado

One of the best and most well-known art museums in the world is the Prado, and it is absolutely essential. The number of Renaissance and Baroque masters’ works is astounding.

Velázquez and El Greco from Spain, Rembrandt, Brueghel, van Dyck, and Rubens from the Low Countries, and Titian, Caravaggio, Botticelli, and Tintoretto from Italy make up the Italian contingent.Among the many masterpieces that are a must-see is Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath and Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.

3.2. Royal Palace of Madrid

The Moorish Alcázar fortress-palace in Madrid burned down in 1734, and King Philip V had the Royal Palace constructed there for him in the middle of the eighteenth century. It is the biggest royal residence in western Europe and combines baroque and neoclassical architectural elements.

For the complete experience, you must enter because the royal collections and frescoes are exquisite. Along with spectacular exhibits of watches, tapestries, porcelain, and silverware, there are paintings by Goya, Caravaggio, and Velázquez.

The Royal Armory houses the personal weaponry used by Charles V during the 16th century, as well as the world’s only string quartet of Stradivarius instruments.

3.4. Retiro Park

A little distance east of the Prado, the Retiro is the hub of Madrid’s greenery and spectacular gardens. Until the end of the 19th century, it was a royal estate, but it is now open to the public.

On a beautiful afternoon, kayaking on the Grand Pond near the Alfonso XII monument is a great activity for families with young children. Bald cypress trees, unusual swamp trees that turn a wonderful golden brown in the summer, are growing in the pond in front of the iron and glass pavilion, which was built to accommodate the Philippine Exhibition in 1887.

The Montezuma Cypress tree, which is encircled by an iron fence, is the oldest tree in the area and was planted in 1633.

4. Granada

Due to centuries of Iberian, Roman, and Muslim influences, Granada has unique architecture and culture. Since the 1200s, this city has been a major cultural hub for the entire world. It is still one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The Alhambra, one of the most magnificent monuments in the world, as well as several other magnificent structures from that era may be found there.

photo by dimitry b from unsplash

Make sure to stop by one of the many pubs in the afternoon, where all you have to do is order a drink and a tapa to get. You can also go to one of the many tea houses in the Albayzin district to experience real Granada culture.

Take a stroll around the cobblestoned streets after seeing the Baroque, Renaissance, and Neoclassical churches, hospitals, convents, palaces, monasteries, and villas. The list of Spain’s most picturesque cities includes Granada.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Skip the Line: Flamenco Show Ticket for One Hour at a Granada Cave Restaurant
  • Experience Arabian Baths at Granada’s Hammam Al Andalus

5. Oviedo

Oviedo, well known for its imposing medieval cathedral, is located in the northern Picos de Europa mountains, tucked away among verdant green hills.

It would be difficult to list all of the stunning monasteries, chapels, and cathedrals in the city. Visit a Sierra to sample the region’s famous drink and look for local delicacies like Cabrales cheese, Pitu de Celaya (special free-range chicken), and Fabada Asturiana (bean stew).

A significant number of statues and sculptures can be seen throughout the city, and the Old Town is charmingly full of winding pedestrian-only streets.

Catedral de oviedo, plaza alfonso ii el casto, oviedo, españa
photo by Lucía Garó from unsplash

The Camino Primitivo section of the Camino de Santiago walking routes frequently departs from Oviedo.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Kayaking instruction on the Nalón River in Oviedo.
  • Private tour to the Europa Peaks, Covadonga Sanctuary, and Lakes from Oviedo or Gijón.

6. Barcelona

The Sagrada Familia, an architectural masterpiece created by Antoni Gaud, is what most tourists to Barcelona first see when they arrive. Along with the stunning basilica, the area is home to other stunning buildings including the sumptuous Palace of Catalan Music, Casa Batlló, Casa Vicens, and Park Güell. Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Spain. Barcelona is also a beach city and has the best urban beaches.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Thus, you’ll also find slightly different foods there. A tapas crawl is therefore highly recommended. A gastronomic promenade through La Boqueria market is fantastic.

You must see the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), a breathtaking section of the city. It has one of the most wonderful old-world ambiances of any medieval district in the world.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Tapas and Wine Experience in Barcelona: Small-Group Walking Tour.
  • Sagrada Familia: Guided Fast Track Tour.
  • Barcelona Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience.

7. Zaragoza

You will be taken aback by this gorgeous city’s complex architecture, which is located along the Ebro River. Zaragoza will mesmerize you as it is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. This is one of the most beautiful Spanish cities.

Both the riverside plaza and the large Plaza del Pilar offer views of the blue and yellow-tiled roofs of the Basilica of Nuestra Senora del Pilar. The gleaming Fuente de la Hispanidad fountain, which is designed like Latin America, may be found by strolling through the plaza.

In the Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza, which is located further along the plaza, you may view specific examples of the Mudejar artwork that adorns the broader Aragon region.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Kayaking with ebroNAUTAS in Zaragoza: Fluvial EcoTourism
  • Tapas and Wine Tasting in the Historic City of Zaragoza.

8. Girona

The lovely city of Girona is filled to the brim with historic and medieval architectural treasures because of its roughly 2000-year history. I’m sure you would enjoy this city as it is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Spain. These consist of the magnificent Arab baths, the Força Vella Cathedral, and the ruins of the Força Vella Fortress from the Roman era. This is a city with a rich cultural heritage. Pals, Girona has medieval streets.

Explore the historic Jewish Quarter’s winding lanes or stroll along the medieval walls. Take the stairs up Cndaro or Sant Llorenç street to the city’s highest point for sweeping vistas. Even some of the Game of Thrones filming locations may be visited.

Of course, Girona’s more contemporary side does not fall short either. A must-see attraction is the colorful buildings that line the River Onyar.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Small Group Walking Tour in Girona from Girona
  • Game of Thrones Walking Tour in Girona for Half a Day with a Guide

9. San Sebastián

One of Spain’s most picturesque coastal cities is San Sebastian. Of all the cities in Spain to visit this city should be in your list.

San sebastián, spain
photo by quick ps from unsplash

One of its main draws is the crescent-shaped La Concha beach, which has beautiful white sand and turquoise water. Another is the amazing pintxos crawl, where you can sample foie gras, Basque cheesecake, and skeleton meat.

Take the funicular up to Monte Igueldo for a panoramic view of the city from the lookout point or the El Torreón tower.

Explore the Old Town of the city, home to the lavish Santa Mara del Coro Basilica and the San Telmo Museum. Make a reservation at a Siberia (Petritegi is a fantastic option) if it’s cider season (Jan.-March) for the whole cider house experience.

10. Pamplona

Pamplona is another location in Spain that is worthwhile visiting in addition to well-known cities in Spain like Barcelona or Madrid. In addition to being the center of the world’s bull-running, this city offers a wealth of other attractions.

The capital of Spain’s Kingdom of Navarre is this town, which is rich in tradition and history. It is well situated halfway between the Basque Country and Aragón. The La Rioja wine area is soon accessible if you travel south. Pamplona is a gorgeous city in its own right, making it a wonderful starting point for exploring adjacent places.

Pamplona, like other cities in Spain, has experienced several dominance. The city became the seat of Navarre from 1000 until 1035, during the reign of Sancho III. Pamplona was the most heavily defended town in the north by 1571.

The demographic, industrial, and economic expansion of Pamplona started in the latter half of the 20th century. Pamplona eventually gained notoriety for its production of pottery, wineskins, rope, and sandals, which are all ancient skills. The production of metal, paper, kitchenware, liquor, chemicals, sugar, and flour is the city’s main source of income. Pamplona also developed into a key hub for connection between Spain and France.

11. Logroño

The headquarters of the renowned wine region La Rioja is the lovely city of Logrono. Since fewer tourists frequent it, it’s the ideal location for a peaceful getaway. You can either conduct some wine sampling within the city limits or venture outside to the nearby hillsides.

Calle portales, logroño, españa
photo by afaaq afzal from unsplash

You’ll adore this small city’s numerous parks, plazas, and elaborate cathedrals. Just go to the Old Town and get lost in the winding streets. The Church of San Bartolomé, built in the 12th century, is the oldest in Logrono, and the Museo de la Rioja is housed in a historic mansion from the 18th century.

Don’t forget to go “pinches crawling” on the well-known Calle del Laurel for a fun lunch or dinner. In these bars, you can get both traditional and cutting-edge food that pairs well with a glass of regional wine. On the same street, you can simply move between them while eating the delicacies of each pub.

12. Málaga

Over the past few years, this charming port city on the Costa del Sol has been revitalized and is becoming more and more well-known. Málaga has a bright future, but its past is just as fascinating. Pablo Picasso was born there, and there is a lovely old town to visit. Of all the cities in Spain to visit, this is one of the most charming cities in Spain for you to visit.

The most stunning views of the city and its glittering shoreline may be found in the historic Castillo de Gibralfaro. The Roman amphitheater is located just beneath the Alcazaba, which is tucked away among vegetation.

Visit the Soho District to view intriguing street art or reserve a ticket to the vibrant Pompidou Center to see Malaga’s more contemporary side. But make sure to take advantage of the beautiful beaches.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Evening Wine and Tapas Tour in Malaga
  • A Segway Tour of the Best of Malaga in Two Hours.

13. Bilbao

Another one of those stunning Spanish cities with both ancient and contemporary components is Bilbao. For a glimpse into Bilbao’s past, stroll around the vibrant Old Town (Casco Viejo) or check out the stunningly modern Guggenheim Museum. The La Ribera Market has a long history with the now-defunct Plaza Vieja de Bilbao, and the Guinness World Book of Records named it as the largest covered food market in the world in 1990.

bilbao spain
photo by yves alarie from unsplash

You can access the Lookout of Artxanda via a funicular and enjoy unrivalled views of the city and the surrounding lush hills.

You shouldn’t skip The Market La Ribera, either. You will almost certainly find up purchasing more than one dish at the market because it has been operating for centuries and has so many enticing food stalls.

Enjoyable tours:

  • The Best Gourmet Food Tour in Bilbao
  • Historical Tour of Bilbao.

14. Ronda

The lovely city of Ronda is located on each side of the 328-foot-deep El Tajo gorge.

This fully walkable city is one of the most stunning Pueblos Blancos (white villages) dispersed throughout Andalucia. Three bridges connect it, with the majestic Puente Nuevo being the most well-known. To obtain a better view of the Puente Nuevo, follow the route down into the canyon. Alternatively, visit the Alameda del Tajo Gardens and take in the lush hills that surround the city.

ronda spain cities in spain.
photo by Amos from unsplash

Additionally, you won’t want to skip Plaza del Toros, one of Spain’s oldest bullrings. It is one of the best cities in spain.

Enjoyable tours:

  • Seville-based Ronda Day Tour with Wine Tasting and Optional White Villages
  • Ronda and White Villages Day Trip from Seville.

15. Jerez De La Frontera

The Cartujana horses, sherry, and Flamenco dancing of this lovely Spanish city are its most well-known attractions. The highly prized Cartujana horses can be seen performing at the Jerez Horse Fair or the Equestrian Art School. This is one of the most popular Spain cities.

Additionally, this city is regarded as one of the origins of flamenco dancing. Visit Jerez during the annual Flamenco Festival or reserve tickets to a performance for an evening of dancing and music.

When you’re not admiring the splendor of Flamenco dancing and equestrian art, visit Bodega To Pepe to sample their sweet sherry.

Enjoyable tour:

  • Jerez de la Frontera Walking Tour of History and Art.

Spain is a magical country that never lets you down, whether you’re searching for UNESCO World Heritage Sites or just enjoying the simple pleasure of trying a local delicacy while watching the sunset.

Last Updated on by Sanjana


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *