In this article, we will explore the top cities and places to visit in Spain. These destinations are perfect for families and couples to explore.
Madrid has been experiencing a facelift and revamps over the past few years. For instance, the Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Prado are now bigger and better. The city centre has been smartening up, a process that continues even today. Consequently, there are new delis, cafes, boutiques, and gastrobars to explore on a beer bike in Madrid whilst others are opening every week.
That being said, the city has not lost its cultural appeal nor its history. In fact, it is a perfect destination for a week-long expedition or long weekend getaway if you are history and culture buff.
The city has a lively atmosphere and great food to enjoy. While it may have a cold atmosphere owing to its high altitude, its sky is almost always blue and clear. The sun shines bright allowing visitors to sit at pavement cafés and enjoy their Vermut.
Beyond the football the culture surrounding the sport, Barcelona is a great city exhibiting impeccable architectural variety and complexity. There are dark Gothic facades up next to harlequin buildings that appeal to the modernists. Moreover, there are skyline-piercing structures by the famous Herzog, Nouvel and de Meuron.
However, it is not just about the awe-inspiring buildings and architectural styles. There are also seven world-famous beaches to explore. You can head to one of the beaches for a spectacular sundowner. Thereafter, you have a choice of dining at one of the Michelin-starred establishments or dine in a humble and family-run (and oriented) tapas bars.
In a nutshell, Barcelona offers unbeatable food, spectacular architectural design, months of sunshine, and a relaxed pace for a truly unique experience.
#3. Costa Brava
If you are looking for an unspoilt stretch of beach in Europe that is not only romantic but picturesque look no further than Costa Brava. This beach has it all; it is impeccably manicured in some places while in other places it is natural and wild.
However, regardless of where you are, the beach offers some of the finest Blue Flag beaches you can find in Europe. The horseshoe bays, smugglers’ coves, broad and sandy beach stretches give beachgoers some unique scenery to enjoy.
But it not just about the stretches of beautiful beaches. There are plenty of dining spots to enjoy. Catalonia and the Costa Brava beach has one of the highest concentration of Michelin-starred hotels and chefs in Spain.
Over the last decade, Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, has seen tremendous growth and bold development. The new development has added to the spectacle and architectural wealth. The Art Nouveau buildings and the Renaissance and the Gothic monuments give the city incredible diversity on top of the new developments.
The city also has plenty of museums and culinary scene unique to the city. There are also plenty of nightlife activities, shopping establishments, and miles of beaches to explore and enjoy.
Moreover, the Mediterranean climate and feel and a walkable city centre mean you will enjoy exploring the city – especially the medieval architecture and monuments and the various dining spots.
Seville is the ideal destination for those looking for a short break destination. The city famous for its tapas bars, flamenco, orange trees, and its rich history has plenty to offer. For instance, you can stay and explore the old town.
Therein, you get a chance to explore the picturesque Alcázar Palace and the Santa Cruz quarters. Furthermore, you get to enjoy the unique Guadalquivir atmosphere and the city landscape view from the Parasol Metropol or ancient cathedral tower.
You can also visit Giralda minaret, the world’s largest cathedral which exemplifies the greatness of Islamic architecture.
Life’s greatest pleasures come in many forms. Eating a recently caught sardines while soaking up the scenery at the beach has to be one of such pleasure. Spend your mornings exploring Carmen Thyssen and Picasso museum and then head to one of the beaches on either side of Malaga for this pleasure.
Malaga is not known for winding down in the summer, unlike other cities. In fact, it is particularly lively during mid-August whilst the Malaga Fair is underway. That being said, you can still kick back, relax, and enjoy your time, if you so wish. It has a laid-back Mediterranean vibe conducive for relaxing.
#7. San Sebastian
There are plenty of things to like about San Sebastian. The tapas bars, locally known as pintxos, and the culinary scene alone will make you fall in love with the city. There are also the 3 beaches with clear waters and long stretches of golden sand to enjoy. Add the awe-inspiring Art Nouveau architecture and you are in for a time of your life.