Spain is a country that has a lot to offer tourists when it comes to culture, history, gastronomy, or entertainment. Thanks to the wide variety of activities to suit all tastes, the country receives almost a million tourists a year from around the world.
Travelers, who visit Spain fall in love with the country, thus numerous returns to continue to visit it. As there is no time for the range of attractions Spain offers, and therefore it is impossible to list them in a single article, we have selected some places or cities to visit in Spain, at least once in life.
Madrid. The capital of Spain is one of the places that travelers cannot miss. It is one of the essential cities in Europe, where there is activity day and night. Madrid falls in love with its museums, markets, parks, monuments, neighborhoods, squares, one of the best things to do in Madrid is to try its varied cuisine and enjoy good tapas in one of its many terraces.
Although it is impossible to visit Madrid in a day or two, we recommend the following route:
Barcelona. There are hundreds of reasons to visit a city as unique and cosmopolitan as Barcelona: its modernist architecture, its Rambla full of life, its different neighborhoods full of personality such as the Gothic quarter, its beaches and viewpoints, its museums, its culture, etc. Visitors should not miss the following places:
Basque Country. This region of northern Spain is famous for its gastronomy (it has 24 Michelin Star restaurants in the 2022 edition), but it also boasts breathtaking nature and geography, as well as strong cultural traditions. Among the places that should be visited, even once in a lifetime, are the following:
The most typical places to visit are la biblioteca municipal, la Casa Consistorial, la Casa Simitur, la parroquia de Santa María o el palacio Larrinaga, among others.
Costa del Sol. A separate chapter should be written for this place in Spain since it covers a lot, from beautiful beaches, gastronomic tradition, history, art, fun, sports and much more. The Costa del Sol offers a perfect synergy between beach and mountains, with a wide range of activities for each member of the family. In each of the fourteen municipalities of the Costa del Sol, from the limit of the province of Cádiz to that of Granada, the visitor will find nautical, mountain, cultural, and beach tourism activities and a great gastronomic diversity with typical dishes loaded with of flavor and aroma. For this reason, each year the Costa del Sol receives half a million visitors, of which a large majority opt for holiday homes and feel more integrated into the culture of the place.
Granada. Undoubtedly one of the most historic cities in Spain, from its mighty Alhambra fortress, the greatest relic of Andalusia’s Moorish past, to the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods. For lovers of history and architecture, visiting the city of Granada will be one of the most memorable trips. Visiting the Alhambra in Granada is essential to learn about the history of the city and its important Nasir legacy, a unique architectural gem in the world.
The best way to get to know the Albaicín neighborhood is to walk its streets. Visitors will find numerous monuments and monumental complexes from different periods, mainly Nasrid and Renaissance. In addition, to recharge your energy, the best is “tapeo” (the Spanish word for eating snacks with friends or family) on Calle Elvira, Plaza Nueva, Albaicín, and Plaza de Toros, where you can find dozens of bars that will give you a tapa to choose from for a drink.
One of the best places to enjoy a sunset is the Mirador de San Nicolás, where you can see the Alhambra in the background. According to former US President Bill Clinton: the most beautiful sunset in the world, which he commented on during his visit with his family in 1997.
Santiago de Compostela. This Galician city is world-famous for El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route since the Middle Ages that ends in the Cathedral of Santiago where they say the tomb of the Apostle Santiago is located. The Camino is the most important European pilgrimage route and one that falls in love with its landscapes. The construction of the current cathedral began in 1075, and it was built in granite. In addition to enjoying the impressive architectural beauty of the Cathedral, it is also worthy to wait calmly, and observe the people in the Plaza del Obradoiro, since it is exciting to see the reactions of the pilgrims to the destination, they have been pursuing for so many days and with a lot of effort.
One way to get to know the cultural traditions of Spain firsthand is to visit its markets, and the Mercado de Abastos in Santiago de Compostela has become the second most visited place in the city. It is a perfect place to taste Galician gastronomy with fresh and natural products. It should be highlighted that seafood is the main ingredient in Galician cuisine.
Rúa do Franco, do Villar, and Rúa Nova is the obligatory streets to walk in Santiago de Compostela, where the traveler will find baroque country houses from the 18th century, large houses of traditional Galician architecture where the feudal lords lived and facades with detailed medieval ornaments.
Summarily, we would need more articles to capture a little of the great architectural, cultural, landscape, and gastronomic wealth of Spain. These few brushstrokes can serve as a guide for tourists when choosing a destination and holiday home in this wonderful country on the Iberian Peninsula.