Spain is a country that exalts itself to everyone. Whether it’s its historical extravaganza, mesmerizing beauty, many colorful festivals, or wonderful funny people, Spain’s most beautiful cities ensure that you won’t get bored while traveling. They are so picturesque that they are literally created for a romantic dream. “I would rather be a foreigner here than in most other countries. How easy it is to find friends in Spain! ’ said George Orwell. I invite you to travel, exploring the mysterious wonders of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
Bilbao and modern architecture
In absolute contrast to other Spanish cities, Bilbao stands out for its modern architecture. The gem of this old port city is the Guggenheim Museum, which is a colossal titanium structure where exciting contemporary art awaits you. Don’t forget to try pintxos with local wine as you travel through Bilbao.
Valencia — modernity and history
Recognized as the birthplace of Paella, Valencia perfectly combines modernity with the archaic of the past. The structure that attracts most people is the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences by architect Santiago Calatrava. The city has many areas dedicated to sports, which are idyllicly surrounded by trees and plants. The Valencia beach certainly adds to the appeal of this already beautiful Spanish city.
Huesca and music
Huesca is a charming town in the Aragon region, very close to the Pyrenees. In addition to many old churches and castles, this city is also known for its musical activities. El 21 is considered one of the best concert halls in the country. While in Huesca, don’t forget to try Somontano wines and Pollo al chilindron (chicken and pepper dish). Fiesta Mayor is also a vibrant festival that you should definitely visit.
Jerez de la Frontera — the birthplace of Flamenco
Do you want to feel like a real Spaniard? You can go straight to Jerez de la Frontera. It is a beautiful 3000 year old city with cobbled streets, numerous old castles and ruins, medieval churches and many wine cellars where you can immerse yourself in the history of winemaking. And if you love horses, don’t miss the most interesting annual 500 year old horse fair, the Feria del Caballo. The sights of Spain are evenly distributed over all the most beautiful cities in the country.
Logrono. Wine and tapas
This beautiful Spanish city has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the way to the tomb of the Apostle James in Santiago de Compostela and is definitely on the list of must see cities in Spain. It is famous for its delicious Spanish cuisine (drilled on the streets of Tapas tasting) and the famous Spanish Rioja wine.
Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar is called the city of three lies. In case you’re wondering what the trio is, this city is not holy (Santo), flat (llana), not maritime (Mar), as its name implies. But it is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Spain for tourists.
Food & Attractions in Burgos
Burgos is located on the banks of the Arlanza and Duero rivers — a historical masterpiece among the most beautiful cities in Spain. Burgos Cathedral is a magnificent monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also famous for its blood sausages, which you can try in any of the amazing cafes around the city.
Malaga, Picasso’s hometown
Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, this beach town is a great place to relax. It has a vibrant bohemian culture centered on the SOHO area. Malaga also has its fair share of old fortresses and churches: the Alcazaba and the baroque cathedral.
Pamplona and the running of the bulls
Pamplona is known mainly for the wild and adrenaline-rich San Fermin Bull Festival. But there’s so much more to this beautiful Spanish city — old historic churches, the Museum of Navarre displaying exquisite Roman artefacts, and Renaissance paintings complemented by beautiful parks.
The next in the list of the most beautiful cities in Spain is Seville, the capital of Andalusia. It boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcazar Palace, the Cathedral (containing the remains of Christopher Columbus), and the General Archives of the Indies. This vibrant city can amaze your senses with its riot of colors and the scent of orange blossoms. Seville is one of the best cities to visit in Spain.
Consuegra and her babies
The windmills of Consuegra are framed by the blue Spanish sky, an integral symbol of this beautiful Spanish city. Apart from these superbly preserved windmills next to the old castle, Consuegra is also famous for its saffron. In October, at the Saffron festival, you can see the brightly lit windmills.
Cuenca and houses of Casas Colgadas
Cuenca is also known as the Eagle’s Nest, where the first Gothic cathedral in Spain was built. In addition to its historical significance, this walled city has the unique “hanging houses” of the Casas Colgadas, perched precariously on the cliffs overlooking the Jucar River Gorge.
Cordoba and its courtyards
Cordoba is a truly beautiful city in Spain to visit, and its artistic patios and picturesque courtyards are a sight to behold for aesthetes. Cordoba throughout its history has been one of the greatest cities in the world, and fragments of this distant past still survive today: the Palace Fortress and the Great Mosque.
The beautiful city of Segovia
This beautiful city lies north of Madrid and legends say it was founded by the son of Noah, or even by Hercules himself. Regardless of the veracity of these legends, this city inspired Walt Disney to create the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Do you need more reasons to visit Segovia?
Granada and Alhambra
Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain and is known for the legendary citadel and palace of the Alhambra in the list of the most beautiful cities in Spain. The most magical sight is the Alhambra, shining with a red glow in the setting sun. The best view of it opens from the Mirador de San Nicolás. Of course, delicious tapas and lively nightlife definitely won’t hurt you!
Madrid. Capital of Spain
As they say: “If you are in Madrid, you are from Madrid.” Madrid is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Its nightlife is legendary, with merry crowds in the streets and dancing all night long. It is also known for its marvelous museums, the Prado Museum, the Center de Arte Reina Sophie and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, among other attractions in Madrid. The atmosphere of the city is cosmopolitan.
The most beautiful city in Spain — Barcelona
The colorful Catalan capital is adorned with architectural marvels. Barcelona’s attractions include Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and the famous Sagrada Familia Church. It is a lively beach town with a vibrant nightlife, lively shops and amazing restaurants, as well as street food.
It’s no surprise if after seeing this list of the most beautiful cities in Spain, some of you have already started packing your bags. Keep on traveling and never stop, as Spain can surprise you endlessly.