If you are relatively well-versed in European travel, there is a good chance that you have not yet visited Spain. Although rich in culture, so many people fail to realize just how great of a tourist destination it can be. Spain is full if numerous vibrant cities, each providing travelers with a distinct experience from one another.
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain and is conveniently located in the center of the country. Be sure to visit Puerto del Sol, a square in the heart of Madrid. Another must-see is Plaza Mayor, a beautiful square full of shops and restaurants. But there is so much more to just the capital city of Spain!
When it comes to tourist attractions in Spain, Barcelona has more than its fair share of participation. And although you must experience the crazy, beautiful architecture of Gaudi, which is scattered around the city, there is much more to discover throughout the rest of the city. And despite all the fame of the Sagrada Familia, if you want an alternative with fewer crowds and better views, check out Sagrat Cor, located on the hills above the city.
Marbella is an exclusive destination where many rich and famous people from around the world, including many Hollywood stars and even kings, have their luxury properties, right near the Mediterranean coast. It is considered the most luxurious tourist center on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the best in Europe, next to Monaco and Nice. But Marbella is much more than a place where rich people come to extend the summer season to November so only consider this if you have the financial means to do so.
The largest city on the Costa del Sol, Málaga, offers beaches, monuments, excellent shops and beautiful scenery along the coast. The city has certainly benefited from the sun and sand, and many new buildings as well as hotels and facilities are targeted at tourists. The historic city center with an unfinished Gothic cathedral surrounded by narrow pedestrian streets will definitely enchant you. If you want to get in touch with the spirit of the city, you must visit the Picasso Museum, at least a small part of the city’s chapels and churches, some of its beautiful gardens.
Mahon is known among tourists as one of the calmest, safest and most relaxing places in Spain. The city is conveniently located in a small and narrow bay on the east coast of the green Balearic island of Menorca. It’s very different from the hectic and dynamic cities like Barcelona or Madrid, but it’s certainly no less beautiful.
Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Galicia region in northwestern Spain, is known as the end of the traditional pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago. Today, the city attracts thousands of tourists each year, both because of its religious tradition and history. The purpose of most pilgrims is the main square, Praza do Obradoiro. This lively square in the heart of the city is a place of many important monuments, especially the Cathedral of Santiago, where the tomb of St. James is located.
Catalonia is full of beautiful medieval villages, and one of the most picturesque villages is the small Besalu, located in Garrocha County. Besalu is perfectly preserved and looks like a place that has just emerged from a fairy tale. The most impressive monument in Besal is the large medieval bridge that leads from the street to the interior of the village. We really encourage you to stop in the middle of the bridge and admire the picturesque views of the village and the river.
In reality, there are so many more great cities in Spain that we wish we had the time to mention, but now you have a good idea of why you should most definitely visit Spain as soon as you get the chance! It is a beautiful country that will surely take your breath away with each city you visit!