Planning out your vacations for the upcoming year? No matter the season, Spain is a wonderful place for vacationing. The rich culture is intoxicating—the moment you set foot there, you’ll never want to leave. Fortunately, it’s not terribly difficult to travel around the country, which is a bit smaller than the state of Texas, so we’ve listed a few of our favorite cities for you to visit. Check out five of the best cities to visit in Spain below.
Santander is a lovely seaside city in the northern region of Cantabria, which Spaniards love for its versatility: you can come in the summer for the beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere or in the winter for mountain adventures. The coast is breathtaking, the food is to die for—you could wander this historic town for days.
2. San Sebastián
The capital of the Gipuzkoa province, San Sebastián is on the northeast coast of Spain. The city is quite close to the French border, making it a great place to stay for access to other beautiful areas of Europe. It may be one of the more underrated places in Spain, but you shouldn’t miss it—especially if you’re a food-lover. San Sebastián boasts more Michelin stars per capita than almost any other place in the world, outdone only by Kyoto, Japan.
Valencia has something for every traveler, giving visitors a taste of both the Old World and the New World. There are beaches and nature parks, art and science institutes, and historical relics like the Valencia Cathedral. With its eye-catching architecture, Valencia makes for a vacation meant for a postcard. It almost seems too heavenly to be real.
Staying in Barcelona is one of those experiences people dream about. Barcelona represents the quintessential Spanish vacation; the history, the culture, the food, and the nightlife draw people back year after year. Explore the plazas, sunbathe at the beaches, or explore the history paved into the roads. This city is perfect during every season—don’t miss it.
Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the ancient city of Granada is full of breathtaking beauty at every turn. Granada was the last holdout of fifteenth-century Islamic Spain, so it’s brimming with ravishing mosaics, bubbling fountains, and a beautiful fortress-palace. If you come in April or May, you can see the colorful Moorish gardens in full bloom.