Spain’s vibrant cities, spectacular landscapes, and cultural attractions are unparalleled, making it an undisputed stop on many travelers’ European vacation itineraries. With so many different destinations, each with its own famous landmarks, determining which cities are worth visiting can be difficult. To come up with this list, U.S. News considered sights, history, seasonality, and expert opinion. For all types of travelers – from city slickers to beach bums to outdoorsy types – U.S. News considered sights, history, seasonality, and expert opinion to come up with the best places to visit in Spain. Do you have an opinion? Please vote in the poll below to help determine the ranking for next year. (Please note that the coronavirus outbreak can affect some of the destinations mentioned below.) Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of State. Please vote in the poll below to help determine the ranking for next year. (Please note that the coronavirus outbreak can affect some of the destinations mentioned below.) Before traveling, consult the CDC and the US Department of State.)
Without a doubt, Barcelona is Spain’s cultural capital. Antoni Gaud’s whimsical architecture, like La Sagrada Famlia, can be found in Catalonia’s urban sprawl, as well as museums dedicated to the masters, such as the Picasso Museum. You can also visit centuries-old neighborhoods such as Barri Gtic, which was established during the Roman Empire. Don’t forget to take advantage of the city’s equally excellent public transportation system. You can also visit centuries-old neighborhoods such as the Roman-era Barri Gtic. Don’t miss out on the city’s equally magnificent outdoor offerings, such as Park Güell and the beach at La Barceloneta.
The romantic allure of this lovely Andalusian city is palpable. Outdoor cafes line cobblestone streets throughout the day, and horse-drawn carriages meander through pastel-colored plazas. When the sun sets, the flamenco dancers come out in full force. This is the kind of place that you can let yourself get lost in, but if you make time for famous sights like the Plaza de Espana, you’ll be fine. You should allow yourself to get lost in this location, but you won’t be disappointed if you schedule a time to visit famous attractions like the Plaza de Espana and the Real Alcázar.
Madrid, more than any other city in Spain, knows how to show tourists a nice time. The city’s party-hard reputation is well-deserved, but that isn’t the only positive side of Spain’s capital. Madrid has a diverse range of neighborhoods, as well as beautiful parks, enviable shopping, and some of Europe’s finest art museums, including the world-famous Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum.
The Arabic influence in Granada distinguishes it from the rest of Spain. Tapas bars and flamenco venues coexist with Moroccan tea cafes and Arab bathhouses in Granada, due to its history as part of the Moorish Empire. This intersection helps you to immerse yourself in two cultures at the same time. You can also schedule a time to see the Alhambra and Sierra Nevada National Park, which are both stunning local treasures.
Mallorca is without a doubt one of Spain’s most valuable properties. Beautiful beaches, picturesque small towns, and outdoor pursuits attract visitors in droves to this dreamy island getaway. Swim in the clear blue waters of Playa de Muro and Cala Llombards, then get in a car and drive around the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take leisurely strolls along the charming streets of Alcdia’s old town and along the river to enjoy the awe-inspiring Palma Cathedral during your free time.