Here Are Some of Our Favourite Beautiful Cities in Spain!
Spain. It’s warm, it’s nice, it’s cultural, and it’s historical. What’s not to like? While so many tourists visit Spain each year, the country continues to draw people back again and again. Whether you’re spending your time in the north enjoying the wine regions or wandering the south of Spain lounging on beaches, Spain has something for everyone.
It’s no secret how much Lisa loves Spain. Having lived in Bilbao for a few months, she used her time effectively to explore the entire country. Eric’s only taste of Spain is, of course, Barcelona on a Europe Trip with friends.
However, he’s been dying to go back to explore more of the country.
In preparation for when we adventure into Spain for the first time together, here’s a quick guide to some of the most beautiful cities Spain has to offer. Consider it “light reading” for your next trip to Spain!
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The crystal blues of Concha Bay…
Donostia is the Basque name for San Sebastian. While it’s a smaller city in the north of Spain, this amazing city close to the French border has approximately 186,000 inhabitants! San Sebastian is well-known for its food culture – you’ll have to try pintxos when you’re there.
Although it’s one of the most expensive cities in Spain, it’s worth checking out because it is stunning. For the beach goers, the beach is super close to the city center and a great place to try out some surfing.
Some of the other things you should do in San Sebastian is walk along the Concha Bay (one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe), walk through the old town, and hike up Mount Urgull to get a great view of the city and see the statue of Jesus. For the non-religious, the hike and the view are worth it!
The Guggenheim Museum makes Bilbao great!
Lisa spent her exchange semester here and really enjoyed living in the city. The city’s main attraction is the Guggenheim Museum which is worth visiting as it has deeply shaped the city’s development.
If you’re looking for things to do, you should try the pintxos and walk through the old town and/or along the river. If you get the chance, try to visit at the end of August when there is a week-long celebration called Semana Grande (Big Week) happening every night.
Be sure to take in some of the many beaches close by which are easily accessible by public transport. Don’t forget to take the funicular up Artxanda Mountain and enjoy a beautiful sunset!
The cathedral in Burgos looks lovely – even in the rain!
Burgos is a city in Northern Spain which you can find on the way from Bilbao to Madrid. Fun fact: Burgos was once the capital of the Castile region. Lisa went here on a day trip from Bilbao with friends and can recommend the city!
The cathedral of Burgos is stunning and you should definitely check it out (it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984). Burgos is full of history and as such attracts people who want to learn more about the Spanish history, especially since it was the home of Spanish “hero” El Cid (who was a Castillian nobleman, military leader and diplomat).
Lisa visited the Museum of Human Evolution and thought that it was very interesting. Oh, and apparently the city is known for its blood sausages.
Can’t go to Barcelona without seeing the Arc de Triomf.
Oh, Barcelona. What is there to say about this wonderful place? Lisa has been to Barcelona and can only recommend that you try to go while it is not the busy tourist season. In fact, she recommends just avoiding it all together if you can during the busy seasons. Eric has been to Barcelona just before the busy season began so he had a great time.
So, what should you do? Of course, you should visit the Sagrada Familia (it is beautiful from the inside), take a long walk through Park Güell, and also visit the Mercat de la Boqueria (a food market where you can try all kinds of meat, cheeses, and fruit). Walking along the waterfront is never a bad idea, and be sure to take a photo of the Casa Milà and enjoy the hustle and bustle at the Plaza de Catalunya.
If you want to visit what you see in the photo, then visit the Arc de Triomf when you’re in Barcelona. Barcelona has an amazing nightlife that suits your needs as a backpacker on the go or a couple looking for fun. Friendly Tip: Visit the famous La Rambla but do watch your belongings.**