Spain is a country of spicy food, hot climate, passionate dancing and beautiful cities. For those who live in the South of France, Spain is a best destination for holidays. If you want to know Spain better, it is not enough to visit only the capital and Barcelona, which is considered one of the most visited cities in Europe. Here are 15 most beautiful cities in Spain that you must visit.
Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia, and for many people it is the most beautiful city of Spain. According to the legend, Sevilla was founded by the ancient hero Hercules. Walking its streets is a real pleasure and good opportunity to admire its architectural landmarks such as Giralda, St Mary’s Cathedral or the Torre del Oro. In spring the smell of oranges wraps everything there.
Granada is definitely one of the most beautiful and travelled cities in Spain. The Moorish Palace of the Alhambra is the most frequented monument in Spain and one of the most visited in the world. It is also considered as a World Heritage site and one of the 15 wonders of the world.
Other attractions: the Cathedral, the Cartuja monastery, the fortified wall, the area Albaicin with a lot of “Mirador” (panoramic sites), for a spectacular view of the Alhambra, the Church of the Holy Resurrection, the Church of St. Jose, the Abbey of Sacromonte, the old University, Bermejas towers, the Basilica of San Juan, the gate of Elvira.
But Granada is not just the Alhambra — the whole city is a miracle. It is located near the ski resort of Sierra Nevada and is one of the main student cities in Spain.
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain, the largest economic, political and cultural center of the country that has the status of Autonomous community. The city lies at the center of the Iberian Peninsula, at the foot of the the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, at a height of 646 meters above sea level.
Madrid is one of the most beautiful capitals of the world and the owner of huge historical heritage. By tradition, the centre of Madrid is the Plaza del Sol with three statues and ancient post office (1768), topped with a clock with four dials, bells ringing. The area is decorated with symbols of the city – the bear and strawberry tree.
The capital of Catalonia is the most travelled city in Spain and the second largest by population. Barcelona is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and the cultural, financial, commercial and tourist symbol. There are many beautiful attractions that you can visit in Barcelona! For many tourists this is the most attractive city in Spain and one of the most beautiful.
Barcelona is an amazing city, where amazing people used to work. Amont them: artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, writer García Márquez, the Opera singers Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras and, of course, Antoni Gaudi, whose creations have become a hallmark of the city.
The ancient Arab capital of the Iberian Peninsula, Cordoba lies in the southern spurs of the Sierra Moraine, 120 km from Seville up the Guadalquivir river. It is a beautiful and quiet town where little tourists. But there are good reasons to visit it: art, history and gastronomy. In addition, according to some witnesses, the women in this town are the most beautiful in Andalusia.
Zaragoza is located in Aragon, along the Ebro River. The city is known not only for its beauty but also for its famous Pilar Festival, which attracts large number of tourists. It is a serious industrial center of Spain with branches of the largest European companies. In Zaragoza you can also find many worthy modern architecture examples.
Salamanca is one of the richest city by culture and history in the region of Castile and León. The main attractions of Salamanca are: the Main square (Plaza Mayor), the New and old cathedrals of Salamanca (located next door to each other), the Roman bridge, the building of the University of Salamanca, the Ursuline Convent.
The Capital of Cantabria, Santander, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. In the nineteenth century the city became a favorite recreation place of the king, which led to the development of the resort area El Sardinero, which was consolidated as a summer rest place for Spanish high society in the early twentieth century. Currently it remains one of the main tourist destinations in the Northern Spain.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the third after Rome and Jerusalem the center of Christianity. In the Middle Ages many pilgrims overcame the mountains and valleys, trying to reach it. Nowadays pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come here. First, to see the magnificent Cathedral. Secondly, to wander through the medieval town, to see its palaces and buildings, admire the Romanesque and Baroque churches of Golden granite.
Toledo is called the Museum under the open sky. The historic city center is the ensemble of medieval buildings, surrounded by a thick fortified wall. Toledo is nicknamed “the city of three cultures” and this is not surprising, because almost every building recalls the time when Muslims, Christians and Jews peacefully coexisted here. Arab influence is especially noticeable. This is evident in the decorative elements, in some parts of the buildings, the city structure, the form of gates and arches.
Cáceres is a city located between Mérida and Plasencia at an altitude of almost 500 metres. In 1225 Alphonse The Ninth conquered the city from the Moors. Rival families started to built houses, trying to outclass the others. Most of them were demolished and modern buildings of the city were built in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1986 UNESCO included the old town in the World Heritage List.
San Sebastian, or Donostia in the Basque language, is located in the Bay of Biscay in the province of Gipuzkoa and is one of the best tourist cities in Spain. It is known not only for its famous annual film festival, but also for the beauty of its streets and amazing ocean views, which attract many tourists.
San Sebastian can be a good start for a trip to Costa Baška – the Spanish Atlantic coast, crammed with fishing villages and medieval villages and towns.
Located in Castile and Leon, Segovia is known for its famous aqueduct — the work of Roman civil engineering, as well as the beautiful Alcazar castle. The aqueduct with the city stunning historic centre was included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1985.
Guests of Segovia appreciate the city not only for external beauty, but also for the ability to feed the visitors by delicious dishes of national cuisine. Residents of Madrid who are experts in good food, are happy to spend a weekend in Segovia.
Burgos is famous for its typical medieval architecture with an abundance of dark stone and wrought iron. The hallmark of the city is the exceptional beauty of Gothic Cathedral of Burgos (1221), considered one of the best examples of this style in Spain. Also less than 15 km from Burgos there is the archaeological site of Sierra de Atapuerca.
The Spanish Teruel is the capital of Aragon province, which is the least populated province of the country. The city has an important Moorish artistic heritage, including the famous Mausoleum of the lovers. Four churches of Teruel included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a unique example of Moorish and Christian art.
Don’t limit yourself whithin traditional tourist destinations. If you have planned a trip to Spain,travel over several beautiful Spanish cities and towns to feel the spirit of Spanish culture and try to communicate with people who live in different parts of the country. Then your journey will be unforgettable.