There are so many beautiful cities to visit in Spain and it can be hard to choose one. Since I moved to Spain in 2016 my Spain Bucket list grows and grows. With every place, I visit there are at least two more I hear about and can’t wait to visit.
Spain is an amazing country for your vacation. But honestly, who could say no to the sunny weather, the tasty food, the amazing wine and, the historic Spanish cities?
If you are like me and wonder What are the most beautiful cities in Spain? – We took a look at some well known and cool cities in Spain in order to find the best places in Spain for you to visit. On the Map of Spain that we have attached to this post, you can also check where exactly each of those beautiful cities is located and where to go in Spain.
Author’s Note: Those nice cities in Spain are sorted in alphabetical order.
The most beautiful Cities in Spain for your Spain Bucket List
Author’s Note: Please note that this post only includes Spanish cities on the Spanish Peninsula mainland. Be aware that there are also wonderful places and beaches in the Canary Islands, amazing walking paths in Menorca, stunning nature in Mallorca, and awesome beaches in Ibiza. But let’s talk about those in another post.
Alicante is a port city on the Costa Blanca in the province of Alicante. It is part of the Valencian Community. The province of Alicante is particularly popular for its growing of wine, fruits, and olives.
For tourists, there is one particular reason to visit Alicante: its beaches.
One famous attraction in Alicante – Castillo de Santa Bárbara
Besides the beaches of Alicante, Castillo de Santa Bárbara is probably the most popular attraction in Alicante.
The construction of this 166-meter castle complex, which by the way is considered to be one of the largest in the whole of Europe, can be traced back to the 9th century. Particularly popular is the oldest part of the castle, which is also called La Torreta.
Opening hours: Mondays – Sundays 10:00 am – 08:00 pm (September – March: 09.00 am – 07.00 pm)
How to get there: The castle is located on the hill Benacantil at the port of Alicante. You can either take the lift, which is inside the mountain or follow the street Avenida Alfonso el Sabio.
Entrance fee Castillo de Santa Bárbara: 2,40 €
Barcelona is arguably one of the most famous cities in Spain and at least since the referendum in 2017 as the capital of Catalonia on everyone’s lips. Barcelona is definitely one of the must-see cities in Spain, some even consider it the most beautiful city in Spain. – There must be a reason that I chose this sunny coastal city as my adopted home. Unfortunately, Barcelona is also one of the most expensive cities in Spain.
The cityscape of Barcelona is highly influenced by the architect Antonio Gaudí but also has a big Gotic quarter. (Barrio Gótico). Barcelona offers the perfect mix of mountains, city vibe, nightlife, and the sea.
By the way, all of Barcelona’s major attractions can be found in our comprehensive Barcelona Itinerary Guide.
One famous attraction in Barcelona – Sagrada Família
The most famous attraction is the Sagrada Família. The special thing about this basilica is that, despite years of construction (the constructions began in 1882), it is still not finished. Although you can never admire this imposing structure without cranes and construction workers, it attracts several hundred tourists every day. However, an end is now in sight – 2026, on the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death, the famous eternal construction site is finally planned to be completed.
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm / 7 pm / 8 pm (depending on the month)
How to get there: The Sagrada Família is located in the heart of Barcelona. You can either walk from the city center or take the metro L5 (blue line) or L2 (purple line) to the Sagrada Família stop.
Entrance fee Sagrada Família: from 15 € depending on the ticket.
Top Tip: Be sure to buy your ticket online to avoid long queues and sold-out tickets on the spot. Reputable tickets and tours can be found here.
Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country and the capital of the province of Vizcaya (Bizkaia). It is also considered one of the 10 largest cities in Spain.
Besides the beautiful architecture, you can experience really yummy tapas (pintxos) that are famous all over Spain. Just the perfect destination for every foodie. You should definitely visit this wonderful city even if you just have one day in Bilbao.
One famous attraction in Bilbao – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
As a fan of Dan Brown, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is definitely one of the most unique places to visit in Spain. This is the impressive Museum of Modern Art, which has gained not only worldwide fame for its exhibitions but also for its individual architecture. The museum was designed by designer Frank O. Gehry and funded by the Salomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The construction of this eye-catching building took 4 years (1993 – 1997).
On 11,000 m² of exhibition space, you will not only find permanent exhibitions, but also various traveling exhibitions. Since its construction, this museum has been considered one of Spain’s most important modern landmarks.
Opening Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays: 10 am – 10 pm, closed on Mondays
How to get there: The museum is located in the city center and can be reached either on foot, by tram (Guggenheim stop), by bus (lines 1, 10, 13, 18 and A7: Stop Museo 1 / Henao) or by Metro (Stop Moyua, Ercilla Guggenheim exit).
Entrance fee Guggenheim Museum: 10 € (may vary depending on the exhibition)
You can find more information on the Guggenheim website.
Burgos is the capital of the province of the same name and is located in Castilla y León. Those who follow the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Way of Saint James) will pass this place which is arguably one of the most picturesque cities in Spain. For many, Burgos is considered one of the prettiest places in Spain.
The city, once the capital of Castile, is particularly popular for its Gothic buildings, which exude a medieval atmosphere. The name of the city is probably derived from the German word for castle.
One famous attraction in Burgos – The Cathedral of Burgos
One of the lesser-known Spain attractions is the Burgos Cathedral – and for absolutely no reason, because the cathedral is totally impressive. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
With its two identical 88 meter high towers, this gothic cathedral is truly unique and a guaranteed highlight of any Spain holiday.
The interior of the cathedral was once designed in French style, but over the years has retained its typical Spanish design.
Opening hours: March – October: 09.30 am – 07.30 pm; November – March: 10 am – 07.00 pm (+ some exceptions)
How to get there: The cathedral is located in the heart of the city and can be easily reached on foot
Entrance fee Burgos Cathedral: 7 € (free admission: Thursdays from 04.30 pm – 06.30 pm / 06.00 pm in winter)
Cádiz is the capital of the province of the same name in Andalusia, in the South of Spain. While this city is a popular destination for fans of Andalusia worldwide, you should not choose Cádiz to learn Spanish as the city is known throughout Spain for its strong dialect.
The old town of Cádiz is a strong contrast to the modern skyscrapers of the new town. Cádiz usually has a pleasant climate, as there is often a fresh breeze blowing from the Atlantic. But sometimes it can get very hot in the summer. For beach visitors, the beach Playa de la Victoria is recommended, as it is a little sheltered from the wind through its buildings. Cádiz is this kind of city that you can’t miss on any Andalucia road trip.
One famous attraction in Cádiz – The Cathedral of Cádiz
The most famous attraction in Cádiz is its cathedral. The construction of this impressive building, which has belonged to the Bien de Interés Cultural since 1931, lasted 116 years (18th-19th centuries). Since the construction took place over such a long time, you will find different architectural styles: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic.
From the cathedral, you have a wonderful view of the city and the harbor.
Cathedral opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 01 pm; 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Opening hours West Tower (Poniente): 15 June – 15 September: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 08 pm; September 16 – June 14: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
How to get there: The Cathedral is located in the historic center of the city (Plaza de la Catedral) and is therefore within easy walking distance.
Entrance fee Cathedral: 4 €
Entrance fee Poniente Tower: 3,50 €
Córdoba is not only the capital of the province of the same name but also the third-largest city in Andalusia. The average high temperatures that occur here in summer are considered the highest in Europe. That’s why you might rather want to get here outside of midsummer if possible.
As in many other parts of Andalusia, there are many Arabic influences in Córdoba, which can be traced back to the ancient rule of the Moors. Córdoba once used to be one of the largest cities in the world.
One famous attraction in Córdoba – The Mezquita-Catedral
The Mezquita-Catedral was built in 784 as a mosque by the Moors after they had destroyed all the churches in the city. Before that, at the time of the Roman Empire, a Roman temple had been found here.
After the Moors and the Islam were expelled from Andalusia in the Middle Ages, the mosque was no longer needed and therefore converted into a cathedral. With a floor area of 23,000 m², the cathedral is considered today one of the largest religious buildings in the world. Since 1984, this unique building has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Opening hours: March – October: Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 07.00 pm, Sunday: 08.30 am – 11.30 am + 03.00 pm – 07.00 pm; November – February: Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm, Sunday: 08.30 am – 11.30 am + 03.00 pm – 06.00 pm
How to get there: The cathedral is located in the middle of the city. You can either walk or take buses 3 and 12 to the Puerta del Puente stop.
Entry fee Mesquita-Catedral: 10 € / Monday – Saturday: 08.30 – 09.30 free
Top Tipp: Be sure to buy your ticket online to avoid long queues and sold-out tickets on the spot. Reputable tickets and tours can be found here.
Girona is a beautiful Catalan city that often stands in the shadow of its famous sister Barcelona. You can actually perfectly combine a visit to both cities. Girona is considered the Four Rivers City, as four rivers converge in the Ter Valley next to Girona.
The city has Moorish, Jewish as well as Roman influences, which leads to a very interesting combination. The Romans founded Girona in the 1st century BC. They also built the famous city wall of the city, whose remnants you can still visit today. Those walls enclosed the so-called Força Vella. In this area, today, you can still find the most important buildings in the city.
One famous attraction in Girona – The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Girona
No matter from which direction you look at Girona, the cathedral immediately catches your eye, as it stands out between all the other buildings by far.
Once upon a time, the Forum Gerunda and a suitable temple were built by the Romans, which are considered the foundation stone of the cathedral. Although Girona was occupied by the Moors for nearly 70 years, this cathedral was spared from devastation, so that you can still admire this magnificent structure today. Since the 5th century, this place has been used by Christians.
Opening hours: April – October: 10 am – 08 pm; November – March: 10.00 am – 07.00 pm
How to get there: On foot, you can either walk from the river Onyar to the cathedral via its baroque staircase or from the south to the side apostle gate.
Entrance fee Cathedral of Santa Maria of Girona: 7 €
Granada is the capital of the province Granada and is like many other cities on this list in Andalusia.
Granada has a long history and has already been mentioned in documents the first time in 500 BC under the name of Lliberra. Although Granada is actually a very big city, you usually get more of a small-town feel with many yummy tapas bars in the old town. In Granada, you can still see many Arabic influences in the cityscape up to today.
One famous attraction in Granada – Alhambra
The Alhambra (The name comes from the Arabic of Al-Hambra: The Red) is one of Spain’s most important tourist attractions and known worldwide. It is a collection of palaces, most of which were built under the rule of the Moorish.
A walk through the imposing grounds of the Alhambra may take a few hours but is definitely worth it. Here you can find fascinating decorations and architectural works of art based on the Arabian model.
Opening hours: April – 15 October: 08.30 am – 08.00 pm; October 16 – March: 08.30 am – 06.00 pm (evening tours available)
How to get there: The Alhambra can be reached on foot. Note, however, that the path can be a bit strenuous due to the steep gradient. The bus line C3 also takes you to the Alhambra. Just get off at Taquillas-Generalife station.
Entrance fee Alhambra: 14 € Standard: Different prices depending on the ticket
Top Tip: Be sure to buy your ticket online to avoid long queues or sold-out tickets. You can find reputable tickets and tours here.
Everyone has heard of the Spanish capital Madrid. Madrid is the third-largest city in the European Union after London and Berlin and the largest city in southern Europe. If you are looking for a typical Spanish city, you should definitely stay in Madrid.
Madrid is considered the geographical, political, and cultural center of Spain such as one of the top cities to visit in Spain and should therefore not be missed on any tour of the country. Anyone looking for authentic Spanish tapas, good sangria, hidden gems, and the typical Spanish vibe will love the Spanish capital, as there are just so many cool things to do in Madrid.
One famous attraction in Madrid – Palacio Real
One of the most important sights in the Spanish capital that you should visit, even if you just stay a weekend in Madrid is the Royal Palace. It is still used as a residence of the Royal Family. Until the 18th century, there was a so-called Alcázar, a Spanish castle with Moorish influences, but after a fire a new castle was necessary.
Probably the most famous part of the palace is the royal kitchen. However, the main staircase and the throne hall are also very impressive.
Just across from the famous castle you can find the popular Cathedral la Almudena.
Opening hours: April – September: 10 am – 08 pm; October – March: 10 am – 06 pm
How to get there: From the city center, the palace is within easy walking distance. Otherwise, you can take bus numbers 3, 25, 39, 46, 75, 138, 148, C1 or metro lines L2, L5, R to Ópera station, and metro lines L2, L3, L10 to Plaza de España station.
Entrance fee Palacio Real: 10 € / inclusive Kitchen: 14 € (free entrance: October – March: Monday – Thursday 04.00 pm -06.00 pm for EU citizens and Latin Americans)
You can find great guided tours here.
Málaga & Ronda
Málaga and Ronda are two cities that are very close to each other and therefore often visited together.
The 6th largest city of Spain, Málaga, is located at the western Mediterranean Sea, at the Costa del Sol in Andalusia and is, therefore, a popular destination for travelers looking for a nice beach. But Málaga not only is a perfect beach destination – from here, many travelers visit the beautiful city of Ronda.
Ronda is around 113 km from Málaga and is a great day trip from Málaga. The Moorish old town of Ronda attracts hundreds of tourists every year and has become known as one of the white cities of Andalusia.
In traditional Spanish bullfighting, Ronda also played an important role, since, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the rules of bullfighting that are still used today, were set here in Ronda.
One famous attraction in Ronda – Puente Nuevo
The bridge Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) is considered the landmark of Ronda and should not be missed on any visit. The bridge was built between 1751 and 1793 and flows over the River Guadalevín. The impressive bridge connects the city center with the old town of Ronda and is, therefore, an important part of the city.
On a small narrow path, you can walk from the old town down into the valley. From there, you have a perfect view of the Puente Nuevo and can shoot incredible picturesque photos.
How to get there: The Puente Nuevo connects the city center and the old town. So it can be easily reached on foot.
Pamplona is the capital of the Navarre region. Pamplona was not only famous as a pilgrimage town on the Way of St. James (especially in the summer many pilgrims pass by this beautiful city in Spain), but especially for their popular bull race (Encierros) during the San Fermin Festival. (Author’s note: I encourage you not to visit such kind of festivals in which animals are harmed)
Who strolls through the streets of Pamplona, would hardly suspect that the city in northern Spain has been destroyed several times over the years, the last time in 1521 in the French-Spanish War.
One famous attraction in Pamplona – The Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de Pamplona
A Romanesque church, whose construction was completed in 1127, once stood on the square where the gothic cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de Pamplona stands today. After this church had collapsed, however, under Charles III of Navarre, the construction of the Santa Maria Cathedral was commissioned. The construction of this cathedral lasted from 1375 to 1501. The original monastery is still preserved. However, the main façade was redesigned in 1783 and rebuilt in the classical style.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: April – October: 10.30 am – 07 pm; November – March: 10.30 am – 05 pm
How to get there: The cathedral can be easily reached on foot.
Entrance fee Cathedral of Pamplona: 5 €
Salamanca is a city in Castilla y León with a long history. Even though it belongs to the rather underrated cities in Spain, there are so many things to do in Salamanca. (It’s located less than 100 km from the Portuguese Border – in case you can’t decide between visiting Spain or Portugal) Apart from its unique architecture and culture, this city is famous for its nightlife offering bars and clubs of all kinds.
In Salamanca, you will find delicious Spanish dishes as well as the Plaza Mayor, which is considered the most beautiful square in Spain. Once this gorgeous square was famous for the bullfights that used to take place here.
One famous attraction of Salamanca – The Cathedral of Salamanca
To be correct, we should rather say the cathedrals of Salamanca because actually, it includes two cathedrals, which happen to share a building complex.
The Old Cathedral is from the 12th century, while the new cathedral was built in the 16th century. While the Old Cathedral is built in Romanesque-early Gothic style, the new cathedral is considered part of the post-Gothic and Renaissance Style. Since 1988, the old town of Salamanca including the two cathedrals, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Opening hours: October – March: 10 am -05.30 pm; April – September: 10 am – 07.30 pm
How to get there: The cathedrals are located inside the city and can therefore easily be reached on foot.
Entrance fee Cathedral of Salamanca: 4,75 €
San Sebastián is the capital of Provinz Gipuzkoa in the Spanish Basque Country. The famous city is only around 20 km from the French border.
By the way, the Basque name of the city is Donostia.
A big difference from other Spanish cities is the climate in San Sebastián. While the winters are very mild, it is usually much cooler here in summer than in other regions throughout the country.
San Sebastián is famous all over Spain for its tapas or pintxos (say: pint-shos), as they are called here. The Pintxos de Donostia (some of the best pintxos in San Sebastián) can be found throughout San Sebastián in many restaurants and bars and no one should leave this city in northern Spain without tasting these Basque treats.
One famous attraction in San Sebastián – Playa de la Concha
San Sebastián has three major city beaches: La Concha, Ondarreta and La Zurriola. The most famous of these is the Playa de la Concha. By the way, in English, the name can be translated to Shell Beach due to its shape.
The beautiful beach is considered the trademark of the city and it is perfect for relaxing walks. The Playa de la Concha is also great for swimming or even water sports, such as surfing. And the best? Unlike many other beaches in Spain, you can watch the sunset here.
How to get there: The beach is located near the city center and can, therefore, be visited on foot.
Santander is one of those Spanish cities that is often overlooked. The capital of Cantambria is best known as a seaside resort. But Santander also has a lot to offer away from its great beaches.
The former Roman city was once home to some important and outstanding buildings. Unfortunately, much of the city was destroyed in a major fire in 1941 that swept through many parts of Santander for two days.
One famous landmark in Santander – Palacio de la Magdalena
Opening Hours: 09 am – 10 pm/ Winter: 09 am – 08.30 pm
Entrance Fee: 3 €
This impressive palace was built in the early 20th century for the Royal Family of Spain. Since then, the city’s attraction has been used as the seasonal residence of the Spanish royal family for many years. In the 1940s, the palace became temporary accommodation for many victims who had lost their homes during the great fire in Santander.
After the building was renovated in the 1990s, the palace is now the most popular attraction in the city. In addition to guided tours and exhibitions, the interior of the palace is often used as a congress center or room for various events.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia, is probably one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world. After its appointment as such in 830, pilgrims (first from Europe, later from around the world) began to travel here.
The reason for this is the tomb of Saint James, which was found here. The sign of this place of pilgrimage is the scallop which makes for a great souvenir from Spain.
Even the name of the city can be traced back to Saint James. Santiago is deducted from the Latin Santus Iacobus (Saint James). Compostela presumably comes from the Latin Campus Stellae (starfield).
But even those who do not come to the city as pilgrims can enjoy the unique architecture and atmosphere of Santiago de Compostela.
Santiago de Compostela Landmark – The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
After the tomb of St. James was found here, a church was built in the same place. After a short time, this church was no longer enough and so, in the 8th century, they built a cathedral instead. However, during the reign of the Moors, this cathedral was destroyed. Anyway, in 1075, they began with the reconstruction after the Moors had left. Today, only the Romanesque south portal is preserved in its original form. Over the years, the cathedral has been extended and expanded again and again, so that nowadays, it occupies a floor area of 23,000 m². (Formerly it was 8,200 m²)
These extensions also caused the cathedral to include different kinds of architectural styles.
The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is considered one of the most important tourist attractions in Spain and can even be found on the back of the Spanish 1,2 and 5 Cent coin.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 07 am – 08.30 pm
How to get there: The Cathedral is located in the Plaza del Obradoiro inside the city and can be reached on foot.
Entrance fee Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: free entry
Segovia, which is the capital of the province of the same name and located in Castilla y León, is one of three historic metropolises in the Madrid area.
With its ancient architecture, Segovia is a simply unique destination and an absolute must-see for those traveling in and around Madrid.
With its churches and impressive monuments, Segovia has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
One famous attraction in Segovia – The aqueduct of Segovia
The impressive aqueduct, which is located in the city, dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. It was designed to bring fresh water from the mountains of Sierra de Fuenfría over a distance of about 17 km to the city.
Especially when standing in front of this monument, its size is incredibly impressive. But even from a distance, the aqueduct stands out from the cityscape of Segovia.
How to get there: The aqueduct runs through the city and finds its highest point on the Plaza Azoguejo and can, therefore, be accessed on foot.
Seville (Spanish Name: Sevilla) is not only the capital of Andalusia but also the 4th largest city in Spain. Its old town is even considered the largest in Spain and next to Venice and Genoa one of the largest old towns in Europe. Legend has it that Herakles (Hercules) once founded this city.
Seville is considered one of the hottest cities in Europe and offers its visitors and residents an average of 2917 sunny hours a year.
Seville’s old town is full of beautiful streets that exude the casual Spanish lifestyle. Especially typical for Seville is the district of Santa Cruz.
One famous attraction in Seville – The Alcázar of Sevilla
Probably the most famous sight and one of the best things to see in Seville is the Alcázar, the royal palace of the city.
The history of this impressive building dates back to the time of the Moors. Today, however, the Alcázar is used as a residence for the Spanish royal family when visiting Seville.
If you walk through the Alcázar grounds, you will soon realize the mixture of different architectural styles. In addition to Arabic influences, you can see especially Gothic elements.
Opening hours: October – March: 09.30 am – 05 pm; November – April: 09.30 am – 07 pm
How to get there: The Alcázar is located in the city center. You can easily reach it on foot. Otherwise, you can take the metro to the station Puerta de Jerez.
Entrance Alcázar: from 11,50 €
Top Tip: In any case, buy your ticket online before you arrive to avoid long queues and sold-out tickets on the spot. Reputable tickets and tours can be found here.
Roman charm on the Mediterranean. This is probably the easiest way to summarize Tarragona. The city, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another fascinating destination. Incidentally, this wonderful Catalan city is the capital of the Costa Dorada.
Almost 200 BC Tarragona was conquered by the Romans and one of the most important cities in the region under the name Tarraco. Today you can still admire the remains of some of the most important Roman buildings in the city.
One famous Tarragona Landmark – The ancient amphitheater of Tarragona
Opening Hours Amphitheater: Tue – Fri: 9 am – 9 pm; Saturdays: 9.30am – 9pm; Sundays: 9.30am – 3pm; closed on Monday
Entrance fee to the amphitheater: € 3.30
The city’s amphitheater is arguably the most striking of all the sights in the city. Located directly by the sea, the Roman Amphitheater is a perfect spot for beautiful photos.
It is believed that the impressive amphitheater has been visited and used for several centuries and was an important part of life in the Roman city of Tarraco. Today it is especially famous for the fact that some important martyrs of the Christian faith were burned alive inside.
Incidentally, the imposing building has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
Toledo is the capital of the province of the same name and Castilla La Mancha and is located only 65 from Madrid. Like Segovia, Toledo is another of the historic metropolises in the Madrid area.
Since 1986, the historic city belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Toledo is also known as the City of the Three Cultures, where Christians, Muslims, and Jews once lived together and each of them left their influences.
One famous attraction Toledo – The Cathedral of Santa María de Toledo
Apart from an impressive Alcázar, Toledo is particularly popular for its Cathedral of Santa María de la Asunción de Toledo. The cathedral is considered one of the most important works of Spanish Gothic, and its construction has begun in 1227. Nevertheless, the cathedral also has influences from other styles, which is due to its long construction time.
An audio guide is included in the entrance fee that explains the story and the background to individual parts and works of art of the cathedral. Some even say that the Cathedral of Toledo is one of the most impressive buildings of Christianity.
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 06.30 pm; Sundays and public holidays: 04.30 am – 6.30 pm; Free admission Wednesday 04.30 am – 06.30 pm (only for Spaniards)
How to get there: The cathedral is located inside the city, just 5 minute’s walk from Plaza Zocodover.
Entrance fee Cathedral Toledo: 5,50 €
Valencia is the capital of the autonomous region and province of the same name. In addition to Madrid and Barcelona, it is the third-largest city in Spain.
Valencia is famous all over Spain for its cuisine, and nobody should leave this beautiful city without having tasted authentic Valencian paella. There is also Horchata, a refreshing tigernut drink that many Spaniards just can’t get enough of. So make sure to add some foodie places to your Valencia itinerary.
Valencia is a great destination for all kinds of travelers. It is perfect for both – city trips and beach holidays (There are some amazing beaches in Valencia). It also offers the perfect mixture of the historic old town and modern city.
One famous attraction in Valencia – Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències
The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (English: City of Arts and Sciences) is probably one the most unique attractions in Valencia. It was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava and is an absolute must-see for every visitor to Valencia. In this leisure complex, which was built on a former riverbed, you can find all kinds of sights about science and culture.
Some of the buildings require an entrance ticket, such as the Natural Science Museum, the Oceanogràfic (the largest aquarium in Europe), and the 3D cinema Hemosfèric.
Other sights of the City of Arts and Sciences are, e.g., a big garden and an opera house. You see, there is a lot to see. That’s why you should try to stay at least 3 days in Valencia if possible.
Opening hours: Different depending on the building
How to get there: The City of Arts and Sciences is just a few minutes walk from the city center and can be easily reached on foot. By metro, you can take lines 3 and 5 to the Alameda stop (about 15 minutes walk from there).
Entrance Fees: Different depending on the building; from 8 €
Top Tip: It is best to reserve your entry ticket online in advance to avoid long queues and sold-out tickets on the spot. You can find reputable tickets and tours here.
Zaragoza is the capital of Aragon and is located halfway between Barcelona and Madrid.
Zaragoza is still a kind of insider tip for many travelers and not as crowded as many other cities in Spain.
This city is popular for its old town Casco Viejo. Here, in addition to historic buildings, you will find many bars and cafes, which many locals enjoy, especially on the weekends.
One famous attraction in Zaragoza – Basílica del Pilar
The Basílica del Pilar, located in the historic center, is the largest Baroque structure built for Saint Mary. The name of this building, which actually is Catedral basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, goes back to the belief that the mother of Jesus, Mary, appeared to the Apostle James on a pillar (Pilar = Spanish for pillar).
The entrance to the basilica, that opened in 1118, is well worth seeing, as there are many unique details to discover. We have been especially impressed by its imposing size.
Opening hours: Winter: 06.45 am – 08.30 pm; Summer: 06.45 am – 09.30 pm
How to get there: The Basilica del Pilar is located right in the center of Zaragoza and is therefore within easy walking distance.
Entrance Basílica del Pilar Zaragoza: free entry / Tower: 3 €; Museum: 2 €