There are certain countries people absolutely dream of going to, and a big one is Spain. It has that special something that appeals to an incredibly diverse swath of humanity. The food. The art. The food. The culture. The food. A big part of it is the food.
Spain has several amazing cities, each one of them with their own unique attributes that make them great to visit. Frankly, any of them deserves to be a trip all on their own. But in the end, why pick? Just try to fit them all in. Or you could move to Spain, which would solve that problem.
As a settled community, Seville is over 2,200 years old and dates its origins back to the Roman Empire. Things have changed quite a bit since those days. Well, in some ways. The architecture in the city show influences from every major era between then and now.
Simply walking around Barrio Santa Cruz or taking a moment to breathe at Plaza de España are great ways to spend an afternoon. But there are also several incredible tapas bars and places to catch a flamenco performance.
Like Seville, Granada is located in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Its history runs as deep, as evidenced by the unbelievable Alhambra Palace and Fortress complex. Alhambra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historic significance and unique splendor.
Granada is also home to Spain’s second-largest cathedral, which is as awe-inspiring as one would expect. The Carrera del Darro remains one of the most special and picturesque places to take a stroll, particularly if it’s a romantic trip.
The warm summer Mediterranean climate Salamanca experiences is enough to make anyone want to put down roots. Not as many people plan trips to Salamanca as other major Spanish cities but they really should. The architecture alone is worth making it a priority.
The Plaza Mayor is the stunning heart of the city and is filled with many incredible details. Museo Art Nouveau y Deco is filled with an impressive collection of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. And you have to try hornazo, a flat pie eaten during the Lunes de Aguas Festival.
After Madrid and Barcelona, Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain. And it is as different from them as they are from each other. The beaches in Valencia are almost overwhelmingly beautiful. It is the place to just go and relax, thanks in no small part to the almost perfect weather.
Once you’re done getting some sun, try some of the incomparable paella made in various restaurants around town using freshly caught seafood. Then, walk it off by taking a tour of the lively street art scene depicted in various murals.
Resting by the Ebro river and its tributaries in northern Spain, Zaragoza is one of those cities that few people make plans to go to. But when people do go there, they can’t imagine why they didn’t plan to in the first place.
Zaragoza is filled with outstanding Moorish architecture. It’s also home to the Collection Ibercaja Museum Zaragoza Goya, an incomparable collection of the work of Francisco de Goya. The region’s cuisine is also quite unique, featuring some tasty stews made from local meat and produce.