City holiday ideas in Spain
For many people it’s time to start thinking about your summer break. It may be a longer trip away or it may be a long weekend. No matter the length of the stay Spain offers a range of interesting cities that can provide anything from museums to beaches to historic sites. What interests you?
Madrid the national capital is the largest Spanish city. Home to a collection of world class museums. Ranging from the Prado museum to the Thyssen to the Reina Sofia . Those three would represent a wealth of art in any other city but Madrid has even more for those wanting to spend the time.
Madrid being a capital city is more then museums. It hosts the Royal palace. The first Wednesday of most months you can watch the formal changing of the guard. An event that attracts large crowds.
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More then museums
But Madrid is more then museums. There is the Temple of Debod and Egyptian temple.
Valencia the birthplace of paella is a large coastal city. The third largest Spanish city. It’s historic centre relatively compact and very walkable. There are beaches just outside of the city limits . Whether you go the central market, City of Arts and Sciences, Plaza de la Virgen, Barrio del Carmen or if you just wander the city you’ll find plenty to see.
Granada is best known for the Alhambra. Alhambra tickets You should buy your tickets for the Alhambra well in advance to avoid any disappointment. It’s not unknown for tickets to sell out . Granada on it’s own if fairly compact and great for a short trip.
Seville home of the Alcázar ,Flamenco, Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, tapas and Plaza de España is a true gem. Rarely receiving the attention it truly deserves but managing to outshine many more publicized European cities.
The Alcázar doesn’t get the attention of the Alhambra but for me it’s no less interesting. A site you can spend all morning visiting and wish you had longer.
Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is an iconic bullring. On days without events you can tour the museum and the ring. If you’re a photographer bring your widest lens. The colours of the ring are truly memorable.
Plaza de España built in 1929 is a delight for the eyes. The hardest part is remembering it isn’t even one hundred years old.
Last but not least Barcelona my favorite. All the previous cities are worth your time but Barcelona has a special feel to it. You can just wander the beach promenade, or visit the many city markets, or rub shoulder to shoulder down the Ramblas or just get lost in the gothic quarter. Barcelona provides it all for you.
Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city. Capital of the Catalan region. Well served by air. Train links both with in Spain but also to France.
Barcelona just is. It doesn’t try to impress you because it doesn’t need to. Many just feel at home the moment they arrive.
city holiday ideas in spain
I hope you’ve seen a bit of the range that Spain can provide. It doesn’t matter if your trip is short or long Spain is able to offer you a wide choice.
Sagrada Familia is a world famous cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí. You will want to prebook tickets for your visit. Failing to book tickets will leave you standing in a line that can impress with it’s sheer length.
Your post made me think back to my recent trip to Spain . It’s indeed a beautiful fun place to visit from Beaches to Churches to admiring all the unique architecture, I loved my time there .
I need to go to Spain soon! Absolutely love the idea of having a paella in Valencia, and the Sagrada Familia is also a must! Thanks for these awesome ideas!
Hi there! Thanks for this post. Sitting here in cold Germany really makes me want to go to Spain 🙂
Sitting in cold rainy Italy I have the same thought.
Ahh, I love Spanish culture so much! This article was a great read that makes me want to go even more now!
I’ve never been to Spain but it looks amazing! Between the food and the architecture and art, I’m not sure which I would enjoy more!
I haven’t actually been to mainland Spain before just the islands. Barcelona has been on my bucket list for absolute ages so I can’t wait to head there, it looks stunning x
This is a really great post. Many people wishing to visit Spain will find this a helpful post. You highlighted some amazing places to visit.
I would really like to visit the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. I have read about it and seen lot of pictures and it did fuel my wanderlust for Barcelona! I would also want to see the Font de Canaletes. I want to know if the folklore about the fountain is true!
Spain is one place I so wish to visit really bad! The museums are a must visit! I would also want to see the changing of the guards. That must be a really awesome experience!
I visited Barcelona some years ago. I would love to visit it again and explore other Spanish cities.
These ideas make me think to plan a trip to spain soon. Spain architecture and art is so mesmerizing
All of these look like beautiful places in Spain. I would really love to visit Barcelona. But all of those look like a lot of fun to do on a holiday.
My grandfather was Spanish and so I have always longed to visit Spain. He died before he even got the chance to visit other countries. I wanna do it in his honor.
Spain is such a beautiful country. I wish I could travel more, but it’s definitely in my bucket list.