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There are countless reasons why Spain should be your next vacation.  Spain offers the most beautiful scenery and diverse experiences you won’t get anywhere else.  From lounging under the palm trees and gazing at the stunning blue ocean to the monuments and architecture.  To make it easier for you, here are, 15 top places to explore in Spain that will undoubtedly take your breath away.

1.  Sierra Nevada 

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, Sierra Nevada is a beautiful mountain range with Spain’s highest peak, the Mulhacen.

It’s a great place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and hiking and cycling are popular in the off-season.

The mountain views will rival the culinary scene in the Andalucia region.  If you’re looking for something less active, put your feet up with some delicious tapas and local wine.

2.  Santiago de Compostela

Go back in time to this historic city in the region of Galicia.

This spot holds the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Town, the famous pilgrimage site in northwest Spain that became a symbol in the Spanish Christians’ struggle against Islam.

Catholics believe this is where St. James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried.

3.  Almeria

 cabo-de-gata-perfect place in Spain to watch the sunset

Trying to find a local spot that tourists only sometimes visit?

Located in Andalusia, Almeria is one of the warmest spots in Spain.   These gorgeous beaches, caves, and mines offer endless exploring in Spain.

Be sure to visit Playa San Pedro if you want an even more relaxed ambiance.

4.  The Costa Brava

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Costa Brava is one of the most popular beaches for the sunkissed weather and pristine beaches.

You’ll encounter plenty of wildlife and plant life in the Medes Islands and Montseny Natural Park in Costa Brava, which will give you a glimpse of the natural gems of the coast.

5.  Toledo

If you’re looking to see a melting pot of cultures, while exploring Spain, the city of Toledo will exceed your expectations.

Also known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” this city is filled with intermixed styles from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian cultures in their food, architecture, and even music.

6.  Granada

top places to see the moorish architecture- Alhambra palace

Filled with medieval history, the number one spot to visit in Granada is to gaze at the majestic Alhambra Palace.

The influence of Arabic and Catholic cultures surrounds the city with traditional Moorish architecture and classical Catholic monasteries.

7.  Madrid

Madrid is a must-explore place if you’re ever in Spain. Known for its famous artworks, diversity, entertainment, and delicious cuisine, the city is filled with incredible things to see and do.

Be sure to stop at Madrid’s Royal Palace to glimpse the 17th-century architecture and make your way to Plaza May, where you can roam around the cobblestone streets filled with live music and visit the local boutiques and eateries.

8.  Pamplona

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This city of Pamplona is known for the annual Running of the Bulls festival, where bulls run and chase revelers down the narrow streets.

When planning a summer trip, note this event in your July itinerary.

If that’s not your cup of tea, consider taking in Pamplona’s historic center filled with architectural gems like its Gothic cathedral, 16th-century citadel, and Baroque town hall.

9.  Barcelona

Barcelona is dream-filled with beautiful beaches, enriching history, and tasty wine.

Explore the Gaudi buildings and sample the best food in Spain.

Check out La Boqueria, a local market dating back to the 13th century with fresh produce from the region.

Tapas are endless in this city, so make sure you arrive hungrily!

10.  Cordoba

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Visit Cordoba for the towering Moorish architecture with the grandeur of Muslim influence in Spain.

The Old Town of Cordoba is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the Great Mosque, Roman Cathedrals, La Mezquita, amphitheaters, and much more for history buffs and art lovers.

11.  Avila

If you want to walk through a history book, this is the perfect chance. Known as “The Town of Stones and Saints,” Avila is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds Spain’s most extensive collections of Romanesque and Gothic churches.

It includes countless monasteries, towers, museums, and palaces that will take you back to the 11th century.

12.  Salamanca

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Featuring yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salamanca is a university town holding Baroque and Renaissance architecture.

It has a diverse student population and gives a feel of the intellectual flora with cozy hangout areas and bars.

13.  Seville

Come and explore the ancient Roman ruins in Seville.

Learn the enriching history of the architectural beauty among the lively music and delicious tapas that showcase fresh, delectable seafood.

Take a guided tour of the breathtaking Real Alcazar, catch the Flamenco show (you can even take a class), or sit back and people-watch with a glass of Spanish wine.

14. Cadiz

 

Cadiz feels like an island city, surrounded by deep blue water and endless sunshine.

Start the day by laying out on the Castillo de San Sebastian and head to La Caleta Beach for tasty seafood cuisine

15.  Burgos

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Spend the day getting lost in the quaint historic center wandering around Burgos’s beautiful streets and ruins.

Be sure to visit the Gothic Cathedral of Burgos and admire the scenic view as you walk along Fuentes Blancas’ banks, the province’s largest park.

Spain holds stunning scenery, delectable cuisine, vibrant villages, and gorgeous architecture and art that will make you feel like you’re in another world.

Are you ready to start your trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Let’s explore some of the best places in Spain that peaks your interest.