7 Spain Tourism Destinations You Must Visit

 Spain is more varied than clichés would have you think, stretching from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean and then to the Atlantic. While paella and bullfighting are both Spanish, neither characterizes this Iberian nation. In Spain, you'll encounter a diverse variety of cultures - much more than you would anticipate. Discover Catalan culture in Barcelona, replete with Antoni Gaud's dreamy architecture. Try pintxos – the Basque version of tapas – in the northwest, and visit Andalusia in the south to witness the legacy of Moorish architecture.

Additionally, there is a great deal more. And that's not even taking into account the beaches of the fabled Costas. Or the magnificent Roman remains scattered across the nation - particularly Segovia's aqueduct. Expect history, delicious cuisine, and lots of sunshine - all in moderation. With this list of the top locations to visit in Spain, you can plan your vacation to this incredible Mediterranean holiday destination.

1. Merida

Merida was founded by the Romans in 25 AD and is home to some of the most magnificent, vast, and well-preserved ruins in all of Spain. The city, which is now the seat of the autonomous community of Extremadura, is located in the western-central region of the Iberian Peninsula, on the banks of the Guadiana and Albarregas rivers.

Due to the country's almost two thousand years of history, old historical sites and archaeological remains may be found virtually everywhere. Among them, a visit to the beautiful ancient Roman Theatre is a must; it continues to host flamenco and theatrical acts to this day.

Apart from this, there are the magnificent ruins of a Moorish castle, as well as a very well-preserved Roman bridge, aqueduct, and hippodrome. Additionally, the city is home to several beautiful Baroque and Gothic churches, as well as fascinating and instructive museums highlighting the city's rich past.

2. Bilbao

Bilbao, Spain's biggest city, is located on an estuary only 16 kilometers south of the Bay of Biscay. Due to its warmer and wetter climate than most of the rest of the nation, the city's parks and riverbanks, as well as the rolling hills that surround it, are fertile and green.

Bilbao was mostly recognized as a seaport and industrial city in northern Spain until the building of the Guggenheim Museum in the 1990s. Since then, Vizcaya's capital city has benefited from a tourist boom, encouraging economic development and revitalizing the city's many hidden treasures, making it a popular destination.

The Guggenheim Museum, hailed as one of the most significant architectural achievements of its day, now shines as Bilbao's municipal emblem. Devoted to modern and contemporary art, this enormous complex of interconnected buildings has a large piece of abstract sculpture that, with its depiction of ship outlines and shimmering fish scales, evokes a nautical theme.

Other attractions in Bilbao include the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, built in the 14th century, and the Basilica de Begoa. The Alhondiga was built in 1909 and was recently renovated. It is a multifunctional facility that includes a library, restaurants, and a rooftop swimming pool with a glass floor.

3. Salamanca

Salamanca, the capital and biggest city of the same-named province, is located on the banks of the Tormes River in Spain's Northern Plateau. Widely regarded as one of Europe's most magnificent Renaissance towns, its historic center is brimming with architectural marvels and stunning structures dating back centuries.

The city's life is centered on the crowded and lively Plaza Mayor, which is surrounded with cafés, bars, and restaurants. The wide and beautiful plaza takes on a mystical quality at night, when its magnificent structures are illuminated.

Other beautiful locations nearby are the New and Old Cathedrals, both of which have excellent architecture. They, like the rest of the city, are constructed of sandstone. Salamanca's moniker, La Dorada, or 'Golden City,' derives from these warm colors.

While history abounds, Salamanca has a vibrant and young vibe as a result of its huge student population. The University of Salamanca was established in 1218, making it one of the continent's oldest higher education institutions.

4. Cuenca

Cuenca, one of the most popular towns to visit in Spain's Castilla La Mancha area, is perched precariously at the confluence of two deep river gorges. Due to its strategic location, it has been battled over, conquered, and controlled by both Muslims and Christians, including Napoleon in the early 1800s.

This makes it an intriguing place to visit; several centuries-old churches, a cathedral, and a castle are buried amid the winding alleys of the medieval old town. While its magnificent buildings are painted in warm colours, the walls of the city's many contemporary art galleries and museums are adorned with vibrant colors and bold patterns.

The beautiful city is especially well-known for its casas colgadas – or hanging homes – which are constructed into the cliffside on which Cuenca is situated. Apart from being incredible marvels of architecture, these magnificent edifices make for excellent photographs and are best seen from the San Pablo bridge.

5. Ibiza

Ibiza, the third biggest of the Balearic Islands, is situated off the east coast of Spain, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea's beautiful seas. While the island is well-known for its pulsating nightlife and summer club scene, which attracts world-renowned DJs to its beaches, the island offers a variety of other facets.

Ibiza is very rocky and rough, yet it is surrounded by magnificent coves and beaches, which, along with the island's warm, sunny, and dry environment, make it an ideal beach vacation location. Ibiza Town, the island's biggest city, has a magnificent walled ancient town situated on a hill overlooking the sea.

While the island does include tranquil rural getaways and quiet coastal towns, many visitors come to Ibiza for the amazing party scene and thrilling electronic dance performances. In the summer, its bustling nightclubs remain open until daybreak, when the sun finally rises over the sea.

6. Segovia

Segovia, the capital and biggest city of the same-named province, is situated in a picturesque setting with the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains towering in the distance. Its sun-drenched alleys border the Eresma River in Spain's Inner Plateau, not far from Valladolid and Madrid.

Segovia is well-known for its historical landmarks. Within Segovia's fortified Old Town is the Aqueduct of Segovia, which was constructed by the Romans about 100 AD. While this technical wonder serves as the city's emblem, other remarkable sites such as a large and magnificent Gothic cathedral and many churches, convents, and monasteries are nearby.

The magnificent Alcazar of Segovia, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city, is the other major attraction. The ancient castle and palace, which is said to have inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle, boasts a wealth of beautiful architecture and was once one of the Kings of Castille's favorite royal homes.

7. Ronda

Ronda, in southern Spain, is situated in one of the most beautiful locations conceivable, straddling the steep El Tajo canyon and overlooking the valleys and hills that precede it.

Puente Nuevo, the city's primary monument constructed in 1793, spans the whole of the valley. The magnificent bridge links the more contemporary El Mercadillo neighborhood to El Ciudad, the ancient Moorish district filled with magnificent churches, beautiful mansions, and charming gardens. The town is regarded as the birthplace of modern Spanish bullfighting; its neoclassical bullring is the country's oldest.

Ronda has always attracted authors and poets to its old alleys due to its rich cultural legacy and history, as well of its spectacular clifftop location. While Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Rainer Maria Rilke all visited at some point, Ronda is today a famous tourist destination and one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia.


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