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Top 15 Places to Explore in Spain

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. There are countless reasons as to why Spain should be your next vacation. To make it easier for you, here are 15 Spanish beauties that will undoubtedly take your breath away.

1. Sierra Nevada

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, Sierra Nevada is a beautiful mountain range that holds Spain’s highest peak, the Mulhacen. It’s a great place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding and in the off-season, hiking and cycling are popular. 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, This famous pilgrimage site in northwest Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians' struggle against Islam. Catholics believe this to be the place where St. James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried.

Santiago de Compostela

3. Almeria

Looking for a local spot that tourists don’t usually go to? Located in Andalusia, Almeria is one of the warmest spots in Spain and holds gorgeous beaches, caves, and mines for endless exploring. Be sure to visit Playa San Pedro if you’re looking for an even more relaxed ambiance.

4. The Costa Brava

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, 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

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 surrounding the city with traditional Moorish architecture and classical Catholic monasteries.


7. Madrid

Madrid is a must-see if you're ever in Spain. The city is filled with famous artworks, diversity, entertainment, and delectable cuisine. Be sure to stop at Madrid's Royal Palace to see a glimpse of 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

This city of Pamplona is known for the annual Running of the Bulls festival where bulls run and chase revelers down the narrow streets. It's usually held in July so jot this down in your itinerary if you're planning to visit in the summer. If that’s not quite your cup of tea, you may prefer to take 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 that features fresh produce from the region. Tapas are endless in this city, so make sure you arrive hungrily!

10. Cordoba

Visit Cordoba for the towering Moorish architecture with grandeur 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 the history buffs and art lovers.

11. Avila

If you want to walk through a history book, this is the perfect chance to do so. Known as "The Town of Stones and Saints," Avila is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds the largest collections of Romanesque and Gothic churches in all of Spain. It includes countless monasteries, towers, museums, and palaces that will take you back in time to the 11th century.

12. Salamanca

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, or catch Flamenco show (you can even take a class), or simply sit back and people watch with a glass of Spanish wine.

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14. Cadiz

Cadiz feels like an island city, surrounded by the 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

Spend the day getting lost in the quaint historic center wandering around the beautiful streets and ruins of Burgos. Be sure to visit the Gothic Cathedral of Burgos and admire the scenic view as you walk along the banks of Fuentes Blancas, the largest park in the province. 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 get your trip started to one of the most beautiful countries in the world?

Spain is like a dreamy playground just waiting to be explored, with its stunning landscapes and rich tapestry of experiences that you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're craving lazy days lounging under palm trees by the sparkling blue ocean or wandering through centuries-old monuments and breathtaking architecture, Spain has it all. With so many incredible places to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start. But fear not! We've curated a list of the top 15 Spanish gems that are sure to steal your heart and leave you longing for more.

Ready to dive into the magic of Spain? Reach out to Hammock Hideaways today to learn more about these incredible destinations, plan your Spanish getaway, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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