There are so many great things to do on a trip to Spain. So when you visit, you need a bucket list! Famous for its fiestas, siestas, tasty tapas and flamenco, Spain has a booming tourist industry and is unsurprisingly one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Whether you prefer to explore beautiful Spanish cities or work on your tan on one of the Costa Del Sol’s best beaches, Spain has something for everyone, especially the foodies among us (hello tapas and paella). So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do on a trip to Spain, certainly worthy of a place on your Spain Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do on a trip to Spain
A Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, with rugged volcanic isles known for their black- and white-sand beaches. Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is home to an active volcano, Mt. Teide. These islands are a popular holiday destination due to the stunning beaches, incredible volcanic landscapes, gorgeous canyons, soaring hills, charming little towns and the Spanish cuisine where you can eat your weight in tasty tapas.
Barcelona is a city on the coast of northeastern Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the community of Catalonia. If you can picture yourself enjoying the most iconic architecture and finest food, Barcelona is the place for you. Wherever you are in Barcelona, there’s always something to see: Gaudi’s iconic works of art, contemporary architecture, Catalan art nouveau, modernism, bustling markets that are a treat for the senses. Head to Las Ramblas and let your adventure unravel from here!
Ronda is considered one of the prettiest towns in Spain and draws travelers from all corners of the globe with its charm alone. This mountaintop city in Malaga is set above a deep gorge (called El Tajo) which separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town. The stone bridge, Puente Nuevo, spans the gorge and has a lookout with incredible views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
Want to explore a Moorish city? Check out Granada, a city in southern Spain’s Andalusia region, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Famous for its medieval architecture such as the Alhambra a sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompassing royal palaces, serene patios, fountains and orchards and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty.
Visit the Balearic Islands, a sun-kissed archipelago of islands and islets east of the Spanish mainland, are dominated by four stunning sisters: Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca, and Formentera. Mallorca (Majorca), is the largest island in the Balearics and popular due to its beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains in the north. Just around the east coast of mainland Spain, in the Mediterranean lie the Balearic Islands.
Madrid is Spain’s central capital city and a great place for shopping and dining! Walk along the elegant boulevards and explore the expansive parks such as the Buen Retiro. Madrid is full of energy seven days a week, even more so when midnight approaches. Madrid is also renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Velázquez, Goya and other Spanish artists. Popular with travelers for to its grand museums, finger licking cuisine, and the ever-buzzing nightlife, Madrid is one such city that will sweep you off your feet with it’s culture, vibrancy and shopping!
Costa Del Sol
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that the Costa del Sol is famous for its beaches. This coastal haven in Andalucía, a southern region of Spain, has been delighting beach bunnies for decades. The towns along Spain’s ‘Sunshine Coast’ have beautiful golden sand beaches to choose from however the beautiful beach of El Bajondillo is iconic Costa del Sol. So make the most of the warm weather that Spain is so loved for by hitting a beach… this is usually the main priority for pale tourists!
Seville is Spain’s third-largest city and the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. Other key sights and attractions in Seville include the Alcázar Castle and Seville’s Gothic cathedral. It’s also famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks you must see when visiting Seville include the Alcázar castle complex and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring.
Visit the vibrant city of Valencia, located on the coast, for an abundance of beautiful beaches, art and culture. The port city of Valencia lies on Spain’s southeastern coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is considered the City of Arts and Sciences in Spain and is home to futuristic buildings like the oceanarium and planetarium and the interactive museum. Valencia can be enjoyed year-round!
Often overlooked as a city-break destination in favor of Barcelona, Madrid or Seville, Córdoba is one of Andalusia’s most fascinating cities. It was an important Roman city and a major Islamic center in the Middle Ages. Córdoba is most famous for the ornate La Mezquita mosque that was built way back in 784 AD featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics.
Other cool things to do on a trip to Spain
Enjoy this? Pin & Share!
Lonely Planet Spain: Check price on Amazon
Read more: Spain Packing List For Women
There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do on a trip to Spain.
Disclosure: Support Jetset Bunny by using the links in our articles. When you click on a link we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).