España is among the most visited international locations in Europe, however the preferred locations in Spain will not be essentially the one locations you may try. In addition to discovering one of the best cities to go to in Spain and the tried-and-tested coastal resorts, you may discover slightly additional to uncover some hidden gems.

Tenerife may call to mind bundle holidays and seashores, however this Canary Island, positioned off the coast of West Africa, is a lot extra. Its lunar landscapes and volcanic peaks are otherworldly. Mount Teide is Spain’s highest peak and is ready inside the Teide Nationwide Park, the place you may discover the peculiar panorama of craters and historic lava flows, Spain’s most unusual geological gems.Los Gigantes, Tenerife © Ian Watt / Alamy Inventory Picture

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

Alicante

Solar, sea and a hovering rocky peak make Alicante a chief coastal vacation spot in Spain. However whereas many overseas vacationers fly into town’s airport then depart for resorts additional alongside the coast, Alicante is value exploring in itself. The port metropolis has a buzzing metropolis seashore that has the dramatic Mount Benacantil as a backdrop, an enormous rocky peak whose summit is house to Santa Bárbara Fortress. Stroll by town’s marina on a night then do some tapas bar hopping within the outdated city.Beachgoers having fun with the summer season, Alicante © Jon Helgason / Alamy Inventory Picture

Beachgoers enjoying the summer, Alicante

Barcelona

Spain’s second metropolis is an everlasting favorite with guests for its beautiful Mediterranean location, iconic structure and cosmopolitan environment. Go gaga for Gaudí on the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell and take a look at a few of the architect’s lesser-known works equivalent to Casa Batlló. Make the journey as much as Mount Tibidabo for glowing views throughout town to the ocean past; rollercoaster lovers ought to go to the Tibidabo Amusement Park, opened in 1905, whereas the mountain can also be a terrific place to cycle or hike.Museu Nacional d’Artwork de Catalunya, Barcelona © Peter van Evert / Alamy Inventory Picture

Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

Granada

Granada is sort of a Disney fairytale come to life: it has the beautiful historic fortress, the snowcapped peaks and winding cobbled streets. The Alhambra is one among Spain’s most well-known sights, and for good cause. The Moorish palace sits excessive over town and comprises a few of the best-preserved Islamic artwork and structure on the planet. Don’t miss Sacromonte, an space of white caves clinging to the hillside the place town’s gypsy group initially lived and flamenco dance and music flourished.Alhama de Granada, southern Spain © Basic Picture / Alamy Inventory Picture

Alhama de Granada, southern Spain

San Sebastian

This elegant metropolis on the Basque Nation coast is a should for foodies; the pintxo – a Basque model of tapas that often consists of scrumptious morsels balanced on crusty bread – is town’s gastronomic calling card and the bars of the Outdated City lay out their pintxos on the bar tops so you may see every thing on provide. The town’s Concha Seashore is a lovely, shell-shaped cove fashionable with households, whereas the close by Zurriola seashore is nice for browsing.Promenade on the La Concha seashore in San Sebastian © philipus / Alamy Inventory Picture

Promenade at the La Concha beach in San Sebastian

Seville

Seville, the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain, is legendary for its thriving flamenco tradition. Soak up a present in one of many metropolis’s intimate little flamenco bars to totally admire this passionate, dramatic and melancholy artwork kind. Discover Seville’s historical past with a visit to the Actual Alcázar, a well-preserved instance of Mudéjar structure that has been added to by Spanish rulers over time, and take within the metropolis’s trendy structure on the Metropol Parasol, an enormous wood construction that brings much-needed shade in the summertime.Plaza de Espana, Seville © philipus / Alamy Inventory Picture

Plaza de Espana, Seville

Cordoba

Cordoba was a very powerful metropolis through the Moorish rule of Spain within the Center Ages, and it was house to the beautiful Grand Mosque of Cordoba. At present, the mosque is town’s cathedral, however retains a lot of its Islamic design. Cordoba’s outdated city is a Unesco World Heritage Web site and is house to town’s Roman Bridge, charming cobbled streets and a few fascinating items of structure.Andalusia, Cordoba © Prisma by Dukas Presseagentur GmbH / Alamy Inventory Picture

Andalusia, Cordoba

Valencia

The house of paella is a superb place to pattern what is maybe Spain’s most well-known dish. Head to a beachside restaurant and benefit from the rice dish for lunch (Spaniards by no means are inclined to eat the heavy dish for dinner) washed down with some Agua de Valencia, a potent native cava cocktail. Discover Valencia’s stunning outdated city and don’t miss the unbelievable, spaceship-like Valencia Metropolis of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic complicated within the metropolis’s former river mattress that holds an aquarium, IMAX cinema, opera home and science museum.Placa Rodrigo Botet, Valencia © Suzy Bennett / Alamy Inventory Picture

Placa Rodrigo Botet, Valencia

Madrid

Spain’s capital is a superb vacation spot for a weekend break. Madrid’s golden triangle of artwork galleries holds a few of Europe’s most well-known works, from Picasso’s Guernica to Velázquez’s Las Meninas. The town is house to the Royal Palace, Europe’s largest palace by way of space, and spherical each nook you may uncover new church buildings, retailers and bars. The La Latina neighbourhood is house to a few of the metropolis’s most well-known tapas bars and is a superb place for a tapas crawl.Cibeles Palace, Madrid © Ken Welsh / Alamy Inventory Picture

Cibeles Palace, Madrid

Galicia

If you consider Spain, you could nicely consider dry landscapes and sun-soaked seashores, however the northwestern area of Galicia appears extra like Eire than the standard Spanish stereotype. Its landscapes are lush and inexperienced, and the Celtic affect is robust: Galicia is stuffed with myths and legends. Its western Cape Finisterre cliffs had been thought-about the tip of the world by the Romans. Discover the area’s wilder reaches by visiting the Cies Islands, an archipelago nature reserve that’s a part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia Nationwide Park.Cabanas on the Ria de Betanzos, Galicia © Ken Welsh / Alamy Inventory Picture

Cabanas on the Ria de Betanzos, Galicia

The Pyrenees

Whether or not you want mountaineering, snowboarding or quaint mountain villages, the Spanish Pyrenees are the perfect vacation spot for you. Timbered homes and hearty native meals are on provide, whereas Spanish ski resorts are a terrific various to the busier and pricer resorts within the Alps.Homes within the mountains, Catalan Pyrenees © Dorling Kindersley ltd / Alamy Inventory Picture

Houses in the mountains, Catalan Pyrenees

Almeria

Europe’s solely desert area is an otherworldly panorama of dusty, dry expanses and rocky outcrops. The panorama so resembled the American Wild West that director Sergio Leone filmed his basic Westerns right here, together with The Good, the Unhealthy and the Ugly. The Cabo de Gata-Níjar Pure Park is a lovely coastal space that features salt flats, pristine seashores and whitewashed fishing villages.View over Almeria from The Alcazaba, Almeria © Hilary Morgan / Alamy Inventory Picture

View over Almeria from The Alcazaba, Almeria

Ronda

Ronda is a panoramic mountaintop village close to Malaga in southern Spain. It’s most well-known for the Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge that spans the El Tajo gorge, a dramatically steep drop that separates the brand new and outdated cities of Ronda. The city can also be house to the oldest bullring in Spain, the Plaza de Toros de Ronda, the place Ernest Hemingway watched many bullfights throughout his summer season holidays right here.El Tajo Canyon, Ronda © JOHN BRACEGIRDLE / Alamy Inventory Picture

El Tajo Canyon, Ronda

Ibiza

The White Isle is legendary for its golf equipment, however much less recognized for its pure magnificence. Away from the mega-clubs, Ibiza is house to little fishing villages and quiet seashores and lately has turn into a preferred vacation spot for yoga and rest retreats. So whether or not you wish to social gathering all evening or chill and rejuvenate, Ibiza is a superb summer season vacation vacation spot.Ibiza outdated city and harbour, Ibiza © travellinglight / Alamy Inventory Picture

Ibiza old town and harbour, Ibiza

La Rioja

Spanish wines have gotten increasingly fashionable and none is extra well-known or liked than Rioja. The area of the identical identify is house to tons of of Spanish vineyards, a lot of which supply excursions and wine tastings. Logroño, the capital of the area, is a superb base and residential to must-try tapas bars centred round Calle Laurel and its surrounding streets.View from San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja © Martin Lindsay / Alamy Inventory Picture

View from San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja