The Top 10 Cities to visit in Spain
Spain has some of the world’s finest architecture contained in its magnificent cities – so if you are looking for a city break with a difference then take a look at these more unusual top ten 10 cities:
This is a fantastic, exciting and buzzing city, famous for its iconic architecture, excellent food and buzzing nightlife. The city’s beating pulse is La Ramble, packed with restaurants, shops and street entertainers. The best way to see all the famous architecture and buildings is on a Hop on Hop off bus. El Prat Airport is 8 miles from the city centre.
Toledo is home to some of Spain’s most splendid monuments. It was known as the ‘city of three cultures’ in the Middle Ages when Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities all lived happily together for centuries. The River Tajo is on three sides of the city surrounding the delightful medieval streets. Barajas Airport in Madrid is 48 miles away.
Known as the ‘frying pan of Spain’, this is a vibrant exciting city with Moorish architecture and medieval streets make it a perfect city to explore. Do take time to visit the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Mary, Plaza de Espana, the Alcázar palace and the famous Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz. Seville International Airport is 7 miles from the city centre.
Valencia is steeped in history with stunning architecture, elegant art nouveau buildings, superb museums and a charming old quarter. It is an absolute ‘must’ for all you history and culture lovers! Take time to visit the UNESCO- listed La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange) and the Valencia and Mercado Cathedrals. Valencia’s Manises Airport is 5 miles from the city centre.
San Sebastian is a trendier city that hosts internationally-acclaimed film and jazz festivals such as the Heineken Jazzaldia, which attracts some of jazz’s biggest stars! It is also renowned for its superb food with some wonderful cute places to eat tapas and of course, the more expensive Michelin-starred restaurants. Airport (France) is 29 miles from the city.
Salamanca is famous for the amazing Plaza Mayor known as one of the country’s most beautiful and elegant city squares. At night the Plaza is illuminated, making it a one of the city’s more unforgettable highlights. Valladolid Airport is 78 miles to the city centre.
Malaga is a beautiful culturally rich city that you definitely will not want to miss. It is packed with historic museums, theatres, monuments and also the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. There is also the famous 1,000-year-old Gibralfaro castle. Malaga Airport is 5 miles away from the city centre.
This stunning city was the capital of the Muslim occupied Iberian Peninsula and home to one of the greatest mosques in the western world; being the fabulous Mezquita of Cordoba. The city is very quaint with narrow streets surrounded with busy wine and tapas bars. The nearest airport is in Seville, 82 miles away.
Granada is set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range and boasts a charming old town which includes the famous Alhambra Palace. A beautiful sight is watching the sun set over the Palace from the Mirador de San Nicolas in the Albaicin Quarter. The Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport is 12 miles away from the city.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago is a beautiful old town with cobbled streets lined with stunning gothic buildings. For food buffs – do visit the Rua do Franco close to the cathedral for an utterly amazing dining experience; as the tapas bars and taverns are famous, especially for the “Galician-style octopus”. Santiago’s International Airport is 15 miles to the city centre.