The top 7 ‘different cities’ to visit in Spain
Madrid and Barcelona may be at the top of most people’s ‘places to visit in Spain list,’ and rightly so, but don’t forget the other vibrant cities dotted around the country.
The top 7 ‘different cities to visit in Spain’ include:
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is one of the top 7 ‘different cities’ in Spain and the final destination of most people who complete the Camino de Santiago. The Cathedral del Apostol is the main attraction of this city, and the main language is Gallego. July 25th is the Feast of Santiago when spectacular firework displays light up the night sky. If you enjoy seafood try the famous Pulpo a la Gallega (octopus). Culture vultures should visit the Mosteiro de San Paio, Colexiata de Santa Maria do Sar and the Museo do Pobo Galego.
´Pintxo´ is the Basque word for tapas, and San Sebastian is one of the best places in Spain to eat these tasty morsels. The beaches in San Sebastian are also legendary – The Playa de la Zurriola is great for surfing, or the Playa de la Concha for chilling out in the sun. For the more adventurous, climb up Monte Urgull or Monte Igueldo for stunning views over the city or visit a Basque cider house for a taste of true scrumpy.
As a top 7 ‘different city’ in Spain, Bilbao has many strings to its bow, but some of the best places to visit include: The Guggenheim Museum, the Museo de Bellas Artes close to the Guggenheim, the Old Town with its cathedral and Plaza Nueva, a walk alongside the river, or take a trip to the Parque Doña Casilda de Iturrizer which is complete with a dancing fountain.
Visitors to Cordoba in May can enjoy the Cruces de Mayo Festival (May Crosses), followed closely by the Patio Festival, which sees the city´s homes beautifully decorated with flowers. The Cordoba Festival takes place towards the end of May, and The Cordoba Guitar Festival in July. The Mezquita (Mosque) is also worth seeing as it is the oldest mosque in Spain and is still in use. Sooth away your troubles in an Arabic bath or visit the botanical gardens.
Salamanca is cold in winter and warm in summer, and is as famous for its university as it is for its night life. The Virgen de la Vega Festival takes place in September each year. Enjoy the amazing sandstone architecture and look out for the Lucky Frog on the Universidad Civil. The University of Salamanca is one of the oldest in Spain, and visitors flock here to learn Spanish.
Granada is a fascinating city, where the tapas are still served free with every drink you buy. No trip to Granada would be complete without a visit to the Alhambra, which is a grand Moorish fortress with beautiful gardens and stunning architecture. If you want to relax, take a trip to the Hammam where the soothing waters will revive you in time for dinner. Visitors who want to enjoy some Arabic hospitality can drink tea and smoke shisha in a Moroccan Tea Shop, or take a stroll around Albaicin, and Sacromonte.
Valencia offers visitors some incredible museums, fine cuisine and a friendly welcome. Explore the Old Town, starting with the City Centre and the main Squares of Plaza Ayuntamieno and Plaza Victoria. Take your time to visit the Cathedral, said to be home to the Holy Grail, the port and the beach to chill out. The Mercado Central is larger than the Boqueria Market in Barcelona and much cheaper. It´s also worth visiting the old silk exchange of La Lonja.
If you are planning a trip to Spain, research the towns and cities you may have not visited before and make the most of your trip by booking excursions, cultural and historical tours, gastronomic tours or adventure tours before you leave home.