In recent years, Spain overtook the United States becoming the second most popular travel destination in the world. Online statistics reported that approximately 82 million international tourists visited Spain in 2017 – far more than the estimated 75 million tourists in 2016. In this article, we will provide information of the most popular places in Spain with the lesser-known places that should be visited by tourists.
A popular stag weekend company, The Spain Event, notes that Barcelona is well-known for its iconic architecture, excellent gastronomy and pulsating nightlife, it is the most vibrant seaside city in Spain. The beating heart of Barcelona is La Rambla, filled with shops, entertainers and restaurants. If you head through this centre, you will be able to see the medieval Gothic Quarter which is filled with elegant churches, palm-tree filled plazas and narrow Spanish streets.
In addition to La Rambla, it is essential that you visit Gaudi’s famous ‘La Sagrada Familia Basilica’ when touring Barcelona. This epic masterpiece has been under construction since the late 19th century and is only predicted to be completed in 2041.
Transportation: Barcelona is convenient for travellers because it is located close to the Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The airport is located only eight miles from the Barcelona city centre.
The sultry city of Seville has been dubbed the ‘frying pan of Spain’, but it presents with a cool city vibe making it easy to explore in a few days. Seville is well-known for its Moorish architectural influence with the ancient street and idyllic oranges. The capital of Seville, Andalusia, is popular for the tapas bars, flamenco dancing and fragrance of Seville oranges stemming from the popular orange trees.
If you are looking to indulge in architectural elements, Seville has an outstanding Cathedral of Saint Mary, the Alcazar Palace, the Plaza de Espana and the Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz which is part of the preserved Jewish District.
Transportation: The Seville city centre is located only seven miles from the Seville International Airport.
Valencia is one of the most popular Spanish cities offering a vast array of tourist attractions ranging from the elegant art nouveau structures and museums to the Modernist architectures with a high-character old quarter. Culture vultures and history lovers can head directly to the UNESCO-listed La Lonja de la Seda, the Valencia and Mercedia Cathedrals, and the Museo de Bellas Artes.
Another feature of Valencia is the gourmet gastronomy with long lunches and exquisite dinners. The city is surrounded by fertile farmlands where fruit and vegetables are grown by local farmers. The vegetables are used in popular Spanish dishes, such as paella. While the food is a great drawing factor, Valencia has a strong nightlife that invites many young tourists.
Transportation: The city centre is only five miles away from Valencia’s Manises Airport.
Malaga is becoming one of the most popular Spanish tourist destinations with its artistic and culturally-rich environment. Filled with theatres, museums and monuments, it is easy to discover the remains of a Roman amphitheatre alongside a 13th century Alcazaba. Malaga is home to many notable personalities, but the most popular is Pablo Picasso and there are several art museums dedicated to this well-known artist.
If you wander around the historic city centre, you will more than likely find yourself walking through a stunning cathedral or ambling through the botanical gardens before joining friends at the popular tapas bars. If you are more interested in retail stores, then Malaga is a popular location because of the elegant shopping street. The marble-lined shopping street, Calle Marques de Larios, is worth a visit for the architecture and the shops.
Transportation: Malaga city centre is only five miles away from the Malaga International Airport.
5. Binisafuller, Menorca
If your idea of heaven is a secluded cove along the beach laced with silky white sand, teal water, and knotted pines; then look no further than Binisafuller in Menorca. While you are never less than thirty minutes drive away from Menorca’s International Airport, you would not guess that this small idyllic hide-away actually exists. While there is nothing apart from the beach and whitewashed villas, it can be a beautiful place to gain some peace and serenity.
Murcia is one of the most historically rich areas in Spain, as well as presenting with worldly cuisine. It offers some of the most delicious food in Spain; therefore, it may be tempting to spend the day travelling between tapas bars and enjoying the food at Murcia. The city combines Islamic architecture with the attractive plazas and gourmet foods.