This list of the most beautiful cities in Spain will help you get to know some of the great tourist attractions of this country, beyond all the medieval towns and natural wonders that it can boast of.
With a wide variety of cities for all tastes, all of them with numerous tourist attractions, which make them worth spending a few days enjoying all its leisure and cultural activities, as well as visiting its historical and artistic heritage, this country, we assure you It is one of the most incredible in the world.
To understand why this city has been the epicenter of the most important cultures in history, it is enough to take a walk through its streets and admire its buildings. The first, its imposing Roman Bridge, then Christian buildings such as the Alcázar de los Reyes or its secluded Jewish quarter, all around its great monumental jewel: the Mosque-Cathedral. The note of color and freshness is provided by its patios, World Heritage.
The first photo of this city of golden stone must be taken before crossing the Roman bridge that crosses the Tormes river, and then repeat it again at sunset. It is the best image of this ever-young city, like those who occupy the classrooms of its prestigious University or fill its tapas bars, a deeply rooted custom. The heart of the city is the porticoed Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful in Spain, from which the steps lead to its great monuments: the cathedral, the convent of San Esteban and the different university buildings: the Clerecía, the Casa de las Conchas, the Plaza del Colegio or the patio of the Escuelas Menores.
After crossing under its famous Roman aqueduct and contemplating the Alcázar, its fortress located on the gorge formed by the Eresma and Clamores rivers, in Segovia it is almost obligatory to sit down to eat one of the best suckling pigs in Spain. The other monuments of it continue to be seen with strength: the beautiful Gothic cathedral, the Jewish quarter, the Romanesque churches and the neighborhood of the Knights, as well as numerous palaces such as the Valdeáguila or the Mansilla palaces.
It is a city of cinema (and not only because of its prestigious festival), but also because of the natural scenery that surrounds it. But it is also an elegant capital where you can enjoy bathing and strolling along La Concha beach, a charming old town and, of course, good food, which knows more than anyone about that.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna
Old mansions and palaces with colorful façades, but also numerous religious buildings, adorn this city of Tenerife, founded at the end of the 15th century, which has the honor of being the site of the creation of the first university in the Canary Islands. Among the architectural treasures of the first colonial city without walls, the cathedral, the church and the convent of San Agustín, that of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Casa Salazar –an example of Canarian baroque–, the palaces of Nava and Lercaro and the City hall.
Christians, Muslims and Jews lived in harmony in Toledo, which is why it earned its name of City of Three Cultures. From the cigarrales, on the other side of the Tagus, its best panoramic view can be seen. To discover it, you have to go in search of its monumental places, starting with the cathedral, also its synagogues, the Gothic monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the convents of Santo Domingo el Antiguo and Santo Domingo el Real. On the way, the places linked to El Greco, who left such a mark on it, will come to pass.
That Seville has a special color, as the song says. The grandeur of its monuments and the charm of its popular neighborhoods have a lot to do with it, but there is also the aroma of jasmine in its squares, the Spanish guitar music that can be heard in its streets, its festivals or the experience of going Tapas in the historic center. Linking the San Telmo bridge, located next to the Torre del Oro, and the Plaza de San Francisco, where the popular Sierpes street begins, is the best way to begin to understand this city that exudes art and tradition, a tradition that Yes, it is always in fashion.
Small and with one of the best preserved (and beautiful) walled enclosures in the world, Ávila is a city to walk slowly and to enjoy the gastronomy with tapas. This is how you will discover the cathedral, which has the air of a fortress, its Romanesque churches, especially the Basilica of San Vicente, its 16th century palaces, the Monastery of La Encarnación and those other corners linked to San Teresa de Jesús, who was born here. To begin and end, there is no better place than to go up to the ramparts of the wall or walk around its entire perimeter, and contemplate the best panoramic views of this World Heritage city.
Few cities can boast of having a heritage and a legacy like that of this city that was the capital of the Nasrid kingdom. Its essence unfolds in the nooks and crannies of the Albaicín neighbourhood, the surroundings of its imposing cathedral and, above all, in the Alhambra itself. And as a backdrop, Sierra Nevada always watchful in the distance.
Santiago de Compostela
All the Caminos de Santiago have as their goal the Compostela cathedral, which presides over the monumental Plaza del Obradoiro, the center of the Galician capital. Pilgrims fill this space with animation, which is also presided over by the Rajoy palace, the hostel of the Catholic Monarchs and the San Jerónimo school. But also its cobbled streets –Franco, Nova, Vilar or Preguntoiro– and its squares, such as Platerías or Quintana.
The walled enclosure of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, draws the profile of the capital of the island of Ibiza that dazzles with its ancient citadel, with cobbled streets, with the cathedral and castle standing out and the Mediterranean all around. The lively Vara del Rey promenade is the heart of the modern city, from which the promenade that leads to the old fishing district and some of its beaches starts.
A World Heritage Site, Cáceres summarizes the fusion of cultures that have passed through it in its walled old town. You begin to discover it by crossing the Arco de la Estrella from the Plaza Mayor and walking through its cobbled and silent streets and its squares such as Santa María, where the co-cathedral of Santa María and the Bujaco tower rise, an excellent viewpoint, or the of Saint George and Saint Matthew. Churches, convents and palaces open on every corner.