From sunny beaches to unique architecture, Spain is one of the most beloved travel destinations in the world. Break out the tapas and vino and check out our list of the 20 most beautiful places in Spain for you to explore.

1. Barcelona

Fascinating architecture, a beach in the heart of the city, sweet sangria, and delicious local cuisine, what more could you ask for? As one of the most beautiful places in Catalonia, Barcelona has something for everyone and it’s hard to get enough of this unique city.

Visit Gaudi’s masterpieces like Park Güell, Casa Batlló, and Sagrada Familia to immerse yourself in his colorful world. Explore the stunning El Born and wander around La Rambla, one of the city’s most famous streets. Feel like catching all of Barcelona’s beauty at once? Experience a unique view of the city from the sky.

2. Granada

Granada is one of the must-see locations in Andalusia. It is also known for being home to Alhambra, an unmissable complex including palaces and picturesque gardens. Let yourself get lost among the ancient, alabaster-white buildings in the narrow streets of Albaicín and watch the sunset over a breathtaking view of Alhambra.

3. Seville

Every corner of Seville is a visual feast. The city is a must-see for anyone looking to get to know the Andalusian culture. 

Narrow streets, lively flamenco shows, and tasty tapas will give you the best experience of the Andalusian world. Another unmissable experience is visiting Alcázar, one of the best examples of Islamic and Mudéjar architecture.

4. Madrid

The capital of Spain, Madrid is one of the most beautiful places in the country. The lively city welcomes visitors both interested in kicking back and exploring local history. 

The Royal Palace and Retiro Park are some must-see sites, but simply walking through Madrid offers visitors a real treat. After a long day of seeing sights and learning all about Spanish history, enjoy a delicious dinner in Plaza de Santa Ana.

5. Málaga

With its eclectic mix of cultures, lovely weather, and stunning beaches, Malaga is one of the most popular destinations in southern Spain. You could spend all day walking around its beautiful buildings, but make sure to stop at Alcabaza. The medieval Moorish palace offers some incredible views of the sea. Nearby, Caminito del Rey offers some excellent hiking opportunities.

6. Córdoba

The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Mezquita. It was built by the Visigoths in 711 and it was converted to a Roman Catholic church, in the 16th century. It is one of the oldest structures still standing from the time Muslims  in the late 8th century. Its a World Heritage Site since 1984.

One of the most beautiful places in Andalusia is Córdoba. With its courtyards decked out with flowers, falling in love with the city feels effortless. Spend your days strolling around the iconic houses, but make sure to stop at Mosque-Cathedral. One of the biggest icons of the city and the western Muslim world, the mosque is known for its stunning architecture.

7. Mallorca

Another island paradise in Spain, Mallorca is a popular destination for beach lovers. While you could spend all of your time in Mallorca enjoying the sunsets, there’s plenty to do and see, like  Palma Cathedral and the old town. Don’t forget to take some time to visit the Caves of Drach, where you can see the impressive rock formations and an amazing underground Lake Martel.

8. Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela view. Cityscape UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galicia, Spain

This historical city with stone buildings and narrow streets is a must-see in Northern Spain. Santiago de Compostela is the perfect place to experience the Galician culture. Stroll through the city to discover its iconic sights, such as the Cathedral, old squares, and the City Hall.

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