Top Places To Visit In Spain For A First Time Traveller

Spain has a lot to offer on all fronts, be it natural landscapes, food, history, art, architecture, cultures and traditions. Owing to this, it can almost seem like a challenge to cover the diversity of Spain without constantly hopping from one place to another. But we’ve got you covered! Here is our guide on discovering Spain as a first time traveller, in a relaxed manner. 


Barcelona, a city on the northeastern coast of Spain, is the capital of the region of Catalonia. Known for its art, architecture, rich cultural heritage and gastronomy, Barcelona is surrounded by mountains on one side and the Mediterranean coast on the other. The old world charm of different eras of Barcelona along with the 20th century transformation for the Universal Exhibition of 1929 and the 1992 Olympics, add a unique element. Your trip in Spain is definitely not complete without visiting Barcelona!


Live the essence of the Mediterranean in this province north of Barcelona. A perfectly balanced mix of cultural heritage, architecture and rich gastronomy, the fascinating city of Girona has one of the most impressive jewish quarters in Europe. Its narrow streets will make you feel like you are back in time and you will get to admire the marvellous gothic cathedral, the second widest in the continent.


Situated on the Cap de Creus peninsula, Cadaqués is a seafaring village and one of the most symbolic places on Costa Brava. The rocky coast, picturesque turquoise beaches and serene coves await you at Cadaqués. The narrow cobbled streets and the white houses adorned with lovely flowers lends the old town a dreamy and romantic feel. Not surprisingly, the town attracted a lot of attention in the early 20th century from leading artists like Picasso, Chagall and Klein. However, it was Salvador Dalí who put this village on the international map.

San Sebastian

San Sebastián is a cosmopolitan city along a white sandy bay in the Basque Country, with a strong character. Arguably known as the food capital of the planet, the desserts here are just as impeccable as the main courses. Explore La Concha Bay, one of the most popular city beaches in Spain and admire the famous sculpture ‘The Comb of the Wind’ on the edge of the coastline. Take a walk by the narrow streets and discover the old quarter of the former Gothic and the latter Renaissance-Baroque period, which was walled until the Modern Age.


A town situated on the west shore of Bidasoa river’s mouth, Hondarribia is a vibrant and colourful fishing village that boasts of rich architecture and gastronomy. One of the most charming towns in Basque Country, it has a relaxing maritime atmosphere. The well preserved old town surrounded by a fortified wall, is the only one in the entire province. Explore the Baroque buildings and the signature Basque houses with wooden balconies painted in a wide range of colours before you hit the long sand beach with quiet waters.

Getaria & Zumaia

Explore the beautiful coastal villages of Getaria & Zumaia. Discover the famous local white wine called Txakoli at Getaria and get mesmerized by the beautiful views of the vineyards meeting the Atlantic ocean. Admire the coastal flysch at Zumaia, a unique geological phenomenon of rough rock formations by the sea formed over millions of years and feel like you are a part of the Jurassic era!


Go back to the Moorish past, in the 13th century with its steep narrow streets and white houses surrounded by traditional patios with beautiful gardens, called “C​​ármenes”. Take a walk around the unique Albaicin quarter in Granada and explore the traditional neighbourhood of Sacromonte known for its marvellous views and typical cave houses where the Gypsies settled in the eighteenth century. Discover the jewel of the city, the Alhambra, a one-of-its-kind masterpiece and a UNESCO heritage site dating back to the 9th century.


La Alpujarra, a historical region once inhabited by Phoenicians and Romans got most of its identity, including its name, during the eight centuries of Arab domination.Take a walk through the history of Alpujarra with its tiered architecture and wander around the surrounding white villages that are known for its rich cuisine and handcrafted traditional colourful carpets called ‘Jarapas’.


Seville, the capital and  the largest city of the region of Andalusia is known for the Cathedral, one of the biggest in Europe, with its iconic tower of La Giralda. Admire Plaza España, a grand example of Regionalism architecture that was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Discover the traditional squares and streets decorated with orange trees and check out the traditional maritime neighbourhood of Triana. This is where the ships sailed to America from in the late 15th century. Enjoy the ‘tapas’ food culture, one of the main cultural attractions of the city and experience flamenco, a traditional art form, part of folklore from the South of Spain.


Ronda is a historic and multicultural town in the Málaga province of Andalusia. What makes it unique is that it sits on a narrow gorge over 150 metres deep. A source of inspiration for many famous artists like Ernest Hemingway, George Eliot and Giorgio Armani, it is believed to have origins that date back to the Bastuli Celts in the 6th century, who named the place Arunda. Visit the old town declared as a Property of Cultural Interest and witness the aura of its unique bridges and castles that will take you back to the 14th century.

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