From beaches to mountains to forests, Spain’s beauty is incredibly versatile. If you have yet to visit this fascinating country, I strongly encourage you to do so. I’ve collaborated with some fellow bloggers to bring you over a dozen photos that will entice you to pack your bags and come discover for yourself the magic of Spain. There’s a good reason why I and several of the bloggers featured here call it our second home!
“The town of Vejer de la Frontera is one of the unique, whitewashed villages located in the Cádiz province of Andalusia. The architecture dates back to the Moorish rule and the Strait of Gibraltar is visible from the top! Every Easter Sunday you can catch a running of the bulls where the entire town is out on the streets to celebrate.” – Layne from Where Is Layne
“San Sebastián is the foodie capital of Spain. It has more Michelin starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. You can work off some of those delicious calories hiking to spots with great views of the water. Lastly, I can’t forget to mention the popular La Concha Beach, located walking distance from the city center. It is easy to see why San Sebastián was named the European Capital of Culture in 2016.” – Anisa from Two Traveling Texans. Keep up with Anisa’s adventures on Instagram and Facebook.
“The Old Port of Barcelona (Port Vell) is the perfect location for a walk in sunny weather. If the weather is not so favorable you can simply take a stroll through Maremàgnum mall. The Old Port also has a marina and several stunning old buildings.” – Nina from Lemons and Luggage. Follow Nina on Facebook and Instagram.
“Just off of Las Ramblas and a perfect jumping-off point for exploring the Gothic Quarter, Plaça Reial in Barcelona seems like something out of a dream. I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful square and all of its palm trees, and spent way more time there than I probably should have!” – Addie from Addie Abroad. Follow Addie on Instagram and Twitter.
“This is in my opinion one of the most underrated spots in Barcelona. That fountain looks like nothing else I’ve ever seen, and especially when the sky is on fire like that, the view is just unparalleled!” – Jessica from Ready. Jess. Go. Follow Jess on Instagram.
“The magic fountain is one of my favourite places in Barcelona. The fountain show is free to watch and is a colourful display partnered with light and music. What’s more, the National Art Museum of Catalonia provides a beautiful backdrop! The name is right…the fountain is just magical!” – Rachael from Everywhere & Back. Keep up with Rachael’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram.
“Cordoba is one of the most interesting places to visit in Spain, the centrepiece being its beautiful Cathedral/Mosque built after the Moors invaded in 711. Today it has been converted back to a Catholic Church but it still retains its Moorish origins and architecture.
The town itself is like a walk through history with many historic eras represented, from Roman ruins to medieval waterwheels and of course the stunning white buildings Spain is known for. My favourite part, however, was the Three Cultures, based on a time when the three main religious cultures, Christians, Jews and Muslims studied, worked and lived together in peace.” – Michele from Legging It. Follow Michele’s travels on Facebook and Instagram.
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“I spent 21 days happily roaming around Spain by camper van one autumn. I had an absolutely wonderful time getting off the beaten track in the tiny villages in Extremadura. In these rural areas it wasn’t uncommon to be the only tourist and you could pretty much bank on no English being spoken. But that was fine by me. In rudimentary Spanish I made myself understood when I had to. The locals always cheerfully waved to me even though you could tell they were intrigued by me taking photos in the back streets of their tiny towns.
One afternoon in Torre de Don Miguel, a tiny speck on the map nestled in the province of Cáceres in Extremadura, I needed to buy an onion to help me cook that night’s dinner in the camper van. I pushed through the door into this minuscule grocers shop, with huge slabs of cured Iberian meat hanging from hooks from the ceiling, and picked up one onion. The grocer was so amused by me that he wouldn’t accept payment!
Extremadura is blessed by mountains, sleepy villages and views that go on for miles and miles. Step away from the bustling cities of Spain and discover what rural Spain has to offer.” – Meg from MeanderWithMeg. Follow Meg on Facebook and Instagram.
“Trujillo’s castle rises above the peaceful old town on a hill, offering unparalleled views of sunrise and sunset. Mountains stretch out in the distance beyond a sea of reddish roofs atop yellowy beige stone and brick buildings. On the other side, cows roam in verdant pastures. This is the perfect vantage point to observe small town life in Spain.” – Alison from Up&AtEm Travel. Follow Alison on Instagram and Twitter.
“Winding down mountainous roads near Ronda you can discover a little hidden gem of a town called Júzcar. It’s a bizarre place where for the release of the Smurfs film in 2011, Sony painted all the buildings this bold shade of blue. There’s not too much to do here, but honestly it’s a fun little stop off for a road trip to stretch your legs and have a quick photo shoot. The sky for me was a steady shade of grey, but I expect the usual Andalusian backdrop of azure is much more impressive, as if the buildings might blend right into the sky.” Follow Frankie on Instagram.
“Spain, Seville to be exact, was a whirlwind of surprises for me. On my first Europe trip I missed it, so on my second excursion I backpacked only Portugal and Spain. Not knowing what to expect, Seville quickly became one of my favourite spots, in particular the royal Alcázar of Seville. With its beautiful Moorish architecture as well as being the setting for Game of Thrones, it is easy to see why I found it so attractive.” – Becca from Bee Wanderlust. Keep up with Becca on Instagram and Facebook.
“I’ve visited the Alhambra twice and both times it’s rained (I must be jinxed considering how little it rains in Granada!). The first time, however, we stayed just long enough to see the clouds clear and the sun come out to shine its extraordinary light on the Jardines del Partal. Every inch of the Alhambra is magnificent, but this spot is undoubtedly my favourite.” – Me
“Nestled in the mountainous Alpujarra region of southern Spain are the white villages, or pueblos blancos. There are dozens of villages within hiking distance of one another, each with its own character. We found these vibrant handwoven rugs in the village of Pampaneira when we visited in 2015. To this day, I am adamant that I must return to buy one!” – Me, again
Visiting Granada? My destination guide contains everything you need to know!
“The small town of Garrucha had once been a leader in the trade of cooper, silver, iron, and lead. Now, however, it is known for the small fishing fleet and amazing seafood you can find at local supermarkets. Garrucha is located on the coast of Almería, just between the town of Vera and the city of Mojácar. Garrucha and Vera are connected by the paseo marítimo de Vera, which is a path that follows along the waterfront. Whenever I am in Garrucha I always enjoy going for runs while the sun is rising over the beach. This particular morning the sunrise was especially colourful and some of the fishermen had already begun their long day they had ahead of them.” Follow Lindsey on Instagram.
Are you wishing you were in Spain yet?! As you can see, this country has so much to offer not just in landscape but in culture. Photos are great for piquing your interest, but the best way to see Spain, like any place on Earth, is to experience it for yourself.
A special thank you goes out to all the bloggers who contributed their lovely photos and stories. This post is among my favourites I’ve ever created and it’s all because of you!