Best Cities in Spain to Discover During Your Year Abroad


I’m sure that you will fall in love with Spain. It’s just something that happens as everyone that comes to Spain wants to stay longer. I’m not sure if it’s the people, the weather or what is but everyone just loves it.

“Better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times” – Asian Proverb


It’s really hard to make a list of the best cities in Spain for you to visit but I will tell you my favorites and the ones that, in my opinion, you can’t miss when you come.

Best Cities in Spain that You Should Visit


The first one is rather obvious, right? Madrid, the capital of Spain, is such an amazing city… The people, the history, the culture, the weather, the leisure options… everything. You will fall in love with the city as soon as you get here. If you are living here during your year abroad, luckily for you, you will be able to discover everything it has to offer.

Note: If you are already here and want to know about Madrid’s different neighborhoods, you should check out the best neighborhoods of Madrid.

If you are not living here you need to make it a priority in your “must visit” checklist and this video will show you why it’s one of the best cities in Spain…



Of course, Barcelona has to be at the top of the list. It’s the second largest city in Spain and you just can’t miss it during your year abroad.

The architecture is very unique and it is just one of the reasons that make Barcelona one of the best Spanish cities to visit. The Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell, Casa Batló or the Gothic neighborhood are just places that make the city amazing.

Apart from being the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona has many beaches were you can relax and enjoy our awesome weather.


Best cities in Spain

Pictures by @chiuzz_ (left) and @v.el.ena (right)


Toledo is a beautiful city that’s pretty close to Madrid. Located in Castilla-La Mancha, the city is famous for its historical monuments and sword industry. You will find stores where you will be able to buy some medieval equipment. They even have replicas of the swords used in The Lord of The Rings!

Apart from the swords and everything related to medieval weaponry, the city has amazing places to visit such as the Cathedral or the Alcázar, or the “Mirador del Valle” from where you can see the whole city and is beautifulness!




Segovia is also not very far from Madrid. It is smaller than Toledo and the city is very famous for its Roman Aqueduct which is declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. In addition to the aqueduct, there are several other monuments such as the Alcázar of Segovia and the Cathedral.

One of the good things about Segovia is that everything is at a walking distance and you can visit the city in a single day. It is a great town to visit on a Saturday or Sunday but that’s not only it… The food is unbelievable! Of course, you have to try the  “Cochinillo” (sucking pig) when you visit the city.


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Salamanca is a great Spanish city to visit one weekend. It combines fun with history perfectly.

Fun because the city is full of students thanks to the University of Salamanca. You’ll find both Spanish and international students everywhere around the city. If you combine the fact that there are a lot of students living in Salamanca with the fact that drinks are cheaper than in Madrid… you’ll get the perfect combination for fun nightlife activities!

That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised if you run into a bachelor party when you’re there as a lot of people choose Salamanca as the destination for someone’s bachelor party.

But don’t think that Salamanca is just a “party” city. It also has astonishing emblematic buildings as the Cathedral, the Roman Bridge or the Cathedral itself!



San Sebastián

San Sebastián is located in the north of Spain and it is one of the most beautiful European cities. Seriously. Its elegance and location make it a great city to be visited.

La Concha is a beach worth discovering.  I highly recommend walking up and down the sea walk while enjoying the amazing views of what we would call an “urban beach”. Apart from the beautiful landscape, one of the characteristics of this beach is that it has over 100 different lampposts.

Of course, you can’t leave San Sebastián without trying its “pintxos” in one of their typical bars.


San Sebastián desde el monte Igueldo



Ronda is like a hidden treasure in Spain. It is one of the best cities in Spain without a doubt! And what’s better is that not very many people know about.

Instead of boring you with details about the city I will post a couple of pictures here and recommend that you check Bridget’s post “Tiny City With A Gigantic Story” because she explains why this city is amazing way better than me.





I know that Asturias is not a city itself but there are so many amazing little towns and cities that you need to visit it! Asturianos are fun and very friendly and the food…oh! The food is just unbelievable good!

They have the best tapas ever and you can always enjoy them while drinking some Sidra (a typical drink from Asturias).

Seriously, you can pick any city in Asturias as all of them are really pretty. Both Oviedo and Gijón are really beautiful and fun. They are the biggest cities in Asturias but you can also choose to visit a smaller town such as Lastres or Llanes among many others.

Note! Try to visit Asturias when the weather is nice as it will be twice as good! Alot of its small towns could be part of the best cities in Spain.





Have you heard about Fallas in Valencia? People spend the whole year building incredible statues that will later be burned in front of all the people during the Mascletá.

Las Fallas is a really cool event and make the city worth visiting. People from all over Spain go to Valencia to watch the show and party afterwards in the city.

Of course, Valencia offers much more than the Fallas during the year. Las Fallas is not the only thing that makes Valencia one of the best cities in Spain. Its beaches are perfect to get a tan and enjoy the Mediterranean, the City of Arts and Sciences is a great architectonic, cultural and entertaining complex that contains the L’Oceanogràfic Aquarium.


Similarly to Salamanca, Granada is a city full of history and young people. The University of Granada hosts many students from all around the world and the city itself is full of history and places worth visiting.

The Alhambra is Granada’s main attraction. Its location, the palaces, the gardens and the fortress make it a unique place in Spain.

Apart from the Alhambra, the city is full of history and places to have fun. What’s more! It’s not very expensive and the food is also really good.

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What do you think about this list of best cities in Spain?

Now that you we have talked about the best cities that you can visit in Spain I would love to know what you think about them! Share your experience with us if you’ve been in some of them or tell us which ones you think we are missing! I’m sure there are tons of cities that are also great.

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