Because of its fascinating cities, beautiful landscapes, warm people, and fun nightlife, Spain has been one of the countries that travelers love to visit. But Barcelona, Madrid, and the other big cities will only give you part of the picture. If you really want to know the Spanish lifestyle and immerse yourself in the “tranquilo, tranquilo” attitude, you’ll need to get off the beaten path. These places are some of the most authentic, interesting, and fun to visit. From the food to the cultural experiences, you’re sure to have a great vacation.
Here are 5 of the most incredible places in Spain that you should visit during your trip:
The Catalonian town of Besalú is not far to the north of Barcelona, but it packs a punch that few other cities in Spain can live up to. From the medieval bridge to the cobblestone streets, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped right back into some sort of fairytale land during your visit. The place is everything you might think of when you think of a medieval town.
But one of the most interesting things to note here is the Jewish heritage, which you’ll see evident in the Jewish synagogues and the mikveh (Jewish bath) — one of only a few surviving bathhouses from that time period in all of Europe! I can’t imagine taking a bad photo here.
The whitewashed, narrow streets of Frigiliana will send you home with photos upon photos to impress your friends with. The town is located down in the south of Spain, meaning that the climate remains comfortable year-round — so it can be a great place to head during the frigid winter months! The so-called white village of Spain is consistently voted one of the prettiest places to visit in the entire country, and it’s no wonder why.
It’s an artsy town as well. So if you’re looking to do a gallery-hop, this is the place to do it. Best of all? Many of the restaurants and bars have rooftop spots where you can look out over the amazing views while you’re sipping on sangria and nibbling on tapas.
Because of its friendly people, delicious pintxos, and stunning scenery, Lekeitio will surely steal your heart. Located in the Spanish Autonomous Community of Basque Country, you’d be amiss if you didn’t take the time to visit this beautiful town during your trip.
Originally a small fishing village, you’ll find plenty to delight you, from the Gothic basilica to the beaches. And then there are the bars and the food, which are absolutely divine. Of course, there are plenty of other small Basque towns in the area, and I recommend you get out and explore as many as you can during your time there!
Mallorca and other beachside locations in Spain can frequently be known for their drunken tourism and partying, but this doesn’t seem to have hit Sóller yet, fortunately, despite the fact that the town is an easy hop over from Palma. And between the beaches, open-air cafés, and more, you’re sure to find plenty to love in this little vacation spot.
Don’t forget to try the amazing seafood while you’re here and soak up some rays — you’re sure to make all your coworkers jealous.
Perched on an inland plateau riven by the 100m fissure of El Tajo gorge, Ronda is Málaga province’s most spectacular town. It has a superbly dramatic location, and owes its name (“surrounded” by mountains) to the encircling Serranía de Ronda.
There’s two different parts to the town of Ronda: the Moorish section and the later Renaissance town that dates to the 15th century CE. For the past few centuries, the two towns have been connected by a stone bridge that makes for impressive pictures across the canyon, but you’ll still find distinctive flavors in each part of the town. Definitely don’t miss the Arabic baths, which are some of the best-preserved in all of Spain. But head less than fifteen miles out of town and you’ll also find an impressive Roman amphitheater and more. If you’re really looking to immerse yourself in the layers of Spanish history, this is the best place to go.
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