→ Is a trip of a lifetime
- Spain is home to one of the most widely diverse cultures and landscapes on the continent.
- Spectacular beaches, vibrant nightlife, and lively fiestas, delicious cuisine, all make Spain one of Europe’s best destinations.
Best months: April-June and September-November
This is the list of top destinations in Spain where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.
- Madrid is the city with a diversity of ethnic groups, vibrant culture.
- Madrid is home to numerous art and architecture grandeur, museum and theaters.
- You can enjoy delectable cuisines.
- Valencia has got the most striking architecture in the country with Art Nouveau buildings that line the streets, Gothic and Renaissance monuments.
- Valencia is also packed with dynamic museums, great restaurants, lively nightlife, great shops, and good beaches.
- San Sebastian features Michelin-starred restaurants and is famous for the food tapas, also known as pintxos.
- San Sebastian is home to enticing beaches
- Stunning Art Nouveau architecture
- Host the world’s most glamorous film festivals
For non-European citizens, either a valid passport only or a valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Spain. But for EU nationals either a passport or any other valid national ID card should suffice.
EU citizens can travel freely to Spain and do not require visa regardless of their visit purpose and length of stay. Citizens from other selected countries can stay up to 90 days (within a 6 months period) without a visa for tourism purposes.
Since Spain is a member of the Schengen Countries, visitors are allowed to travel to all Schengen areas without a visa. According to the category in which your country falls, you may have to apply for Schengen Visa, which is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days in a six month period. Applicants applying for the Schengen visa must also provide bank statements from the previous 3 months along with their application.
Different border control checks will apply for non-EEA nationals, and you may be asked to show a return ticket or onward ticket.
It’s better to check visa requirements (required for the nationals of your country) with the embassy well before you travel.
Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.
Must-visit destinations in Spain:
If you a beach lover:
- Canary Islands
- San Sebastian
If you are art and architecture lover:
- Granada (Alhambra)
If you are foodies and love shopping:
- San Sebastian
If you are nature and outdoor activities lover:
- Canary Islands
- Sierra Nevada (Close to Granada)
If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:
For Art, Museums and Galleries:
For Cultures and Traditions:
From the above list, you can see that Madrid and Barcelona overlap in more than three categories and Seville, Granada and Valencia overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.
Our Pick: Since Spain is mostly about historic architecture, buildings, rich culture, lively festivals, beautiful beaches, and delicious cuisines, our first pick would be Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Granada, San Sebastian, and the Canary Islands.
Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.
If this is your first-time visit to Spain and
If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:
Barcelona (Day 1-2)→Madrid (Day 3-4)→Seville (Day 5-6)→Granada (Day 7)→Return home (Day 8)
If you have 10 days, then you can improvise above itinerary as
Barcelona (Day 1-2)→Valencia (Day 3-4)→Granada (Day 5)→Seville (Day 6-7)→Madrid (Day 7-9)→Return Home (Day 10)
If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary as
Barcelona (Day 1-2)→Valencia (Day 3-4)→Granada (Day 5)→Seville (Day 6-7)→Madrid (Day 7-9)→Canary Islands (Day 10-13)→Return home (Our Pick)
(Note: The Canary Islands are much closer to Africa. It takes about 2 hr 39 min flight time to reach Canary Island from Madrid)
Barcelona (Day 1-2)→Valencia (Day 3-4)→Granada (Day 5)→Seville (Day 6-7)→Madrid (Day 7-9)→San Sebastian (Day 10-13)
(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)
We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Spain can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.