The sites and activities mentioned in this list are not in a specific order. Hoping that this selection is useful to you, do not hesitate to leave a comment if you think there are points to add.
Here are 12 things to do and see while traveling in Spain:
The capital of Catalonia (and second largest city of Spain) has monuments with unique architecture thanks to the creativity of Gaudí: Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, to name a few. Add to that the beach and excellent tapas bars, you get one of the places not to be missed in Spain.
2. The El Torcal Nature Reserve of Antequera
Located in the province of Málaga, you can see amazing rock formations that are the result of thousands of years of erosion. The place is pretty wild but easy to get to. With a little luck you will be able to see some ibexes.
3. Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela marks the end of the famous pilgrimage route. The city is a World Heritage Site for its medieval historic center and its beautifully-built old streets around the cathedral.
A beautiful city located halfway between Barcelona and Madrid, on the banks of the Río Ebro, there are many historical sites, excellent restaurants and fewer tourists than in the two cities mentioned above. Not to be missed: the fortified palace of Aljaferia, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Pilar, and the ancient Roman fortifications.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Toledo is located about 60 km south of Madrid and is known for its architectural heritage influenced by different civilizations. Home of some of the best and most incredible vacation homes in Spain.
6. The Roman ruins of Merida
It is the most important Roman archaeological site in the country. Very well preserved, especially the remains of the 2000-year-old amphitheater and theater that give the impression of traveling back in time. A pass at 12 euros allows to visit all the sites of the city.
7. The coastline of the Rías Baixas
The northwest coast of Spain is divided by valleys invaded by the sea called ‘Rías Baixas’. They form a beautiful natural landscape, ideally to explore with your own vehicle.
8. Ordesa and Mont-Perdu National Park
Located in the Pyrenees, this national park shared between France and Spain at the foot of Monte Perdido (3355 meters) is home to beautiful landscapes of valleys, peaks and spectacular canyons among the largest in Europe.
9. The Caminito del Rey
A hiking trail that allows you to discover breathtaking gorges thanks to footbridges hung on the sides of the cliffs. It was nicknamed before the ‘most dangerous path in the world’. Nothing to fear, the site has been refurbished recently to welcome tourists safely.
10. The Segovia Aqueduct
A huge Roman aqueduct 880 meters long consisting of 20000 blocks of granite, very well preserved, and also a World Heritage Site. Not to be missed also in Segovia, the historical center and its splendid monuments.
A city separated in two by a deep ravine and connected by a bridge, in a remarkable landscape. Certainly one of the most beautiful places in Spain.
12. The Picos de Europa National Park
One of the first national parks in Spain, it is composed of three massifs, in a set of breathtaking landscapes. To see in particular: Naranjo de Bulnes, a remarkable monolithic peak (see photo), and the ruta del Car