If you are arriving in Spain by air, chances are that you will land in Barcelona. This city is, in many ways, a vibrant melting pot for fashion and culture. It is; however, expensive, massified, and unauthentic if you compare it to other less known Spanish destinations.
If you are to discover the real Spain, you must adventure beyond big, fancy brand names like Barcelona, Madrid or Malaga. These are my top places to see in Spain:
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you might know Peñiscola as the City of Mereen. Yes, here is where it was filmed and it is breathtaking! You can travel there from Valencia, or spend the night there. There are plenty of small boutique hotels by the beach that you will love. The most popular attraction is the castle of Pope Luna which is marvelous.
Read my blog post about Peñiscola: Summer is Here – So are Pineapples / Behind the Scenes of Game of Thrones, Welcome to the City of Mereen
Conil de la Frontera (Cadiz)
Cadiz is near Sevilla, another great place you should visit. In Conil, drive up to the lighthouse and explore the “Calas de Conil”, a protected natural area of beautiful cliffs, beaches and vegetation. There I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. In Cadiz, we stayed in an Andalusian farmhouse in a tiny village called Arcos de la Frontera.
Read my blog post about our Cadiz stay: Hotel Cortijo Fain (Arcos Golf) – our Top Hotel Pick in Cadiz
Granada is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities, home of The Alhambra, the second most visited monument in the world. Gastronomy is excellent and Grenadians are some of the most welcoming people I have ever met. You should spend at least 2 days in Granada.
Cordoba is another incredibly beautiful destination in Spain. It is close to both Granada, Sevilla and Cadiz so you can see them on the same trip. When the city was taken back by the Spanish after years of Arabic ruling, they kept the mosque as part of history—as opposed to demolishing it.
This place had a great Mediterranean vibe. When I was there I felt like I wanted to live there for at least a few years. When you are there, don’t forget to visit the Mercado Central, and the City of The Arts and Science!
Until next time