What is your favorite place in Spain

Top 5 Travel Destinations: My favorite places on mainland Spain

Spain left me cold for a long time. It was only two years ago that I began to explore the country in more detail. In the meantime, the relaxed nature of the people and the pretty towns have cast a spell over me. In this post I told you my five favorite places in Spain.

Spain is just a bathing destination? For a long time I only perceived the country as such. But the more I deal with the Iberian Peninsula, the more I realize that Spain has a lot to offer even for those who don't like beaches and islands like me.

History nerds marvel at the beautiful cultural monuments that were created thanks to the Islamic invasion. Adventurers hike in the country's numerous mountain regions such as the Pyrenees or follow one of the numerous pilgrimage routes. And those who feel like partying will find a vibrant nightlife not only on the islands.

With the many possibilities, it is difficult to find out the best travel destinations, especially before your first trip. That's why I'm going to introduce you to a few places in this article that I particularly liked - be it because I found them particularly beautiful or extremely interesting. I hope this helps you plan your trip.

My suggestions are based on the four trips to Spain I have made in the last five years. You won't find islands and beaches because of this. Since I have not yet seen everything that interests me, at the end I attach a small “bucket list” with destinations that I would like to explore on future trips.

 

Tip 1: Toledo

If you can only visit one place in Spain, I recommend Toledo. The city, which is only a little more than 30 minutes from Madrid by express train, has a largely intact medieval city center full of winding streets that wind over a hill above the Río Tajo.

Toledo is home to some of the country's most impressive churches, best known for their masterful paintings. A tour through the towering Alcázar fortress and a visit to the interesting museums are also worthwhile.

My personal favorite place, however, is the various medieval bridges that reveal a peculiarly wild landscape just outside the city gates.

Toledo is anything but an insider tip and is popular with day trippers from Madrid because of its proximity. If you want to enjoy Toledo in peace and quiet, I recommend staying in the city for the night and leaving early. The many sights justify a stay of several days anyway.

Tip 2: Picos de Europa

Far in the north of Spain lies the wild mountain region Picos de Europa. I visited them this spring while hiking parts of the Camino Lebaniego. The trip was once again too short and I would like to spend a little more time in this part of Spain.

Although the mountains are not very high (the highest peak only reaches 2648 meters), the landscape with the rugged rocks and the pretty mountain lakes looks like that Lago Enol and Lake Ercina very alpine.

In places, the peaks are only 20 kilometers from the sea. On the one hand, this leads to high humidity and therefore a lot of precipitation in the mountains. At the same time, it also makes it possible to combine a mountain tour with a beach holiday.

The mountain village of Covadonga, located in a narrow day, is particularly worth seeing. Here you will not only find a very photogenic basilica with a holy grotto and royal tombs, but also the mines of Buferrera.

You can find out more about hiking the Camino Lebaniego here

 

Tip 3: Madrid

Madrid may be the cultural and political center of Spain, but in a strange way it is off most of the travel routes that usually take you near the coasts. Nevertheless, you should take a few days to discover the capital.

Must-sees are the museums in the city center such as the Prado or the Royal Palace. I really enjoyed my walk through Parque de el Retiro, which also has art exhibitions and an interesting glass palace.

After a busy day of sightseeing, it's best to relax in one of the numerous tapas bars in the La Latina district.

You can find out more about how to visit Madrid in 24 hours here

Tip 4: Extremadura

Extremadura is a Spain that we still know from old films. The region on the border with central Portugal is not only one of the poorest areas of the country, but also one of the driest and least densely populated.

That makes Extremadura perfect for a road trip through the many small towns, some of which have hardly been touched by modernity, and through one or the other nature reserve.

What is exciting about Extremadura is its diversity: In Mérida you will mainly find Roman remains such as an amphitheater, a bridge over 700 meters long and ancient houses with well-preserved floor mosaics.

Carceres, only a few kilometers away, impresses with a beautiful medieval city center, which makes the heart of every director of coat and epee films beat faster.

 

Tip 5: Malaga

I visited Málaga many years ago on my first trip to Spain. I actually wanted to go to Morocco, but the flights to the Andalusian coastal city were much cheaper than to Africa. Originally I only wanted to travel through it briefly, but then got stuck for three days.

The city is just beautiful. The former Alcazaba fortress towers above everything and can be seen from practically every corner of the city. The work of Picasso, who was born in Málaga and spent a large part of his life in the city, can also be seen everywhere. His birthplace is worth seeing.

Nature is also a special attraction. Just outside the city gates you will find the Montes des Málaga Natural Park with its numerous hiking trails. A little more modest but no less beautiful is the Pedo Luis Alonso city park, which invites you to stroll and linger.

What else is on my "bucket list"

Most travelers feel the same way: the more time they spend in a country, the longer the list of places one still wants to see becomes. It's no different with me either. The following is still pending on the upcoming trip:

  • Barcelona: Even if it's almost a crime for a travel blogger: I've never been to Barcelona. The city is so accessible that I always thought it was a perfect destination for later.
  • Andalusia: For years I have been reading enthusiastically travel reports about the beautiful villages in Andalusia such as Ronda, Casares or Arcos de la Frontera.
  • Galicia: Even if the overcrowded Way of St. James doesn't appeal to me, I would like to get to know Galicia better. Ideally on a road trip. Especially the Playa de las Catedrales appeals to me.
  • Bardenas Reales: The biosphere reserve between Zaragoza and Pamplona is an impressive semi-desert in which various films have already been shot. For example Game of Thrones. I like unique landscapes.

Flat rate or on your own?

I was on my own on my four trips to Spain. I went on two city trips, a hiking tour and a road trip - Spain is so diverse.

But if you have little time available and want to limit yourself mainly to one of the classic holiday regions, you can often travel cheaper with a package deal, such as that offered by Alltours.de, for example.

Disclaimer: This article is relaxed in cooperation with Alltours.de. This does not affect my opinion of the places described.

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