The Spanish Bucket List

For quite some time, Spain has been firmly planted in my mind as a typical tourist destination centred around beaches and warm weather, with package holiday deals, probably due to the fact that these were the type of holidays I experienced when I was much younger. But my trip to Spain last year really opened my eyes to my own ignorance and lack of knowledge, as after spending time in Barcelona and Seville, I realised that there is much more to this beautiful country than its typical beach holiday hotspots, however nice they may be. This has only made me crave adventures in other Spanish cities, wanting to explore with a glass of Rioja in hand.

GranadaGranadaAlthough the Granada is packed with traditional tapas bars and flamenco shows, the Alhambra is one of the key attractions for visitors of this city, seeing up to 6,000 visitors daily. This palace complex was initially a walled citadel but has significantly changed since then. Based within the complex, the Palacios Nazaríes is regarded by Lonely Planet as some of the finest Islamic buildings in Europe so it’s no wonder why it sees so many visitors. Another aspect which also appeals to me is the Mirador San Nicolás, a hilltop plaza in Granada’s Moorish quarter with views above the city – this seems like a wonderful location to watch the sun set after a long day of exploring.

MadridMadridAs the capital of Spain, this city simply couldn’t be left off the list. This city is renowned for its incredible architecture including medieval mansions, royal palaces and more, all which provide a beautiful backdrop for your city break and cityscape photographs. It’s said that the city has improved itself significantly in the past few years, expanding its museums such as the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza whilst also seeing new cafes, restaurants, boutiques and so much more opening in the city on a regular basis. This ever-developing city seems like the perfect location for a culture-filled long weekend.

MalagaA port city on Spain’s Costa Del Sol, this is a very warm and picturesque destination. But aside from this, the city is also brimming with history and culture. Personally, I’d love to visit during mid-August when the Málaga fair is in full swing, an occasion which commemorates the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487. Kicking off with a firework show that can be seen for miles, the fair is a two-week long street party, filled with sherry, food, flamenco dancing and celebrations.

La RiojaLa RiojaThis province makes the list simply because it is home to my favourite Spanish red wine, Rioja. Thanks to its delicious wine, this is a popular area to visit as it’s rich with a beautiful countryside and a plethora of vineyards to explore, where you can sample the freshest wine. There are also a number of towns said to be worth a visit in this area including Haro, which is known for its Wine Festival, which sees locals compete in a wine battle every year.

CádizCádizA destination in Spain which was initially brought to my attention by the travels of Explore with EdCádiz is one of the oldest inhabited places in Europe. Founded in 1100BC, this centre is surrounded entirely by water which makes it a wonderful location to find fresh, delicious seafood. I love the idea of visiting this historic city whilst also having the opportunity to stroll alongside La Caleta beach on a hot summer’s day, as recommended by one of my favourite explorers.

There are so many wonderful options available for visitors to Spain, both including beautiful orange-toned cities and those destinations which also include luscious beaches to appreciate some fresh sea air. I would love to learn more about all of these cities and areas mentioned above, take in their history and learn more about wines or traditional dishes from each of these regions. But as always, one place at a time. Where would you recommend visiting in Spain?


  1. The Alhambra in Granada is high on my list as well, the architecture is stunning.
    Thank you for the mention, hope you get the chance to visit Cadiz soon. 🙂

    1. It just looks beautiful! No problem, thanks for always sharing your wonderful tips!

  2. I have been to Madrid and Barcelona but I too really want to explore more of Spain, its just such a culturally rich country with such fantastic landscapes and coastline. Would love to go back soon and visit Granada and Cadiz

    Laura x

    1. It is a very beautiful country with so much to offer! Fingers crossed you get to go back soon x

  3. I’ve been to Spain a few times. I went to Benidorm a few years back and last year went to Marbella

    1. That sounds lovely 🙂

  4. IamJamesSamuel · · Reply

    I also love Spain it has so many cool cities and beach destinations. Last year I went to Valencia and loved it. Just like Barcelona it is also a city with a beach. Here is a link to the blog post I did using photo’s taken on my i phone walking around the city. It might inspire you to add Valencia to your bucket list : )


  5. Spain has many beautiful islands. My favorite are on Gran Canaria and its most awesome town Las Palmas.

    Some example of my first post of four post:

    Vacation in Las Palmas 1

    Happy and safe travels.

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