10 Places to See in Spain Exclude Barcelona

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Spain was my first international trip. It will always be a special place for me.

It was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life. It was a magical experience to travel in this Mediterranean paradise.

Spain’s cultural and geographic diversity is evident from San Sebastian to Mallorca, and all the way to the horizon. That’s why this list was so difficult to compile!

Here you can create your own adventure.

The islands are the place to be. Admire the stunning architecture on the mainland. Explore the lush green forests north. You can find it all.

Disclaimer: Barcelona is still a great place to visit! You’ll find a lot of information about the city here that will help you get to the top.

Seville

The colorful city of Seville, located in the heartland of southern Spain is one of Andalusia’s most treasured gems.

As you stroll amongst Moorish architecture, inhale the sweet aromas of jasmine and orange blossom. You can spend your evenings watching flamenco from hidden corners.

In a matter of days or hours, you will be back! This exotic spot will win your heart.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian, a gem of Northern Spain, is perched right beside the Bay of Biscay and the Basque Country.

Pintxos are a favorite of mine (pronounced like pinch-ohs). They’re small enough to allow you to try different things. You can go on a txikiteo which is a pub crawl with pintxos at every stop.

This cultural capital offers delicious snacks as well as amazing surfing and beautiful art nouveau architecture.

Costa Brava

Where can Spanish people escape from everything? Costa Brava is the main destination for locals.

This stunning stretch of coastline runs approximately 70km/40 miles north from Barcelona and runs from the French border to Blanes.

Discover the endless golden sand beaches and the world-class Emporda wine. Also, explore Salvador Dali’s old home.

Granada

Because it is one of my favourite historical sites in Europe, I added this spot to the list of Spain’s top lesser-known destinations.

Alhambra de Granada is a magnificent Medieval palace. It is one of Spain’s most popular attractions and it’s certainly one of the most impressive palaces that you’ll ever see.

Salamanca

It was here that I got my start! This was where I first set foot on foreign soil in 2008. I had studied abroad there in 2008.

I felt at home right away because of the incredible hospitality shown by this vibrant university town.

Salamanca, located in Castile and Leon is one of the largest cities in northern Spain. The city is located in the Spanish interior and is far from the sun-soaked beaches of the south. I love that it’s so remote!

It’s unique and Spanish, with its Celtic heritage to the international students that call it home today.

Mallorca

Mallorca, the largest Balearic Island, is the most popular holiday destination for both Europeans and Spanish. Nearly 30 million people visit the airport on this small island with fewer than a million inhabitants each year.

You can either go for the resort vibe, party until dawn with the international crowd, or you can explore the lush forests and hidden beaches of Mondrago Natural Park.

Ibiza

You are now in Europe’s party capital! This is the place to be if you want to party till dawn and then relax on a white sandy beach.

Spend a few days partying in Ibiza. You can visit Menorca to experience the local culture, and then you can hike around Mallorca. It’s very easy to use and will give you a complete experience.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote, located at the northeastern tip of the Canary Islands is a world apart from the party-til dawn islands that you will find elsewhere.

It is also far away from Spain’s rest. This remote location is located 78 miles (125 km) off the North African coast, and 621 miles (1 000 km) from the Iberian Peninsula.

They have perfect weather almost all year. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery, excellent wine and laid-back culture of Lanzarote.

Valencia

The third-largest Spanish city is home to a vibrant cultural scene. This is the birthplace of paella, and there are many places where you can enjoy it over a fire. It has the perfect balance.

It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy the cosmopolitan culture in Madrid and Barcelona without all the crowds. You can eat, drink, party, explore and then go on to explore the rest of the region.

Valencia, like much of Spain is well connected to the train network. This makes it easy for you to plan day trips and city hops.

Madrid

Madrid is often overlooked by international tourists who are drawn to the Mediterranean. However, Madrid has as much to offer than Barcelona. You can feel the Spanish capital blending old and new on every street.

Madrid is the center of each Spanish region’s unique culture.

Fun fact: The dead center of the country is actually Puerta Del Sol. Here you will find the Kilometer Zero.

P.S. Enjoy a game of soccer while you’re there!

Bonus: Rock of Gibraltar

This area is considered part of the United Kingdom politically, but it is located on the Iberian Peninsula geographically.

This small enclave, located on the south coast of Spain, has a unique blend of British, Spanish and international culture.

Take photos of this iconic rock. Take selfies with the monkeys of the island while you’re there