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It’s no secret that I love Spain. I’ve been to the country of siestas and sangria over 15 times and every time I return, I discover new Instagrammable places and exciting things to do.
Since I haven’t gotten my Spain fix yet this year, all the new places I want to see and things I want to do keeps piling up. So much so that I created my own personal Spain bucket list for when the borders reopen.
I bet many of you are also working on your post-pandemic bucket list at the moment. And that’s why I decided to combine my own list with all the amazing places I’ve already been in Spain and create the Ultimate Spain Bucket List for you. Go ahead and pack your bags because I’m about to take you around the country, one experience at a time.
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To make this bucket list as organized as possible I have divided it up by regions and focused on mainland Spain + a few tiny islets right off the coast.
1. Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
Marvel at the incredibly ornate ceiling of the Mesquita, also known as the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba. The Islamic mosque turned Catholic cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 together with the beautiful historic center of Córdoba. Needless to say, it’s a must on any Spain bucket list.
Explore Grenada beyond the Alhambra. While the stunning palace and fortress complex, is definitely worth a visit, Grenada has so much more to offer. Go for a stroll through narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses in Albaicin, the old Arabic quarter, and enjoy the street art in Realjo, the former Jewish quarter.
3. The Real Alcázar of Seville
Spend a few hours taking in the incredible Arabic-influenced architecture of the Real Alcázar of Seville. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe today.
4. Plaza de España
Wake up early to experience the majestic Plaza de España in Seville without anyone else around. It is one of the most spectacular landmarks you’ll ever see and the perfect location for an early morning photoshoot.
5. Vejer de la Frontera
Get lost in the old streets of Vejer de la Frontera, a quintessential Andalucían whitewashed village and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Spain. A bit closer to the coast you’ll also find Conil De La Frontera, a former traditional fishing village turned bustling resort town.
Wander along the lovely seaside promenade in Cádiz and discover beaches, parks, tapas bars and stunning architecture. It is considered to be the oldest inhabited city in Europe, founded by the Phoenicians in 1104 BC. If you visit Cádiz at the end of February, you can also take part in one of Europe’s largest carnivals, a 10-day celebration of music and humor.
7. Caminito Del Rey
Walk The Caminito Del Rey In Málaga, an 8-kilometer long walkway hanging over 100 meters up on a cliff wall, once considered one of the most dangerous paths in the world.
Take part in the Three Cultures Festival at the end of August in Frigiliana. It’s an annual celebration of the historic coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions set in what is considered by many to be the most beautiful white village in Andalucía.
9. Puente Nuevo in Ronda
Make your way down the El Tajo gorge and marvel at the 98-meter tall Puente Nuevo in Ronda, one of the most breathtaking bridges I’ve ever seen.
10. Mojácar Pueblo
Take some photos in front of white-washed builings, covered in Hibiscus flowers and bougainvillea, at Spain’s most beautiful street corner in Mojácar Pueblo.
11. Marbella’s white villages
Discover the beauty of the authentic white villages around Marbella on this guided e-mountain bike tour.
12. Mount Mulhacén
Climb Mt. Mulhacén, at 3479 meters above sea level, it’s the highest peak in western Europe outside the Alps.
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13. Lake Mediano
Marvel at the crystal clear water and the visible church tower of the submerged village of Mediano on this guided kayaking tour on Lake Mediano.
14. Pyrénées National Park
Go climbing, hiking, paragliding, skiing or canyoning in the Pyrénées National Park. Both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a biosphere reserve, the Pyrenees boasts glacial lakes, river ravines, cascading waterfalls and an exceptional variety of flora and fauna.
Spend a day in Zaragoza, the fifth-largest city and one of the most underrated capitals in the country. The city’s most striking landmark is Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a Roman Catholic church best viewed from across the River Ebro. Zaragoza is also home to some of the finest Moorish architecture outside of Andalusía, such as the Aljafería Palace. No Spain bucket list would be complete without a visit to Zaragoza.
16. Fiestas del Pilar
Join in on the week-long festivities of Fiestas del Pilar in Zaragoza that include parades, live music and fireworks.
Go for a stroll through the windy, narrow streets of the peachy-colored medieval town of Albarracín. It has been voted the prettiest small town in Spain many times, and I have to agree.
18. Roda de Isábena
Visit Roda de Isábena, once a Roman defensive fortress and today the smallest town in Spain to have its own cathedral.
19. Castle of Loarre
Step back in time at the Castle of Loarre, one of Spain’s best-preserved Romanesque castles, built in the late 11th century.
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20. Cider Taverns
Mingle with the locals at a sidreria or cider tavern, an integral part of Asturian culture.
21. Covadonga Sanctuary & Lakes
Have a sip of water from the fountain at the Sanctuary of Covadonga and you’ll be married within a year (according to locals). Then stop by the Covadonga Lakes, one of the most beautiful places in the region.
Spen a day in Gijón, known for its ancient Roman sites, beautiful city beaches and its large port. Be sure to stop by the impressive Laboral Cultural Centre, an architectural gem on the outskirts of the city. Another must-see attraction close to Gijón is the Atlantic Botanic Garden. It is home to a staggering 2000 varieties of plants, many of which are native to northern Spain.
23. Lastres & Llanes
Soak up some sun on the beaches around Lastres and enjoy the view of pastel-colored houses that cascade down the hillside. Walk along the harbor in the little fishing town of Llanes, another colorful town about 40 minutes east of Lastres.
24. Centro Niemeyer
Enjoy the futuristic design of the Centro Niemeyer, a new cultural complex in Avilés, built as part of an ambitious project to redevelop the town’s riverfront.
25. Caves of Tito Bustillo
Go spelunking in the Tito Bustillo Caves just outside Ribadesella, one of the most important places in Spain for ancient rock art. Inhabited between 22,000 and 10,000 BC, the caves feature paintings of horses, reindeer, whales and dolphins.
26. Jurassic Museum of Asturias
Learn about the massive reptiles that once roamed the Asturian coast at the Jurassic Museum of Asturias. The impressive museum, built in the shape of a dinosaur footprint, houses bones and fossils as well as complete skeletons and interactive exhibits.
27. San Sebastián Food Tour
Join a food tour in Spain’s foodie capital, San Sebastian, home to several Michelin-starred restaurants and the pintxo – a meal in miniature usually places on bread, basically Basques’ answer to tapas.
28. Surfing in San Sebastián
Learn to surf at San Sebastián’s Zurriola Beach or watch one of the many national and international championships held here from spring to autumn.
29. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Get lost in the impressive art exhibitions of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, one of Spain’s most impressive architectural landmarks. Another place worth visiting is Plaza Nueva in Bilbao’s historic center, an excellent example of neo-classical architecture.
Visit Oñati, also known as the “Basque Toledo” because of its many Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings throughout the old quarter. The most prominent building is the University of Oñati, one of the most important buildings in Basque Renaissance architecture.
Walk up the 231 zigzagging steps to the top of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that you might recognize as the island fortress of “Dragonstone” from season 7 of Game of Thrones. You can book a guided tour of Gaztelugatxe and other Game of Thrones filming locations here.
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32. El Soplao Cave
Explore El Soplao Cave, one of the most spectacular geological formations in the world.
33. Cantabria food & wine tour
Spend a relaxing day tasting and learning about the best food and wine Cantabria has to offer.
34. Palacio de la Magdalena
Visit Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander. Have you seen Gran Hotel on Netflix? If so, you’ll recognize this stunning palace as the backdrop for the external scenes in the Spanish TV series. And by the way, how gorgeous are Alicia and Julio!?
35. Playa de Somo
Learn to surf with an experienced instructor on the shores of Playa de Somo, just outside Santander.
Do you like anchovies? I don’t, but I’m all about visiting quaint fishing villages like Santoña, best known for their anchovy factory.
Discover the stunning modernist architecture of Comillas, such as Capricho de Gaudí (one of Gaudí’s earliest works) and Palacio de Sobrellano, on this guided tour.
38. Monastery of Santo Toribio
Pay a visit to the Monastery of Santo Toribio that is supposed to house the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus.
Go for a stroll through the maze-like streets and alleys of Potes, a fairytale-esque town in Picos de Europa. In my mind, this is one of the most charming villages in Spain and a must on any Spain bucket list.
40. Mirador del Cable
Take the cable car from Fuente Dé up to Mirador del Cable and enjoy the spectacular views.
This full-day trip from Santander includes the Monastery of Santo Toribio, Fuente Dé and Potes. Enjoy the best of Picos de Europa without having to do any planning or driving by yourself!
41. Calderico Ridge
Walk along Calderico Ridge in Consuegra, past twelve beautiful windmills with Castle of La Muela in the background.
42. Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park
Explore the stunning Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park. The top places to see are the beautiful waterfall that is the source of the Cuervo River and the Enchanted City, an area with limestone rock formations formed over thousands of years.
See the hanging houses cling to the edge of a vertical cliff over the Cuenca Gorge. Cuenca is a historic walled city first built by the Moors in the 8th century and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to one of Spain’s first Gothic cathedrals.
Get your dose of performing arts in Almagro, famous as the town of theatres with its Open Air Theatre, the National Theatre Museum and the International Festival of Classical Theatre held every year.
Admire the magnificent architecture of Toledo, another UNESCO World Heritage town in Castilla-La Mancha. Take in panoramic views atop the Alcázar and make sure to visit the 13th-century Toledo Cathedral, one of the most important Gothic structures in Europe.
46. Mirador del Valle
See Toledo from the Mirador del Valle, a viewpoint boasting spectacular views across the entire city.
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Spend a day in maybe the prettiest place in all of Spain, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Segovia. No Spain bucket list would be complete without a visit to Segovia.
48. Hot air balloon ride over Segovia
Take a hot air balloon ride, including a champagne breakfast, over Segovia. A once in a lifetime experience!
49. Basílica de San Isidoro
Marvel at the beautiful frescoes of the Royal Collegiate of St Isidoro, also known as the Sistine Chapel of Romanesque art. It is considered among the most important Romanesque monuments in Spain.
50. Cathedral of León
Explore the lavishly decorated Cathedral of León and notice its beautiful stained glass windows. The impressive building, constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries, is in my mind the finest example of early Gothic architecture in Spain.
51. Casa de Botines
Learn about Antonio Gaudí and another one of his earliest works at Casa Botines Museum – A Neo-Gothic Palace and one of only three works completed by Gaudí outside of Catalonia. Its angular towers give it the appearance of a medieval fairytale castle with a few surprising modernist twists.
52. Castilla y León Museum of Contemporary Art
Immerse yourself in art and culture at Castilla y León Museum of Contemporary Art (MUSAC) which feature five galleries. The colorful “cuboid” building itsels is maybe the most impressive piece.
Experience Salamanca like a local on this private guided tour. And don’t forget to find the “frog on a skull” carving at Salamanca University, considered to be one of the most beautiful universities in the world.
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54. Bunkers del Carmel
Enjoy incredible city and sea views from Bunkers del Carmel, an abandoned anti-aircraft defense site, in Barcelona.
55. Gaudí Trail & Parc Güell
Take the Gaudí Trail in Barcelona which starts at Placa Real just off Las Ramblas and ends at Park Guell, a beautiful public park, composed of gardens and architectural elements. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
Hike or bike through the Montnegre i el Corredor Natural Park and spend some time in Mataró, an underrated gem just north of Barcelona.
57. Ferris Wheel of Tibidabo
See the spectacular views from the Giradabo big wheel in Tibidabo amusement park, the oldest functioning amusement park in Spain and one of the oldest in the world.
Wander through the narrow streets of Cadaqués, a whitewashed seaside retreat once frequented by artists such as Salvador Dalí and Coco Chanel.
Ride the funicular up to Montserrat, a monastery situated atop an multi-peaked mountain range near Barcelona.
60. Roman ruins of Tarragona
Step back in time in Tarragona, the earliest Roman stronghold in Spain and today home to some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the country.
Ride a Rollercoaster at PortAventura, one of Europe’s most iconic theme parks.
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Travel back to Roman times in Mérida, an underrated town also known as Mini-Rome in Spain. It was an important city under the Roman Empire almost 2000 years ago and is today home to impressive Roman ruins, such as the incredibly well-preserved Roman Theater.
63. Royal Monastery Of Guadalupe
Spend the night in the beautiful Parador de Guadalupe close to the town’s most impressive landmark, the Royal Monastery Of Guadalupe. The spectacular Gothic-Mudéjar style building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and supposedly stands on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared to a shepherd.
Explore the charming town of Trujillo, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Spain. With its grand stone fortress, well-preserved town walls and quaint plazas, it feels like time has stood still.
65. Monfragüe National Park
Go birdwatching in Monfragüe National Park, home to the largest and best-preserved Mediterranean forest in the world.
66. Ruta del Queso
Follow the Extremaduran cheese trail, Ruta del Queso. The region is famous for its cheese production, such as Torta del Casar, a creamy cheese made from sheep’s milk and El Redoble made from 100% whole goat’s milk.
Discover the perfect break with this history-filled one-day trip to Trujillo and Guadalupe. Visit Trujillo, the Guadalupe Monastery: a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Caceres for the Virgin de la Montana Sanctuary.
67. Cíes Islands
Sail to the Cíes Islands, three of the most beautiful and untouched islands in Europe.
Go for a stroll down the cobbled streets of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO heritage site since 1985. The striking Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela marks the end of the 790 kilometers long Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route and is one of the most important religious structures in Spain.
69. Fragas Do Eume
Hike to the monastery of Saint John of Caaveiro in Fragas Do Eume Natural Park, a dense Atlantic forest on the banks of river Eume.
70. Tower of Hercules
Stop by the Tower of Hercules in La Coruña, the oldest working lighthouse in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in the 2nd century by the Romans and renovated in 1791.
Walk the impressive walls that enclose the Old Town of Lugo. You can only enter the town through one of the eleven gates.
72. Cathedral Bach
Visit Cathedral Bach, also known as Holy Waters Beach, which features a collection of unique rock arches and caves.
73. Ézaro lookout and waterfall
Climb to Ézaro Lookout and stop by Ézaro Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Spain.
74. Cape Finisterre
Go to the “end of the world” at Cape Finisterre, concidered by the Romans to be the westernmost point of Continental Europe and thus the end of the world.
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Learn all about Rioja wines at the spectacular Vivanco Winery and Museum of Wine Culture. Rioja is one of Spain’s most famous wine regions, internationally renowned for the consistent quality of its wines.
76. Battala del Vino
Get drenched in wine at the world’s largest wine fight, Battala del Vino, held in Halo every year on June 29.
Attend the Rioja Wine Harvest Festival or Fiestas de San Mateo, held every year in mid-September in the beautiful town of Logroño. Celebrate the Rioja grapes with grape foot-crushing, festival floats, food stalls and much more.
78. San Millán Yuso and Suso Monasteries
Hike to the twin Monasteries of San Millán Yuso and Suso, both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of their historical importance.
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79. Tablao Flamenco Torres Bermejas
Feel the passion of flamenco dance and music at the historical Torres Bermejas tablao in the heart of Madrid.
80. The Prado
Immerse yourself in one of the largest art collections in the world at the Prado, an institution often described as a museum of painters not of paintings.
81. Royal Palace
Get lost in the Royal Palace of Madrid, a beautiful baroque building with over 3000 rooms and the largest royal palace in western Europe. Another vast and impressive landmark in Madrid worth a visit is Plaza Mayor.
82. El Rastro
Hunt for treasures at El Rastro, Madrid’s largest flea market happening every Sunday on Ribera de Coritodores and Plaza de Cascorro.
83. Alcalá de Henares
Walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in Alcalá de Henares where he met Queen Isabella to propose his voyage across the Atlantic. The city center is together with the university today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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84. Murcia City
Spend a few hours exploring Murcia City boasting impressive landmarks such as the Gothic Baroque style Santa María Cathedral and Plaza del Cardenal Belluga.
85. Enchanted City of Bolnuevo
Check out the otherworldly sandstone formations known as Ciudad Encantada de Bolnuevo in Mazarrón.
86. Ricote Valley
Go for a drive or bike ride through Ricote Valley, a string of quaint villages set on the banks of the Segura River.
87. Salto del Usero
Cool down in Salto del Usero, a hidden natural oasis and waterfall on the outskirts of Bullas.
88. Batería de Castillitos
Enjoy the breathtaking views from Batería de Castillitos, a coastal artillery support fortification constructed by the British to defend Cartagena Bay.
89. Playas de Calblanque
Soak up some sun at Playas de Calblanque, a series of golden beaches within Parque Regional de Calblanque.
90. Caravaca de la Cruz
Visit the quaint mountain town of Caravaca de la Cruz and its Basílica Santuario de la Vera Cruz, a magnificent baroque facade.
91. Floración de Cieza
Experience the spectacular Floración de Cieza (peach tree blossom season) every spring, in Cieza.
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92. Camino de Santiago
Hike the Camino de Santiago, a month-long ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage traditionally starts in St. Jean Pied de Port, France, however, if you prefer to stay in Spain and an easier hike, the route starts in Roncesvalles.
93. Bardenas Reales
Marvel at the otherworldly lanscape of Bardenas Reales Natural Park, a vast semi-desert and protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that covers over 40,000 hectares.
94. Royal Palace of Olite
Step into a fairytale at the Royal Palace of Olite which was once one of the most luxurious castles in Europe.
Skip the Running of the Bulls and explore the Pamplona city walls and citadel instead. It dates all the way back to the Renaissance period and is today one of the best-preserved military structures in Spain.
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96. Laguna Salada de Torrevieja
Marvel at Spain’s very own pink lake, Laguna Salada, in Torrevieja. A must on any Spain bucket list!
97. City of Arts and Sciences
Explore Valencia’s famous City of Arts and Sciences, then dine with locals during a unique gastronomic and wine-tasting experience with panoramic views of the entire city.
98. Fuente de los Baños
Take a dip in the crystal clear water of Fuente de los Baños, set in a gorge between limestone cliffs in Montanejos. The water is supposed to stay at a pleasant temperature of 25°C all year.
99. Caves of Saint Jose
Go on a boat ride in the Caves of Saint Jose on the longest navigable underground river in Europe.
100. Port Saplaya
Rent a place to stay with a balcony in Port Saplaya, an picturesque area of canals and colorful houses that’s often refered to as “Little Venice”
Hike to the top of Peníscola Castle and enjoy the beautiful view of the fortified seaport, known locally as “The City in the Sea”. The current castle/fortress was built by the Knights Templar on the remains of an old Moorish citadel.
102. Sagunto Castle
Get lost in Sagunto Castle, a historically important fortress that covers an area of almost one kilometres in length .
Visit Morella, a walled hill-top city with prehistoric remains including cave paintings and Bronze Age burial sites. Due to the fortress that towers above the town, it is one of the most unique-looking places in Spain.
Swim in the crystal clear turquoise water of one of Jávea’s many world-class beaches, such as La Granadella. The beautiful historic town center, free of highrises, is also worth a visit.
105. Guadalest Valley & Castle
Take in the incredible view of the lush Guadalest Valley and turquoise water of Guadalest Reservoir from the medieval castle towering above the white town.
Enjoy the beauty of Altea, one of Spain’s most picturesque white villages, often referred to as the “Santorini of Spain”.
See the houses painted in all colors of the rainbow in Villajoyosa, the name literally means joyful town.
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Have I convinced you to visit Spain yet? Be sure to also check out my other Spain articles for more inspiration, detailed guides and travel advice:
- 12 hidden gems in Spain that aren’t on your bucket list (but should be)
- Discover Spain’s stunning pink lake – Laguna Salada de Torrevieja
- 50+ Spain quotes and captions for Instagram
- One remarkable day in Ronda, Spain (from Málaga by train)
- Mojácar Pueblo in Andalucía: One of Spain’s most beautiful white villages
- Discover the incredible Floración de Cieza (peach blossom season) in Murcia, Spain!
- Barrancos de Gebas: The incredible Lunar Badlands in Murcia Spain
- Region of Murcia Spain: 14 awesome things to see and do