Spain is a place that is filled with diverse regions and cultures, somewhere that welcomes visitors with open arms, longing to share the best that it has to offer. No matter what type of traveler you are, there is something for everyone there. Having lived in the country for years and traveled extensively through it’s many regions, I’ve come to realize that no matter what it is you’re looking for… you’ll be able to find it. Here are five of the best cities in Spain based on what type of traveler you are!
The Creative Artist: Granada
Granada, Granada, Granada. There is an overwhelming culture of art and creativity that seeps through every part of this southern city. With an endless amount of small galleries, artisanal stores and well known art museums, there is something for everyone. The streets of the city are filled with an air of excitement and joventud that calls for creative expression and collaboration. Whether you’re looking to be inspired or connect with like-minded individuals, Granada is the city for you.
The Experimental Foodie: San Sebastian
When it comes to food and Spain, almost every region has a delicious type of cuisine but if you’re looking to try something different San Sebastian is the city for you. This city in País Vasco is well known for its pintxos, which is culinary art in its best form. These small sized snacks are normally eaten in bars but each pintxos hones it’s own creative mix of flavors, leaving you wanting more. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t just food we’re talking about but it’s a coming together of culture. Reinforcing the importance of relationships, community and coming together with friends and loved ones, while enjoying good food and drink along the way.
The Style Guru: Madrid
If you’re looking to be surrounded by pure European style, Spain’s capital is where you need to be. Madrid is filled with timeless architecture on every street but you’ll be able to find modern style and vibrant culture no matter where you go. When it comes to elegance and grace, this is the place to go. When walking down the street, you’ll feel a NYC type vibe as you encounter various individuals who know what it means to look good. From the luxury stores in Salamanca to the hip options in Malasaña, if shopping is your vice, there is something for everyone.
The Beach Lover: Murcia
If you’re looking for a range of diverse beaches, Murcia is where you need to be. Although this region is not as well known as Barcelona or Valencia, it hosts some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever experience. With the warm Mediterranean at your feet, you’ll be able to choose the type of experience you want. You’ll have three popular summer beaches that host a range of party vibes and chringuitos (beach side bars), or, you can escape like the locals to the small calas (seaside coves) to embrace the relaxing ambiance and lay in the sun without a worry in the world.
The Dreamer: Nerja
If you’re someone with your head in the clouds, constantly searching to be surrounded by beauty and inspiration, Nerja is the perfect destination. This small seaside village in Andalucía is about an hour away from Malaga but is the definition of paradise.
With the small streets and impeccable views, it will be easy to sit in the sand, listen to the ocean and dream for days. Whether you can escape for one day or five, you’ll leave this city feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to continue living a beautiful life.
What are some of your favorite cities in Spain? Have you ever been to any of the ones mentioned in this piece?
Sienna Brown is the founder of Las Morenas de España. From New York to Murcia, Spain, she is constantly on a journey to inspire and be inspired while engaging in different methods of creation. Living in Spain for the past three years has encouraged her to constantly explore the world, different cultures and herself along the way. See more of her work here and follow her adventures on instagram.