Spain has a whole range of beautiful towns and cities to discover – in fact, one of the best things about Spain is it’s diversity! From the beautiful Balearic Islands, the dramatic architecture of Gaudí in Barcelona to the impressive views across from the quaint city of Ronda – there really are so many different places to explore in the land of sunshine. 😉

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Photo Diary: Hondarribia - The Beautiful Seaside Town In The Basque Country (1)

 

Arguably, one of the hardest things about visiting Spain has to be choosing one (out of sooooooo many) places you want to go.  Are you thinking of Southern Spain’s stunning city, Valencia? The natural beauty of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, or the charming Spanish Basque Country in the north?

Northern Spanish Towns To Visit

If you’re still pondering on where to go to, take a look at the very best Northern Spanish towns that you’ll want to include on your visit to this stunning region.

 

1.) Gijón

Gijón is the largest city in Spain’s autonomous region of Asturias. It’s the perfect place to start your trip around the Bay of Biscay. Gijón also has a fantastic beach so don’t forget your bikini/swimming trunks.

Top tip: Don’t forget to explore the district of Cimavilla, the oldest district in the whole city!

 

2.) Bilbao

Nestled within the Basque Country in Spain, Bilbao is a beautiful city to explore some of the cultural heritage of this marvellous Basque town. When you’re there, be sure to take in the beauty of the Plaza Nueva, discover Doña Casilda Iturrizar park and take a wander across Zubizuri.

Top tip: Visit one of Spain’s most iconic contemporary buildings, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – where you can discover some of the world’s most beautiful pieces of modern art.

 

3.) San Sebastian

The Most Beautiful City in Spain. San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain, Hotel Londres (16)

The Most Beautiful City in Spain. San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain, Hotel Londres (18)

The Most Beautiful City in Spain. San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain, Hotel Londres (14)

Arguably one of the more well-known of the lot, San Sebastian is perhaps best explored by taking a walk (though you could cycle too) through its rather compact city centre and discover it’s stunning promenade that has been a favourite for visitors since the early 20th Century. If you’re looking for a little more of a challenge, take a hike up Mount Ulia for some stunning views.

Top tip: On a warm sunny day, head to the Beach of La Concha which is one of the Basque Country’s most famous beaches!

 

4.) Zaragoza

The capital city of the Aragon region of Spain, Zaragoza is a stunning historic melting pot that spans centuries! Take a wander around the iconic Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar that was built in the 1700’s or marvel at the beautiful gothic architecture of La Seo Cathedral to get a sense of how amazing and rich in history Zaragoza is. There’s so much more to see and do here and it’s just waiting to be explored by you! 😉

Top tip: If cathedrals aren’t your thing, discover the city’s most famous festival, the Fiestas del Pilar (which, by the way, is sooooooo much fun)!

 

5.) Burgos

This medieval city is often overlooked by visitors to Spain but, thankfully, that’s changing! Burgos boasts some pretty epic places to see in all of Spain and is a lovely city to visit in the heat of summer or the snow of winter. To be truly impressed by Burgos, start your visit by taking a wander around the Burgos Cathedral that’s almost 1,000 years old!

Top tip: If your a biology bookworm (like me!) then head over to the Museum of Human Evolution.

 

6.) Vigo

Vigo is one of the largest Spanish cities on the Atlantic Ocean – this can only mean one thing…. lots of seafood and a stunning coast to explore! 🙂 Take a trip over to the stunning Cíes Islands that are only a few miles out into the Atlantic Sea, the unspoilt beauty of the islands and dramatic landscape makes for the perfect setting to spend a lazy afternoon.

Top tip: For the nature lover in you, take a wander around the Rías Baixas (4 coastal estuaries) that really are beautiful places to see a piece of North Western Spain!

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  • Great post guys!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Conor! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya

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  • Wow, all of these places will be added to our list on Spain. We could use our entire euro visa here it looks like! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ha! Right! Spain does have an impressive array of beautiful places! so glad you like them too Megan! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • San Sebastián has been on my bucket list for such a long time! I’m so glad you pointed out towns in the North as most people head straight to the South!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, so happy you love the north too, Leah – it’s an incredible area of Spain and you’re so right… lots of people head straight to the south, but there’s so much more to Spain. 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx