Spain has a whole range of beautiful towns and cities to discover. In fact, one of the best things about Spain is its diversity.

From the beautiful Balearic Islands, the dramatic architecture of Gaudí in Barcelona to the impressive views across from the historic city of Ronda; there really are so many different places to explore in the land of sunshine.

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Arguably, one of the hardest things about visiting Spain has to be choosing one (out of so many) places you want to go.

Are you thinking of Southern Spain’s stunning city, Seville? The natural beauty of Fuerteventura, or the charming Spanish Basque Country in the north?

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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

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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

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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.

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3.) San Sebastian

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

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

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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 1700s 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 here (and mountains of places to eat).

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

5.) Burgos

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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

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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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