17 Most Beautiful Regions of Spain

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Andalusia

Andalusia region in Spain is where the famous Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was born around 1547. Cervantes lived in Almodovar del Rio, a town in Andalusia. He wrote Don Quixote, which is considered as a literary masterpiece.

His birthplace, Almodovar del Rio, was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987.

It is a charming town with a historical center dotted by buildings dating back to the 11th century. The city is special because it preserves Gothic-Mudéjar style architecture, which blended the distinctive features of the Islamic tradition with the Gothic style of architecture.

Cadiz province in Andalusia also contains the estuary of the Guadalquivir, called El Tajo, that is called the Gibraltar of the Mediterranean. The coastline is a paradise for beach lovers, and in the region, you can also find the Sierra Morena, where you can visit Ordesa National Park, a fascinating place where nature and history come together.

The Medoc, a region in Bordeaux, the capital of the Côtes de Bordeaux, also has the most beautiful wine in the world.

Aragon

The Aragon region in Spain is quite widespread, so you’ll never run out of things to see. You’ll find several lovely towns, breathtaking landscapes, and more. The most important aspect of your visit to this area is to make sure you see as many of the sights as possible. You’ll never want to leave!

Mondragon

Located on the banks of the Ebro River, Mondragon is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. You’ll find the old town full of loveliness, with charming houses and charming people. You’ll love spending a couple of days wandering the cobblestone streets, soaking in the picturesque sights.

Gredos

Gredos, one of the largest natural parks in Spain, will have you questioning your sanity and your own existence. The jagged and rocky peaks seem to reach out and touch the sky, while the patches of sun-kissed grass make you feel as though you’re in a painting. There’s simply something unique about this place that you won’t be able to stop looking at!

Asturias

It wasn’t until the 18th century that Asturias began to be inhabited. Before that, it had been mostly wilderness.

Asturias is situated right in the middle of Spain. It’s bordered by Cantabria to the west, Basque Country to the north, and Galicia to the south.

The first official settlement nearby was Covadonga, in Asturias. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction.

The best time to visit Asturias is either during winter or summer. In winter, the country is blanketed with a thick layer of snow which makes it look very picturesque.

Asturias is visited by many tourists who come to admire the mountain ranges. The Puig Campana Mountains and Picos de Europa Mountains are two of the most popular mountains that you can see here.

In the summer, you can travel to a mountainous region of Asturias or visit the coast. The coast is a rich area for seashell collectors who can explore the many beaches here looking for beach glass or beach pearls.

Balearic Islands

The Balearic Islands stretch for about 100 km from north to south and for up to 250 km from east to west. The easternmost island is Ibiza, which is famous for its beaches and climactic conditions.

These islands are also known as the “striped islands” because of their numerous beautiful beaches. They are home to spacious sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters.

The conditions of the water in these beaches are ideal for water sports. The islands form part of the traditional Spanish touristic coast.

For those wishing to learn more about the Spanish language, the islands can also be used as a reference resource because the majority of the people living in those sunny areas speak English. If you would like to improve your Spanish vocabulary words, you can find a list of words and their corresponding picture at Wiktionary.

In fact, the Escalon de la Devedera and Escalon de la Devesa located near the Alcudia Mainland in the north of the region, are a wonderful place to practice and improve your Spanish. However, these poor fishing villages have been left behind in time, where you can see that the local people still keep a living with the simplest means.

These are also ideal spots to learn more about traditional Spanish culture and take some superb photographs.

Basque Country

The Basque country is located centrally in the north of Spain, bordering France. Although its inhabitants speak Spanish, their cultural and linguistic roots are certainly Basque, making them one of the only truly autochthonous cultures in Europe.

The region was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age, and most of the oldest towns still around are mostly from this time. They were also involved in the Roman Conquest of the Iberian Peninsula.

The Basque country has a beautiful landscape and a distinctive location on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula.

We have put together a piece of the most beautiful things of Basque Country, so that you, dear reader, will find what best suits you to spend your holiday.

Canary Islands

The Mainland Natural Paradise of Spain

For anyone visiting Spain for the first time, the Canary Islands are one of the first places you should hit to enjoy the diversities of the country. With a spectacular coastline, a strong cultural heritage, relaxed pace of life, and plenty of beauty, this is a place that you will want to come back to again and again.

The Canary Islands is a group of seven islands located off the northwest coast of Africa. One of the biggest advantages of going to Spain is choosing to visit these islands.

The unique geography and the long history have shaped the enchanting environments, natural resources, and cultural heritage of Spain’s Canaries. The islands in the Canary Islands are part of the African continent and are actually closer to Africa than they are to Spain.

Because of that geographical proximity and the warm tropical weather, the Canary Islands are ideal for travel and they have a great reputation for attracting tourists from all over Europe. Both the climate and the scenery are incredible, with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There are mountains, grassy plains, and rainforests. There are also volcanic islands with beautiful beaches and steep coastal cliffs. The islands also have amazing biodiversity.

The climate is hot and dry in the Canary Islands, generally. Average temperatures in the summer range from 28 to 30 degrees Celsius.

Cantabria

It is said in Cantabria that people come from many different places to show their home. Cantabria added two more: Bayona and Avilés from the Basque Country. Either of these cities will be the north of Spain.

The beauty of these locations is breathtaking, especially when you look at the cliffs of the Bay of Biscay and the distances that surround them.

Castile and León

Castile and León is the home of the most beautiful regions of Spain. Magic realism and traditional religious and folk culture may be practiced in these lands. In the main towns of this region, such as Valladolid, Segovia, Salamanca and Valladolid, you will feel like you are back in the olden days.

Asturias and Basque Country

The region of Asturias is considered to be the birthplace of Asturian culture. Here, you will enjoy a countryside environment, winding narrow roads and small towns such as Gijón and Oviedo. Not to mention, Gorbea Lake, which is famous for its untouched nature, is an ideal place for a nice sunset walk after a day spent in the mountains.

The Basque Country’s capital, Vitoria-Gasteiz, is the second-best place in Spain for Christmas. The Christmas market that is held in the middle of the city is one of the most colorful in the world, and you are likely to find not a single street without a market stall.

Castilla-La Mancha

Castilla-La Mancha, commonly abbreviated to La Mancha or simply La Mancha, is a largely rural region in central Spain. It is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, to the southwest of Castilla and Castile.

It is in the center of Spain, between the regions of Madrid, Andalusia, and Extremadura. It is surrounded by Madrid, Aragon, and Murcia.

The capital is Albacete. La Mancha is the natural home of the Spanish Imperial eagle.

Catalonia

Community of Madrid

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The city of Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. It is roughly an hour by train from Barcelona, and a short 2 hour flight from London or Paris, making it a very popular weekend holiday destination.

Madrid covers a total of 11 counties with 7 million inhabitants, 7 million of which are within the city limits. This makes Madrid the 2nd largest city in Europe and the 6th largest city in the world among the 8 cities with more than 5 million people.

Madrid is studded with a rich architectural history, and it’s packed with historical sights as well as fine shopping opportunities.

For one of the most beautiful regions of Madrid, the barrio of Salamanca is a nice area to look at. Salamanca is a fantastic area for couples because there are many parks and tourist attractions to see, the weather is nice, and the people are friendly.

You can also go to the Museo Del Prado, a historical museum which has one of the most exquisite collections of art in the world.

If you love gardens, parks, or free museums, Salamanca is a great place to visit in Madrid, despite the many blooming flowers that make it a hub for gardeners.

Extremadura

Extremadura is an autonomous region of the western part of the Iberian Peninsula. Not far from Portugal, this region has a distinctive culture and landscape which combines the strength of the mountains and plains that surround the site. In addition, in the area of La Cartuja and the surroundings, you can find the most beautiful and paradisal picuresque landscape in Spain, especially in the Serrania de Ronda and El Torcal.

Challenging landscapes that deserve to be explored by all those who seek sensations of adventure, the landscape of Extremadura is unspoilt yet very varied, allowing to appreciate the sea against miles of sand, witnessing the spectacle of the sun rising over the coastal mountains during the day, and embarking on the sunset on the back of the same mountains.

Enclosed in the vaults of the mountains, these areas have a very dry, pleasant climate, but are a constant reminder that you should always be prepared.

The diverse landscape of the region, combined with the warm and sunny weather of most of the year, make it a frequented destination of people from all over the world who come to enjoy the long summer days.

The Picos de Europa

In the heart of the Murcia region, we are talking about the Picos de Europa, the highest mountain chains in Spain.

Galicia

Galicia is known for having climate so mild that it’s nearly tropical. The Galician coast is dotted with beautiful beaches, lush forests, and a rich history. Because it’s greatly affected by the Gulf Stream, it rarely see’s snow in winter. This means that you can enjoy the beaches all year round.

One way that Galicia stands apart that other parts of Spain like Castilla y Leon.

Because Galicia is in the north of Spain, this region of the country, especially in the regions of Lugo, Ourense, and Pontevedra, is made up of soft green hills, which are surrounded by majestic mountains. Galicia is home to both the Pico de la Zarza, the highest point in Spain, and the Salto de Caballo, a natural wonder that is a waterfall on two levels.

If you really want to get away from it all, Galicia has many secluded monasteries. The most famous of these is the Monastery of San Martin de Valdeiglesias, which in the center of Valdeganga. The Monastery has been in use since 1018 and is also known as the Virgin of the Torrents.

La Rioja

One of the first countries to resist the invasion of the barbaric (read: French) hordes, La Rioja is a region in northern Spain famous for its wines and olives.

You’ll find plenty of both walking through the vineyards and enjoying your holiday, and that’s not forgetting rich black truffles that only grow on the ground during certain months. Just another reason why La Rioja is one of the most beautiful places in Spain!

Navarre is a region in the Northern part of Spain. It occupies an area of a little more than 4,500 square kilometres (1,720 sq mi) on the Pyrenees range of mountains with a 100 km wide and 163 km long coast.

It is a mountainous territory crossed by the river Ebro. The capital city is Pamplona. In the Middle Ages, Navarre was part of the Kingdom of Navarre—a state of Spain during the Middle Ages.

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Region of Murcia

(Southeast Spain)

Spain is one of the most popular destinations for European tourists. If you’ve been interested in vacationing there, Murcia is the perfect place for you. Region of Murcia is the most popular and beautiful among tourists coming from nearby countries of France and Italy.

It’s a well-known fact that Spain has the greatest amount of natural treasures in Europe, and Region of Murcia proves it.

The most essential places to visit when you are going to Murcia are Ciclope where you find one of the most interesting looking statues. At the end of the road is the Nariz del Diablo, known as the devil’s nose. It’s a natural rock formation in the shape of a devil’s nose.

The municipality of Murcia is known for the biggest beach of the region. Two beaches are found along the entire coastline, but they are the most popular. They are the Playa de la Malvarrosa and the Playa Algar.

The most important features of the beaches are the rocks on the sea shore which are a great attraction for tourists. Along the coast are also sand and dunes, which give the area a cartoonish view.

You can enjoy the Park of Bafios in Murcia, which is famous for its impressive colors which change throughout the year.

Valencian Community

The Valencian Community is an autonomous community of Spain. It is the second most populated comunidad autonoma with 4,221,984 inhabitants in its population of 4,531,669. The Valencian Community is coextensive with the historical region of Valencia.

Madrid is the metropolis of choice in the community and in 2010 maintained a population of over 2,000,000, which makes it the tenth largest city in the European Union and the sixth in Spain. Seville forms part of the metropolitan area of Madrid.

Although a Spanish city, the Valencian Community and the the rest of the territory of Valencia lie on the Mediterranean coast. Valencia is located on the banks of the Turia, which crosses the community.