26 amazing photos of Spain. Get inspired!

The Alhambra complex, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
The Alhambra complex, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Spain has always been a very special place for me, say I spent here quite a lot of time; first studying in Granada when I got an opportunity to travel extensively Andalusia, then in a language school in Salamanca exploring Castile and Leon and Galicia privinces. Besides I travelled to Spain four more times and as a result I collected a good deal of photos; different provinces, different seasons, different experiences. Spain is still my favorite country. You ask why? Because in Spain you can literally find everything; a unique mix of different cultures, amazing nature, beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, great collection of art, unusual architecture (both old and modern) and warm and sunny weather. Are you ready to get inspired and fall in love with Spain? Let’s start!

26 amazing photos of Spain that will inspire you to go there!

Prince Felipe museum of Science, the City of Arts and Science complex, Valencia. Designed by famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava it reminds a skeleton of a giant whale. The place is absolutely stunning; surrounded by small pools you get a perfect view from any angle you look at it. Blue and white colors, reflexions, bizarre shapes it’s worth to come to Valencia just to see it. But except for that Valencia has a lot to offer; long sandy beaches, warm water, casco viejo (old town) and not to forget the famous festival Las Fallas that takes place every March.

Prince Felipe museum of Science, the City of Arts and Science complex, Valencia
Prince Felipe museum of Science, the City of Arts and Science complex, Valencia

El Escorial monastery, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid. This impressive monastery-palace was built in 16th century for King Philip II with the idea to use it for multiple purposes as a royal residence, monastery and a burial place for Holy Roman Imperor Charles V. The monastery is as beautiful from the outside as from the inside. In the rich decoration according to the Renaissance style you’ll find here an interesting collection of art. Visit to El Escorial can be a perfect day trip from Madrid.

El Escorial monastery, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid
El Escorial monastery, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid

The Walls of Avila, Avila, Castile and Leon. The fortifications were built in 12th century. Nowadays the Walls is the main symbol of the town. Avila is considered to be the most 16th century town in Spain. Due to its well-preserved architecture the historical center of Avila is a perfect decoration for multiple festivals and events among them the Medieval festival that takes place every year in the beginning of September. Avila as well is a great place for food lovers; best quality meat, tortillas and typical sweets Las Yemas de Santa Teresa will make your visit to this town unforgetable.

The Walls of Avila, Avila, Castile and Leon
The Walls of Avila, Avila, Castile and Leon

View over Atlantic ocean from Hercules lighthouse, cape Finisterre, A Coruna, Galicia. Finisterre means “the end of the world” in Latin, in the Roman times it considered to be the end of the known world further there was only the ocean. The Atlantic coast of Spain is very different from the Miditerranean one more wild and dramatic maybe not an ideal place for a beach holiday but a perfect place to amdire a stunning beauty of the ocean.

Cape Finisterre, A Coruna, Galicia
Cape Finisterre, A Coruna, Galicia

Santa Cruz neighbourhood from the Giralda tower of the Cathedral, Seville, Andalusia. The heart of Andalusia bustling and hot Seville has so much to offer! Real melting pot of cultures and traditions;  Romans, Moors, Spanish, gypsies, Jewish all left their traces in this city. In old times Santa Cruz was a Jewish quarter nowadays it’s the main tourist area of Seville. By the way best tapas (snacks) in Spain (which basically means best in the world) I ate here in local street restaurants they are specially charming at night time.

Santa Cruz neighbourhood, Seville, Andalusia
Santa Cruz neighbourhood, Seville, Andalusia

Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. Famous pilgrimage Camino de Santiago finishes in this one of the most sacred places in Europe. The town does have a very special atmosphere. Even if you’re not very religious it’s worth to visit this place just for its beautiful architecture, nice parks and delisious local cuisine, a must try almond dessert Tarta de Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Santiago de Compostela, Galicia

A stork nesting on one of the towers of the New Cathedral, Salamanca, Castile and Leon. In some areas of Spain you’ll find peaceful coexistence of wild life and cultural heritage monuments. In Castile and Leon  it’s very common to see white storks nesting on tops of old towers, houses, poles and even cathedrals!

White stork on the top of the New Cathedral, Salamanca, Castile and Leon
White stork on the top of the New Cathedral, Salamanca, Castile and Leon

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Barcelona, Catalonia. A pleasant day trip from Barcelona the journey in the cable car will give you a chance to admire fantastic scenery of Barcelona and its surroundings. There are some short walking trails around that lead to the top of the mountain.

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Barcelona, Catalonia
Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Barcelona, Catalonia

On the streets of the old town, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia.  Jerez is the world’s capital of sherry here you can visit one of the famous bodegas (cellar) and do some sherry and brandy tasting. Restaurants and cafes on its small cobblestone streets are too charming to resist. Be careful coming just for a couple of hours you can end up spending here the whole day.

Old town, Jerez de La Frontera, Andalusia
Old town, Jerez de La Frontera, Andalusia

Plaza de Espana, Seville, Andalusia. Even nowadays Seville looks like a decoration for a drama, opera or movie and the list of those is quite implressive and includes  Star Wars and Game of Throunes. Yet the best thing about Seville is the weather it has 300 suny days a year it means almost every day is sunny!

Plaza de Espana, Seville, Andalusia
Plaza de Espana, Seville, Andalusia

Casa Batllo and Casa Amatller, Barcelona, Catalonia. Barcelona is a real Art Nouveau city, it is a real plesuare to walk around and descover its hiddens gems. Not only houses, cathedrals and palaces but small details; gates, balconies, doors and even houses’ numbers everything here is bizzare and eye-catching. Take your time, explore the city and it’ll surprise you!

Casa Batllo and Casa Amatller, Barcelona, Catalonia
Casa Batllo and Casa Amatller, Barcelona, Catalonia

Calo des Moro beach, Mallorca/Majorca, the Balearic islands. Beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise warm water, rocky cliffs and delicious local cuisine all these and more you can find on Mallorca. The isnald has a lot to offer for history lovers as well from old Roman city ruins to Medieval castles you’ll have a lot to explore and discover here. 

Calo des Moro beach, Mallorca/Majorca, the Balearic islands
Calo des Moro beach, Mallorca, the Balearic islands

La Boqueria market, Barcelona, Catalonia. Spanish food and markets is a special theme of discussion; tapas, pinchos, paella, jamon etc. Everything is always fresh and delicious! Here in La Boqueria you can find anything from fresh seafood and meat to tropical fruit and freshly baked pasteries. Come here in the evening just before the closing time and you’ll be able to buy some of the delicacy for half price. By the way my favorite cafe in Barcelona is nearby as well, cafe Zurich at Plaza Catalunya.

La Boqueria market, Barcelona, Catalonia
La Boqueria market, Barcelona, Catalonia

The Alcazar (castel), Toledo, Castile La Mancha. The city of three cultures once the capital of the Empire and the “home” of famous artist El Greko.  The best way to discover Toledo is to stay here for a day or two and walk around late evening or early morning without tourist crowds. Empty narrow streets of the old town, the cathedral at night and the sounds of your steps on the cobblestone streets will be a real time travel experience.

The Alcazar, Toledo, Castile La Mancha
The Alcazar, Toledo, Castile La Mancha

San Sebastian, La Gomera, the Canary islands. San Sebastian is the capital town of La Gomera island nevertheless it’s a quite and pleasant place that offers a tranquil stay at the sea between the banana plantaitions. The Canary islands is probably the last place to seek for nice warm and sunny weather during European winter. 

San Sebastian, La Gomera, the Canary islands
San Sebastian, La Gomera, the Canary islands

Windmills, Consuegra, Castile La Mancha. Spanish windmills the famous giants from Cervantes’s Don Quixote are undoubtedly the main symbol of the province. There are twelve mills just outside the town they were in use till 1980s nowadays the mills and the nearby castle became a tourist attraction o the Windmills route  that brings thousands of people to Consuegra. Interesting fact every mill has a name.

Windmills, Consuegra, Castile La Mancha
Windmills, Consuegra, Castile La Mancha

The Alhambra complex, Granada, Andalusia. Only this place on its own is worth of visit to Spain. Stunning places Ahambra consists of several palaces, fortresses and lush gardens with fountains you’ll need a day to explore the complex. Tip! If you really want to experience the authentic atmosphere of Granada stay here for a couple of days, walk in El Albaicin (old Gypsy quarter), watch sunset from one of the Miradors (view points), visit a local tablao (bar) and get into flamenco rythms.

The Alhambra complex, Granada, Andalusia
The Alhambra complex, Granada, Andalusia

Park Retiro, Madrid. Madrid is my favorite European capital city from the first visit I basically fell in love with it. Maybe it can’t compete with Rome or Paris but Madrid has a perfect balance between a lot to see and not too much. Here I don’t feel like I will never be able to see all must see sights even if I spend all my life in this city.

Retiro park, Madrid
Retiro park, Madrid

Malecon (seafront), Cadiz, Andalusia. You can describe Cadiz in three words; air, sun and sea. One of the oldest cities in Europe it was founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC. Once an important sea port of Spain and a trade center there is so much to explore and discover; seafood, beaches, historical sights and of course the carnival that was started in 16th century as a copy of the famous carnival in Venice.

Malecon (seafront), Cadiz, Andalusia
Malecon (seafront), Cadiz, Andalusia

Mesquita and the Roman bridge, Cordoba, Andalusia. About a thousand years ago Cordoba was the capital of Islamic Spain. Nowadays a lot in the city reminds about its past; famous Mesquita (mosque) with its “forest” of colomns and Muslim quarter are just some of them. The city is well known for its courtyards (patios), locals decorate them with flowers, foliage, grapes etc. The patios look especially impressive during the Patio Festival that takes place every year in May.

Mesquita and Roman bridge, Cordoba, Andalusia
Mesquita and Roman bridge, Cordoba, Andalusia

Calahonda beach, Nerja, Andalusia. Located on the Costa del Sol Nerja is famous for its clear warm water, sandy beaches, seafood restaurants and the caves. It’s a perfect holiday place for those who wants to escape bustling and crowded Malaga and Marbella and go more local and off-the-beaten-track on the Costa del Sol.

Calahonda beach, Nerja, Andalusia
Calahonda beach, Nerja, Andalusia

Guggenheim museum, Bilbao, the Basque country. Spain it is not only amazing cathedrals, fortresses, alcazars and Gaudi modern architecture buildings became an important tourist attraction in the country. Gugenheim museum is one of the most recognizable symbols of modern Bilbao and one of the most interesting building in Spain. Not to forget Bilbao and the Basque county in general is a gourmand’s paradise; famous pintxos (snacks), wine, seafood, meat and delicious desserts all you need to enjoy this city even more.

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the Basque country
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, the Basque country

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia. Probably one of the best known buildings in the world. The construction works started in 1882 and it’s still remains unfinished but even though the cathedral is absolutely stunning so different from any other cathedral, temple or church in the world, a unique masterpiece of Gaudi’s imagination.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia

The Puente Nuevo (new bridge), Ronda, Andalusia. Three bridges across the deep crack connect two parts of Ronda, Puente Nuevo is the biggest one, 120m deep. Town’s location gives you an impression that a giant’s hand placed it on the top of the mountain. Except breathtaking views Ronda has one of the oldest bullfighting ring in Spain. For more thrilling feeling go to the balcony of the Mirador (viewpoint) de Aldehuela  stunning view is guaranteed.

Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Andalucia.
Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Andalucia.

La Gomera island, the Canary islands. La Gomera  is the greenest island of the archipelago it has mild climate you can enjoy it all year around. It’s a real paradise for hiking lovers; here you’ll find 600km of hiking trails all over the island through National parks, along the coast, over the hills, across banana plantations. Interesting fact before the Spanish came here locals used whistling sounds for communication till now whistle plays an important communicative role here.

La Gomera, the Canary islands
La Gomera, the Canary islands

The New cathedral of Salamanca, Castile and Leon. Salamanca is a famous university town. The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134, it’s the oldest university of Spain and the third oldest in the world after universities of Bologna and Oxford. The facade of the New cathedral has some funky details that were carved after the last rennovations; a faun eatingan  ice cream and an astronaut, try to find them! Don’t forget to visit Plaza Mayor de Salamanca it’s considered one of the most beautiful plazas (squares) in Spain.

The New cathedral of Salamanca, Castile and Leon
The New cathedral of Salamanca, Castile and Leon

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4 Comments

  • Hi,

    All the images are really awesome, this will inspire me to visit Spain. Now Spain will be my next travel destination.

  • Hi Campbell,

    All the images are beyond awesome.

    The monastery picture and the landing stork picture are beyond epic. Love ’em both.

    The monastery has immense scale. A grand site. Like something out of a movie, or, like something from centuries ago.

    I love the stork alighting because I am a bird person, and also recall my mom explaining how she saw storks in town at times in her native Germany as a kid.

    Thanks for the rocking share Campbell.

    Ryan

    • Hi, Ryan! Thank you very much for the comment! Spain is an amazing country and has many awesome sights to see.
      Cheers!

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