The 5 nicest cities in Spain for a city trip

Spain is bursting with fun cities! It is therefore not surprising that Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations for Dutch people in Europe. Not surprising, because it is delicious. We list the five best Spanish cities for a city trip.

Best cities in Spain

Spain has been the number 1 flight destination among Dutch tourists for decades. In the summer months, especially the Spanish costas and the Spanish islands such as Tenerife and Mallorca are popular. But cities such as Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Cordoba, Valencia, Bilbao, Seville and Malaga are also very popular. Spanish cities offer the ultimate mix of beautiful architecture, cozy squares, a wonderful climate and an abundance of tapas, beer and wine. There are so many beautiful Spanish cities, but which one should you choose for a city trip? We give you inspiration with our top 5 best cities in Spain for a city trip. And also check out the current offer of holidays to Spain from FTI Travel.

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Valencia Beach

Valencia, the sunny orange city

Museums, monuments and historical sites set the tone when it comes to sightseeing in Valencia. But València is also a green city with beautiful parks, gardens and Spanish patios for the necessary shade. The futuristic architecture in València goes hand in hand with an endless amount of nature. This unique mix makes Valencia one of the nicest Spanish cities for a city trip.

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València has about 160 km of cycle paths and is therefore – certainly by Spanish standards – a real cycling city. From the city center there are 18 cycling routes between 10 and 45 kilometers at your feet through natural parks and along the Mediterranean Sea. But conquering an old railway track by mountain bike is also possible. The Vía Xurra is one of the Vías Verdes with which you can discover the orange groves surrounding the city for 15 kilometers from Valencia. And on weekends, the bicycle travels for free on the metro in València.

Valencia is certainly one of the nicest cities in Spain

You will also find plenty of nature in the city. Especially because of the countless city parks and gardens, including the aforementioned Jardines del Turia, laid out in the former riverbed of the Turia River. This green lung crosses the center and strings together cycling paths, running routes, fountains, water features and playgrounds. The park also invites you to walk and run in the fall via the Circuito 5K signposted route. Another very beautiful, less well-known, park is Jardin de Monforte. Highly recommended, which you will find, hidden behind a wall, at Calle Monforte with lots of greenery, marble statues, bougainvillea, fountains and orange trees.

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The traditional paella originated in Valencia in the 8th century, the rice was introduced to Albufera by the Arabs. Rice, chicken, rabbit, string beans, tomate frito, garrofónes (white beans from Valencia) and saffron are the main ingredients. Nowadays, fish and shellfish are also added

Madrid, the majestic Spanish capital

The Spanish capital really has everything for an amazing city trip. It does not matter whether you visit Madrid to taste culture, to shop, to visit art museums or to enjoy the cozy terraces and good food. In Madrdi you will experience the real good Spanish life: intense, temperamental and relaxed.

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The Prado is indispensable for anyone who loves even the slightest bit of art. The world-famous museum – in a palace full of art – is located on the beautiful boulevard Paseo del Prado. It houses works by the most important Spanish and European painters of the past centuries, such as Goya, Monet and Picasso.

National Museum of Prado Madrid

Madrid is a wonderful city to stroll around at your leisure and discover the sights. You will find rich architecture, beautiful squares and a lot of grandeur.

Cordoba, pearl of the golden city triangle

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In beautiful Andalusia lies the triangle of the cities of Seville, Cordoba and Grenada. Three beautiful Spanish cities, rich in culture and history. Córdoba was once one of the most important cities in the world. In the 10th century it was the second largest city in the world, with an unprecedented population of 500,000. Córdoba was the center of the medieval Spanish Muslim world at the time. Numerous monuments remain from that Islamic heyday, of which the Mezquita is the most famous example.

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Most people know Córdoba for, for example, the Mezquita (the Great Mosque), which is one of the more important Islamic monuments in Europe.

In Córdoba you can really enjoy a city trip, as befits a city trip. There is a maze of small and atmospheric streets, there are many sights, lots of nice bars, cafes and restaurants and above all: there is sun. Plenty of sun! It is the warmest city in Europe, where the temperature exceeds 35 degrees every year.

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Barcelona, ​​bustling city on the beach

Barcelona is of course one of the most famous cities in Spain. And should therefore not be missed in our 5 nicest cities in Spain for a city trip. Whether you like sunbathing on the beach, wandering for hours through narrow streets, special architecture or good food: Barcelona has it. The wonderful climate with pleasant spring and autumn temperatures and a long warm summer make the city suitable for a wonderful city trip all year round.

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The absolute number 1 attraction of Barcelona is the Sagrada Família, or the holy cathedral of Antoni Gaudí. The unfinished church will probably be finished in 2026 and should definitely not be missed on your city trip!

Málaga, city without winter

Málaga is the emerging city trip destination, and for good reason. This coastal town is sometimes called ‘city without winter’, which it owes to its mild Spanish climate. The winters are mild and not too cold. And in the summer months it often gets a little less hot and there is often a cooling breeze that tempers the perceived temperature. Málaga has everything for a successful city trip, weekend break or holiday in the sun. A beautiful city centre, trendy neighbourhoods, new museums (including Center Pompidou), sun, sea and beach.

Málaga is also an ideal city for shopping and delicious food. You will find cozy restaurants and tapas bars everywhere, and shopping is best done on Calle Marques de Larios or in one of the many shopping centers. Tired of city life? Then look for the beautiful nature reserve Montes de Malaga, just north of Málaga! These are just a few of the ingredients that make Málaga such a great holiday destination.

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Málaga is the gateway to one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, the Costa del Sol. Málaga is also the city of Antonio Banderas and Picasso.

More nicest cities in Spain?

What do you think is the best city in Spain? Which city should definitely not be missing from our Top 5 nicest cities in Spain? Let us know in a comment at the bottom of this article. And can’t you wait to travel to Spain yourself? Then take a look at the holidays to Spain from FTI Travel. Viva Espana!

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