Spain is a popular tourist destination for Europeans and other nationalities alike. It’s beautiful, most of it is warm, the food is delicious and the cities are incredible. However, if you’re thinking of going to Spain, you, like many others, probably have Madrid and Barcelona on your list without thinking of all the amazing, smaller towns in the country that are perhaps even more beautiful. Away from the packs of tourists, these 6 little known places to visit in Spain will give you a far more authentic Spanish experience.
If you’re looking for something that has a bit more of Spain’s medieval history than this is the little known city for you. The beautiful and intricately carved Casca Antiguo is a historical landmark and one you should really see for yourself. Plus, they have great wine.
You may have heard a city called “The City of a Thousand Sieges” and if you have, then what you’re thinking of is Girona. The Girona Cathedral will take you back in time and walking the narrow, winding roads of this medieval city, you’ll forget what time period you’re actually in.
It’s no secret that bull fighting is a big pastime in Spain and if you want to go to the home of the bull fight than this is the city for you. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a trip to the city in July when they have a weeklong festival called “Running of the Bulls.” If you don’t, however, it still has beautiful churches and museums worth seeing.
Jerez de la Frontera
If you’re a big fan of sherry than you probably know this city for its famed drink, but if not, don’t fret there’s plenty more for you to do in this Andalusian town. Visit the Alcazar, a Moorish fortress build in the 1200s and a stunning, ancient mosque, Arab baths and plenty of museums.
Spain has gorgeous beaches, so this list wouldn’t be complete without some stunning towns and cities that have the beautiful beaches but without the crowds of tourists. On the Gulf of Valencia, this city is on the Mediterranean and its beach truly rivals even Barcelona’s. If you’re looking for some culture as well, the Museum of Fine Arts houses works by none other than Goya and Velázquez.
This small town in the Aragon region of Spain is the final destination on our list, but not because of its beauty. Attracting few tourists, this city’s cathedral and abbey will have you for sure thinking you’ve stepped back to 1100. With lots of natural parks and lovely streets with shops and amazing architecture, you won’t experience anything so authentically Spanish.
Spain is a beautiful country with so much more to offer than the run of the mill cities like Barcelona, Madrid or even Seville. Get out there and enjoy the real Spain. And perhaps brush up on your Spanish too.