Dive deeper into your exploration of Spain with kimkim's handpicked activities. Uncover Barcelona's rich architectural history with a guided walk through neighborhoods influenced by Antoni Gaudí, or immerse yourself in Seville's vibrant flamenco culture. In Madrid, explore world-renowned art at the Museo Nacional del Prado, while in Valencia, enjoy a blend of architecture, wine, and tapas against panoramic city views. Check out our recommended activities in Barcelona, Seville, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao, and beyond for your upcoming Spain adventure.
Best Experiences in Spain
The Costa Brava is a scenic stretch of Catalonia's coastline, extending from the French border in the north to the town of Blanes in the south. Dotted with rugged coves, medieval villages, sandy beaches, vineyards, and the works of Salvador Dalí, many travelers flock to this picturesque region of Spain. Explore the countryside with yacht excursions, e-bike ventures, and kayaking trips, or visit beloved towns and cities like Girona, Cadaqués, and Figueres.
Many argue that Madrid is Spain's most cultural city, as its central location draws people, gastronomy, traditions, and customs from around the country. In Madrid, you can dive deep into Spain's history and culture with walking tours of its diverse neighborhoods, evenings experiencing its distinct tavern culture, and tastes of staples like jamón Ibérico and padrón peppers. Then, peruse the world-renowned Prado Museum, enjoy dinner in the world's oldest restaurant, learn all about Spanish royalty, or take a day trip to one of the nearby historic cities and villages.
Coastal San Sebastián sits in Spain's scenic north, in Basque Country. Known as a foodie hub, you can enjoy the city's culture with walking or e-bike tours and dive into the renowned gastronomy with a cooking class. Get out of the city to visit farms, vineyards, and some of Northern Spain's most popular walking trails within this coveted region of Europe.
One of the most popular white villages in Southern Spain, Ronda sits atop a dramatic cliff, providing stunning views of its surrounding countryside. You'll find a mix of relaxed vibes and exciting outdoor adventures in Ronda. Explore the Old Town, listen to Spanish guitar, and learn about ancient winemaking techniques while savoring a glass or two. Then head out into the countryside to climb the Via Ferrata or peruse charming villages.
Bilbao is known for gastronomy and the architecture of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum. Combine modern art with the city's world-renown culinary scene, impressive architecture, and quaint historic core. Discover Northern Spain's gastronomy by savoring pintxos, learning how to make wine, or taking a cooking class. Pair a visit to the Guggenheim with a city tour and admire architecture beyond the quirky. Or, explore outside the city center and enjoy the Picos de Europa, a mountain range that rivals the Alps.
Known as the "jewel of the Mediterranean," Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and offers a tropical-like coastline, chiseled mountain peaks, and a vibrant culture. Travelers flock to the island to combine relaxation with adventure. For example, enjoy a catamaran cruise while snorkeling in the Mediterranean, visit idyllic villages while hiking in the mountains, or explore caves while wine tasting. And when you need a break, dive into the island's unique and flavorful culinary scene or walk the streets of buzzy Palma.
Seville is Southern Spain's jewel and the capital of Andalucía. This historic city with the perfect mix of culture, architecture, and gastronomy, as it's the birthplace of flamenco and where tapas reign. Taste your way through Seville with cooking classes, wine tastings, and visits to tapas bars and olive farms. Then, dive deep into the local culture by learning about art restoration, touring historic sites like the Alcázar, and watching the beauty of the flamenco unfold before your eyes.
A bustling, vibrant city with deep Roman and medieval roots, Barcelona offers a little bit of everything. Discover a unique blend of architecture, from 20th-century modernism to avant-garde, while getting lost in buzzy market halls, wandering colorful gardens, and eating your way through the historic Gothic Quarter. Explore Gaudí's famous creations like the Sagrada Familia, spend a day at the beach, attend a Spanish guitar concert, or go wine tasting in the countryside.
As the final bastion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andulas) ruled by the Moors, Granada offers a unique mix of architecture paying homage to its many historical influences. The most famous site, of course, is the Alhambra, an imposing Muslim fortress from the 9th century used by the Nasrid Dynasty and as Spain's Royal Court. Besides stunning architecture, Granada also features a vibrant gastronomic scene, the country's beloved flamenco dance, and mountainous countryside.
A vibrant and modern port city, Valencia is Spain's third-largest metropolis. Valencia's most famous attraction is its City of Arts and Sciences, a futuristic building complex hosting a planetarium, oceanarium, interactive museum, and more. In addition, you'll find an idyllic Old Town, Albufera (a beloved wetlands reserve and park), and gorgeous stretches of sandy beaches. Plus, Valencia is home to one of Spain's most famous dishes: paella.