14 Photos to Make You Fall in Love with Spain

14 Photos to Make You Fall in Love with Spain

From beaches to mountains to forests, Spain’s beauty is incredibly versatile. If you have yet to visit this fascinating country, I strongly encourage you to do so. I’ve collaborated with some fellow bloggers to bring you over a dozen photos that will entice you to pack your bags and come discover for yourself the magic of Spain. There’s a good reason why I and several of the bloggers featured here call it our second home!

Cádiz

Photo of Vejer de la Frontera, a white village of Cádiz

“The town of Vejer de la Frontera is one of the unique, whitewashed villages located in the Cádiz province of Andalusia. The architecture dates back to the Moorish rule and the Strait of Gibraltar is visible from the top! Every Easter Sunday you can catch a running of the bulls where the entire town is out on the streets to celebrate.” – Layne from Where Is Layne

San Sebastián

Photo of San Sebastian, Basque Country

San Sebastián is the foodie capital of Spain.  It has more Michelin starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world.  You can work off some of those delicious calories hiking to spots with great views of the water.  Lastly, I can’t forget to mention the popular La Concha Beach, located walking distance from the city center.  It is easy to see why San Sebastián was named the European Capital of Culture in 2016.” – Anisa from Two Traveling Texans. Keep up with Anisa’s adventures on Instagram and Facebook

Barcelona

Photo of The Old Port of Barcelona

“The Old Port of Barcelona (Port Vell) is the perfect location for a walk in sunny weather. If the weather is not so favorable you can simply take a stroll through Maremàgnum mall. The Old Port also has a marina and several stunning old buildings.” – Nina from Lemons and Luggage. Follow Nina on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo of Plaça Reial in Barcelona

“Just off of Las Ramblas and a perfect jumping-off point for exploring the Gothic Quarter, Plaça Reial in Barcelona seems like something out of a dream. I absolutely fell in love with the beautiful square and all of its palm trees, and spent way more time there than I probably should have!” – Addie from Addie Abroad. Follow Addie on Instagram and Twitter

Photo of Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona

This is in my opinion one of the most underrated spots in Barcelona. That fountain looks like nothing else I’ve ever seen, and especially when the sky is on fire like that, the view is just unparalleled!” – Jessica from Ready. Jess. Go. Follow Jess on Instagram.
Photo of the Magic Fountain in Barcelona

The magic fountain is one of my favourite places in Barcelona. The fountain show is free to watch and is a colourful display partnered with light and music. What’s more, the National Art Museum of Catalonia provides a beautiful backdrop! The name is right…the fountain is just magical!” – Rachael from Everywhere & Back. Keep up with Rachael’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Córdoba

Photo of Cordoba in springtime

Cordoba is one of the most interesting places to visit in Spain, the centrepiece being its beautiful Cathedral/Mosque built after the Moors invaded in 711. Today it has been converted back to a Catholic Church but it still retains its Moorish origins and architecture.

The town itself is like a walk through history with many historic eras represented, from Roman ruins to medieval waterwheels and of course the stunning white buildings Spain is known for. My favourite part, however, was the Three Cultures, based on a time when the three main religious cultures, Christians, Jews and Muslims studied, worked and lived together in peace.” – Michele from Legging It. Follow Michele’s travels on Facebook and Instagram

Click here for more info about what to see, do, and eat in Cordoba!

Extremadura

Sierra de Gata in Extremadura

“I spent 21 days happily roaming around Spain by camper van one autumn. I had an absolutely wonderful time getting off the beaten track in the tiny villages in Extremadura. In these rural areas it wasn’t uncommon to be the only tourist and you could pretty much bank on no English being spoken. But that was fine by me. In rudimentary Spanish I made myself understood when I had to. The locals always cheerfully waved to me even though you could tell they were intrigued by me taking photos in the back streets of their tiny towns.

One afternoon in Torre de Don Miguel, a tiny speck on the map nestled in the province of Cáceres in Extremadura, I needed to buy an onion to help me cook that night’s dinner in the camper van. I pushed through the door into this minuscule grocers shop, with huge slabs of cured Iberian meat hanging from hooks from the ceiling, and picked up one onion. The grocer was so amused by me that he wouldn’t accept payment!

Extremadura is blessed by mountains, sleepy villages and views that go on for miles and miles. Step away from the bustling cities of Spain and discover what rural Spain has to offer.” – Meg from MeanderWithMeg. Follow Meg on Facebook and Instagram.

Trujillo, Extremadura

Trujillo’s castle rises above the peaceful old town on a hill, offering unparalleled views of sunrise and sunset. Mountains stretch out in the distance beyond a sea of reddish roofs atop yellowy beige stone and brick buildings. On the other side, cows roam in verdant pastures. This is the perfect vantage point to observe small town life in Spain.” – Alison from Up&AtEm Travel. Follow Alison on Instagram and Twitter

Málaga

Júzcar in Málaga

“Winding down mountainous roads near Ronda you can discover a little hidden gem of a town called Júzcar. It’s a bizarre place where for the release of the Smurfs film in 2011, Sony painted all the buildings this bold shade of blue. There’s not too much to do here, but honestly it’s a fun little stop off for a road trip to stretch your legs and have a quick photo shoot. The sky for me was a steady shade of grey, but I expect the usual Andalusian backdrop of azure is much more impressive, as if the buildings might blend right into the sky.” Follow Frankie on Instagram.

Seville

The Alcázar of Seville

“Spain, Seville to be exact, was a whirlwind of surprises for me. On my first Europe trip I missed it, so on my second excursion I backpacked only Portugal and Spain. Not knowing what to expect, Seville quickly became one of my favourite spots, in particular the royal Alcázar of Seville. With its beautiful Moorish architecture as well as being the setting for Game of Thrones, it is easy to see why I found it so attractive.” – Becca from Bee Wanderlust. Keep up with Becca on Instagram and Facebook.  

Granada

The Alhambra of Granada

I’ve visited the Alhambra twice and both times it’s rained (I must be jinxed considering how little it rains in Granada!). The first time, however, we stayed just long enough to see the clouds clear and the sun come out to shine its extraordinary light on the Jardines del Partal. Every inch of the Alhambra is magnificent, but this spot is undoubtedly my favourite.” – Me :) 

Nestled in the mountainous Alpujarra region of southern Spain are the white villages, or pueblos blancos. There are dozens of villages within hiking distance of one another, each with its own character. We found these vibrant handwoven rugs in the village of Pampaneira when we visited in 2015. To this day, I am adamant that I must return to buy one!” – Me, again

Visiting Granada? My destination guide contains everything you need to know!

Almería

Garrucha, Almería is a gorgeous beach town

“The small town of Garrucha had once been a leader in the trade of cooper, silver, iron, and lead. Now, however, it is known for the small fishing fleet and amazing seafood you can find at local supermarkets. Garrucha is located on the coast of Almería, just between the town of Vera and the city of Mojácar. Garrucha and Vera are connected by the paseo marítimo de Vera, which is a path that follows along the waterfront. Whenever I am in Garrucha I always enjoy going for runs while the sun is rising over the beach. This particular morning the sunrise was especially colourful and some of the fishermen had already begun their long day they had ahead of them.” Follow Lindsey on Instagram.

These photos will make you want to pack your bags and head to Spain!

Are you wishing you were in Spain yet?! As you can see, this country has so much to offer not just in landscape but in culture. Photos are great for piquing your interest, but the best way to see Spain, like any place on Earth, is to experience it for yourself.

A special thank you goes out to all the bloggers who contributed their lovely photos and stories. This post is among my favourites I’ve ever created and it’s all because of you!

One last thing: if you liked this post, don’t forget to pin it, tweet it, and share it!

29 Comments

  1. Reply

    Justine

    March 15, 2017

    Lovely post! It definitely made me fall in love in Spain! I’ve been to Barcelona and it’s a beautiful city, but your post made me want to go everywhere else in Spain. If you ever make a part two you should definitely add Park Guella and the La Sagrada, those are my favorite spots in the city!

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      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      I am definitely planning on doing a second part! I’m heading up to the north of Spain this summer so I’ll have lots of great photos. Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia are AMAZING!

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    Vrithi Pushkar

    March 15, 2017

    Amazing pictures and amazing destinations! It did make me fall in love with Spain. It is on our bucket list. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Vrithi Pushkar
    http://www.epicuriouspassport.com

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      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      Thank you, Vrithi! I’m glad this post gave you some inspiration :)

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    Nina

    March 15, 2017

    Great pictures everyone! So happy to be a part of this project. :)

    • Reply

      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      Thanks, Nina! So fun to work with you.

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    divebelle

    March 15, 2017

    Gorgeous photos! I have not been to Spain yet, but I will one day! I would like to dive the Canary Islands :) I will have to look out for some of these places once I make it over there

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      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      Oh, diving in the Canaries would be a dream! I’m going there later this month but I’m not certified, so I’ll probably just do some snorkeling ;)

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    suzie

    March 15, 2017

    You’re right! I’m in love!! Thank you for this article!!

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      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      Thank you for reading, Suzie! :)

  6. Reply

    Any Place But Home

    March 15, 2017

    Great post and photography. I spent all my childhood holidays in Almeria as my friends family had a villa there. Would love to go back again now.

    • Reply

      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      That sounds lovely! I am heading to Almeria next month for the first time. Can’t wait!

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    Anisa

    March 16, 2017

    Thanks for including me! I love this post. Reminds me of how much I still need to explore in Spain – the list is growing faster than I can check it off.

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      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      Thank YOU for contributing, Anisa! I know what you mean. There’s just so much to see and life is so short.

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    Liz

    March 16, 2017

    Totally agree with your post, I love Spain! Been there 3 times and definitely want to come back)

    • Reply

      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      You can never get enough of Spain!

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    Erica Coffman

    March 16, 2017

    Oh Spain! Such a dream! I’m heading there next spring for my honeymoon and CAN’T WAIT!

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      Ivana

      March 17, 2017

      Ahh that’s so exciting! Congratulations! Where in Spain are you going?

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    Nofar Gluzman

    March 25, 2017

    Wow, these pictures make me want to hop on a plane right away! I’ve only been to Barcelona and Madrid, but now I need to go back to Spain and explore more of that gorgeous country.

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      Ivana

      April 18, 2017

      You definitely should! Madrid and Barcelona are great, but there’s so much more to see in other parts of the country.

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    Lisa // Fjords & Beaches

    March 25, 2017

    I’m so sad to say I haven’t been to any of these places! Spain is so beautiful, and I NEED to get my mainland fix of it! Heading to Moraira in September, can’t wait! :)

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      Ivana

      April 18, 2017

      Moraira should be amazing! That part of Spain is really beautiful. I’m sure you will have tons of great Fjords & Beaches photos from that trip ;)

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    Migrating Miss

    March 26, 2017

    This made me miss Spain so much! I just left there after living in the south for a year. I haven’t been to all of these places but most of them and they’re all so beautiful!

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      Ivana

      April 18, 2017

      Where in Spain were you living? The south is so gorgeous, isn’t it?

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    Meg

    April 5, 2017

    Beautiful photos! There’s so much to see and do in Spain to suit every travelling style and budget. Makes me want to plan my next trip!

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      Ivana

      April 18, 2017

      It’s so true! Spain has something to offer just about everyone.

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    thesweatergiraffe

    May 12, 2017

    I was just in Madrid for a couple of days and my only regret was that I didn’t get to see more of this beautiful country! Lovely post. :)

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      Ivana

      May 13, 2017

      Madrid is one of my favourite cities I’ve ever visited! There’s just so much to see in Spain. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Therie

    May 24, 2017

    Oh Alhambra looks so charming! So photogenic!

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