What to Do in Spain During Your First Visit?

Bilbao

The industrial port city of Bilbao has become famous for its modern and quirky architecture. Chief among the city's architectural delights is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which opened in 1997 and is home to a massive variety of modern and contemporary art. The unique design has become synonymous with Bilbao’s cultural landscape. Take a walk through Casco Viejo and the local food markets in the old quarter and enjoy some of the freshest fruit and vegetables the Basque country has to offer. The area is the perfect place to spend some time strolling around, immersing yourself in the city’s charming culture. For art and history lovers, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is also definitely worth paying a visit to.


Cordoba

In what is yet another gem of Andalusia, Cordoba is a truly charming city. Its main attraction is the Mezquita (Mosque of Cordoba) and it’s not hard to see why. This sight is Islamic architecture at its very best, hailing from a time when Cordoba was the capital of Islamic Spain. This is not the only thing Cordoba has to offer as the city is full of great places to eat and drink, and old buildings and narrow streets to explore. It’s easy to walk or bicycle ride around the Historic Centre of Cordoba or the Jewish Quarter and really feel the Spanish city's past and cultural heritage.


San Sebastian

In Spain's northern Basque Country you'll find San Sebastian, known for its sandy beaches and world-famous food scene. Take the cobbled stoned streets down to the popular La Concha Beach and have a dip in the crystal clear water or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that line the promenade. Visit the old town of Parte Vieja and be sure to visit the pintxo bars for the small snack food made with regional produce that San Sebastian’s culinary scene is known for. Walk to the top of Monte Urgull that was once used as a military fortress in the 12th century and soak up panoramic views of this Spanish gem.


Jaén

A diverse city that is somewhat overlooked by tourists, Jaén is a destination that has something for everyone. Think beautiful architecture, monuments, nearby mountains and olive groves surrounding the city. Jaén has some of the best olive oil to be found in Spain, which gives a great flavour to the traditional Andalusian dishes. The Castle of Santa Catalina is a great spot for sweeping views of the city. From the top you can not only see the city, but the surrounding olive groves and sweeping mountains too, giving a more accurate picture of everything Jaén has to offer. Other sights to visit include the Jaén Cathedral and the Centro Cultural Banos Arabes.


Pamplona

Spain's northern city of Pamplona is best known for hosting the Running with The Bulls festival (Feast of San Fermín) every July. Each year the city fills with people wanting to take part in the week-long celebrations that include parades, singing and the bull runs. But there's far more to the city than this one festival - Pamplona is home to excellent restaurant and bars with a number of interesting historic sites worth visiting. Within the medieval city walls you'll find grand cathedrals and churches that date back to the 14th century. Pamplona is also a well-known spot on the Camino Santiago pilgrimage walk.