It’s never easy to plan a detailed itinerary for a trip around Spain, that’s why we decided to put together our personalized Spanish bucket list. A guide which will help you to plan your next trip abroad, chasing the sun of the Spanish Coast, or roaming through the green meadow of Castilla and La Mancha. Why don’t you go exploring paella in Valencia or just sipping nice wine and sangria?
After living in Malaga for more than six months, we had the opportunity to explore this beautiful land. We discovered hidden gems which are worth including in your Spain bucket list guide.
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SPAIN BUCKET LIST
EXPERIENCES IN SPAIN TO DO ONCE IN YOUR LIFE
- Admire Gaudi’s artwork in Barcelona
- Stroll around Retiro Park in Madrid
- Visit “Las Casas Colgadas” in Cuenca
- Experience feria de toro de San Fermin in Pamplona
- Visit Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
- See the Roman aqueduct in Segovia
- Walkthrough the arches in the Mosque of Cordoba
- Hike down the cliff in Ronda
- Visit the famous Alhambra in Granada
- Get involved in a party in Ibiza
- Snowboard in the Sierra Nevada
- Kitesurfing in Tarifa
- Rent a boat in Plaza de España in Seville
- Watch an FC Barcelona match in Camp Nou
- Admire the stunning architecture in Zaragoza
- Experience Caminito del Rey in Malaga
- Enjoy the view from Bunker del Carmel
- Eat the typical Paella Valenciana
- Have fun during “La Tomatina” in Bunol
- Experience the different cultures of Toledo
- Visit Valencia during Las Fallas
- Visit Alcazar gardens in Seville
- Enjoy the beautiful coastline of Malaga
- Eat the delicious tapas in Granada
- Start your day with a traditional Spanish breakfast
- Visit the white village of Mijas
- Eat the famous churros with chocolate
- Like in the desert, visit Maspalomas Dunes in Canary Island
- Cross the border walking trough Gibraltar
- Eat Pintxos in San Sebastian
- Spend Easter in Seville
- See a flamenco show in Andalusia
- Experience the Camino de Santiago
- Walkthrough Picasso’s footsteps in Malaga
- Cabarceno Natural Park in Cantabria
- Catedrais Beach in Galicia
- “ La Ciudad Encantada” in Cuenca
- Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica
- Doñana National Park
- Beach of the dead/Playa de los muertos in Almería
- Merida Roman Theatre
40 + Experiences in Spain to put in your Spanish bucket list
If you really want to explore this beautiful country called Spain, you are in the right place. Our Spain bucket list will help you to discover the hidden gems, the cultural places and even the funniest things to do in Spain. Our experience in Spain was absolutely great, in fact, we have ticked off the below list from our Spanish bucket list. Believe it or not, it’s actually true. We spent 6 months travelling around the Iberian country, and are still seeking new adventures in this part of the world.
Admire Gaudi’s artwork in Barcelona
We all know that Barcelona is famous as Gaudi’s home. Here you can admire Gaudi’s best masterpieces like the famous Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and more. Barcelona is not only the city of fun but it’s a lot more. You will be amazed by the stunning architecture around the city.
Stroll around Retiro Park in Madrid
There is nothing better than enjoying a lovely walk around Retiro Park, one of the most important landmarks in Madrid. Here locals and tourists love spending most of their time, especially during spring break in Madrid.
While walking around Retiro Park, remember to visit the Crystal Palace inside this public park, it is a stunning building, completely made by glass, often hosting art collections.
Visit “Las Casas Colgadas” in Cuenca
If you haven’t heard about Cuenca before that’s the right time to discover this lovely town in the middle of Spain. Located close to Madrid, just an hour driving, Cuenca is a little gem of Spain worth visiting.
Believe it or not, this is a UNESCO World Heritage site, in fact, this structure is called “Casas Colgadas” and is protected.
What is it? It’s a series of houses built inside the rock, overhanging. It’s something that you don’t see every day and that’s why you need to insert Cuenca in your Spain bucket list.
READ MORE ABOUT CUENCA | Top things to do in Cuenca Spain
Experience feria de toro de San Fermin in Pamplona
Let’s start by saying, this is something that we couldn’t expect to see. In the Spanish culture la Feria de Toro de San Fermin” is something very important. It might appear dangerous, that’s true, and we agree with you, but everyone has its own cultures and we need to respect it.
La feria de Toro de San Fermin in Pamplona starts from the 6th July until the 14th of the month. Locals honour the city’s first patron Saint and bishop, Saint Fermin. The well-known part of this festival is the running of the bulls where those strong animals are used in daily bullfights and run through the street of the town. There are other events associated with this festival like the religious celebration on the 7th, parades, various parties and spontaneous fiestas. The festival ends on the 14th of July as mentioned before, with the singing of “Old Poor me” (Pobre de Mi) typical of Navarre, this Region of Spain, close to the French Border.
Visit Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
Not so far from Pamplona, there is the most famous Bilbao. This is just another place to put in your Spanish bucket list, visiting the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Designed by Frank Gehry, this museum is home to modern and contemporary art. With its innovative design and spectacular structure, it is perfectly integrated within Bilbao’s urban design and surrounding area.
If you are planning a trip to Bilbao, this museum is a must-see during your Spanish itinerary.
TICKETS | You can book your tickets here and save time.
See the Roman aqueduct in Segovia
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Walkthrough the arches in the Mosque of Cordoba
Did ever happen to you to see a picture on your Instagram and said: “Oh, I want to visit this place.”
So many times happened to us, especially to me as I am the one loving Instagram and TikTok. By the way, check our accounts! When we did our famous road trip to Andalusia we weren’t sure if Cordoba would be worth visiting. After searching a bit, I forced Toti to change destination and head towards Cordoba. It was the best decision ever.
While this city is a bit far from the central locations in Andalusia, it is worth all the fatigue to reach it. Cordoba is amazing and the famous Mosque-Cathedral needs to be in your Spain bucket list. This stunning structure is considered one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture. With its details and gorgeous design, Cordoba will be one of your favourite places in Spain and the most instagrammable spot ever.
TICKETS | You can book your guided tour here.
Hike down the cliff in Ronda
Ronda was a surprise for us. When we moved to Malaga last year we decided to explore every single gem around us. Ronda is located close to Malaga, just an hour away driving. This old fashioned city is one of the favourite touristy attractions in Spain, thanks to its picturesque and historic view over the valley and the reminiscence of the Roman Empire.
You can easily plan a day trip from Malaga to Ronda and be able to experience this gorgeous place in Andalusia. This city is seen as the most important of the Pueblos Blancos of Andalucia. A series of picturesque little towns, with houses and buildings completely white and colourful flowers to adorn it. Check some of the best day trips from Malaga.
TOURS | Half-day tours from Malaga
Visit the famous Alhambra in Granada
One of the must-see things in Spain is the famous Alhambra in Granada. For sure the first thing that will come up in your mind when thinking about Granada is the famous Alhambra.
If you really want to have the chance to visit the Moorish residence, you should book your ticket in advance. Check the dates and secure your visit.
We had to fight to find two tickets as we didn’t expect to be sold out. It was sold out for two months in advance. If you don’t have the chance to visit the Alcazaba of Granada, don’t worry there are plenty of opportunities to see the fortress from outside and experience a bit of Moorish culture around the bazaar of Granada.
Get involved in a party in Ibiza
If you have an Ibiza bucket list, for sure on the top of it there is to experience a party on this beautiful island. It’s one of the first things that comes to everyone’s mind. Ibiza is famous for its party and nightlife and it’s something that everyone should experience at least once.
You really want to have an unforgettable time. Think about a crazy afternoon Ibiza boat party. You will remember this trip forever, just following the good vibes and the amazing sound vibrations.
Snowboard in the Sierra Nevada
An incredible experience to do in Spain is snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada which is a mountain range located in the province of Granada. Around the area, there are so many ski resorts, pick your next one. It’s an alternative thing to do in Spain and not many people take into consideration snowboarding or skiing in the Sierra Nevada.
You don’t need to be a professional as you will learn once you will be there. I personally have been once when I was young and I couldn’ remember what to do. Once we arrived we forgot about everything and we just had fun. (Yes, we did fall down a couple of times but we had the most amazing time)
Kitesurfing in Tarifa
Tarifa wasn’t on our Spain bucket list but thanks to our GPS we got lost and ended up in this beautiful place called Tarifa. Located in the very south of Andalucia, Tarifa is mainly known as one of the world’s most famous destinations for wind sports. Not only that, on a clear day you can spot the coast of Morocco on the other side. Yes, Tarifa is the nearest point of the European Continent with Africa. Nearby Tarifa there is Algecesir, where are departing the ferries to reach Tanger in Morocco.
MORE ABOUT TARIFA | Things to know about Kitesurfing in Tarifa
Rent a boat in Plaza de España in Seville
In your Spain bucket list can’t be missed the beautiful experience of Plaza de Espana in Seville. One of the most amazing things we have done while in Seville was renting a boat and strolling around the huge square, rowing in the canals. We had so much fun while exploring Plaza de España from a different angle. It is not costing a lot, just 10 euro for a romantic itinerary in the canals.
Watch an FC Barcelona match in Camp Nou
If you want to feel the real essence of a football match, you have to watch Barcelona playing in the Camp Nou.
Toti is a huge fan of Barca, after Naples of course, and he didn’t want to leave Barcelona without making one of his dreams come true.
I personally support Real Madrid but to make him happy, we booked two tickets and we had the most amazing experience!
If you don’t have enough time or there are no matches during your visit you can still book a tour of the stadium here.
We highly recommend you to do it as it’s an incredible experience to do if you are in Spain.
Admire the stunning architecture in Zaragoza
Spain is beautiful, everybody knows, but what makes this country unique it’s the architecture of some iconic places. Some of that, like in Zaragoza will surprise you. We saw so many beautiful monuments with different styles, making one big beautiful picture of a city in continuous renewing.
The stunning Palacio de la Aljafería, Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar and Casa Solans will be the main places to visit and see how gorgeous the architecture is.
Experience Caminito del Rey in Malaga
Ah, Malaga! I can still feel the good vibes of this wonderful city.
When we first visited Malaga we heard a lot about Caminito del Rey and that’s why we decided to give it a go-to this new adventure.
If you want to have a thrilling experience in Malaga you have to book your tickets for the famous Caminito del Rey. You will get some incredible views which can’t be missed if you are visiting Malaga. It is basically a path which extends for 55 Kilometres, near the small village of El Chorro. Below your feet a hidden valley.
The rock which is about 100 metres high is over 100 years old and often associated with the name of “The King’s Little Pathway”. The Caminito del Rey is seen as the most dangerous walkway in the country, but no less, it’s a unique experience to place into your Spain bucket list.
Enjoy the view from Bunker del Carmel
One of the most spectacular views in Barcelona is from Bunker del Carmel. It’s one of the best viewpoints in the city where tourists and locals gather in front of a lovely sunset. Take a bottle of wine with you, some friends and enjoy Barcelona. We see the bunker, del Carmel, also as a romantic spot in Barcelona. This was used as a bunker, and now is the latest discovered gem of the capital of Catalan Region.
MORE ABOUT BARCELONA | Barcelona hidden gems
Eat the typical Paella Valenciana
Only in Spain, especially in Valencia, you can taste the typical and most amazing Paella ever. If you don’t try the typical Paella Valenciana is like going to Italy and don’t eat Pasta or Pizza.
The famous Paella Valenciana is considered the tastiest one in the whole country, it is where it was born and became famous. So save some space in your stomach and treat yourself with this delicious dish in Valencia. We did a full itinerary of Valencia in 2 days where you can enjoy the traditional dishes.
WHERE TO EAT PAELLA SUGGESTIONS BY LOCALS | Restaurant Arroceria Ca Merche | Mas Blayet | Restaurant El Forcat
Have fun during “La Tomatina” in Buñol
Not so far from Valencia, going inland, there is a little town that is becoming even more lively in August. La Tomatina is a festival held in Buñol every year in the summertime in which all the participants get involved in a tomato fight. It’s a really fun and unique experience, something to try if you are around Valencia during that time.
In Spain, there is always time for a party. You will always find something new to do and to try. After our trip to Sri Lanka, we spent a couple of days strolling around Madrid, Cuenca and Valencia. We were on time for this amazon festival and we decided to go. It was one of the funniest things ever.
MORE ABOUT VALENCIA | Most instagrammable places in Valencia
Experience the different cultures of Toledo
The beautiful city of Toledo, located close to Madrid is known as the city of three cultures.
Toledo has a cultural tapestry formed over the past millennium by the peace and struggles of Arabs, Christians and Jews. If you get the chance to visit this lovely city you will see how the streets of Toledo are a collection of religions and cultures, all mixed into one extraordinary purpose.
Visit Valencia during Las Fallas
“Las Fallas” is a big festival held in Valencia which thanks to its importance has been put into the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage of humanity list.
The festival is taking place every year in March and the entire city becomes an outdoor art gallery with a never-ending party.
What does “Las Fallas” mean? The term Falles (in Spanish Fallas) refers to the celebration and the artefacts burnt during the celebration.
Even if you are visiting Valencia at the beginning of March you will feel the vibes of the upcoming celebration of Las Fallas. The festival lasts 5 days from the 15th until the 19th of March. It’s a really unique experience to put into your Spain bucket list as you will end up loving it.
MORE ABOUT VALENCIA | Things to do in Valencia in 2 days
Visit Alcazar gardens in Seville
If you know us a little bit, you know that Seville is one of our favourite cities in Spain.
There are so many things that you can see and do in Seville but the Alcazar gardens are something really special.
Our last-minute tickets to the Alcazar of Seville were worth paying. The Alcazar itself is stunning with the amazing architecture but the gardens are something even more unique.
We found so many beautiful photography spots in those gardens and we encourage you to visit them.
Spend Easter in Seville
Semana Santa (Easter) in Seville is one of the most iconic celebrations as the week leading up to Easter is the perfect time to plan a trip to Seville.
Easter in Spain is completely different from our traditions and if you really want to experience something different in Spain you should add to your Spain bucket list the famous Semana Santa in Seville.
From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday around the streets of Seville it takes place the processions as a tribute to the Passion of Jesus Christ. You will see immense statues portraying the various images of the Passion of Christ. This is what makes Semana Santa in Seville so particular and special.
TOURS | Alcazar guided tour
Enjoy the beautiful coastline of Malaga
Keeping ourselves in the loop of beautiful Andalusia, let’s fly together on the coast. Malaga is known for its beautiful beaches which can’t be missed. If you are planning a proper Spanish bucket list the gorgeous coastline of Malaga needs to be on it. Starting from the city centre main beach “La Malagueta” and continuing to the east and west coast.
When we moved to Malaga we found an apartment close to the airport which was ideal for us. The best part of this house was not only the airport close by, but also the two minutes walk from the beach. Which made our stay lovely.
I mean, even my mum was super happy when she came to visit us.
Malaga is like this! You will find a beautiful and historic city centre with the main attractions and a beach to escape when you are exhausted from sightseeing.
Visit the white village of Mijas
Thanks to our time in Malaga, we had the opportunity to explore the cute white village of Mijas.
Hidden on the side of a mountain, the white village of Mijas offers a breathtaking view of Costa del Sol.
As you might know, Spain has a lot of beautiful white villages, like Ronda, this is another town in the group of “Pueblos Blancos” of Andalusia. In the Andalucia region, the most popular is Mijas which is situated in the hills behind Fuengirola. You can easily reach Mijas from Malaga by bus and in this way, you won’t miss this incredible experience in Spain.
TIPS | If the sky is clear you might be able to see the shape of Morocco’s coastline.
Eat the delicious tapas in Granada
One of the most unique experiences in Spain is to taste the delicious tapas in Granada. Our tapas tour in Granada was planned by my Spanish best friend as she knew all the best places where to eat.
I must say that all the Spanish food is delicious but those couple of tapas bars in Granada made our trip unforgettable
TAPAS BAR IN GRANADA | Los Manueles (best croquetas ever) | Bar Provincias (best seafood tapas)
Start your day with a traditional Spanish breakfast
As Italian, we are used to our morning coffee and a chocolate croissant, “plain when on diet”. In Spain, the typical breakfast is not sweet like we thought! Spanish people start their breakfast with a cortado and a tasty “tostada.” Tostada is a typical piece of bread that you can modify as you wish. The tastier one is with the local Jamon Serrano (Spanish Ham) and olive oil. It’s a paradise especially when the ham is good and fresh. Be like a local and you will see that your time in Spain will be memorable.
Eat the famous churros with chocolate
One of the things to try in Spain is the delicious and yummy churros! It’s not ideal if you are on a diet but when it comes to Spain no one follows good practices anymore. The churros with chocolate are really famous around Spain and you have to try it. This delicious fried-dough pastry is perfect for the middle day snack.
Like in the desert, visit Maspalomas Dunes in Canary Island
The first trip for our anniversary was to the beautiful canary islands where we had the most amazing time. You can understand what this trip has meant to us, by reading our about us page. We drove all around Gran Canaria from the north to the south where we explored the dunes of Maspalomas. Considered a nature reserve since 1987, Maspalomas dunes is one of those experiences you must have in Spain.
TIPS | If you are visiting Maspalomas dunes and you want to reach the beach, bear in mind that it’s a nudist beach.
See a flamenco show in Andalusia
You can’t leave the beautiful Andalusia region without seeing a flamenco show. It’s like leaving Milan without seeing the Duomo. Very common in Andalusia and Murcia, flamenco is a really popular dance and sometimes you will find people around Spanish’s streets playing and dancing.
Cross the border walking trough Gibraltar
Last-minute plans are always the best. While organizing our road trip in Andalusia we decided to cross the border from Spain to Gibraltar. It was a strange feeling to see the difference from one side to the other.
After the passport control, we felt like we were back in the UK. It’s something that you don’t do every day. If you have the opportunity or you are planning a road trip around Andalucia, keep in mind this little Great Britain Overseas territory. Cross the border by foot and explore Gibraltar in one day.
Experiences in Spain | Spanish bucket list
Eat Pintxos in San Sebastian
What are those pintxos? It’s a meal in miniature which usually is served on a piece of bread. San Sebastian is the city that invited those Pintxos and you have to try them. All Spanish food is delicious. Every time that there is some new dish that we haven’t tried yet, we are always up for it.
BEST PLACES TO EAT PINTXOS | Boda Berri | Ganbara | Gandarias
Experience the Camino de Santiago
For sure you’ve heard about Camino de Santiago or known as the Way of St. James. It’s the famous pilgrimages heading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Grande in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in Galicia.
It’s something that you have to do at least once in your life as the emotions, the spiritual growth and the experience will change yourself.
Walkthrough Picasso’s footsteps in Malaga
When thinking about Malaga you would associate this city to the famous painter Pablo Picasso. If you are planning a trip to Malaga you will see so many things about Picasso like the museum or the statue located in Plaza de la Merced.
TICKETS | Picasso Museum
Cabarceno Natural Park in Cantabria
Cabárceno Natural Park is a nature conservation area located in the town of Cabarceno, which is 17 kilometres south from Santander. The natural park is a naturalized space home to a hundred species of animals living in semi-free conditions. It’s something that you don’t see every day and if you have the chance you should consider visiting.
The Park is ideal if you are travelling around Spain with kids but even if you are alone and want to explore more.
Catedrais Beach in Galicia
Exploring a place, with tips by a local friend, your life will be easier than usual. Sometimes we only visit what the common guide and itinerary say. Try to find hidden gems by ourselves getting lost in the narrow streets. Thanks to our time spent in Spain with our friends, we discovered places that we haven’t heard about before.
Praia das Catedrais is one of the best-kept gems of Galicia. Known as the Beach of the Holy Waters, this sandy place is a true natural monument which needs to be on your Spain bucket list. Its name comes from the formations of the cliffs that surround the shores of this particular beach in Northern/West Spain.
Due to the overcrowded tourism, which will impact heavily on the natural place, the authorities are limiting the visitors passes. You have to reserve your spot here. It’s totally free but you still have to book in advance.
“La Ciudad Encantada” in Cuenca
We couldn’t leave Cuenca without visiting the famous Ciudad Encantada or better known as Enchanted city. Located in the heart of the Natural Park of Cuenca, the Enchanted City is a geological site home to a collection of rock formations that have been modelled by the forces of nature. In fact, thanks to the actions that the water, ice and wind cause, today you will be able to experience and see this geological phenomenon.
It’s, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular places in Cuenca, a little town just one hour away from Madrid. Take the chance to see a part of Spain often out of the popular guide, admire those magical formations, a surprising way to know this country much better.
READ MORE | Best things to do in Cuenca Spain
Picasso’s Masterpiece | Guernica
We spoke already about Picasso before in this post, but it was in Malaga and now it’s time to fly to Madrid, the capital city of Spain. When I was in high school, Picasso was one of my favourite painters. You can imagine my face when I saw for the first time the “Guernica” in front of me. Located in Madrid in the beautiful scenario of the Reina Sofia Museum, Picasso’s masterpiece can’t be missed.
With its controversial interpretation and dramatic art, this huge painting is the testimony to the horror that the Spanish Civil War was causing. If Madrid is on your itinerary, don’t forget to put in your list the beautiful Reina Sofia Museum.
Doñana National Park
Stepping back in Andalucia for another natural beautiful place. Doñana National Park is a natural reserve located in the amazing region of Flamenco and beaches, to be accurate in the provinces of Huelva, Seville and Cadiz.
With its unique biodiversity is today a UNESCO World Heritage Centre worth visiting. The Natural reserve is known for its great diversity of its lagoons, dunes, biotopes and the many bird species.
Beach of the dead/Playa de Los Muertos in Almería
Playa de Los Muertos or Beach of the dead is a vast beach extending over a kilometre along the Mediterranean Sea. Protected by the coastal mountains this beach is one of the most beautiful Andalusian beaches in Spain. It’s actually true! We never saw something similar before.
Why is it called the Beach of the dead? Because in the past many sailors were washed away during the storms and reached the shores of this beach due to the strong currents.
But today it’s one of the most beautiful beaches ever and it needs to be on your Spanish bucket list.
TIPS | Don’t forget your snorkelling kit as you don’t want to miss what’s under the water.
Merida Roman Theatre
Last but not least in your Spain bucket list is the most famous landmarks in Spain. The Roman Theatre of Merida is a Spanish cultural icon which you have to visit.
The Theatre and the amphitheatre are part of the archaeological site of Merida which was declared in 1993 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It was built under the patronage of Agrippa, Augustus son in law, between the 16 and 15 BC and today is considered one of the best places to visit in Spain, over more than just an ancient sign of the Roman Empire in the Iberian Country.
What’s in your Spanish bucket list?
Those are our personal and favourite experiences in Spain to do at least once in your life. Spain is beautiful and every time that we are going back we are always happy to discover new things.