Backpacking in Spain has long been a popular pursuit. It’s a fantastic way to explore the country without having to hire a car – you just keep everything you need on your back.
In this article we suggest a few places that you can enjoy during your backpacking holiday, although of course these destinations should really be on every travellers’ list! You may also enjoy our article about visiting Spain on a budget.
Backpacking in Spain: The destinations
This is often appreciated as one of the most scenic cities in Spain and is located in the southwestern area of the country.
It is a few hours away from Madrid and that distance can easily be covered with a train. This is why visitors from around the nation come to visit Seville and soak in the beautiful locale for all that it has to offer. This includes the gorgeous landmarks and monuments.
It is situated in Andalucia and is appreciated because of its beautiful sights.
When a person spends time in this city, it is normal to want to soak in the different landmarks including the architecture of the Real Alcazar or the Cathedral. It is also common for tourists to want to spend time at the Plaza de Espana.
You also get to enjoy some of the finest food in Seville.
It is common for people to also appreciate the art and culture in the region including dance. Flamenco dancers are heralded in Plaza de Espana and will often create a breathtaking show that displays this art form at its finest.
Granada is one of the more unique cities in the nation and very popular with people backpacking in Spain. It is also Spain Buddy’s favourite of all Spanish cities visited so far. It has a very special vibe that people love. It is well known for the Alhambra palace, which overlooks the city and is of course a tourist must and should be seen in person. Tours are available during the day and at night.
This palace has exceptional stature and it stands out right away, dominating the city skyline. It is dripping in history and culture while demonstrating the type of heritage that is impossible to find in other parts of the world. This is where the grandeur begins to woo you.
When you are in Spain, you will want to take a train out to Granada for a few days. It is only a few hours away from Seville.
There are numerous historic monuments in the area and you also get to see architecture in different ways when spending time enjoying these backpacking cities. This is what makes them all-encompassing and breathtaking.
Bilbao is world-class and offers a wonderful selection of sights and experiences. The city is heralded for its architecture and is home to the beautiful Guggenheim Museum. This museum was built during the late 1990s and has been appreciated ever since for how beautiful it looks.
Bilbao also has exceptional food, which is never a bad thing when you are in town. You will get to eat in some of the world’s finest restaurants and they are spread throughout the city. This appeals to tourists and locals alike.
San Sebastian is a city that has to be seen at least once in your life in order to truly appreciate how beautiful it is. The sights are gorgeous and you are going to be mesmerized by them. This is due to the beautiful blend of Spanish streets and sunny beaches, which give you a little bit of everything.
You will want to spend time soaking in the architecture and sitting on the sandy beaches just looking at the gorgeous water in front of you. It is something that is an experience unlike anything else. You will love the sunny days and lovely sights all around you.
You will also get to enjoy landmarks such as the Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro or the Palacio de Miramar.
If you are going to motivational views, you are going to like everything the Paseo de la Concha promenade has to offer.
Salamanca is one of those gorgeous locales that will take your breath away.
It starts with the Plaza Mayor, which has some of the most intriguing and motivating architecture from the 18th century. You can sit near and just observe this beautiful sight in all of its glory. You will also want to spend time at the Catedral Vieja de Santa Maria de la Sede de Salamanca and Catedral Nueva.
There is a charm to this city that is unique and something you will hopefully but surely enjoy.
Wherever your backpacking in Spain adventures may take you, please conduct yourselves safely and ensure that you are covered with international health insurance for peace of mind while you travel.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.