Skip to main content
1-800-590-1161Help & contactEarn free travel
BlogDestinationsDiscover Spain from north to south

Discover Spain from north to south

Oct 31, 2017 by Laura Barber

From top to bottom, Spain is home to scenic vistas, vibrant flavors, and must-see sites. Whether the rugged mountains in the north or the glittering shores of its southern coasts are calling your name, here’s a roundup of what makes each region unique.

To the north



With both the Pyrenees and Cantabrian ranges, northern Spain offers some truly stunning landscapes. It’s here that the Picos de Europa rise into the sky. As one of the first views of Europe for mariners sailing across the Atlantic, these dramatic crags were given their name—meaning “peaks of Europe.”



Hailing from the Basque region, pintxos typically consist of a combination of fish, meats, cheeses, or peppers secured with a toothpick to a small slice of bread. It’s the toothpick that sets these bites apart from traditional tapas, as they take their name from the word pincho, or “spike.”

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Família

Though it’s been under construction since 1882, Gaudí’s masterfully designed church (and pièce de résistance) has earned its place as an icon of the city of Barcelona. It’s also here that the famous architect is buried.

To the south

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol

There’s a reason why this area of Spain is named after the sun—it sees an average of 300 clear days each year. When combined with miles of sandy beaches, this coastal region invites you to kick back and relax. Make your way down to the shore to dip your toes in the sea.



Famed for its contributions to Spanish cuisine, the city of Valencia has a rich gastronomic culture—modern day paella was developed here in the mid-19th century. Over the years, this fragrant and colorful seafood dish has not only become symbolic of the area, but of Spain itself.


The Alhambra

With its intricate design, bright mosaic tiling, and serene courtyards, this striking palace is a prime example of Moorish architecture—in 1984, it was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

North or south—which of these Spanish regions is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook.

About the author | Laura Barber
It all began on a school trip to London in 7th grade. Since that first jaunt across the pond, Laura has been hooked on all things travel (and British for that matter). When she's not at work using her words to help people find their own adventures, she can be found running 5ks, refining her cribbage game, or rewatching The Office for the 100th time.

Discover Spain on tour

Overview of Madrid Spain at sunset
Overview of Madrid Spain at sunsetOverview of Madrid Spain at sunset
A Week in Spain: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville
9 days | 12 days with Granada & Costa del Sol extension

4.8 out of 5 stars

View tour
View tour