Traveling by yourself in Spain can be an exciting and rewarding experience. The country’s infrastructure is first-rate, and the weather is warm throughout the year. Spain is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, meaning you can easily meet other solo travelers.
While Madrid and Barcelona are popular destinations, we’ve dug a little deeper to find beautiful, culture-rich areas of Spain that you’ll love as a first-time solo traveler.
Seville is a must-visit. It’s a southern city in Spain and the capital of Andalusia. If you love genuinely experiencing the cultures of other places, Seville is overflowing. It’s the home of flamenco, bullfighting, tapas, fiestas, and the Holy Week processions (Semana Santa). If you’re more into historical sites, one of its most famous features is its church—the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Another popular yet awe-inspiring attraction is the UNESCO-listed Réal Alcazar palace, built in the Moorish era. When you visit Seville, you’ll be surprised by how colorful it is, with ceramic tiling everywhere. If you have the time, venture a bit outside of the city to Italica. It’s the birthplace of two Roman emperors and has remarkably well-preserved ruins from its Roman colonial days. Nearly 25,000 people could fit in Seville’s colosseum during its glory days.
Valencia is also one of the Mediterranean’s most underrated destinations. The city is right on the coast and has several sandy beaches like the golden sands of Malvarrosa beach. You can go swimming in the pristine ocean or sit back and soak in the sights all day.
Valencia is a vibrant city, but its defining feature is its architecture. It has many old buildings mixed with spectacular futuristic designs, which you can see for yourself in the City of Arts and Science buildings. The old Barrio del Carmen neighborhood has charming streets and a fantastic cathedral (and gardens) nearby for you to explore.
The modern Silk Exchange building is opposite Valencia’s legendary central market, where you can get everything from food to treats. We recommend trying Paella, a classic Spanish rice dish and the signature food of Valencia. And if you’re looking for a unique experience, definitely try the Admiral’s Baths. These historic public bathhouses are remnants of 14th-century Valencia under Muslim rule. And they are also the only ones of their kind left in this seaside city.
Islas Canarias (Canary Islands)
Spain’s Canary Islands are an archipelago of seven large and several smaller islands. Locals call them “the Islands of Eternal Spring” for their warm climate year-round. This makes them an excellent choice for a sunny winter break.
The islands sit off the coast of the Northern African country of Morocco. They have two capital cities on the largest islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These cities offer a completely different experience to mainland Spain with their volcanic landscapes and Latin-influenced culture.
Gran Canaria is arguably the best for solo travelers to avoid the mass tourism resorts on the south coast. Tourists often refer to Gran Canaria as a “mini continent” for its diversity of landscapes, making it an excellent place for travelers who like active adventures. A must-do for first-time solo travelers is riding the cable car to the top of Teide, Spain’s highest volcano and the third-highest volcanic structure in the world. And if you finish sightseeing on one island, you can easily island-hop between all of the islands for a memorable vacation.
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There are plenty of places in Spain to visit while traveling solo. This country is overflowing with diverse cultures and a plethora of activities to do and sights to see.
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