Spain's most picturesque destinations

Take a tour of some of the most beautiful places in Spain for some stunning views and perfect photo opportunities.

Destinations perfect for a "selfie" / Wikimedia commons
Destinations perfect for a "selfie" / Wikimedia commons
4 January 2021, Redaction

Which part of Spain is the most beautiful? This is a question that is almost impossible to answer, as Spain is a destination that is full of beautiful surprises! And while the country's main cities such as Madrid and Barcelona are among some of the most visited spots in Europe, Spain has plenty of other beautiful destinations to visit. And what better way to start 2021 than taking tour (either virtually or in person if you're lucky) of some of Spain's most picturesque destinations for stunning views and perfect photo opportunities. 

If you are one of those travellers who is always looking for the best landscape or the perfect setting for a couple's photo, then we have several suggestions of the most beautiful places in Spain to take hundreds of photos. Depending on the developing heath situation, 2021 could be the perfect chance visit some of the most "Instagrammable" places in Spain, and if travelling isn't an option, you can always experience these stunning destinations through the lens of others. 

Ronda, Andalusia

The stunning surroundings of Ronda / Wikimedia commons
The stunning surroundings of Ronda / Wikimedia commons

Ronda is a small town in Málaga, Andalusia whose main charm lies in its unique bridge which is known as "El Tajo" or "Puente Nuevo" (literally translated as the steep cliff and the new bridge). This spectacular structure, together with the quaint houses around it, overlook the ravine in a majestic way, with the impressive gorge sure to get you plenty of likes!

Ernest Hemingway once said about Ronda that "the whole city and its surroundings are a romantic setting" and such a good setting will fill up your photo album quickly. Don't miss the city's historic centre, mixture of cultures and its cobbled streets for a truly magical Ronda experience.

Take note of other spots in the city that must also pass through the lens of your camera: the "Casa del Gigante" (Giant's House), the Archaeological Museum, the "Iglesia del Espíritu Santo" (Church of the Holy Spirit) and the "Plaza de toros" (the Bullring), one of the oldest in Spain.

Cudillero, Asturias

The colourful view in Cudillero / pixabay.com/es/users/javieralamo-6344665/
The colourful view in Cudillero / pixabay.com/es/users/javieralamo-6344665/

Cudillero is an Asturian fishing village, built around a port and has houses situated on the cliffs, resembling the shape of an amphitheatre. Cudillero was voted the most beautiful coastal town in Spain in 2020, and if you're lucky enough to visit, you will see why.

Over time, the residents of this charming village have decorated the facades of the quaint houses with a range of different colours, making it a chromatic explosion that attracts thousands of visitors every year. These houses, which are right on the edge of the Cantabrian Sea, become fantastic viewpoints and the perfect spot to get your camera out.

Without a doubt, the best time to visit this picturesque village is in the low season - you will have a beautiful postcard view while enjoying a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. Finally, don't miss the old town, which has been declared a historic-artistic site!

Playa de la Concha, San Sebastián

La Concha beach in all its glory / Wikimedia commons
La Concha beach in all its glory / Wikimedia commons

"La Playa de la Concha" (La Concha beach) surprises both natives and visitors on a daily basis for several reasons: its golden sand, turquoise water and spectacular walking routes. And we are not the only ones who think this, as Tripadvisor users consider it the best beach in Europe, while Playa de la Concha also takes the title of the sixth best beach in the world. Enjoy the stunning promenade and take hundreds of pictures of the golden sand; and if you want to get the perfect shot, then we recommend heading to the beach for sunset. 

This stunning beach isn't the only picturesque sight you have to visit in San Sebastián. Make sure to visit "el Peine del Viento" (a collection of statues called the Comb of the Wind), Chillida's most famous work, and the rougher the sea in the Bay of Biscay. Mount Igueldo with its wooden funicular is also a top spot to visit and is perfect for travelling with children, as there is a play area where they can play while you enjoy the view of La Concha Bay and Santa Clara Island. And after all this sightseeing, finish  your trip by enjoying a trip to San Sebastián's "pintxeo" (the tapas scene): head straight to "lo viejo", which is what the locals call the old town.

Setenil de las Bodegas, Andalusia

Setenil de las Bodegas is one of Spain's famous "white villages" / Wikimedia commons
Setenil de las Bodegas is one of Spain's famous "white villages" / Wikimedia commons

If you are planning a trip to the south of Spain in 2021 and want some peace and quiet, then your best option is the "Pueblos Blancos" (white villages) route. Among this collection of traditional small towns, you can find natural wonders such as this charming village, Setenil de las Bodegas. Setenil de las Bodegas is a villae with only 500 inhabitants in the province of Cadiz and the most unique thing about this townn is that many of its residents live inside a rock. 

In Setenil de las Bodegas you will not just find the odd "cave-house": there are whole streets integrated into impressive rocks, so we perhaps it would be more appropriate to talk about "cave streets". Every corner of this village which will truly leave you speechless, including the Nazarí Fortress from the 13th century, the Alcazaba area, the old Town Hall and the tower or the house of the "Damita de Setenil".

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