Beyond Barcelona: 7 Spanish Destinations to Visit This Summer

Thanks again to Condé Nast for this summer sun advice.

Barcelona’s mayor wants to cap the number of tourists in the city. But that doesn’t mean you should cancel those plane tickets you bought—use the trip to check out these other Spanish spots instead.

1. Seville

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Why You Should Go: Seville is hot again thanks to a design-heavy renovation of its downtown. There’s great shopping, cool architecture (such as “The Mushrooms,” pictured here), and art galleries like the elegant white-on-white Delimbo.

Read More: The Rebirth of Historic Seville

2. San Sebastian

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Why You Should Go: Spain’s Basque country is beautiful, and its pinxto (tapas) bar scene guarantees your choice of incredible bites: beef cheeks, squid ink risotto, and suckling pig are just some of the local specialties.

Read More: 10 Can’t-Miss Pinxto Bars in San Sebastian

3. Segovia

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Why You Should Go: Spain’s Basque country is beautiful, and its pinxto (tapas) bar scene guarantees your choice of incredible bites: beef cheeks, squid ink risotto, and suckling pig are just some of the local specialties.

Read More: 10 Can’t-Miss Pinxto Bars in San Sebastian

4. San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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Why You Should Go: About an hour northwest of Madrid, nestled in the Guadarrama mountain range, is this UNESCO-listed small town chock full of gorgeous architecture, most notably the San Lorenzo de El Escorial library (pictured) and monastery.

Read More: 10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

5. Ibiza

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Why You Should Go: Although it gets a reputation for being full of club kids, locals know how to find pristine, quiet beaches, especially during the off season.

Read More: Ibiza for Grown-Ups

6. Navarra

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Why You Should Go: Its emerging food scene is beginning to rival those in Madrid and Barcelona. The food scene also quite vegetarian-friendly, with a focus on ingredients like beans, artichokes, lettuce hearts, and piquillo peppers.

Read More: Navarra, Spain’s Next Great Food Scene

7. Madrid

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Why You Should Go: Spain’s capital gets an undeserved reputation as Barcelona’s shyer, stodgier cousin. But the city is full of world-class art and green space, much of which (like Retiro Park, pictured here) is free to the public.

Read More: 10 Best Free Things to Do in Madrid

Ned’s tip: For the most sumptuous service in the city, you won’t do better than stay at Sir Nadhmi Auchi’s Hotel Miguel Angel in the Castellana district of Madrid

 

 

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