From world famous cities, to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, to island hopping... you could spend months travelling in Spain and still not see everything.

Here are some of top tips for the best backpacking destinations in Spain and the essential things you mut do when travelling here.


1. Explore the Islands

Spain has an amazing coastline which miles of white sandy beaches, there are also lots of islands you could visit.

Each island is different and offers different travel opportunities, you could party in Ibiza, enjoy a package holiday in Majorca or soak up the sun in sunny Gran Canaria which has a warm climate most of the year.

This is also the opportunity to see some of the best beaches in Spain, finding your favourite wil be a tough decision!

If you like the idea of working in Spain there are lots of summer and temporary seasonal-jobs-working-holidays available throughout the islands.


2. Discover Barcelona

La Sagra Familia

Visit Barcelona and explore one of the world's best cities.

There is so much to see and do here, you could relax on the beach, get lost in the historic back streets, watch a football game at the Nou Camp or go in search of history and culture.

Highlights include enjoying the nightlife in the tourist hotspot of La Rambla, see Gaudí's architecture which is spectacular, go to the theatre, see some of the worlds best art and museums or go see the old Olympic site.

For alternative options you could walk up Montjuïic which is s large hill and has great views at the top, wonder around the gothic quarter and take in some of the local food and drink or go hiking and see the mountain range of Montserrat.

Before arriving check some tips how to stay safe in Barcelona and also know this is one of the most expensive destinations in Europe. There are ways to keep costs down though, view some tips for visiting Barcelona on a budget.


3. Madrid

Madrid is easily connected by most international and European airports and for most of the year enjoys a warm climate.

There is a large shopping area, wonderful and cheap local markets, enjoy the diverse range of restaurants and nightspots, see the Royal Palace or get a picture of the ancient Arab Wall.

You could also go see one of the worlds great football teams - Real Madrid play football which is one of the local passions.

If you like the idea of learning Spanish in Spain there are lots of highly rated language schools located in Madrid. Classes can be booked all year round.


4. Plan Your Trip Around a Festival

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival

Spain has some of the best festivals in the world and they take place all year round.

Each is very different, most include entertainment, music, costumes and fun!

We highly recommend taking part in the tomato throwing festival whilst one of the best carnivals takes place every year in Tenerife.


5. Valencia

Valencia is a really great city to visit but often overlooked in favour of Madrid and Barcelona.

We recommend exploring the stunning Old Town which has pretty buildings and relaxing plazas, checking out the Port area, wondering and buying local goods in the Central Mercado and there is also a beach which is pretty good compared to most city beaches.

Valencia is one of the cheapest cities to visit when backpacking Europe, prices for hostels and hotels are much cheaper than Barcelona and Madrid.

You might not know you can also volunteer on community and conservation programs in Valencia, if this sounds appealing to you view volunteer programs in Spain.


6. Road Trip Andalusia

Granada, Spain

Andalusia is one of the top places to see in Europe and perfect if you are looking for a road trip.

Popular attractions in Andalusia include Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Malaga and Cadiz. You can discover really pretty cities and also go off the beaten track to see some of Europe's hidden gems.


7. Sierra Nevada Mountains

Sierra Nevada National Park

if you like outdoor adventures we recommend going to visit the Sierra Nevada Mountain region, in winter you can go skiing and in summer you could join a trekking or biking trip.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are located in the Almería province of Southern Spain and there are lots of trips and excursions here, if you love nature and conservation you will really enjoy visiting.

For winter ski and snowboard holidays not many places in Europe compare!


8. Pyrenees

This region of Spain is quite unexplored and doesn't get the amount of tourists it deserves.

Located on the France border there are spectacular mountains, pretty little towns and villages and lots of treks, trips and tours allowing you see to see more.

The Pyrenees is definately an area to visit to get off the beaten Spanish tourist trail, no beaches are in sight but you might be suprised to know there are great museums, festivals, UNESCO World Heritage architecture, quient markets and adventure sports.

In summer you could go hiking or skiing / snowboarding in the Pyrenees mountain range in winter.


Go Explore the Highlights of Spain

Whether you are looking to go backpacking or take a gap year in Spain there are so many amazing places to visit and tourist attractions to see.