Spain is a beautiful country. When I traveled there in early 2017, it felt like every day I would come across something that would leave me going wow wow wow and I don’t ever have to leave, right?
I was constantly taking pictures, even though I feel like none of them truly do justice to what I saw. Still, if you are headed to Spain any time in the future, and you get the chance, definitely try to check out these great, photo-ready spots.
Since my trip focused mainly on Madrid and southern Spain, that’s where these photographs are from. I’m sure there is even more beautiful scenery to be discovered in northern Spain, and I can’t wait to explore that area someday. For now, I’ll just have to look back on my photos, and hope that they inspire you to add some of these places to your travel wish list!
1. This view overlooking Segovia
Segovia is a delightful town about an hour northwest of Madrid. As you walk along the main street leading from the Aqueduct to Plaza Mayor, there’s this little area where you can look out over the tops of all the buildings and see the mountains and hills off in the distance.
What I liked about this was that I wasn’t even looking for a scenic place to take a picture. I just rounded a bend in the road and there it was.
Unfortunately, I got sick while I was in Segovia and spent a lot of time in bed. I’m hoping that I will be able to go back there someday so I can really explore the town more and see all that it has to offer.
2. Overlooking Granada from the Alhambra
The Alhambra itself is a beautiful complex that anyone who visits Granada should definitely pay a visit to. From its vantage point at the top of the hill it also offers some spectacular views of Granada sprawled out below.
With the wind blowing and the dark clouds in the distance, everything felt so dramatic. Like maybe I was on some kind of important mission or waiting to have a clandestine meeting with my secret lover. You know, your normal travel fantasies.
3. San Nicolas Viewpoint in Granada
Another beautiful sight in Granada. I made my way up to the San Nicolas viewpoint on my birthday. That building that looks like a castle in the distance is the Alhambra, and off to the left, out of the frame, snow-capped mountains loomed in the distance. It was a sunny Saturday, and the wall lining the viewpoint was lined with people enjoying the scenery and each other.
I have had worse birthdays.
4. The Balcony of Europe, Nerja
Another of Spain’s best views can be found in Nerja, a town on the Costa del Sol. This town is probably most well-known for its “Balcony of Europe,” an area that sticks out over the water and is home to some amazing panoramic ocean views.
I’ve always loved the ocean. I find being near the sea calms me down and forces me to be present. Standing on the Balcony, gazing out at the horizon, I remembered just how small I am in the universe. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded.
5. Overlooking the gorge in Ronda
Oh, Ronda. I love you so. When I decided to go to Spain, I knew I had to go to Ronda. I saw a picture once of the views and I immediately knew that I had to go.
(Full disclosure: The picture that originally inspired me was a Microsoft lock screen photo. So, thanks, guys!)
The views over the side of the cliffs in Ronda are truly inspiring. It’s no wonder that literary figures like Hemingway took a liking to this town in the hills of Andalusia. Everything about it begs for long afternoons spent outside, sipping café con leche and writing.
6. The valley below Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera is another white hill town in Andalusia. I loved exploring the white-washed streets and watching the birds fly below as I peered over the edge of this overlook across from the Church of Santa Maria
If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend stopping in Arcos, even if just for a day. I mean, do you see these views?? I think they speak for themselves.
7. Looking down at Seville from the Giralda Bell Tower
The Giralda Bell Tower in Sevilla offers amazing 360-degree views of the city. That is, of course, if you can handle hiking up 35 flights of ramps to get to the top. I might have been gasping for breath a little by the time I got there.
By law, nothing in Sevilla is supposed to be taller than the bell tower. That being said, check out that skyscraper in the distance. That’s the Sevilla Tower, and because it’s not technically within the limits of downtown, it was able to be built regardless. From what I understand, a lot of people aren’t happy about it, and to be honest I can’t say I blame them.
Still, the views are amazing. And it’s kind of fun to look down and see everything looking so small.
If you ever go to Spain, I hope you’ll check out some of these places for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
Where do you think the best views in Spain are?