Sun, culture and lots of good food: Spain has more than enough to offer. Holidaymakers also have the choice of numerous cities where they can relax completely. But what are the largest cities you can find in Spain? You can read that in these top 10 largest cities in Spain. Check intershippingrates for list of Europe’s largest cities.
10. Bilbao – 350,000 inhabitants
All the way in the north of Spain you will find the town of Bilbao. This place is the capital of the province of Biscay and you can recognize it by the beautiful river that flows through the city: the Nervión. Bilbao is a popular destination because it is on the route to Santiago de Compostela. Many pilgrims therefore visit Bilbao to rest during their long walking tour. Moreover, there is a lot of modern art in the city. This is partly because a Guggenheim Museum has been established in Bilbao .
9. Las Palmas – 380,000 inhabitants
This Spanish city is not on the mainland. You will find Las Palmas on one of the Canary Islands: Gran Canaria. Las Palmas has a rich history, as the city was founded in the fifteenth century. It was even visited at that time by Christopher Columbus, who was on his way to America for the first time. That is why you can visit the Columbus House in Las Palmas, as a reminder of this special event. The center of the city contains many other historic buildings, but you can also relax at the beach of Las Palmas.
8. Palma de Mallorca – 405,000 inhabitants
This large city can also be found on a Spanish island. As the name implies, this place is located on the island of Majorca, which is located east of Spain. Already in the year 120 BC there were Romans in this place. It is therefore not surprising that the city center is dotted with historic buildings and old monuments. Think of a cathedral that dates back to the third century and a palace that belongs to the Spanish royal family.
7. Murcia – 440,000 inhabitants
Because a king lived in Murcia in the thirteenth century, this Spanish city quickly became an important center. As a result, Murcia is still one of the largest cities you will find in Spain today. The place is located in the southeast of the country and has a beautiful historic center. In addition, Murcia is also known for its many orchards in the area.
6. Málaga – 570,000 inhabitants
Málaga is located in the heart of the tourist area in Spain: the Costa del Sol. This strip of the coast of Spain is known for its warm weather, pleasant beaches and cozy cities. Málaga also has a beautiful beach where you can completely relax after a long day in the city. Over the years, the city has come into the hands of different peoples, such as the Moors, Romans and Carthaginians. So you will find buildings in all kinds of historical styles in the center of the city.
5. Zaragoza – 675,000 inhabitants
You will find the Spanish city of Zaragoza on the river Ebro. The environment of this place is very versatile, as the valley around Zaragoza has forests, mountains and even deserts. The nickname of this city is “the unknown”. That’s because very few people visit Zaragoza, while the center is filled with beautiful sights. Historic bridges, ancient buildings and even a ninth century palace can all be admired here. That makes a visit to this city worthwhile for culture and nature lovers.
4. Seville – 700,000 inhabitants
While Zaragoza is relatively unknown, Seville is perhaps one of the most famous cities Spain has to offer. It is the capital of the Andalusia region, which is one of the most touristic regions in the country. The historic center in Seville is so large that it is one of the largest historic centers in Europe. There is more than enough to experience here. Think of a visit to the cathedral or admire the palace of the city. These two buildings are both on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
3. Valencia – 800,000 inhabitants
Valencia is located in the east of Spain and is also directly on the Mediterranean Sea. One of the reasons this city has become famous is that it is the birthplace of paella. This typical Spanish dish was first created and perfected in Valencia. The city has a very modern side, but as in many cities in Spain, the historical side predominates. Old buildings from the Middle Ages and important Moorish buildings can all be found in the center. Yet there are also several impressive buildings from modern times to admire in Valencia.
2. Barcelona – 1,600,000 inhabitants
The capital of Catalonia is a very popular tourist destination. That is not without reason, because Barcelona has everything you could wish for in a Spanish city. The city is located by the sea, but there is also beautiful art to admire. Of course Gaudí’s buildings are the most famous sights in Barcelona. Consider, for example, the Sagrada Família, the church that is still incomplete today. The Park Güell is also a popular destination for people visiting the city. From this park you have a beautiful view over Barcelona.
1. Madrid – 3,250,000 inhabitants
It only makes sense that the capital of Spain is also the largest city in the country. With no fewer than three million inhabitants, Madrid is clearly number one. This city is located in the middle of Spain and is therefore literally the heart of the country. Here you will also find a number of important buildings, such as the royal palace, the Puerta del Sol and the Puerta de Alcálá. Art lovers are also in the right place here, as Madrid has three major international museums that are filled with masterpieces by famous artists.