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These Are the Top 5 Destinations to Visit in Spain According to New Report

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With so many notable travel spots scattered throughout Spain, it’s difficult to narrow down your travels to just one or two places. There’s so much to see and do and so many small towns lesser-known to most travelers.  While popular spots such as Madrid and Barcelona are on many people’s travel itineraries, there are also many underrated places too that are often explored by the locals. What better way to plan a trip around the country than to do as the locals do? The country of Spain offers so much more than just its fabulous beaches and cities. Cultural experiences, expat towns, delicious cuisines, and historical destinations, there’s something for everyone around the country.

Holiday rental experts ‘Spain-Holiday’ has made the decision easier for travelers. They’ve partnered with holiday rental portal ‘Holidu’ to bring you the best destinations to visit across the country: according to the Spanish themselves! Who better to decide where you go next than the locals who do all the traveling throughout the year?! The data found is based on where the Spanish like to visit within their own country- the perfect resource for us adventurers looking for new places to see!


It’s no wonder this seafront location is the most googled location by locals. Along the Costa Del Sol, this beautiful area is surrounded by mountains and ocean on all sides. Located in the Andalusian region of Spain, Nerja’s center is lined with tiled flooring and palm trees. With many beaches to choose from, it’s also the perfect spot for the adventurous- particularly those who enjoy dabbling in water sports.


Another seafront location takes the top spot! Also along the Costa Del Sol, Benalmadena is popular with locals and visitors who enjoy all things ocean.  Home to an array of beaches and Tivoli World theme park, it’s an ideal place to explore for families with children. With an abundance of marine life in the surrounding oceans, the town also houses the Benalmadena Aquarium.


Perhaps a more visited spot, Marbella is on most people’s lists as they backpack through Spain. Home to the Sierra Blanca Mountains, this city is picturesque in every sense of the word. The coast is lined with blue waters and impressive yachts, luxury boutiques and delicious restaurants. The seafood in this area is a must-try for visitors. From Seville, it’s a little under 3 hours to explore the vibrant beach city.


Close to Marbella, why not make a day trip out of it and visit yet another popular spot? Locals flock to Malaga during the summer months, due in part to its beautiful beaches. The home city of famous artist Pablo Picasso, Malaga is world-renowned for its art culture, housing some of Spain’s most popular art museums. The city is certainly the place for art enthusiasts, with so much to do and see here. Malaga is rich in history too, and offers the best of both worlds with its historical past enclosed by beautiful beaches. Close to Cadiz, a road trip along the coast is easy to achieve. 


The only destination in the top 5 not in Andalusia! Located on the Eastern Coast of Spain in the region of Valencia, Benidorm is most visited by locals and British expats. Benidorm has come a long way from being a fishing village until the 1960s. Now a buzzing nightlife haven, the seaside resort draws travelers of all ages. With 2 beaches and lively promenades, there’s always something to do in Benidorm. Very close to Valencia, it’s pretty easy to travel here for a day trip or long weekend!