Among the myriad of dreamy vacation destinations to consider, Spain is a no brainer. With a diverse landscape, countless historic sites, and affordable airfare from the US, the Southern European country will delight you at every turn. Ahead, we highlight a few of the most inspiring cities to bookmark for your Spanish sojourn.
For The Bustling Spirit: Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist locales in the world -- and for good reason. From magnificent architecture to mouthwatering eats and a Mediterranean forecast, the sprawling city is a total gem. Don't miss La Sagrada Familia, Mercado De La Boqueria market on La Ramblas, and Gaudi's dazzling Parc Güell (pictured) for an iconic Instagram backdrop.
For The Art Aficionado: Madrid
Spain's capital is a stunning stop on the globe for oh-so-many reasons. Save an entire day (at least) to soak up world-class European art at the Prado museum, stroll through countless manicured parks -- El Retiro is a personal favorite -- and devour delicious paella for fuel.
For The Coastal Cruiser: San Sebastián
Sneak away to Northern Spain for a truly idyllic setting in San Sebastián. The picturesque resort town boasts beaches you'd read about in a novel -- read: Playa de la Concha -- Michelin-starred eateries, and must-see museums. Put the cherry topping on your stay with a visit to the peacocks at Parque de Cristina Enea
For The Mediterranean Muse: Ibiza
A short and cheap Ryanair flight away from the mainland, the breathtaking Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, and Formentera) surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea are a must go. Never mind its rep as a party destination, Ibiza will catch you off guard with its less expected, wind-down side. Rent a bike and cruise through the beautiful beaches on Formentera (spoiler alert: many of them are nude), shop colorful vintage boutiques in Old Town, or stroll through UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo de Eivissa, in between scoops of every gelato flavor you can imagine.