Spain has a heap of beautiful cities, beaches, sea, sun and sangria that remain unknown to most people. You probably have heard about Madrid and Barcelona, but there are lots of amazing cities you don’t know that are in Spain. This article contains a list the major cities in Spain according to their size and population. Get also to discover some of the amazing things you probably dint know about cities in Spain by reading this article.
If you have been wondering which cities are in Spain or you are curious how many cities are there and their population, this article will prove very useful. Keep reading to discover the amazing cities in Spain.
Madrid is the capital city of Spain and the largest city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan city with a population of more than 3.5 million inhabitants. In fact it is the largest city in the European Union.
Madrid has modern infrastructure and still preserves its many of its historic streets and look which is a beautiful blend of the traditional and the modern. The city boasts of a rich culture and history which all begins with the remains of the old Arabian wall. An old wall which is said to be erected by Arabians many years ago but still stands strong in Madrid City.
Mardrid has one of the most passionate people when it comes to football. At times it is even referred as the ‘capital’ for the European soccer. Two of its most known teams are the Real Mardrid and Atletico de Mardrid which are well known rivals of each other in the game.
2. Barcelona City
Barcelona is the second most populous city in Spain. With a huge population of about 1.6 million city inhabitants. Barcelona City is built on a coastal plain with the rivers of Llobregat and Besos running through it.
The city of Barcelona a leading cultural, economic and trade fair center. It commenced greatly in the fields of entertainment education tourism and financial growth. In 2009 the city was even named as best city brand and best and fastest growth cities for business and investment.
Infrastructure in Barcelona is among the best in the country. It provides an excellent case of study for urban development. The city boasts of having a green infrastructure biodiversity plan that will ensure that the city creates an urban infrastructure that will not only preserve the existing natural resources but also preserve the natural heritage of the people in Barcelona.
Planning to watch football in Barcelona is one of the best thing you can do on your leisure. Barcelona has two dominant football teams (FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol) and lots of pubs and stadiums for watching football from.
3. Valencia City
Thinking of going on a vacation in Spain? If yes, this is for you. Valencia City is a major tourist attraction in Spain due to its beautiful beaches and hot summer climate.
This city has a population of about 800,000 inhabitants making it the third largest city in Spain. It has fantastic beaches and sun, cool for tourism and holidays. Valencia City is a combination of the traditional and the modern which is evident from the medieval castles to art deco buildings and new nice cool beaches. If thinking to travel to Valencia here are some of the cool things that you might find.
- Central squares
This are usually cool shaded squares in Spain which gives a suitable escape from the hot summer sun. The most beautiful square is the Plaza de La Rein which is also translated in English as a the Queens square.
- Valencia Cathedral
Valencia City is one city that is full of surprises. One of the controversies which are yet to be proved true is that Valencia cathedral holds one of the cups used by Jesus during the Last Supper. Well, we can’t justify the claims, but I still believe it’s still worth of seeing some of this historical items used in the past.
- Central market
The central market in Valencia is one of the best markets when you feel you need to look for food. I believe, especially for visitors, no one would love to loiter around hungry in search of food in a new place. Valencia’s central market provides one of the best solutions when it comes to fruit vegetables and fish meal.
- Valencia beaches
Valencia holds one for the best if not the best beaches in Valencia. One of the best decisions you can make for you summer holiday is to visit the beaches in Valencia. Some of the local beaches include playa el saler and playa de pinedo.
Seville (also known as Sevilla in Spanish) is a city in the southern region. The city has a population of about 700,000 which makes it the fourth largest city in Spain. The city is well known for its flamenco dancing and landmarks such as Alcázar castle. The beautiful architecture and cultural aspect in the town proves that Seville is indeed the artistic cultural and financial capital of southern Spain. The city has a big university which is very popular for students willing to study abroad.
Seville has a good if not one of the best transport systems a city would have. Cars and buses are frequently seen crossing the city, but one good thing about the city is the low congestion unlike in other cities. This has been made possible by the use of bikes by many residents which has made the city to be named as a cycling city. In fact about 62.14 miles have been constructed only for bike cyclers, giving the bike riders a reason to smile while enjoying and have fun in the city by bike riding. Bike riding in the city has seen Seville city make great strides in reducing congestion and pollution caused by the cars while in traffic jam.
Seville City is built on a rich cultural background. Museums such as Museo de Bella Artes, archeology museum and Museo de carruajes gives tourists more than an enough reason to tour the city and enjoy its rich cultural heritage.
Zaragoza is a city in Northeast Spain with a population of more than 665,000 inhabitants. Zaragoza is the fifth largest city in Spain. The city has a continental Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cold winters. The city too, has its own fair share of architecture and culture. The cathedral basilica of our lady of the pillar is a major iconic symbol among many others in the town.
Zaragoza holds one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Spain and in the world. Zaragoza University is an old university that has a huge treasure of the past architectural design in the City of Zaragoza. It is also famous for students from abroad who wish to study in Spain.
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6. Malaga City
This is a city that is located in one of the states in Spain known as Malaga. The city has a population of more than 560,000 residents which makes it to be the sixth largest city in Spain. The City of Malaga is surrounded by mountains and the Guadalmedina river and Guadahorce river making it to be refereed as the valley of rivers.
Malaga has a rich cultural background and history which dates back in the Greek, Roman and Arab times. The city Centre has more than enough places that show the rich architecture of the old times and monuments of the times. Malaga City is one that you can travel spend hours there, travel back again and never get bored.
Malaga City portrays complete infrastructure which ranges from the railways and highways connecting the city to the other major cities in the country. This has however not hindered the use of renewable transport modes such as bicycles, a common transport mode in Spain. This has made great efforts in discouraging the ‘car culture’ and promoting decongestion in the city.
Malaga City is home to Malaga football club and also hosts the La Rosaleda Stadium.
Murcia is a city in South-eastern Spain and the seventh largest city in Spain . The city has a population of more than 440,000 inhabitants and a metropolitan area with more than 680,000 inhabitants. Murcia has semi hot semi-arid climate with mild winters and hot summers. The city has a beautiful buildings from the old Murcia town as well as iconic architectural sites.
An major iconic symbol at the city is the Murcia Cathedral and the Santa Maria cathedral. Santa Maria Cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in the town which dates as far as in the 1300. Despite its age the cathedral is still beautiful and there is lot of history to be learnt from the building. Murcia cathedral on the other hand has eye catching architectural style that dates back tpo the 17th and 18th century. The two cathedrals, due to their age are considered to hold a lot of history for the town.
8. Palma de Mallorca
Palma is a city located in Balearic Islands in Spain. The city is the largest and the capital city in the Balearic Islands. Palma City is said to have been established by the Romans during their rule in the city around the 11th century. Over the years Palma has experienced continuous growth and development and thus playing a huge role in the economy of the country.
Just like Valencia, Palma is another great city when it comes to tourism. This is due to the excellent temperatures in islands throughout the year. One of its attractive sites is the Cathedral and the Plazor Mayor. The city has one of the most beautiful monuments and island landscape that have seen an influx of tourist year in year out during the summer periods. It also has good connection of air and sea lines which connect people there with the rest of the country and the world. Palma is a well-known destination of sea vessels from European countries such as France Germany and Italy.
9. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas is the capital city and most populous city in Gran Canaria islands. Las palmas is a populous city with more than 380,000 inhabitants. The city is said to have been founded in the 1400 during the times of Canarian Governement.
Due to its strategic location Las Palmas is a has a big port that receives ships from major ports in the world. Visitors are mainly seen from all over Europe and America. Tourism is one of the economic activities that has made great impacts for growth of the city.
Las Palmas has a very good infrastructure the common transport vessels being ferries and which sail people to and from the city.
Bilbao is the largest city in northern Spain. The city is ranked to be the tenth largest city in Spain. The city has a population of more than 340,000 inhabitants and a populous metropolitan area of about a million people. This makes it one of the most metropolitan areas in Spain and in Europe at large. The city has a great infrastructural projects that has always seen it grow to a spectacular urban and economic center for northern Spain. The city has a rich cultural and architectural design sounded with landscape forests making it one of the best tourist’s destination in Northern Spain.
With its many museums and a wide range of cultural activities for the tourists, Bilbao gives whole different perspective of art and cultural richness. Some of the museums that you can find in Bilbao include Basque Museum, Bilbao Maritime Museum, and Bullfighting Museum.
Bilbao is also the home to the famous Atletico Bilbao football club.
Other cities in Spain
- Alicante - 332,067
- Córdoba - 328,041
- Valladolid - 306,830
- Vigo - 294,997
- Gijón - 275,735
- L'Hospitalet de Llobregat - 253,518
- A Coruña - 244,810
- Vitoria-Gasteiz - 242,082
- Granada - 237,540
- Elche - 230,224
- Oviedo - 223,765
- Badalona - 217,210
- Cartagena - 216,451
- Terrassa - 215,517
- Jerez de la Frontera - 212,226
- Sabadell - 207,444
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 206,593
- Móstoles - 205,712
- Alcalá de Henares - 200,768
- Pamplona - 196,166
- Fuenlabrada - 195,864
- Almería Andalusia - 193,351
- Leganés - 186,696
- Donostia-San Sebastián - 186,126
- Burgos- 177,776
- Santander - 175,736
- Castellón - 173,841
- Getafe - 173,057
- Albacete - 172,487
- Alcorcón - 170,336
- Logroño - 151,962
- San Cristóbal de La Laguna - 151,718
- Badajoz - 150,517
- Salamanca - 148,042
- Huelva - 147,212
- Lleida - 139,176
- Marbella - 138,679
- Tarragona - 132,199
- León - 129,551
- Cádiz - 121,739
Did you know?
It is in Spain that there are the most UNESCO sites in the world?
Now with the list of Spanish cities, I believe you are now set to do decide which city to travel to if you intended to and also well informed if you were just looking for information about cities in the country.
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