Interested to know more about a particular city in Spain?
I have tried to include every city one could possibly study abroad in and wants to know more about! However, if I am missing one that you are interested in learning more about, do let me know in the comments below. I will add it to the list as soon as possible.
If you have not heard of Madrid, then I am surprised! After all, Madrid is Spain’s capital city. Conveniently located in the center of the country, Madrid allows for fast and inexpensive transport throughout Spain and the rest of Europe. The close proximity to Segovia in the north and Toledo in the south, two very wonderful medieval cities, allows for quick and easy day trips. The population is 3.1 million people, making this the largest city in Spain in terms of population. There are a variety of universities situated in and around the city, allowing for a large international student community — therefore, you will not be lonely during your time here. Plus, with plenty of things to see or do, such as visiting museums or other sights of cultural heritage, shopping, and nightlife, there will never be a dull moment studying or visiting Madrid.
Located in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain. In Catalonia, the primary language spoken is Catalan. Do not worry, Spanish is also spoken, and even English is well-understood in more touristic areas. However, if you are particularly interested in learning more about Catalan culture and language, then I would recommend studying here. There are many museums throughout Barcelona city to enjoy, as well as many barrios to wander around and discover. There are several nightlife options available, from bars and pubs to nightclubs. The city of Barcelona is well-connected with an extensive metro, train, and bus system. And being that is a large city, you will be well-connected to the rest of Europe as well.
A great city if you are looking for somewhere more quaint than Madrid or Barcelona, but still has plenty to offer. The third-largest city in Spain, Valencia feels much more tight-knit. Located in the autonomous community of Valencia, the official language of this region is Valencian (a dialect of Catalan). The city has a beautiful mixture of modern and medieval architecture, as noted by the city’s cathedral in contrast to the contemporary architecture of the building of the City of Arts and Sciences. Traveling through Valencia is easily accessible using the metro or by bus.
Although Sevilla is the largest city in Andalusia, and the fourth-largest in Spain, you will feel quite a quaintness to this city. If you are in the very center, everything is pretty accessible by foot. There is also a nice tram system that connects you through the city’s center. In the Old Town barrio of Sevilla, there are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites alone, such as the Alcázar palace, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. If you are curious to learn more about Andalusian culture and history, this is your city. In the architecture alone, you can see Sevilla’s vast history.
Zaragoza makes up for more than fifty-percent of the Aragonese population, since this city is located in the Autonomous Community of Aragon. The city itself is famous for its folklore, local gastronomy, and various landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the Aljafería palace. La Seo and Aljafería palace make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as they are some of the most important Moorish buildings in northern Spain. The Fiestas del Pilar last for 9 days and the main day of celebration is 12 October; this is among the most celebrated festivals in Spain.
The second-most populous city in Andalusia, Malaga, sits on the Costa del Sol. The city’s climate allows for warm summers and mild winters. Malaga’s closeness to the sea allows for cool wind to be brought to the city during the summer months. Though, this also provides an expansive amount of beaches within close distance to escape the heat. The history of this city spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. There are archaeological remains and monuments from Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras, and this makes the historic center of the city much like an “open museum”, displaying a history of almost 3,000 years.
Bilbao is a city in northern Spain, most notably, the largest city in the Basque Country as a whole. Bilbao’s buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from gothic, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic and contemporary architecture. Bilbao has more than a dozen museums. These museums have helped Bilbao be named one of the world’s most creative cities. Some of the most famous museums in Bilbao have been Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which primarily displays contemporary art. Another important museum is the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, which houses a collection of fine Spanish and other European artworks. Bilbao is also home to the Basque Museum; this museum is unique in that it showcases Basque archaeology, ethnography, and history.