Best Places to Visit in Northern Spain

Northern Spain is beautiful for any type of holiday, whether it be to relax in the mountains or travel around in the valleys.

Northern Spain Travel Guide

There is so much that Northern Spain has to offer, and boasts some of the best wine, food, and cultural regions in the whole of Europe.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Northern Spain.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao image1) Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

This fascinating masterpiece of architecture has had widespread success and can be classed as one of the best galleries in Spain and also throughout the world.

Taking part in some guided tours is simple and informative and the Museum is recommended for those who are interested in art.

The Guggenheim Museum is a must see place for all those on a Northern Spain trip.


Teatro Arriaga opera house in northern Spain image2) Teatro Arriaga Antzokia

The theater is built with an inspired French style and is over 300 years old.

Enjoying some entertainment is paramount to an enjoyable trip, and you will definitely have fun here.

This is a very old building with a history of the arts.  Currently used for a variety of artistic acts including opera.

With helpful staff and great performances during weekday and weekends, booking a ticket has never been easier.

The Arriaga Theater is located at Plaza Arriaga, 1.

The Teatro Arriaga is an opera house in Bilbao, Spain. It was built in Neo-baroque style by architect Joaquín Rucoba in 1890, the same architect that built the city hall. Wikipedia

3) Mercado de la Ribera

This beautiful market was founded in 1929 and can be found in the Old Town, giving it an extra bit of flair. Enjoying the great food on offer or simply go there for a traditional coffee and Spanish food, it is a must see place.

El Mercado de la Ribera es una plaza de mercado situada en Bilbao, capital de la provincia vasca de Vizcaya, en el norte de España.

4) San Sebastian

This beautiful coastal town will be a great trip for all the beach lovers. It is very well known among the Spanish and has some beautiful hotels, restaurants and shopping areas for you to spend your time.  Here is a place that you can be wined and dined and enjoy the beautiful scenery too.

Also be sure and see if your travel plans coincide with the internationally famous Sebastion Film Festival.

la rioja spain map image5) La Rioja

La Rioja has some of the best wineries in the region, and here is the perfect place for you to go wine tasting with friends.

Not only will you sample some great tasting wine but the area is beautiful and quaint. Home of hundreds of small wineries you can really make a trip of it, and visit many of them, whilst having a great time in this picturesque region.

Northern Spain can often be overlooked as a holiday destination, however this area is home to some of the most beautiful regions in the whole of Spain. Once you visit here you will want to return again and again. With the great weather, beautiful food and wine, there is something to do for everyone.

6) Cerdanya

Of course we can’t fail to mention Cerdanya, of which we have written extensively about on this site.