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How many cities are in Spain?

How many cities are in Spain?

Spain is a country with many great places and locations you can travel to. There are multiple great cities that have something for everyone. But the question of this blog post is how many cities are there in Spain? The answer is not that easy to say, because it depends on what you count as a city, but multiple sources give the number of 760 cities. In this blog post, we will tell you more about some of the best of these cities and tell you how to define a city.

Defining "City" in Spain

Before we dive deeper is some of Spain’s cities it is important to understand what makes a city a city. In Spain the term city is Ciudad and you can call something a city when it has been granted a city status by the government. This status is often based on different types of aspects such as population size, economic significance, historical importance, and administrative function.

The Role of Cities in Spanish Culture

Cities play a central role in the Spanish culture and society. It serves as a hub where many people can come together and cities also serve as a type of culture and they boost innovation. They are places where many people come together to work, live, and socialize to contribute to the dynamic life in Spain. In addition to the economic and social significance cities in Spain have, cities are also important for history, art, and architecture. Many cities have UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic landmarks, and really famous museums and galleries.


Big Cities in Spain

As said before Spain is home to many cities all with their personality, history, and attractions. Some of the biggest cities in Spain are:


Madrid is the capital city and also the largest city in Spain. Madrid is known for its rich cultural heritage and also has many world-class museums. But Madrid is also famous for its great Nightlife.


Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of Spain and is arguably the best city Spain has. Barcelona is famous for its beautiful architecture, great beaches and its art scene.


Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia and is also a very popular city in Spain. Sevilla is famous for their festivals, historical places, and last but not least traditional flamenco music and dance.


Valencia, situated on the Mediterranean coast is also part of the top 4 cities in Spain. Valencia has many futuristic architecture and great cuisine. Paella originated in Valencia. Another big event in Valencia is their festival called Fallas.


Granada is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Granada is known for its stunning Alhambra Palace and Moorish architecture.


Bilbao is part of the Basque Country in the north of Spain. The biggest attraction in Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum. Other things this city is well known for are its culinary delights and street art.


Malaga is a beautiful coastal city on the Costa del Sol. Many people love Malaga for its beaches, historic landmarks, art, and culture.

Hidden gem cities in Spain

Now that we have discussed the major cities in Spain that most people are already aware of it is time to talk about the hidden gems of the cities in Spain. The first city is called Salamanca. This city is located in Castile and León. It has a long history and it is home to one of Europe’s oldest universities founded in the 13th century. The historic center of Salamanca has magnificent architecture and is worth a visit. Also, you have got Plaza Mayor with the breathtaking Cathedral of Salamanca. The second city worth mentioning is Cuenca. This city is right on top of high cliffs giving it a very cool look. The city is located in the Castilla-La Mancha region. The city is known for its beautiful landscapes and charm. The city’s most famous attraction is the Casas Coldagas. This is a series of 15th-century buildings that are located right on the edges of the cliffs. The last hidden gem is Segovia. This city is known for its Roman aqueduct and its castle. The historic center of Segovia is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site making it an absolute treasure for lovers of architecture.