Spain is made up of 17 regions as shown in the map. These autonomous regions are further divided into 50 provinces.
(For a city map with essential Spanish tourism resources, see our Spain Tourism Resource Map. A rail map of Spain is also available. You may also be interested in a map of the wine regions of Spain: Spain and Portugal Wine Regions Map.)
The Regions of Spain
- Andalusia (Andalusia Map) Provinces: Cádiz, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Sevilla, Huelva, Jaén, Almeria. Main attractions after the modern coast: the Moorish cities of Seville, Granada and Cordoba.
- Aragon Provinces: Zaragoza, Huesca, Teruel.
- Asturias (Asturias and Cantabria Map) Rugged Coastline and lush green makes this my favorite single province region of Spain.
- Balearic Islands - Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera are well known for their nightlife and glamor, but head inland and it's a different story, with traditional villages and a slow, leisurely life.
- Pais Vasco - Basque Country - A foodie heaven.
- Canary Islands (Spanish Islands) - Off the northwest coast of Africa the Canary Islands offer the year-round sunshine that attracts over 12 million visitors. Top tourist destinations include Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.
- Cantabria Located on the Bay of Biscay, this small region includes Altamura and other prehistoric caves and sites, indicating that people have preferred this region for quite some time.
- Castilla-La Mancha - an arid and sparsely populated land which you know from Don Quijote. lies between Madrid and Andalucia. Toledo is the most popular tourist destination. There are fine cheeses to discover in this region as well. Provinces: Guadalajara, Toledo, Cuenca, Ciudad Real, Albacete.
- Castilla y Leon is the largest of Spain’s autonomous communities. It borders with ten other Spanish regions as well as Portugal. The Roman city of Segovia and the university city of Salamanca are two of the region's tourist highlights. Provinces: Léon, Palencia, Burgos, Zamora, Valladolid, Segovia, Soria, Salamanca, Avila.
- Catalonia - Barcelona and the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, Roman Tarragona and Girona are historic cities that are highly recommended for tourism.The Costa Brava offers many breathtaking views. Provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona.
- Extremadura - Am underrated region of Spain; The Roman city of Merida is one of the region’s highlights along with the Moorish city of Caceres. A grand entrance to Portugal. Provinces: Caceres, Badajoz.
- Galicia - Santiago de Compostela is the highlight of the region for most visitors. but the Celtic region of Spain offers foodies the best seafood and explorers the best of wild and untamed Spain. Provinces: A Coruña, Pontevedra, Lugo, Orense.
- Madrid - Madrid city is the capital of Spain, but the name also applies to one of the nation’s autonomous regions.
- Murcia - The Costa Calida coast of Murcia in southeast Spain is popular with the roasting on the beach set. Inland, the Parque Natural de Sierra Espuña offers the active crowd lots of trekking experiences.
- Navarra - Pamplona is pretty much the only well known destination in the region of Navarra while the Navarran Pyrenees offer more trekking and wildlife experiences. Navarra is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) for wines that applies to the southern half of the autonomous community of Navarre.
- La Rioja - There are more than 500 wine bodegas in the region of La Rioja. We loved the tapas in evocative Logroño.
- Valencia - Spain’s 3rd city, Valencia is here, but a majority of visitors to the region rarely get beyond the popular holiday resorts of the Costa Blanca to the south.
Population of Major Spanish Cities Shown on the Map
- Madrid 2,938,723
- Barcelona 1,503,884
- Valencia 738,441
- Seville 684,633
- Málaga 524,414
- Bilbao 349,972
- Palma de Mallorca 333801
- Alicante 284,580
General Travel Information to Visitors of Spain
U.S. Department of State: Spain and Andorra, Country Specific Information
CDC Health Information (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention