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50 Beautiful Wanderlust-Fueling Spain Travel Quotes

by Or Amir

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I’m a huge quote lover. From travel to self-love to funny quotes, I’m obsessed. Since Spain is my biggest love, I’ve actually been searching quite a lot for wanderlust-igniting quotes about it, but disappointedly, I only found a couple of them. So, of course, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create one big list of beautiful and inspiring Spain travel quotes. Let me just warn you that you might yearningly cry while reading them.

Looking for the best wanderlust quotes about Spain travel? Here are 50 Spain travel quotes including quotes about Madrid, quotes about Barcelona, and more!


“There is no nightlife in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not nightlife. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I tried to photograph the mysterious, true and magical soul of popular Spain in all its passion, love, humor, tenderness, rage, pain, in all its truth; and the fullest and most intense moments in the lives of these characters, as simple as they are irresistible, with all their inner strength” – Cristina Garcia Rodero

“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!” – George Orwell

quote about Spain by George Orwell

“Spain is a fascinating mix of people, languages, culture, and food, but if there is one thing all Spaniards share, it’s a love of food and drink.” – Jose Andres

“Spain is a beautiful country with rich architecture and a huge cultural heritage. Arguably it has it all: mountains, a stunning coastline, and urban life, plus agriculture, mining, and industry.” – Norman Foster

“You can’t buy happiness but you can go to Spain and that’s pretty much the same thing!” – Unknown

“Spain, the beautiful country of wine and songs.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

quote about Spain by Goethe

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“Madrid is having nothing and having everything.” – Ramón Gómez de la Serna

“Because, Madrid, in reality, is nothing special. It does not have a great river, and hardly any skyscrapers. No channels, no lakes. Neither glorious ruins, nor sea. Madrid lacks a lot of things. But it has people in the streets. The unexpected corner. The variety. The contrast. The constant animation. And its customs. It is worth getting up early – for once – to live one day of the life of Madrid.” – Miguel Mihura

“Madrid is enjoyed most from the ground, exploring your way through its narrow streets that always lead to some intriguing park, market, tapas bar or street performer. Each night we’d leave our hotel to begin a new adventure in Madrid and nine out of 10 times, we’d walk through the Plaza Mayor.”   Emilio Estevez

quote about Madrid by Emilio Estevez

“Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe.” – Ernest Hemingway

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“Madrid is a strange place anyway. I do not believe anyone likes it much when he first goes there. It has none of the looks that you expect of Spain. …Yet when you get to know it, it is the most Spanish of all cities, the best to live in, the finest people, month in and month out the finest climate. …It is in Madrid only that you get the essence. The essence, when it is the essence, can be in a plain glass bottle and you need no fancy labels. …But when you can have the Prado at the same time with El Escorial two hours to the north and Toledo to the south, a fine road to Avila and a fine road to Segovia, which is no distance from La Granja, it makes you feel very badly, all question of immortality aside, to know that you will have to die and never see it again.” – Ernest Hemingway

“If I ever get lost, don’t look for me too far. I’ll be walking in Madrid.” – Unknown

Best Spain travel quotes - an anonymous quote about Madrid

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“I wrote every day between the ages of 12 and 20 when I stopped because I went to Barcelona, where life was too exciting to write.” – Colm Toibin

“I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain. One of the great Catalan poets, Joan Maragall, wrote this famous poem in which he called Barcelona the great enchantress, or some kind of sorceress, and in which the city has this dark enticing presence that seduces and lures people. I think Barcelona has a lot of that.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

quote about Barcelona by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

“You’d have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub. Given a choice between Barcelona and San Sebastian to die in, I’d probably want to die in San Sebastian.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Barcelona, a fountain of courtesy, shelter of strangers, hospice to the poor, land of the valiant, avenger of the offended, reciprocator of firm friendship, a city unique in its location and beauty.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“Even the moon was embarrassed by the beauty of Barcelona.” – Andrew Barger

quote about Barcelona by Andrew Barger

“We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life… I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, capital of Catalonia.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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“Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future.” – Le Corbusier


“This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour in the afternoon, at night go out and have that life. You know. Go out and see your friends and eat tapa and drink red wine and be in a beautiful place.” – Anthony Bourdain

“Málaga, a martini of the sea.” – Rafael Pérez Estrada

“How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!” – Ernest Hemingway

“Granada is so moving that it stimulates and melts all of the senses.” – Henri Matisse

Quote about Granada by Henri Matisse

“Ronda is the place where to go if you are planning to travel to Spain for a honeymoon or for being with a girlfriend. The whole city and its surroundings are a romantic set. … Nice promenades, good wine, excellent food, nothing to do.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Granada; more dazzling than the flower and more flavourful than the fruit it is named after, like a virgin lying in the sun.” – Alexandre Dumas

“In no part of the world is the landscape like that of Granada.” – Manuel de Falla

“The truth is, that I’m beginning to wonder if there is any greater pleasure in life than visiting Granada. …and it is going back and visiting it again.” – Alexandre Dumas

quote about Granada by Dumas

“My eyes filled with tears; not tears of sorrow nor of happiness, but of fulfillment of a quiet, hidden life in Granada.” – Miguel de Unamuno

“I do not know what to call this land upon which I stand. If what is beneath my feet is paradise, then what is the Alhambra? Heaven?” –  Lope de Vega about the city of Granada

“Granada is Spain’s most valued treasure; a melting pot of flavors, smells, and passion.” – Víctor Hugo

“Seville is a tower full of fine archers. …Under the arch of the sky, across the clear plain, she shoots the constant arrow of her river.” – Federico Garcia Lorca

Quote about Seville by Lorca

“Granada is like the beautiful, delicate land of our dreams; all those who see her dream of visiting her again.” – Chateaubriand

“If you were to visit just one city in Spain, it should be Granada.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Granada, last refuge from a tiring life. Eternal garden, shows remnants of paradise that still remain, in only very few privileged places on earth.” – Chateaubriand

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“Cadiz is a city of magic, like Cracow or Dublin, to set the mind on fire at a turn of a corner. … The eye is continually fed, the imagination stirred, by a train of spectacles as charming as if they had been contrived.” – Honor Tracy

Quote about Cadiz by Honor Tracey

“Granada is the perfect dream and fantasy, forever ineffable… Granada will always be more malleable than philosophical, more lyric than dramatic.” – Federico García Lorca

“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.” – Christopher Columbus

“Every inquisitive traveler keeps Granada in his heart, without having even visited it.” – William Shakespeare

“Yes, the impact of your wonderful Granada is within me; sad, so sad, but a sadness so attractive that it draws me in and carries me with it like a thread through a needle. I need to take in each and every aspect of Granada.” – Juan Ramón Jimenez

“Every city has its own charm, but Granada has its own and that of the rest.” – Antonio Machado

quote about Granda by Antonio Machado

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“The light, colors, and energy of Ibiza are constant sources of inspiration for my work. I always leave Ibiza recharged and full of ideas for new shades, looks, and products.” – Charlotte Tilbury

“The region that has moved me the most …is Castilla. There is a moving melancholy in Castilla. Things acquire extraordinary vigor there. A figure standing on that great plain takes the proportions of a colossus.” – Joaquín Sorolla

“I live where I would like to live. I live in Mallorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.” – Rafael Nadal

Quotes about Spain travel - Quote about Mallorca by Rafel Nadal

“Use the guides and maps to lead you to Santiago; use the lessons learned on the Camino to find your way.” – Jane V. Blanchard

“On the Camino, I walk around with a silly love smile; everything is brilliant and marvelous.” – Elana Franganillo Ortiz

“If you are thinking about walking the Camino, do not hesitate. Just go.” – Yoonjin Song

“One of the gifts that the Camino offers is the freedom to be yourself. This freedom is liberating.” – Jane V. Blanchard

Quote about the Camino by Jane Blanchard

“Asturias …with mountains that are vestiges and viewpoints; with entrails that have been of fever and fires; with seas like meadows eager for sweet lights. …Asturias …fertile and talkative, generous and murmuring. Growing and waning. Summary of despair, bosom of a lot of hopes.” – Francisco Sosa Wagner

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Ana @ JauntingTrips.com May 23, 2020 - 11:52 pm

I can say I disagree with Hemingway. I love Madrid on the first glance 😀 And Granada was on my list for this year.
Spain, the beautiful country of wine and songs. and this one! So true. I was hoping to do more traveling to Spain this year, but unfortunately that didnt happen.

Or Amir May 24, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Same here – fell in love with Madrid instantly! And I hope everything works out soon because I’m also missing Spain so much!

Nell Miller May 23, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Some beautiful quotes here, I’m definitely in the mood to go to Spain now!

Or Amir May 24, 2020 - 3:22 pm

Thanks! So glad you liked it and found it inspiring 🙂

Chris May 23, 2020 - 4:07 pm

how beautiiful! As an expat having lived in Spain for several years now I totally see how it inspired so many great travel quotes, especially about Barcelona and Madrid. Even though, as opposed to Earnest Hemmningway, I did find some night life in addition to delayed days 😉

Or Amir May 24, 2020 - 3:21 pm

Yeah I don’t always agree with him haha but he has some beautiful quotes!