If we travel to see other places, nothing like doing it from above. Spain is full of corners that overlook nature, the valleys, the mountains and the seas, but also some of the most beautiful monuments and cities in our geography. To enjoy all this, nothing like stopping to contemplate our surroundings from those places created expressly for it: the viewpoints.
We take a tour of some of the most spectacular of the Spanish geography, those enclaves where it is worth stopping and not taking time into account. In which we witness a living postcard, live and before our very eyes, with panoramas ready to be recorded on our retina and on our cameras. And although there are many, many more viewpoints than the ones we propose here, we do know that these 15 will add a unique and totally different perspective to your trip.
Mirador del Río, in Lanzarote
One of the essential visits in Lanzarote is the one known as Mirador del Río, in the north of the island. The space was designed by the architect César Manrique and at our feet is the Chinijo archipelago, with the island of La Graciosa as the main protagonist surrounded by the Atlantic.
Viewpoints of the Ribeira Sacra, in Ourense and Lugo
In the Ribeira Sacra, in Galicia, you will find several viewpoints that overlook the canyon of the Sil river, where heroic viticulture takes place. On the north shore, in Lugo, the most famous are those of Cividade, Boqueiriño and Cadeiras, while on the south shore, in Ourense, are the Balcones de Madrid, Cabezoás and Vilouxe, which is which probably offers one of the most beautiful views of the entire Ribeira Sacra.
Salto del Gitano viewpoint, in Cáceres
In the Monfragüe National Park, in Cáceres, the Salto del Gitano-Peña Falcón viewpoint looks out over the Tagus River in front of the rocky massif, the perfect place to see the large number of vultures that inhabit it. Ideal for lovers of ornithological tourism.
Mirador del Fitu, in Asturias
The concrete of the Fitu viewpoint is separated from the ground to offer us spectacular views over the Asturian greenery. On one side the Picos de Europa and on the other the coast and the Cantabrian Sea. You will find it on the road that goes from Arriondas to Colunga and if you go up on a clear day you will not need more to fall in love with Asturias.
La Peña viewpoint, in El Hierro
The island of El Hierro is full of contrasts, it can be as green as it is volcanic, and although much of it is at altitude, the Gulf depression is worth seeing from above. To do so, the best option is to get to the Mirador de la Peña, designed by César Manrique like the one on the River Lanzarote.
Viewpoint of the New Bridge of Ronda, in Malaga
Ronda, in Malaga, is one of the most charming towns in Spain and the main reason for this is its gorge and its Puente Nuevo. There are beautiful views from the Mirador de Ronda, above, but from the Mirador del Puente Nuevo, below, you can admire this architectural work in all its magnitude.
O Coitelo viewpoint, in Coruña
It is one of the best-known places in the Loiba Cliffs and it is where they say it may be the most beautiful bank in the world. Not because of the bank itself, but because of the views that are obtained from it. If you pass through Ortigueira, the visit is mandatory to be captivated by the always overwhelming Galician coast.
La Antigua viewpoint, in Cáceres
We are in the Hurdes region, just in front of the Melero Meander, that whimsical natural horseshoe that has formed the course of the Alagón River. In the rainy season, you will see how the meander gives way to an island of vegetation surrounded by water and, without a doubt, sunset is the best time to visit it.
Fuente Dé Cable Viewpoint, in Cantabria
Picos de Europa is full of spectacular viewpoints but there is one, due to its height and easy access, that stands out above all the others. A cable car will take you to the Fuente Dé viewpoint and you will go from being at 753 meters to 1,823 in just four minutes. If your physical condition allows it, you can always reach the viewpoint on your own feet.
Mirador del Fraile, in Salamanca
From this viewpoint we will be aware of two realities, the power of nature and how human beings adapt it for their use and benefit. We look out over the Aldeadávila dam, in the Arribes del Duero Natural Park, leaving Spain on one side and Portugal on the other, although the birds of prey that fly over it do not understand borders.
Orellán viewpoint, in León
We are in León, in the Bierzo region, and we look at the Mirador de Orellán to get the best possible panoramic view of Las Médulas, the mining landscape that the Romans left us. This curious geological formation was actually an open pit gold mine a couple of millennia ago. Las Médulas is worth visiting from the inside, but this viewpoint is where we get to get an idea of its true magnitude.
Mirador de San Nicolás, in Granada
The viewpoints do not only look at nature. In Granada no one wants to miss the Alhambra from the inside, but neither does the Mirador de San Nicolás, from where you can get the best views of the Andalusian monumental complex. An idyllic place to spend the afternoon waiting for the sunset.
Monte Igueldo viewpoint, in San Sebastián
San Sebastián is reputed to be one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and to prove it, in addition to strolling its streets and exploring its pintxo bars, we can go up to the Mirador del Monte Igueldo. From there we get a perfect panoramic view of La Concha bay and Santa Clara island. If desired, you can go up to it by funicular.
Mirador del Estrecho, in Cádiz
Tarifa is the southernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and at the same time the closest to Africa. From this point, on a clear day, we will be able to see over the Strait of Gibraltar and reach the coast of Morocco with our eyes, which is about 15 kilometers from here. To get better views, it is located high up, on the way up to the Bujeo pass.
Viewpoint of Sa Creueta and Es Colomer, in Mallorca
It is located at the tip of the Nao on the Formentor peninsula, in Mallorca. We reach it through the Puerto de Pollença and we will surround ourselves with cliffs in front of the Colomer islet. It is one of the most famous and advisable places to enjoy the colors of the sun as it sets over the Mediterranean.