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60+ Beautiful Spain Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Looking for the best Spain travel quotes? As someone who’s been to Spain numerous times, I love finding quotes that mirror my love for the country and remind me of the magical experiences I’ve had. 

Here, I’ve collected my favorite Spain quotes that cover everything from travel to food to unique experiences like the Camino. Plus, some ideas for short Spain Instagram captions for those holiday snaps.

Whether you’re yearning to visit Spain or already planning your next trip, I hope these will inspire and fuel your wanderlust!

Spain Travel Quotes to Inspire You

Spain has captured the imagination and hearts of many… including some famous names you may recognize here! These Spain travel quotes express why Spain is such a popular travel destination — maybe they’ll inspire you to book those plane tickets! 

  1.  “I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!” – George Orwell
  1. “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 drinks.” – Jose Andres
  1. “There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway
  1. “Spain, the beautiful country of wine and songs.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  1. “For austere and gracious allegory, as for so much of its mysticism and its chivalry, it’s arduous and its endurances, the world is in debt to Spain.” – Helen Waddell
  1. “In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.” – Federico Garcia Lorca
  1. “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
  1. “It’s like a dream to come to Spain and stay for a couple of years and get somebody to teach me Spanish music.” – Lenny Kravitz
  1. “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
  1. ‘I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.’ – John Edward Masefield
  1. ‘All my life is in Spain. I will stay.’ – Paz Vega
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Spain Travel Quotes by Anthony Bourdain

Like many travel lovers, I loved following Anthony Bourdain’s travels around the world and they often inspired me on my own adventures! Here are the best Spain travel quotes by Anthony Bourdain — his straight talking was often filled insight, wit, and humor and these Spain quotes are classic Bourdain.

  1. “Granada is tucked against the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Andalucia in southern Spain. It’s not like Barcelona. It’s not like San Sebastian. It ain’t Madrid. Any reasonable, sentient person who looks at Spain, comes to Spain, eats in Spain, drinks in Spain, they’re going to fall in love. Otherwise, there’s something deeply wrong with you.” – Anthony Bourdain
  1. “Tapas come from here, and this is one of the few places in Spain where they’re still free. All you have to do is keep drinking.” – Anthony Bourdain
  1. “You’d have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub.” – Anthony Bourdain
  1. “Ah, tapas. What a novel concept. There’s even a verb for it. Tapayar. Meaning to take tapas. As in if we’re going to tapayar some more, we’re going to have to elbow past this crowd of Catholics here.” – Anthony Bourdain
  1. “Every storybook kingdom needs a castle. Granada, it’s got a good one. The Alhambra. One of the most enchanted, inscrutable, maddeningly beautiful structures ever created by man. Built on top of ninth century fortifications by the Nasrid Dynasty, then added to and added to as history unfolded through wars and tragedy and invasion and conquest.” – Anthony Bourdain
  1. “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. You know, to have this kind of music and this food and this kind of culture and to look out the window and to see Spain.” – Anthony Bourdain
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Quotes About Spanish Food

Spain is a gastronomic deight and these Spain quotes about food convey how good food is such an integral part of Spanish life.

  1. “I was curious about the foreign foods I would come to know as chorizo, fire-roasted piquillo peppers, La Mancha saffron sealed in blue clay jars, Serrano ham, and pickled eggplant. That kitchen smelled like a cross between my maestro’s kitchen and Borgia’s. It had the clean airiness I was accustomed to, but a tang of briny olives and smoked meats flavored the air.” ― Elle Newmark
  1. “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
  1. “Spain has some of the richest culinary traditions and truly appreciates food that is simply prepared with top-notch ingredients.” ― Emeril Lagasse
  1. “In Spain we have a saying about the essentials of life: good food, good wine, good sex, good sleep.” ― Antonio Banderas
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Andalucia Quotes

Andalucia is a popular region for travelers to Spain and for good reason! Warm sunny weather, rich history, and a fascinating culture that hints at its Moorish past, Andalucia has a lot to offer. These Andalucia quotes express why so many (including me!) are so enamored with the beauty of southern Spain.

  1. “I like the south of Spain, notably for the Moorish vigour and the weather.” — Alexei Sayle
  1. “The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.” — Christopher Columbus
  1. “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
  1. “Granada is Spain’s most valued treasure; a melting pot of flavors, smells, and passion.” – Víctor Hugo
  1. “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
  1. “Granada is so moving that it stimulates and melts all of the senses.” – Henri Matisse
  1. “Granada is like the beautiful, delicate land of our dreams; all those who see her dream of visiting her again.” – Chateaubriand
  1. “If you were to visit just one city in Spain, it should be Granada.” – Ernest Hemingway
  1. “Every city has its own charm, but Granada has its own and that of the rest.” – Antonio Machado
  1. “Granada is the perfect dream and fantasy, forever ineffable… Granada will always be more malleable than philosophical, more lyric than dramatic.” – Federico García Lorca
  1. “In no part of the world is the landscape like that of Granada.” – Manuel de Falla
  1. “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
  1. “Perhaps there never was a monument more characteristic of an age and people than the Alhambra; a rugged fortress without, a voluptuous palace within; war frowning from its battlements; poetry breathing throughout the fairy architecture of its halls.” ― Washington Irving
  2. “The Alhambra in Granada is the most fertile source of inspiration of all those from which I have drunk.” – Escher
  1. “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
  1. “Málaga, a martini of the sea.” – Rafael Pérez Estrada
  1. “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
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Camino de Santiago Quotes

The beloved Camino de Santiago is a big reason why many make the journey to and through northern Spain. These Camino de Santiago quotes are inspiring, insightful, and express how walking the Way is a life-changing experience.

  1. “There, at Finisterrre, I understood that life is a sum of Caminos we choose to take and each of them is a mix of joy, pain and full happiness. The balance is always in our hands!”― Diana-Maria Georgescu
  1. “Use the guides and maps to lead you to Santiago; use the lessons learned on the Camino to find your way.” – Jane V. Blanchard
  1. “The Camino points to something more fundamental, to a way of thinking about self and others that looks inward past window-dressing and the usual social identifiers. Pilgrims leave behind professional and social tags when they enter the Camino. Here we’re fellow human beings. Period.” ― Katherine B. Soper
  1. “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” — Rumi
  1. “When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak.” ― Paulo Coelho
  1. “There is of course a deep spiritual need which the pilgrimage seems to satisfy, particularly for those hardy enough to tackle the journey on foot.” ― Edwin Mullins
  1. “I hear a swelling swoosh; from the south a bullet train whizzes into view on the tracks, knives through the landscape in a matter of moments, then disappears with a whoosh. It has just covered in a few seconds what has taken me hours to walk. That very fast train reminds me that, as a pilgrim, travel is made holy in its slowness. I see things that neither the passengers of the train nor the drivers of the automobiles see. I feel things that they will never feel. I have time to ponder, imagine, daydream. I tire. I thirst. In my slow walking, I find me.” ― Kevin A. Codd
  1. “On the Camino, I walk around with a silly love smile; everything is brilliant and marvelous.” – Elana Franganillo Ortiz
  1. “The Camino taught me to keep going, to keep moving forward when life gets hard — even if it’s one step at a time.” —  Tristina Oppliger
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More Inspiring Spain Quotes

  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “Everyone who has visited the Basque country longs to return; it is a blessed land.” ― Victor Hugo
  1. “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
  1. “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
  1. “I live where I would like to live. I live in Mallorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.” – Rafael Nadal
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Spain Instagram Captions

Need something short, fun, and catchy for your holiday pics? Below are some ideas for Spain Instagram captions to go with that IG-worthy photo or video!

  1.  “Live for the moments you can’t put into words.” 
  1. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” — Anita Desai
  1.  “Oh my Gaudí!”
  1. “Living off sangria and siestas”
  1. “La vida es bella en Espana” (Life is beautiful in Spain)
  1.  “Rambla-ing in Barcelona”
  1. “Vive cada momento!” (Live every moment!)
  1. “Este es mi lugar feliz” (This is my happy place)
  1. Wine not? Living my best life here in Rioja.
  1. Fiesta like there’s no mañana

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of my favorite Spain travel quotes and captions. Just putting this together has reminded me of some of my favorite memories of Spain!

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