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Spain is a country of great diversity, and the same can be said of the quotes written about it. Some focus on the country’s history, some on its culture, and others on the natural beauty it offers.
Spain has captured the imagination of many writers and those quotes vary by region. The Mediterranean coast is home to some of the best beaches in Europe and other forms of recreation that have drawn many visitors for centuries. It also inspired more than one quote about travel.
Here are the best Spain quotes.
Travel quotes about Spain’s beauty
Here are some great Spanish travel quotes that are perfect for those meandering around Spain for a month. Or visiting the best countries to travel in Europe.
“All curious travellers keep Granada in their hearts, even without having visited it.” – William Shakespeare
‘Spain– a great whale stranded on the shores of Europe.’ – Elizabeth Oakes Smith
‘I was in Spain, with Mallorca and Getafe, which were exceptional experiences.’ – Michael Laudrup
‘I like the south of Spain, notably for the Moorish vigour and the weather.’ – Alexei Sayle
‘I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!’ – George Orwell
To the traveller imbued with a feeling for the historical and poetical, so separately intertwined in the annals of romantic Spain, the Alhambra is a much an object of devotion as is the Caaba to all true Moslems. How many legends and traditions, true and fabulous, – how many songs and ballads, Arabian and Spanish, of love and war and chivalry, are associated with this Oriental pile!’ – Washington Irving
‘I’ve spent important times of my life in Spain and Greece, and various deep things happened there – falling in love, stuff like that.’ – Matt Bellamy
‘I was not happy as a traveller, I did not feel really at home anywhere I went, even in Spain which was the most I felt at home, I still was a foreigner. I missed Australia, and I can’t tell why. It’s just this is what I grew up with and this is the things I wanted to make meaning of in my life.’ – Richard Meale
‘I loved everything about Spain – the people, the language, and the food!’- Karlie Kloss
Spain, the beautiful country of wine and songs.’ – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
‘Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.’ – John Masefield
‘My favourite setting is England because I was born here and love it, and Spain, because it’s fabulous and so romantic.’ – Diana Hamilton
‘If you are thinking about walking the Camino, do not hesitate. Just go.’ – Yoonjin Song
“The habit doesn’t make the monk. – In the Spanish Language: El hábito no hace al monje.” – Spanish Proverb.
Spain quotes for Instagram
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- The land of the midnight sun and siestas. 😍😍 #spain
- Whether you are traveling or not, a little bit of Spain never goes amiss.
- The sunsets in Spain are the most magical clouds I’ve ever seen.
- “The sun is setting and it is time to appreciate this beauty once again.”🌅
- Life is a journey. Start with a smile, choose the road less traveled, and let life be the adventure.
- When the weather is perfect and the night sky is twinkling, it’s hard to imagine a better place to be.
- The best way to travel is with a friend.
- Life is like a wine glass, when you find the perfect wine to match your mood, you can tap into harmony and true happiness.
- Spain has everything you need, except a visa. 😉
- “The best thing about being in Spain is the food and wine.”
- The sun sets, and the world keeps turning. We should all be able to be a little bit Spanish every now and then. 😉
famous quotes from Spain
- ‘In Spain, the best way to keep a secret is to write a book.’ – Manuel Azaña
- ‘Oh, lovely Spain! renown’d, romantic land! – Rochdale
- For austere and gracious allegory, as for so much of its mysticism and its chivalry, its ardours and its endurances, the world is in debt to Spain.’ – Helen Waddell
- ‘One of the gifts that the Camino offers is the freedom to be yourself. This freedom is liberating.’ – Jane V. Blanchard
- ‘The Spaniards were seated at a table by the hearth, dominating the room with their moustachioed handsomeness and aggressive good cheer.’ – Dawn Patitucci
- ‘Use the guides and maps to lead you to Santiago; use the lessons learned on the Camino to find your way.’ – Jane V. Blanchard
- ‘All my life is in Spain. I will stay.’ – Paz Vega
- ‘I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.’ – John Edward Masefield
- ‘My fondest memories are of being hidden away in Scotland or Spain writing and working on songs for Wings.’ – Denny Laine
- We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; The shops were well-illuminated and there were 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 Anderson
- ‘Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voice, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.’ – Jordi Molla
- ‘I love dancing and music from Latin cultures. I went to a flamenco show in Spain, and it completely took my breath away.’ – Torrey De
- 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 (I agree, San Sebastain might be my favorite Spanish city)
- “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” – Frida Kahlo
Spain quotes about life and Spanish Culture
- ‘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. This is the dream of all the world.’ – Anthony Bourdain
- “Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Modern Spain Author, and Spanish Writer)
- “Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” – Octavio Paz
- ‘I got to Spain a lot in winter for a blast of sunlight to banish the blues brought on by the Irish greys and drizzle. I love the cities of the Spanish interior.’ – Kevin Barry
- ‘I grew up in the countryside riding horses, and I also ride every holiday in Spain, which is where I was born. It’s a big part of my life.’ – Astrid Berges-Frisbey
- ‘We’re very proud of our cultural life. Culture is to London what the sun is to Spain. It’s a major driver for our tourism.’ – Munira Mirza
- ‘If you’d be wealthy, think of saving, more than of getting: The Indies have not made Spain rich, because her Outgoes equal her Incomes.’ – Benjamin Franklin
- What do you call an angry bear? Furious! – One of many of Spain Puns.
- ‘I tried to photograph the mysterious, true and magical soul of popular Spain in all its passion, love, humour, 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
- ‘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, the bosom of a lot of hopes.’ – Francisco Sosa Wagner
- ‘Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.’ – Erica Jong
- ‘I wish one time in my life I could do what other writers do. Get me a villa in Spain and go there to write a book.’ – Lewis Grizzard
- ‘In Spain, people understand football is a fun game, and enjoyment comes first. After that, Business follows.’ – Emmanuel Adebayor
- ‘In rural Spain, at least, it is far better to arrive than to travel, however hopefully.’ – Honor Tracy
- ‘Catch a boat to England baby, maybe to Spain. Wherever I have gone, wherever I’ve been and gone, wherever I have gone. The blues are all the same.’ – Jackson C. Frank
- ‘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
- ‘I love anywhere new and different. That’s the fun of travel. I’ve always loved driving through Spain, France and Italy – sometimes in an Alfa Spider.’ – Rory Bremner
- ‘I live where I would like to live. I live in Majorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.’ – Rafael Nadal
- ‘In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.’ – Federico Garcia Lorca
- ‘The region that has moved me the most is Castilla. There is a moving melancholy in Castilla. Things acquire extraordinary vigour there. A figure standing on that great plain takes the proportions of a colossus.’ – Joaquín Sorolla
- Yes, I would agree that America, just like Spain was in the 17th Century, is the main empire of the world and they are the ones who, on the surface, are the pushiest: pushing their language, pushing their culture – or what there is of it – pushing by force their system on others.’ – Viggo Mortensen
- ‘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
- 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
- ‘To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.’ – Carroll Quigley
- ‘In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks.’ – Kevin Eubanks
- ‘There was in Spain a civilization in many respects admirable. It was eminent for industry, science, art and poetry; its annals are full of romantic interests; it was in some respects superior to the Christian system which supplanted it; in many ways, it contributed largely to the progress of the human race. Yet because of the fundamental defect that between the Christians Spaniards and his Mussulman conqueror there could be no political fusion, this brilliant civilization was doomed.’ – John Fiske
- ‘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
- “It’s better to hold onto what you have, rather than to risk losing it by trying to attain something better.” – Spanish Proverb
- “Take my advice and live for a long, long time. Because the maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die.” – Don Quixote
quotes about Spain history
- ‘The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.’ – Christopher Columbus
- ‘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
- ‘Here is a city built in a wilderness. Philip II chose the site for no other reason than that it was the geographic centre of Spain.’ – Gerald Brenan
- “We do not believe in government through the voting booth. The Spanish national will was never freely expressed through the ballot box. Spain has no foolish dreams.” – Francisco Franco
- A king doesn’t have relatives, just subjects” – Queen Isabella of Spain
- ‘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
- “Africa starts at the Pyrenees” – Napoleon
- ‘Barcelona, a fountain of courtesy, the 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
- ‘In a unified and diverse Spain, based on the equality of and solidarity between its people, there is room for all of us. And for all of our feelings and sensitivities and our distinct ways of being Spaniards.’ – Felipe Vi
- “Damn Spaniards for whom drinking is living” – Julius Caesar
- “Bullfights aren’t a form of sport, they are a tragedy. A bullfight is a tragedy in three acts. These noble creatures, who are waiting for their death this afternoon are the heroes of that tragedy. The tragedy of the bullfight is based on the innocence of this creature. Of course, his innocence, his perfect virginity, is the basis of the tragedy of the bullfight,” Orson Welles.
- “It was in Spain that [my generation] learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.” – Albert Camus
- “If I did compress what I know and think about the Spanish civil war into 6 lines you wouldn’t print it. You wouldn’t have the guts.” – George Orwell
Ernest Hemingway quotes about Spain
A lot of people don’t know this. But Ernest Hemingway, the famous American Writer, has a lot of famous and inspirational quotes about Spain.
For one person who likes Spain, there are a dozen who prefer books on her. – Ernest Hemingway
There are the two curses of Spain, the bulls and the priests. – Ernest Hemingway
‘To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time, your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. 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
‘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
‘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
Night life is when you get up with a hangover in the morning. Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid the bill. Night life goes round and round and you look at the wall to make it stop. Night life comes out of a bottle and goes into a jar. If you think how much are the drinks it is not night life. – Ernest Hemingway,
The dead do not need to rise. They are a part of the earth now and the earth can never be conquered. For the earth endureth forever. It will outlive all systems of tyranny. Those who have entered it honorably, and no men ever entered earth more honorably than those who died in Spain, already have achieved immortality. – Ernest Hemingway,
Thou askest me to take things seriously? After what thou didst last night? When thou needest to kill a man and instead did what you did? You were supposed to kill one, not make one! When we have just seen the sky full of airplanes of a quantity to kill us back to our grandfathers and forward to all unborn grandsons including all cats, goats and bedbugs. Airplanes making a noise to curdle the milk in your mother’s breasts as they pass over darkening the sky and roaring like lions and you ask me to take things seriously. I take them too seriously already. – Ernest Hemingway
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
Spanish love quotes
- Tardé una hora en conocerte y solo un día en enamorarme. Pero me llevará toda una vida lograr olvidarte.
- It took me an hour to get to know you and just a day to fall in love. But it will take me a whole life to be able to forget you. – One of the most popular Spanish love quotes
- Te quiero no solo por cómo eres, sino por cómo soy yo cuando estoy contigo. I love you not only because of the way you are, but because of the way I am when I am with you.
- Spain Quote: Ámame cuando menos lo merezca, porque será cuando más lo necesite.
- English translation: Love me when I least deserve it, because it will be when I need it the most.
- Spanish Quote: “No llores porque se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió.” – Gabriel García Márquez
- “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – One of the best inspirational Spanish quotes
Spain Quotes About Madrid
- ‘I adore Madrid. It’s my city. If I ever move, it will only be for work. Whenever I travel, I always want to get back home.’ – Maria Valverde
- ‘If I ever get lost, don’t look for me too far. I’ll be walking in Madrid.’ – Unknown
- ‘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
- ‘I love Spanish cities, particularly Barcelona, Madrid and Palma, which has the most amazing cathedral that I went to for a wedding.’ – Louise Nurding
- ‘Madrid is having nothing and having everything.’ – Ramón Gómez de la Serna
- ‘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 of 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
- ‘Madrid is a big city. It’s very dynamic and cosmopolitan.’ – Xabi Alonso
- ‘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
Spain Quotes About Granada
- ‘Granada is so moving that it stimulates and melts all of the senses.’ – Henri Matisse
- ‘Granada is the perfect dream and fantasy, forever ineffable. Granada will always be more malleable than philosophical, more lyric than dramatic.’ – Federico García Lorca
- ‘My eyes filled with tears; not tears of sorrow nor of happiness, but of the fulfilment of a quiet, hidden life in Granada.’ – Miguel de Unamuno
- ‘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
- ‘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
- ‘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
- ‘Granada is like the beautiful, delicate land of our dreams; all those who see her dream of visiting her again.’ – Chateaubriand
- ‘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
- “Málaga, a martini of the sea.” – Rafael Pérez Estrada
- ‘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
- “Singing Of speckled eggs the birdie sings And nests among the trees; The sailor sings of ropes and things In ships upon the seas. The children sing in far Japan, The children sing in Spain; The organ with the organ man Is singing in the rain.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
- ‘Give him alms, woman, that there is nothing in life as the sadness of being blind in Granada.’ – Francisco de Icaza
- ‘Every city has its own charm, but Granada has its own and that of the rest.’ – Antonio Machado
- “On the Camino, I have learned to live day-to-day, not in the future.” ~ Elana Franganillo Ortiz
quotes about Valencia Spain
“Spanish rain, A maiden’s dress, Apothecary pills And ancient thrills; Melancholy kills A girl’s caress.” ― Roman Payne
Movies are magical. Sometimes it just works, it catalyzes, and everything falls into place, and no one knows exactly how or why. – Roman Coppola
The mind of the scholar, if he would leave it large and liberal, should come in contact with other minds. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
These Spain quotes embody the best of the Spanish speaking culture, their historical fight for independence, and many other aspects of this European country. What was your favorite quote? Next, would you like quotes about Valencia Spain? And if you liked this post make sure to check out our quotes about Rome.
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