10 May 2024

Step right up, celestial enthusiasts - prepare your eclipse glasses and set your sights on Spain for the astronomical event of the decade! On Wednesday, August 12, 2026, there will be a complete solar eclipse happening and Spain will be a prime location for witnessing one of nature's most mesmerizing spectacles. But hold onto your hats (and your sunscreen), because this is more than just any old eclipse-viewing experience. Picture this: gazing skyward from the charming streets of Bilbao or its innovative museum, the romantic lanes of Burgos, or the historic alleys of Oviedo as the moon performs its celestial dance, momentarily plunging these iconic cities into darkness.

This is an exclusive opportunity to witness the universe's own version of a grand spectacle. So, pack your bags and get ready to eclipse ordinary travel plans with an unforgettable journey to Spain in 2026!

The Solar Eclipse

Eclipse - Blog Post

A solar eclipse is nature’s grand theatrical performance, with the moon swaggering between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that briefly turns day into night. This celestial spectacle can happen only during a new moon when the cosmic trio - sun, moon, and Earth - aligns just right. It comes in three styles: total, where the moon completely covers the sun; partial, where it only nibbles at the edges; and annular, where the moon, strutting its smaller apparent size, leaves a blazing ring of fire visible around its silhouette.

But do not hold your breath for an encore—solar eclipses are notorious divas, appearing over any given place on Earth only once every few centuries. This rarity has made them VIP guests in historical lore and culture. Ready to catch this rare moment in one of the most beautiful European countries?

Where can you observe the solar eclipse?

In Spain, the eclipse will take place near sunset, with the sun positioned a couple degrees above the horizon. Consequently, an unobstructed view towards the southwest will be essential. Here is a list of all the charming cities where you can observe nature's most awe-inspiring displays:



2 - Oviedo

Prepare to be dazzled both by the cosmos and the charm of Oviedo. Nestled in the heart of Asturias, this destination offers a quaint yet regal backdrop for the 2026 solar eclipse where it will last approximately 1 minute and 48 seconds.

And what is so special about Oviedo? First things first, the architecture. You will want to explore the UNESCO-listed marvels of Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo! Perched on a hillside just outside the city, these stunning examples of pre-Romanesque architecture offer sweeping views.

After the cosmic spectacle, dive into Oviedo’s culinary scene on Gascona Street, affectionately dubbed ‘Cider Boulevard’. Here, the city’s convivial spirit is infectious, with sidrerías (cider houses) lining the street, offering a chance to sample Asturias' famous cider. Pair it with some hearty fabada Asturiana.



3 - Burgos

Burgos is setting the stage to be a hotbed of astronomical activity for the 2026 solar eclipse. With about 1 minute and 45 seconds of totality, this historic Spanish city in Castile and León is gearing up to welcome eclipse chasers from all corners of the globe.

A visit to Burgos would be incomplete without paying homage to its spectacular Cathedral and the town’s historical sites, which include the Museum of Human Evolution and the Monastery of Las Huelgas. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture that is also a spiritual pitstop on the Pilgrim's Way of Saint James.

For the best observation spots, take a trek up to the Castle of Burgos. Perched high above the city, the castle ruins are perfect for watching the moon's shadow race across the landscape. The climb is a small effort, with the reward being a front-row seat to one of the universe's most stunning displays.



4 - León

León, a city where history and legend intertwine, is gearing up to add another spectacular chapter to its story with the 2026 solar eclipse. Here, it will last approximately 1 minute and 44 seconds.

Start your adventure with the town’s crown jewel, the León Cathedral. This stunning example of Gothic architecture is a feast for the eyes, and a splendid spot to marvel at the eclipse! For a panoramic view, head to the top of the city's ancient walls, where you can gaze over the old town.  

Once the celestial spectacle is over, head over to the Barrio Húmedo, the lively tapas quarter, where every bar and bistro offers the tastiest bites alongside generous pours of local wine. Be sure to try the local morcilla (blood sausage), which might sound a bit Dracula-esque but is deliciously earthy.


Palma de Mallorca

5 - Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca, the sun-kissed capital of the Balearic Islands, is also a great stage for the spectacular "sunset totality" of 2026. With 1 minute and 36 seconds of totality, this Mediterranean paradise offers a unique celestial treat as the eclipsed sun dips into the ocean.

For the best eclipse-watching experience, you can head to the waterfront along Palma’s sprawling promenade, the Paseo Marítimo. Here, with a clear view over the water, you are in for an enchanting evening. Just imagine the silhouette of the grand Cathedral of Santa Maria backlit by the eclipse—it’s a photographer’s dream!

Beyond the eclipse, Palma de Mallorca is brimming with attractions. Explore the winding streets of the old town and try local specialties like sobrassada (a spreadable sausage) and ensaimada (a sweet pastry). Palma de Mallorca promises an unforgettable experience



6 - Zaragoza

The proud capital of Aragón is also a vibrant stage set for the spectacular 2026 solar eclipse, which will last approximately 1 minute and 25 seconds. Begin your celestial adventure at the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, a jewel of Baroque architecture. Imagine ten stunning domes and four towers against the darkened sky—absolutely awe-inspiring!

For the best panoramic views, head over to the Aljafería Palace, an 11th-century Islamic fortress, later turned into a Christian palace. The site’s lush gardens and ornate Islamic arches provide a unique and elevated spot to watch the eclipse.

While in Zaragoza, be sure to indulge in its culinary delights! The city is famous for its bacalao al ajoarriero (codfish with garlic and eggs) and ternasco (roasted lamb), dishes that embody the hearty spirit of Aragón. 



7 - Lugo

In Lugo, where the past encircles you with Roman walls that have stood the test of millennia, get ready to catch the 2026 solar eclipse in truly historic style. This quaint Galician city is more than just ancient stones. In Lugo, the eclipse will last 1 minute and 22 seconds!

Kick off your time-travel adventure atop Lugo’s iconic Roman walls - they are the only ones of their kind in the world to surround a city, offering you a unique 360-degree platform for eclipse viewing. 

After your celestial thrill, saunter down to the Parque de Rosalía de Castro, an oasis of calm to relax and perhaps ponder the mysteries of the universe—or just where to eat next! Here, the tapas traditionally come with your drink. Order the local wine, and munch on some pulpo a la gallega—octopus with a sprinkle of paprika and a hearty splash of olive oil.


A Coruña

8 - A Coruña

As the cosmic curtain rises for 2026’s solar eclipse, A Coruña is poised to offer a stellar performance with 1 minute and 14 seconds of totality. Nestled in the northwest corner of Spain, this gem in Galicia is a medieval marvel that wraps around the legendary Tower of Hercules, a Roman lighthouse that has stood guard over the Atlantic for nearly two millennia. This area is the best eclipse-watching experience.

Take the opportunity to stroll through the ancient streets, soak up the maritime vibe, and dive into the local cuisine. Seafood here is a serious affair! Monte de San Pedro is also a hilltop haven where you can catch the eclipse with a side of sweeping city views. Once a military fortress, now a peaceful park, it boasts quirky features like a maze and a dome café.



9 - Vitoria-Gasteiz

The charming capital of the Basque Country offers a perfect blend of nature and medieval architecture, making it an ideal locale for both skywatchers and culture enthusiasts. In Vitoria-Gasteiz, the total eclipse will last approximately 1 minute and 5 seconds!

Start your journey at the Cathedral of Santa Maria, a gothic marvel. Its towers offer a heavenly view of the cosmos, making it a top spot to catch the eclipse’s shadow play. If you are in the mood for more exploration, the city’s medieval center, with its charming alleys and old walls, provides a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely stroll. 

The city is a hidden gem for foodies, offering everything from street-side pintxos bursting with flavor to upscale restaurants serving Basque delicacies. Be sure to try the perretxikos (wild mushrooms) and bacalao al pil-pil (cod in garlic sauce).



Santander 2

This elegant city offers the perfect balance of urban sophistication and breezy beach vibes. Perched on the northern coast of Spain, is a seaside spectacle waiting to steal your heart.  In Santander, the eclipse will last approximately 1 minute and 4 seconds!

Start your journey at the Magdalena Peninsula, a royal playground turned public paradise. Here, you can explore the fairy-tale like Magdalena Palace and enjoy sprawling views of the Bay of Biscay—perfect for catching the solar eclipse with a dash of royal charm. Next, you can meander down to the Sardinero Beach, a sprawling stretch of fine sand that is as perfect for sunbathing as it is for stargazing. 

Culinary adventurers will delight in Santander’s gastronomic offerings. Dive into a plate of rabas (local squid rings), a Cantabrian staple, or indulge in a marmitako (tuna pot stew).



11 - Bilbao

Bilbao, a dynamic mosaic of modernity and tradition! Though the city will be graced with a brisk 32 seconds of totality and a cheeky 58% chance of cloud cover, the experience promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Begin your Bilbao adventure at the iconic Guggenheim Museum. This shimmering venue hosts 250 contemporary works and while the eclipse's totality might be brief here, the artistic impact of the Guggenheim is long-lasting.

Accessible by a funicular that offers scenic views as you ascend, Mount Artxanda.  provides a panoramic vista of Bilbao, ideal for watching the eclipse sweep over the city’s skyline.

If you are looking for more activities, take a leisurely walk along the Nervión River, explore the vibrant streets of the Casco Viejo (Old Town), or indulge in a live performance at the Palacio Euskalduna, one of the leading opera houses in Spain.



12 - Zamora

Often dubbed the "Romanesque City", this attractive city is a picturesque backdrop for a dash of cosmic drama and the total eclipse will last approximately 14 seconds!

When you visit Zamora, you are stepping into a storybook setting of medieval magic. The city is studded with more than two dozen Romanesque churches. The pinnacle of these is the Cathedral of Zamora. For those who prefer a higher vantage point, Zamora Castle offers sweeping views of the city and the river.

After the celestial show, be sure to dive into Zamora's vibrant culinary scene. The city is famed for its hearty dishes, like pulpo a la sanabresa (octopus prepared in the Sanabria style) and dos y pingada (two eggs with ham). Zamora’s tapas bars and restaurants are friendly and bustling, where the local wine flows as freely as the river Duero.


Eclipse viewing tips

13 - Eclipse viewing tips

As the anticipation for the 2026 solar eclipse builds, let’s ensure your viewing experience is as spectacular as it is safe! First and foremost, gear up with the right glasses. These are your frontline defense against the sun's fierce rays, designed to protect your eyes while you enjoy the celestial show. Make sure they meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard, because when it comes to solar safety there is no room for compromise.

Keep a weather eye on the horizon. Cloud cover can be a real spoiler for eclipse viewing. Check the forecast and have a plan B location in mind! If you plan to photograph this sky-high drama, make sure your camera or smartphone is also equipped with a solar filter and practice before the big day! And when totality hits, marvel at the surreal twilight and the beautiful solar corona!


A once-in-a-lifetime event!

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