'Hop on hop off' tour buses can be a great way to get around Spain's larger cities. You have the option of traveling the full circuit and getting an overview of what to expect in the city or get on and off as many times as you want, seeing the sights as you go.
Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour Buses of Spain
Most of the tours on this page are city sightseeing tour buses. If you're looking for a tour that takes you all around Spain (and perhaps the whole of Europe), you're probably looking for a tour from Contiki or Busabout:
See also: Barcelona Bus Tour with On-Board Gourmet Meal
1. Madrid 'Hop on hop off' Sightseeing Tour Bus
Though Madrid is Spain's biggest city, most of the touristy areas are very centrally located and much of it is pedestrianized. You'd be better off taking a walking tour of Madrid than taking this bus.
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Barcelona is a big city, so a bus like this on your first day is an ideal way to get a rough idea of the layout of the city.
After that, though, use the Barcelona Metro, which is quick and efficient.
Probably the best tour bus on offer here. Seville is quite large and the metro is still
not finished. This is probably the only bus on this page that you might want to use for more than one day; after having got a good overview of the city on your first day, you can then use the bus to get around the city quickly and easily.
With two routes on offer, the Granada tour bus is an excellent service. It also saves climbing the hills up to the Albaicyn and Alhambra
Combine with a Guided Tours of the Alhambra to get the best organized tours of Granada while still keeping the flexibility of independent travel.
Bilbao is not the biggest city in Spain and the nicest parts of the city are pedestrianised, but this tour bus makes a nice introduction to the city. If you have several days in the city, this tour could help you orientate yourself on your first day.
Málaga is a busy, bustling city with not a great deal to do. If you are keeping your stay in Málaga to a minimum, this bus is an ideal quick introduction to the city. Once you've taken this tour, you've seen all there is to see!
Cádiz is a small city and is best explored on foot, meaning this is not the best tour bus on offer.
You've probably come to Mallorca to laze on the beach - so why not continue this trend and lazily explore the city on an open-topped bus?
Not a huge city, though the best beaches are a little bit away from the city center, which might make the bus worthwhile.