Spain Travel Guide

Spain Travel Guide

Beautiful Spain… a paradise of sunny skies, azure oceans, historical old towns, grand cathedrals, delicious tapas bars, and authentic dances. Travel across Spain’s cities where each one brims with its own unique history and festive attitude. Or trek across the country on the Camino de Santiago to admire Spain’s beautiful countryside. No matter your travel style, Spain is a place for foodies, history lovers, romantics, and night owls alike.



Girona, located in Catalonia, Spain, sits between Barcelona and Costa Brava. It’s a gorgeous place to visit, with medieval walls, narrow winding city streets, and one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. All you need is one day to see the best of Girona, making it a great destination on even the quickest itineraries through Spain.


Madrid is the largest city and the capital of Spain. Take a stroll along Gran Vía, visit the long list of art museums, tour the Royal Palace, explore the city’s vibrant food scene, and if you have more than 2 or 3 days, day trip to Toledo, Segovia, or Avila.
Madrid is the capital city of Spain and one of the largest cities in Europe. This cosmopolitan city is filled with world-class art museums, ancient historical sites, and grand palaces. Exploring a neighborhood or two, going for a stroll on Gran Vía, and dining on tapas and local cuisine all make it on to the list of best things to do in Madrid.

Castilla - La Mancha

Castilla – La Mancha is a community that makes up a large portion of central Spain. It sits just to the south of Madrid and is home to Toledo, the first capital of Spain.


Andalusia is one of the largest communities in Spain. Making up a large portion of the southern Iberian Peninsula, this is where you will find Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga, Ronda, Tarifa, and Cádiz. This is a land of sunny skies, warm weather, orange trees, and gorgeous landscapes and beaches.

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Top Experiences in Spain

Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain…this is a city that deserves to be on every traveler’s must-see list. Why? Barcelona is a beautiful city. Think Rome meets Paris. This city is spotless, with wide streets, beautiful architecture, beaches, palm trees, cafés, and boutique shopping. Throw in some tapas, Gaudí, and cava, and you have yourself a fabulous destination just waiting to be explored.

Girona. Girona, located in Catalonia, Spain, sits between Barcelona and Costa Brava. It’s a gorgeous place to visit, with medieval walls, narrow winding city streets, and one of the best preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. All you need is one day to see the best of Girona, making it a great destination on even the quickest itineraries through Spain.

Montserrat. A visit to Montserrat is one of the most popular day trips from Barcelona. It is also Catalonia’s most important religious retreat, for sitting on top of the mountain range is the Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine monastery. Many people come here to hike to this monastery, as well as to view the unique sawtooth mountain range and its views over the stunning countryside. If you enjoy hiking, or simply want to ride a cable car up for some stunning views, Montserrat makes a perfect day trip destination.

Madrid. Dive into Spain’s lively capital, a city rich in museums, stunning architecture, and a vibrant nightlife. Embrace Madrid’s beauty in the Puerta del Sol, and see some of the world’s most famous paintings in the Prado Museum. Then, join the locals and stroll Madrid’s historic neighborhood streets, each lined with fantastic tapas bars and upbeat cantinas.

Granada. Granada is a favorite destination for many travelers, for it’s a city brimming with impressive monuments, unique North African influence, and a mix of Roman and Moorish history. Step inside the Alhambra, complete with Arabic inscriptions and painted tiles, see the city’s Royal Chapel, and wander the Albayzin neighborhood which offers beautiful views over the city.

Seville. Seville is a must-visit destination for any traveler exploring Spain. Historic cathedrals and towers rise up alongside the Guadalquivir river. The streets are lined with a mix of Islamic and Catholic architectural styles, and they are spirited with festivals, tapas bars, and orange trees. Seville’s magic lies in its grand architecture, flamenco music, unique cuisine, and inviting street life.

Córdoba. Home to the magnificent Mezquita de Córdoba, one of the oldest structures still standing from Muslim’s rule of Al-Andalus, Córdoba hosts some of Europe's best Islamic sites. Additionally, to cool off from Spain’s sunny skies, stop at a few Patios de Córdoba: courtyards brimming with flowers, orange trees, and pools of water. 

Santiago de Compostela. For thousands of years pilgrims have trekked along the Camino de Santiago to gaze up at this city’s glorious Cathedral de Santiago. With the city’s unique culmination of culture, spirituality, and festive attitude, Santiago de Compostela is a truly magical destination to visit.

Toledo. Toledo is considered the cultural center of Spain, as it teems with historical landmarks and grand festivals. At the top of the city lies El Alcazar, an old Roman fortress, and below lies intricate mosques, plazas, cathedrals, monasteries, and museums. But even if you are not enthralled by Spain’s history, Toledo’s historic architecture makes it a beautiful city to explore.

Salamanca. Salamanca is a picturesque historic city with a beautiful skyline and even more dazzling interior. Step inside sandstone monuments, enjoy a bottle of wine at the Plaza Mayor, and walk the city streets where at every turn lies another hidden gem.

Cádiz. Cádiz is a lively, gorgeous city located in Spain’s southwestern corner. The city is surrounded by the Bay of Cádiz, so the city flourishes with white-sand beaches and sea-side forts with views over the calm azure ocean. Some claim Cádiz to be Europe’s oldest city, and the city boasts a beautiful historic center with remnants of Roman architecture. For visitors wanting to try an authentic meal, visit the Mercado Central for fresh seafood and local Spanish rum.

San Sebastian. San Sebastian is a popular tourist destination replete with golden beaches, a quaint historic old town, and renowned Basque cuisine. The romantic city is a great place to spend a pleasant day in Spain’s Basque country.

Pamplona. Pamplona is best known for hosting the Running of the Bulls, one of Spain’s most famous and lively festivals. But Pamplona has more than just bulls. After the festival season, Pamplona becomes a calm and welcoming city to wander, and it hosts a fabulous culinary scene.

Costa Brava. Costa Brava runs along north-eastern Spain, and it is a magical destination to spend some time on the beach. Due to its vicinity to the Pyrenees, Costa Brava is made up of rocky cliffs and hidden coves. Historic towns also line the coast, many marked by their stone fortresses and impressive castles. Below, golden speckles of beach cascade into the azure Mediterranean sea. Costa Brava does get very crowded in the summertime, however its long coastline and small inlets make it possible to separate from the crowd.

Pyrenees. The Pyrenees Mountains are a beautiful expanse of snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, medieval towns, and it holds an array of outdoor activities. Exploring the Pyrenees is a great getaway from the crowded cities, especially if you enjoy hiking, skiing, or want to wander its fairytale-like land of castles and fortresses. The Pyrenees also offers exhilarating hot air balloon flights over its gorgeous peaks and nearby coastline.

Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is one of Europe's favorite pilgrimage routes, and it is many traveler’s most loved treks. The route stretches across Northern Spain from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to the city of Santiago de Compostela, and along the way the route passes through some of Spain’s most impressive cities. Hostels and guesthouses line the way providing delicious meals and small dorm rooms. The trek is an unforgettable experience and it is a wonderful authentic Spanish adventure.

Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are an archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa. Each island boasts a variety of landscapes from beachside resorts to impressive volcanoes, and from lush forests to arid deserts. The islands are an exceptional place for a beach getaway and for exploring Spain’s national parks and preserves.

Best Time to Visit Spain

The best time to visit Spain is in the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November), as temperatures are warm, crowds are minimal, and prices are cheaper. 

In the summer, temperatures tend to range from 26º to 45º C (80º - 115º F), with the hottest temperatures being in southern Spain. In fact, southern Spain tends to be the hottest area of Europe in the summer. If you have plans to visit during peak season (June through September) expect long lines and higher prices for accommodations. In order to have the best experience, I recommend booking your attraction tickets in advance. This will save you hours of waiting in line.

The cheapest time to visit Spain is in the winter months. Though temperatures will be cooler (10º - 15º C or 50º - 60º F), Spain still remains warmer than most other European countries. Some travelers recommend visiting Spain in the winter for its lack of tourism, which remains lower than most other European countries during this time. However, you will not get the beautiful blossoms and hot summer sun typically thought of with Spain during its winter months. Thus, visiting in the spring or fall is recommended.

Spain hosts some of the world’s most unique and exhilarating festivals. La Tomatina is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August every year in Buñol, Spain. The Running of the Bulls occurs on the second week of July every year in Pamplona, Spain. Visit the patios of Córdoba during the first two weeks of May. And Semana Santa is the holy week before Easter and it is one of the busiest times of the year to visit Seville.