Spain Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Spain? Our detailed Spain insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

From relishing the beauty of the Basque Country and exploring the rugged cliffs of the Atlantic northwest coast to relaxing on the glorious beaches of the Costa Brava and the Costa Del Sol, a Spain tour covers a variety of activities. Planning a trip across Spain can be intimidating, considering the sheer number of attractions and activities the country has. So, taking on one region at a time is a more pragmatic strategy to experience and explore Spain.

Alternatively, you can refer to our comprehensive guide to find out how to plan a trip to Spain without missing anything. To map out an itinerary to suit your needs, you can check out our guide on how many days to spend in Spain.

When it comes to the best time to visit Spain, every month of the year has something unique to offer. Head to Spain in July to spend time on the beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean coast, visiting the Canary Islands, and exploring the Basque Country. For a winter experience, visit Spain in December and enjoy a ski holiday in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, shop at the Christmas markets in Seville, or ring in the new year in Madrid.

The capital city of Madrid is enchanting with its spectacular plazas, elegant Royal Palace, and buzzing nightlife. Barcelona in the north is home to captivating architecture flaunting the Gothic Quarter, while its coasts are a hub for beach activities and a vibrant culinary scene. Other notable places to visit in Spain include Seville for its magnificent cathedral and Barrio de Santa Cruz, Córdoba for its Byzantine and Renaissance architecture, and Granada for its rich Christian and Moorish history.

Top Destinations in Spain

Discover the highlights of Spain.

Discover Fascinating Andalucia

Discover Fascinating Andalucia

Rich in culture, history and natural beauty, Andalucia is a must-visit destination during a trip to Spain. Go on a sightseeing tour in Granada that is filled with architecture with Moorish and Roman influences. Explore the hiking trails in Doñana National Park and spot the native wildlife. Head to the cities to witness colorful festivals like Feria de Malaga.

Explore Walking Trails in Madrid

Explore Walking Trails in Madrid

Resting high in the mountains and surrounded by dense forests, Madrid is one of Spain’s top spots for walking tours. From hiking among the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada in Sierra de Guadarrama to the breathtaking panoramic views of La Pedriza, there is a wide range of walking trails around Madrid for all levels of hikers in any season of the year.

Be Mesmerized by The Canary Islands

Be Mesmerized by The Canary Islands

Stunning beaches, glorious hikes and vibrant culture define the Canary Islands. Try diving and snorkeling at Tenerife. Hike to active volcanoes such as Caldera de Bandama. Visit Garajonay National Park and spot birds like sparrowhawks and canaries. End your tour with a spa day at one of the many luxurious resorts in the region.

What to do in Spain

Read all about the top things to do in Spain.

Things to Do in Spain

Things to Do in Spain

With a rich history, vibrant culture, and panoramic geography, Spain offers travelers memorable experiences set among breathtaking backdrops. From enjoying late-night tapas in a buzzing Barcelona plaza to basking in the peaceful serenity of the Picos de E...Read more

Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona

Top 10 Things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona, one of the most enchanting cities in the world, is one of those places where you’re never likely to fall short on things to see or do. It boasts of a beautifully preserved historic city center and its architectural wonders date back almos...Read more

10 Amazing Things to do in Valencia

10 Amazing Things to do in Valencia

A modern cultural hub located on the Mediterranean coast and chock-full of original Spanish culture and cuisine — can you picture anything better? A trip to Valencia blesses you with an excellent geographical location, loads of history (includi...Read more

10 Things to do in Ibiza: More than just party

10 Things to do in Ibiza: More than just party

Thumping music, flashing lights, and late-night clubs are some of the first things that come to mind when someone mentions Ibiza. It makes sense when you consider that this island is one of the world’s most notorious party destinations. While this i...Read more

Top 10 Things to do in Malaga

Top 10 Things to do in Malaga

Kissed by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, renowned as the birthplace of Picasso, and overflowing with Spanish culture, the province of Malaga is a treasure trove of everything Spain. From sizzling Flamenco performances to sandy beaches, delicious foo...Read more

10 Best Things to do in Granada

10 Best Things to do in Granada

Granada is one of Spain’s most historically rich cities. Although many of the things to do in Granada revolve around palaces, gardens, baths, churches, monasteries and ancient monarchs’ homes, Granada isn’t all history. There are also su...Read more

When to visit Spain

Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Spain.

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Best Time to Visit Spain

Best Time to Visit Spain

Spain is a country of lovers and adventurers. As the second-largest country in Europe, it is full of magical cities, spellbinding mountains, and the best food you can get your hands on. It is a country with great energy, with music flowing out of each str...Read more

Spain in January: Fine Weather, Lower Prices

Spain in January: Fine Weather, Lower Prices

Spain is a winter paradise as much as it is a summer getaway. Traveling to Spain in January means that you have most of its highlights for yourself, making this an ideal time to avoid the touristy bunch. Furthermore, this Mediterranean country has a mild...Read more

Spain in February: A Unique Perspective

Spain in February: A Unique Perspective

February, most definitely, is an underrated month for traveling to Spain. The winter season along with hardly any public holidays are the reasons why most people spend February at home. But booking a holiday to Spain in February can be a rewarding experie...Read more

Spain in March: Weather and Travel Tips

Spain in March: Weather and Travel Tips

Spain comes to life in March after a long winter slumber. And even though temperatures are still chilly in some places, the freezing cold of winter is now only a distant memory. With fewer tourists and cheaper prices compared to the high season, you can c...Read more

Spain in April: Celebrations and Local Delicacies

Spain in April: Celebrations and Local Delicacies

As flowers blossom and temperatures rise, the arid Spanish winter starts its transition to a beautiful spring in March. The weather in Spain in April is mild, but the foot traffic is still sparse as the peak tourist season has not started yet. This gives...Read more

Spain in May: Weather and Travel Tips

Spain in May: Weather and Travel Tips

From the beautiful Pyrenees Mountains to the atmospheric streets of Madrid, a trip to Spain in May is ideal! During this month, the weather is warm, and precipitation is rare. May is the last month of spring and a great month to visit Spain before the hi...Read more

Spain at a Glance

Quick facts about Spain.

CAPITAL CITY

Madrid is the capital of Spain and the administrative center of Madrid Provincia (province). Settled in 860 AC, it boasts a rich historical heritage and is an important artistic and cultural center. It is the largest city in Spain, the fifth most populous city in Europe, and the greenest city on the continent.

SIZE

Spain is 505,935 km² (195,342 mi²) with a coastline of 4,964 km (3,084.5 mi). The country has an excellent rail and road network, and most of its destinations are easily accessible.

COUNTRY CODE

+34 is the country code for Spain when making a call from another country. Follow the country code with an area code, such as 91 for Madrid.

CURRENCY

The official currency of Spain is the Euro (€). You can withdraw cash from ATMs, bank branches, urban centers, shopping areas, and tourist sites. Money can be changed at bureaus de change, various banks, and the majority of hotels and travel agencies.

MAIN AIRPORT

Spain’s main airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, commonly known as Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid. It is located nine kilometers from the city’s center and serves both domestic and international travelers. CODE: MAD CLOSEST CITY: Madrid

VISAS

Countries that are exempt from visa requirements for Schengen countries include the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan. Travelers from these countries can enter Spain without a visa for up to 90 days. Citizens from the European Union (EU) do not require a visa to enter Spain. However, we recommend checking your travel advisories before booking a trip to Spain as visa requirements can change.

LANGUAGE

Castilian Spanish is the official national language of Spain and is spoken by 99 percent of Spaniards as a first or second language. Other co-official languages spoken in Spain include Catalan, Valencian, Galician, and Basque. English is spoken in major cities across the country. However, it does help to learn a few words like ‘hola’ (hello), ‘por favor’ (please), and ‘gracias’ (thank you).

EMERGENCY CONTACT

The emergency number in Spain is 112 to call the police, ambulance, fire services, or coast guard in Spain.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

Siesta is a practice that is unique to Spain. Spaniards take a short 15-20-minute nap in the afternoons after lunch. Tourists, who assume it to be common practice, tend to give it a bad rap, but the once religiously practiced siesta is now a luxury for the retired and those on holiday.

Where to go in Spain

Discover the best places in Spain.

10 Amazing Day Trips From Malaga

10 Amazing Day Trips From Malaga

Málaga is a Spanish city where history, art, urban life and superb sandy beaches collide. Thanks to its warm and dry Mediterranean climate, Málaga is the perfect year-round destination for visitors interested in enjoying a little sun, s...Read more

Top 6 Madrid Day Trips: Travel Experiences on Short Journeys

Top 6 Madrid Day Trips: Travel Experiences on Short Journeys

While rich architecture and interesting history make the popular Madrid city worth a visit on its own, it is also a worthwhile place to choose as a base for many amazing day trips. Once you’ve hit the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, and devoured on m...Read more

Top 10 Beaches in Malaga

Top 10 Beaches in Malaga

The coastline of Malaga, Spain is known as the Costa del Sol for a reason — this is a place that sees an average of around 300 days of sun per year. There’s nothing that goes with sun better than sand and sea, and fortunately, this stretch of...Read more

A Guide to Rioja Wine Region

A Guide to Rioja Wine Region

Rioja is synonymous with Spanish wine. The proud product of the Rioja wine region, this famous wine named for the region usually accompanies Spain’s well-known culinary offerings — tapas. So, while on a trip to Spain, it is only fair to get to...Read more

Where to Go in Spain: Best Places to Visit

Where to Go in Spain: Best Places to Visit

There is no doubt that one can find activities abundant activities in Spain's diverse and beautiful terrain. From lively Barcelona and boisterous Madrid to the historic Ronda and colorful Seville, there is plenty to see and do in this grand Mediterra...Read more

Guide to Balearic Islands Holidays: How to Pick the Right Island

Guide to Balearic Islands Holidays: How to Pick the Right Island

The four main Balearic Islands floating off Spain’s east coast in the sun-soaked Mediterranean Sea attracts locals, tourists, and celebrities in need of an exotic holiday. If you’re thinking about taking your next holiday to the Balearic Islan...Read more

How long to stay in Spain

Read about the ideal duration to stay in Spain.

Great Spain Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Great Spain Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Spain is home to a rich variety of landscapes and cultures, and the travel opportunities are endless. From the green mountains of Basque Country and the Pyrenees in the north to the rocky coastline and sandy beaches of the south, a holiday in Spain has a...Read more

One Week in Spain: Top 3 Recommendations

One Week in Spain: Top 3 Recommendations

Spending 1 week in Spain allows for just enough time to combine one or two major cities with other bucket-list destinations. The gastronomic delights of Barcelona and historic sights of Madrid make for a great match. Go on a hiking trip in the Pyrenees an...Read more

10 Days in Spain: Top 3 Recommendations

10 Days in Spain: Top 3 Recommendations

Bestowed with natural bounties and dripping with art and architecture, Spain is a traveler’s delight. Pair the Roman ruins of Mérida with Granada’s Moorish palaces and Madrid’s hulking, neoclassical building during your 10 days in...Read more

Top Spain Attractions

Learn more about the best Spain attractions

Basque Country in Spain: A Complete Guide

Basque Country in Spain: A Complete Guide

Known as an autonomous Spanish community, the Basque Country in Spain delights visitors who make the effort to travel north. Immediately recognized for its fierceness when it comes to its traditions and lifestyles, Basque, Spain’s softer side is bei...Read more

Great Mosque of Cordoba: All You Need to Know

Great Mosque of Cordoba: All You Need to Know

The Great Mosque of Cordoba, also known as the Mezquita of Cordoba and officially known as the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba is one of the most splendid samples of Mujedar architecture to be found in all of Andalusia. A stellar example of architecture...Read more

FAQs for Spain

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Spain below.

  • When is the best time to go to Spain?
  • What are the best things to do in Spain?
  • Where in Europe is Spain located?
  • How many days would I require to travel across Spain?
  • Is Spain a safe country for travelers?

Sustainable travel — How to travel through Spain responsibly

In line with Bookmundi’s vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Spain. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any Spain tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting program here.

Here’s what you can do to travel to Spain more responsibly:

  • Carbon offset your transport to Spain via Qantas. The moment your tour starts in Spain, and provided that you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
  • Sustainable Travel International is an organization that aims to transform the impact of tourism on nature and local communities by conserving and protecting the most vulnerable places on Earth. You can help support this cause by donating to the organization. 
  • Center for Responsible Travel is another organization that promotes responsible travel to help local communities thrive and steward cultural resources and biodiversity. You can get involved with this great organization here.
  • Travel Foundation is an international foundation that focuses on reducing the negative impact of tourism on destinations around the world. They aim to do this by protecting natural environments, creating socio-economic opportunities for local communities, and providing credible experiences for tourists. 

Spain Travel tips and insight

  • Days are far longer in Spain, with the afternoon ending at around 8 pm and dinner beginning at 10 pm. The sooner you adapt, the easier your trip will be.
  • Tapas are small plates of delectable local foods shared by a few people. It is a great way to taste Spanish delicacies and can be an effective way to budget your meals.
  • Spain has plenty of festivals and religious holidays throughout the year, and there is no better way to get a feel for Spanish culture than to join in the festivities with the locals.

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