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Spain

Travel Guide
Plaza de Espana which includes street scenes, night scenes and a sunset

From the peaks of the Pyrenees to sun-scorched beaches and desert-like regions, Spain is a country of diverse landscapes. Enjoy this natural backdrop while you view eclectic architecture, sample regional food and be swept up in one of the country’s many festivals.

Throughout its 17 regions, Spain offers captivating scenery, exciting outdoor adventures and a relaxed atmosphere on its beautiful beaches. On a tour of this country you can travel through hilltop villages full of whitewashed houses, visit Moorish fortresses and Romanesque churches and see one of the world’s finest collections of art works.

Go on an architectural tour of some of Spain’s cities. Stroll around Barcelona’s Gothic quarter and marvel at Gaudi’s buildings. These include the spectacular Sagrada Familia, the unfinished basilica with an exterior that resembles dripping wax. In Granada, see the Alhambra, a Moorish palace-fortress, and relax in the scented gardens of the Generalife. Explore Plaza de España in Seville. While you are in the city, watch a flamenco show in Triana, one of the locations that claims to be the birthplace of this folk music and dance.

Culture lovers will relish the opportunity to visit the country’s museums and art galleries. Bilbao’s showpiece is the Guggenheim Museum, with its titanium roof and futuristic architecture. Study the works of Francisco de Goya and other Spanish artists in the internationally acclaimed collections of the Prado Museum in Madrid, the country’s capital city. Trace the evolution of the work of Spain’s most famous son at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Join the Spanish in their passion for outdoor pursuits. Enjoy a hillwalking expedition through the Picos de Europa National Park. Go skiing in the Pyrenees or in the Sierra Nevada mountain range above Granada. Cycle through the countryside on more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) of disused railway lines known as Via Verde.

The further south you travel in Spain the warmer the weather. Many resorts on the southern costas are year-round vacation destinations. Head for the beaches of the Costa Blanca or Costa del Sol. Although nudity is permitted on Spanish beaches, many who dare to bare stay in Vera Playa, home to the country’s first naturist hotel.

Go to Tarifa, on the Atlantic coast, for watersports. Strong winds throughout the year are perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Tarifa is also Spain’s closest point to the African continent. Make time in your itinerary for the 35-minute ferry trip over to Tangier in Morocco.

Spaniards enjoy a busy calendar of festivals and celebrations, so it’s easy to time your visit with one of these events. Watch as Seville transforms during the week-long religious festival of Semana Santa leading up to Easter, pick a city along the coast to witness the Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) festival in June or be in Barcelona in September for the city’s biggest street party, La Mercè.

Popular cities in Spain

Almudena Cathedral
Madrid
Known for Shopping, Museum and Theatre
The Spanish capital is not all hustle and bustle; nibble tapas in a cobbled square, visit ancient churches, or relax in one of Madrid’s spacious parks.

Reasons to visit

  • Prado Museum
  • CaixaForum Madrid
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
Barceloneta Beach showing night scenes, street scenes and a city
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedral and Museum
Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

Reasons to visit

  • Palau de la Musica Catalana
  • Picasso Museum
  • Barcelona Cathedral
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museum
Trip time! Discover the museums, art and beaches in romantic Valencia.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de la Reina
  • Serranos Towers
  • Central Market
Plaza de Espana which includes street scenes, night scenes and a sunset
Seville
Known for Dining, Cathedral and Shopping
Romantic Seville is calling! Discover its monuments, cathedral, culture and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Alcazar
Palma de Mallorca showing a sandy beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Shopping and Cathedral
Scenic beaches, historic castles, museums and an aquarium make up this picturesque city on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza Mayor de Palma
  • Basilica of St. Francis
  • Paseo del Borne
Granada
Granada
Known for Cathedral, Castle and Sightseeing
Trip time! Discover the cathedral, monuments and history in Granada.

Reasons to visit

  • Granada Cathedral
  • Alhambra
  • Calle Gran Via de Colon

Popular places to visit in Spain

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