Spain is one of the world’s most desirable destinations, with an irresistible allure of rich history, influential art, magnificent landmarks, royal palaces, breathtaking beauty, and vibrant culture. From the dynamic capital city of Madrid to the stunning art and architecture of Barcelona and the lovely coastal and mountain villages, it offers boundless charm and adventure any time of the year.
Dining is a feast for the senses, with spectacular regional specialties like Valencia’s paella or Catalonia’s escalivada. Pair tapas with dancing for an enchanting experience. Shopping is bountiful, from colorful local markets to high-end luxury boutiques.
See Sagrada Familia church and Park Güell in Barcelona — two of Gaudi’s most iconic works. Take it all in between visits to a 12th-century castle in the whitewashed village of Casares or the iconic Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Two of the world’s biggest sports teams, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, play in Spain’s La Liga. Attend a match for a true taste of Spanish culture.
Visit and explore it all, from architectural masterpieces like Santiago de Compostela Cathedral to The Great Mosque of Cordoba. Dive into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea in Marbella, Sitges, and Palma de Mallorca. Discover medieval Oviedo, and watch (or try) Flamenco dancing in Seville after a day of tasting Rioja, Cava, and Ribera wines in Vilafranca del Penedes. Whatever is on your itinerary, you’ll be entranced by the magnetism and wonder of Spain.
When looking for tapas in Madrid, try to avoid any restaurants with pictures of tapas outside. Some places locals love include El Sur, La Mi Venta, and Restaurante Casa Alberto on Calle de las Huertas.
Experience some of the finest museums in Europe for free. In Spain, all city-run museums, such as the Reina Sofia Museum and Prado Museum in Madrid and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and have free admission during specific hours of the week.
Although it's known as a beach-lover's paradise, Mallorca offers so much more. Discover Roman ruins, wineries, olive plantations, and the glittering Mediterranean Sea.
Step into a world from the Middle Ages in Segovia, just over an hour from Madrid by car. Rust-colored tiled roofs and aged architecture circle around a main plaza, while ancient Medieval walls protect the city exterior from invaders and defend the crown jewel — the massive and splendid Segovia Cathedral. This World Heritage site is truly a step back in time to the 8th century, a time of distant fairy tales.