Spain Travel Guide


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Detail of Palacio de Comunicaciones at Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain

Detail of Palacio de Comunicaciones at Plaza de Cibeles in Madrid, Spain

One of the most beloved tourist destinations from Europe, Spain is a country gifted with passion, culture, diversity, a magical natural beauty and amazing architecture, having the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the top place being occupied by Italy). Whether you’re visiting it for its cultural treasures, majestic and rich landscape, electric nightlife, generous resorts or all of these combined, your holiday in Spain will reward you with a wonderful experience, inspiring you to draw beautiful memories and to promise yourself that you’ll come back  at least one more time. Yeah, Spain really does have that effect on most people, being an extremely diverse country geographically and culturally speaking, and I’ll try my best to write about the best places to visit here – and boy, there’re a lot of them!

Spain is an European country situated on the Iberian Peninsula which neighbors with Portugal on the west and France and Andorra to the north and northeast. Its south and east sides are bathed in the Mediterranean Sea, while the northwest shore takes a dive in the Atlantic Ocean.
Spain spreads its territory over a surface of 505,990 square km (195,364 sq miles) and has a population of 46,439,864. The country is organized as a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy and has its capital at Madrid.


What to see, what to do

One of the first places to explore when visiting Spain is Barcelona, the country’s second largest city which is considered by many as the most beautiful city in the world. Its attractions include the outstanding Sagrada Familia church, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló , Parc Güell – which are only a few of the masterpieces of world renowned architect Antoni Gaudi, Museu Picasso, the Font Màgica dancing fountain, the famous La Rambla street and much more. Barcelona is an absolute must-see and I would recommend spending at little bit more than a few days there for admiring at least a part of what it has to offer.


Madrid is also a cultural treasure for its architecture and museums, so be sure to check out La Prado, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Plaza Mayor or the Royal Palace.
The industrial city of Bilbao is home for the amazing Guggenheim Museum, which will please your eyes with its unusual, mesmerizing shapes. Another popular architectural masterpiece is the Alhambra complex in Granada, an outstanding Islamic monument that consists in some beautiful gardens, majestic palace, a mosque, imposing towers, walls, patios and more. Another grandiose Arabic piece of architecture is Mezquita, the Great Mosque of Cordoba.


Also on your list should be the Cádiz province, where you can explore the Andalusian city of Cádiz and its Old Town and plazas, go hiking or relax on one of its many beaches.
Sevilla, the city of flamenco and Don Juan, is another popular tourist destination and will delight you with its romantic atmosphere, majestic cathedral (the third largest in the world), temples, churches, festivals and beautiful architecture.
For another breath of culture, be sure to visit Valencia for its City of Arts and Sciences (a complex which consists in an arts centre, a science museum, an IMAX cinema/planetarium, an oceanographic park, restaurants and more), the Valencia Cathedral, a plethora of squares, gardens, medieval churches and museums.

Mezquita-de-Cordoba-in-Spain-1For enjoying some paradisiacal beaches and lush vegetation, you have plenty of options to choose from, such as Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, Tenerife, Almeria and more. The islands of Ibiza and Mallorca are also world renowned for their amazing beaches and wild nightlife; if you want to party, these are the places to go to.
In Spain, you can also go hiking (in Galicia, for example), climbing (Siurana, Los Mallos – Aragon), skiing (Sierra Nevada, the Cantabrian and Pyrenean ranges), mountain biking, fishing, surfing, sailing, scuba diving and all the other watersports.

palma de mallorca

Food and drink

When visiting Spain, be sure to try out the traditional cuisine. Here are some regional dishes that are absolutely delicious: paella – a rice dish with meat/seafood, chorizo – sausage made from pork, salt, garlic and pepper, jamon – air dried ham, morcilla – black pork sausages with rice and onion, tortilla – egg and potato omelette.
As for local beverages, I would recommend drinking sherry (pale sherry wine), sangria (made from wine and fruits), horchata (made from tigernuts and sugar), cava (a Spanish wine).


Visa Requirements

Spain is a member of the European Union and it signed the Schengen treaty, hence if you’re an EU citizen, you’ll not require a passport, just an ID card for visiting the country. For USA/Canadian tourists, a passport is required (no Visa though).


One Response to “Spain Travel Guide”

  1. The DESI Vagabond Says:

    Beautiful country

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