Spain - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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Once a dominant world power that conquered much of the Americas, Spain is now of one of the leaders in world tourism. Blessed with abundant sunshine, world-class art and architecture, and wonderful food, beaches, and scenery, this seductive nation offers something for everyone -- from hiking in the Pyrenees and swimming in the Mediterranean to dining on paella and relaxing in a seaside sidewalk cafe (or all four). It may well have ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Northern Spain Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 234 / day
$ 2,575
From : $ 3,167
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR of Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and Madrid
  • ORIENTATION of Pamplona, San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo
  • VISIT the Holy Cave of Covadonga, the fishing village of Luarca, St. James Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and the Prado Museum in Madrid
  • VIEW La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Cathedral and University of Salamanca
  • SCENIC DRIVE through the Picos de Europa
Visits:
Barcelona, Madrid, Pamplona, Salamanca, Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Spanish Fiesta

Topdeck
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 182 / day
$ 1,818
From : $ 2,454
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Driving tour of Madrid
  • Visit Zaragoza
Visits:
Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville, Toledo, Valencia, Spain
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Combine Ribera del Duero world-famous wines ...

4 days
$ 556 / day
$ 2,222
From : $ 2,733
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See and Imagine yourself sleeping in one of the most beautiful historic hotels in Spain
  • Learn how to cook Spanish food like a local during a cooking class with a local Chef.
  • See and be inspired by the beauty of Santiago de Compostela's Gothic Cathedral
  • Picture yourself in some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe at the Rias Baixas
  • See Spain's main supplier of seafood & shellfish.
Visits:
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Food Lover's Spanish Camino

UTracks
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 380 / day
$ 5,699
From : $ 7,979
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Sample local gastronomic delights including the famous 2 Michelin star Casa Marcial restaurant & 1 Michelin star restaurant A Tafona
  • Enjoy cooking demonstrations and samplings
  • Walk on the original pilgrimage route to Santiago through superb scenery
  • Explore the magnificent cities of Leon and Santiago with their impressive architecture and cathedrals.
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow food enthusiasts, walkers and pilgrims
  • Experience comfortable and welcoming hotels including two paradors (former palaces)
Visits:
Bilbao, Santiago, Spain
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Highlights of Spain (Preview 2019)

9 days
$ 297 / day
$ 2,675
From : $ 3,611
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
    • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
    • Seville: Visit the beautiful Plaza de España in Seville's Maria Luisa Park. Perhaps climb the Giralda Tower for views over the city.
    • Cordoba: Spend some time in the old Jewish Quarter and the 2,000-year-old bridge.
    • Scenic drives: Costa Dorada, Ebro Delta, Costa Blanca, Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, Guadalquivir Valley, Plains of La Mancha.
    • Valencia: Meet a local chef of a family-run restaurant in the heart of the Old City and learn the traditional recipe of paella during a Cooking Demonstration before savouring the flavours of this classic dish for dinner, washed down with a glass of Sangria, during your Highlight Dinner.
    • Seville: During your dinner with wine, the stage erupts with the unmistakable singing, clapping and throbbing guitars of flamenco.
    • Madrid: Honest culinary traditions and a fiesta of fresh ingredients are the hallmarks of your Spanish Celebration Dinner. The perfect accompaniment to good conversation and a chilled glass of beer or wine.
    • Dining Summary:: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
    • Granada: Guided by your Local Expert, visit the Alhambra Palace, an arabesque fantasy in stone, complemented by the beautiful gardens of the Generalife.
    • Madrid: Study the world’s finest collection of Spanish paintings, plus an impressive international collection, as you visit the Prado Museum with an expert art historian.
    • Valencia: The Barceló Valencia hotel is situated right in the centre of the City of Arts and Sciences, opposite the Queen Sofia Palace of Arts, a building designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated in one of the most modern and attractive areas of the city.
    • Madrid: Located on Madrid’s most chic avenue, the Hesperia Madrid is a centrally located, modern hotel offering comfortable and contemporary rooms.
    • Barcelona: A Local Expert will show you the narrow lanes and old squares of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter. View the lively Las Ramblas, see the wrought-iron street lamps and Modernist buildings as you travel along Passeig de Gràcia.
    • Barcelona: Venture inside Gaudi’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture.
    • Peñíscola: See the castle featured in the film 'El Cid'.
    • Valencia: See the ultra-modern Centre of Arts and Sciences and the huge gates of the old town, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart.
    • Seville: Explore with your Local Expert visiting the Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, strolling through the Santa Cruz Quarter and see the gates to the Alcazar.
    • Seville: Step inside the impressive cathedral, passing the altarpiece dripping with gold and marvel at the Tomb of Columbus, held aloft by four kings. Afterwards, perhaps walk the ramps of the Giralda Tower for views over the city.
    • Cordoba: See the 2,000-year-old Roman bridge and spend some time exploring the town.
    • Cordoba: Explore the incredible Mezquita with your Local Expert. Admire the forest of horseshoe arches and learn how this building symbolises many of Cordoba's religious changes over the centuries.
    • Madrid: With your Local Expert, see the sights of the capital including the monument to Cervantes in the Plaza de España, the Cibeles Fountain, Parliament and the Puerta del Sol.
    • Scenic Drives: Relax and enjoy the views as your travel along Costa Dorada, Ebro Delta, Costa Blanca, through Sierra Nevada, Andalucía, the Guadalquivir Valley and across the Plains of La Mancha.
    Visits:
    Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Spain
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    The Spain - Barcelona Untour

    7 days
    $ 203 / day
    $ 1,419
    From : $ 1,916
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
    • Explore Picasso Museum, the Joan Miro Foundation, and more
    • Visit Benedictine abbey at Montserra
    • Visit Eixample neighborhood
    Visits:
    Spain
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    Canyoning, Trekking and Kayaking in Andalusia

    8 days
    $ 151 / day
    $ 1,208
    From : $ 1,341
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Start and end your journey in Malaga, a 2,800 year old port city currently being rejuvenated as a national hub for arts & culture
    • Trek through the mountain villages, gorges and terraces of the Alpujarras, skirting the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada
    • Enjoy a full canyoning experience in Rio Verde, an area of green, cool waters, deep pools, sunlit waterfalls and extraordinary natural beauty
    • Trek along Cabo de Gata’s best beaches, Andalusia’s largest coastal protected area, a stunningly beautiful coastline of volcanic hillsides, rocky headlines and pristine sandy beaches
    • Take to the water in a kayak to explore Cabo de Gata’s National Park from another angle
    • Trek along the hills of the Axarquia, east of Malaga, and explore some of its whitewashed villages - or climb to the top of La Maroma, the region’s highest peak
    Visits:
    Granada, Spain
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    Portugal Real Food Adventure, featuring Galicia

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 313 / day
    $ 2,502
    From : $ 3,378
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Cook up a Galician feast using Vigo's finest seafood
    • Sip world-class wines in the spectacular Douro Valley wine region
    • Discover why Alentejo is Portugal’s best kept foodie secret on a farmstay
    • Stand around with the Lisbon locals and enjoy a tipple of cherry liqueur
    Visits:
    Douro Valley, Lisbon, Porto, Santiago, Santiago de Compostela, Portugal, Spain
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    Best of Southern Spain

    G Adventures
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 181 / day
    $ 1,444
    From : $ 1,949
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore moorish palaces
    • Be treated to a lively flamenco performance in seville
    • Explore the astounding red-clay fortress of the alhambra
    • Witness gaudí’s barcelona with your own eyes
    Visits:
    Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Spain
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    Secret Trails of Medieval Spain

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 175 / day
    $ 1,399
    From : $ 1,889
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Follow historic pilgrim routes
    • Enjoy impressive gorges and spectacular scenery
    • Stay in a family-run hotel based in a traditional historic village
    • Explore the city of Burgos with its impressive Gothic Cathedral on your free day
    • Attend vespers sung in Gregorian chant by Benedictine monks
    Visits:
    Spain
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    Barcelona and Beyond

    7 days
    $ 157 / day
    $ 1,102
    From : $ 1,331
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit the castle and the convent Carmen before visiting Castello Peralada’s degustacion centre
    • See the old quarter known as El Pedro within the medieval walls contains many historic buildings.
    • Explore Casa Museu Castell Gala Dali
    • Visit some of the workshops including the wonderful Ponderosa run by 2 sisters
    • Visiting the famous ruins of Empuries one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Europe
    Visits:
    Barcelona, Spain
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    The Best of Spain

    SmarTours
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    12 days
    $ 250 / day
    $ 2,999
    From : $ 4,049
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Madrid
    • Visit Prado Museum 
    • Admire El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in Santo Tome Church
    • View the Moorish architecture of the Giralda Tower overlooking the Guadalquivir River
    • Visit the splendid Alhambra Palace
    • Visit the famed Sagrada Familia, a large, unfinished Catholic Basilica
    • Visit Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter
    • Enjoy the scenic views of plazas when you drive along the La Rambla  Boulevard
    Visits:
    Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada, Madrid, Palace of Versailles, Seville, Sierra Nevada, Toledo, Valencia, Spain
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    The Spain - Andalusia Untour

    7 days
    $ 136 / day
    $ 949
    From : $ 1,059
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Cordoba, Seville and Granada
    • Visit Almedinilla
    • Discover mountain range Subbética
    • Visit Priego de Córdoba and Málaga
    Visits:
    Córdoba, Granada, Malaga, Seville, Spain
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    A Virtuous Line

    10 days
    $ 132 / day
    $ 1,316
    From : $ 3,534
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Explore London, stroll in the centre of Rouen to admire its magnificent cathedral
    • See the Rouen historic centre
    • Visit with a boat cruise along the River Seine
    • City tour in Paris
    Visits:
    Barcelona, British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower, London, Madrid, Paris, Rouen, England, France, Spain, United Kingdom
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    London & Paris with Barcelona

    STORY Land & Sea
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 558 / day
    $ 5,579
    From : $ 7,532
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Enjoy our sightseeing immersion at Barcelona
    • Watch the London Eye, or inquire with reservations for the Harry Potter Walking Tour
    • Get an opportunity to visit  The Louvre, Notre Dame & Eiffel Tower
    • Discover London to Paris
    • Awesome Historic London Panoramic Tour
    Visits:
    Barcelona, Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower, London, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, Paris, The Louvre, England, France, Spain, United Kingdom
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    Top Spain Experiences and Attractions

    Top Spain Experiences

    Viewing Antonio Gaudi’s fanciful and enormously ambitious church of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, still a work in progress almost 90 years after the architect’s death.

    Swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea off one of Spain’s alluring islands of Mallorca, Ibiza or Formentera.

    Staring, amazed, at the detailed tile work in Granada’s 14th-century Moorish palace, the Alhambra.

    Staying in a parador, one of the government inns converted from former castles, monasteries, and other atmospheric buildings.

    Making the rounds of the tapas bars in Madrid, downing a complimentary olive there, a slice of roasted potato there, and perhaps splurging on a grilled prawn or two.

    Throwing tomatoes at strangers in Valencia’s famous La Tomatina, a 40,000-person tomato fight held each August.

    Admiring the Old Masters in Madrid’s Prado Museum and Picasso’s masterwork Guernica in the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.

    Taking in a flamenco show at a club in Seville where you know the dancing is authentic.

    Joining the pre-dinner crowds along Las Ramblas in Barcelona as they enjoy their evening paseo, while passing chic sidewalk cafes and lively street entertainers.

    Marveling at the formal gardens and fountains in Seville’s Royal Alcazar Palace.

    Spending an art-filled day in Toledo, home of the painter El Greco and a medieval masterpiece of a city.

    Walking at least part of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, an ages-old, now newly popular pilgrimage route.

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    Spain Trip Reviews

    1,673 Spain Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

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    Great 465
    Average 109
    Disappointing 30
    Terrible 12
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    Activities
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    Lodging
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    Transportation
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    Meals
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    Luggage Handling and follow up

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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    Operator Holland America Line

    Very nice

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Very nice equipment & was delivered in room & picked up as told when it was ordered.

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    Operator Special needs at Sea

    trustworthy and creative team!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I highly recommend Sean and his EATour Team! Sean delivered a five star trip for our week long tour of Portugal and Spain. We enjoyed the perfect combination of highly rated restaurants and hotels with native home cooking and overnights at local manors. We toured the historical sights with local and informative tour guides. We enjoyed private tours of vineyards and tasted the local wines and cuisine. Our time was thoughtfully organized although allowed us free time to explore the Portuguese and Spanish culture on our own. I was a corporate meeting planner for five years and I would highly recommend Sean and the EATour team to any corporate or private tours. Relax and enjoy...the EATour Specialist are a trustworthy and creative team!

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    Operator EATour

    Loved the rural surroundings.

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We were able to visit many wonderful sites in spite of a heat wave, thanks to air conditioned car and a pool to return to. We greatly appreciated the air conditioned bedroom and room fan that Maria provided. We loved living in the olive orchards and the rural surroundings! We appreciated that Dodge made it clear what to expect when we were choosing an apt.

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    Days of Devotion

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    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
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    Very organized. Sufficient free time.

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    Amazing Europe Trip

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    • Guide 5.0
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    There are so many great things to say about my European trip of a lifetime. The people that made it was my fellow topdeckers and of course the Fab Tour guide Matt Stewart. This is a trip that I will never forget, so many lovely memories I will cherish forever. We was very lucky with Matt because he really took time to talk to us and make us all feel relaxed with each other and asked us what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgable about all the places we went to, I remember thinking to myself this guy is pretty cool the fact he knows so well about the history and culture of each place especially the amount of cities we travelled to. Matt made the trip fun, interesting, exciting and I hope that if I was to ever do a top deck again one day he would be the tour guide or I think I would be disappointed. Have recommended top deck to so many people, memories I will have for a lifetime.

    Georgina staines

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    Spain Tours and Travel Guide

    Spain Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    Spain -- the tempestuous land of Don Juan and Don Quixote, Carmen and Figaro, bullfighting and flamenco -- once ruled an empire that stretched across the Americas and points beyond. By the 20th century it had fallen into decline, merely another poor nation in southern Europe. Now, in the midst of a cultural renaissance, Spain is much like a theme park devoted to the good life -- a sensuous feast of fun, food, and fine art and architecture.

    Start with the beaches, as many visitors do. (Northern Europeans, who search out sand and sunshine like heat-seeking missiles, have made Spain their holiday central.) The most crowded stretch, the Costa del Sol along the southern Mediterranean, sports highly developed resorts like upscale Marbella and carnival-like Torremolinos, once quiet fishing villages now packed with sunbathers and bar-hoppers. The Mediterranean island of Ibiza is another incredible party scene, though with better beaches; the smaller island of Formentera is quieter.

    Art and Architecture

    In Spain, you can spend hours or days with Spanish masters like Velasquez, El Greco, Goya, Dali, and Picasso in Madrid’s Prado and other top museums. Architecture? Frank Gehry’s sensational Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of the most talked-about buildings in Europe. You can even view ancient Roman ruins such as the two-millennia-old aqueduct in Segovia.

    The Spanish have turned eating into an art form, not so much with the classical artistry of the French as with the playful palette of Picasso, a native Spaniard. Dining often begins by making the rounds of tapas bars -- grazing on small platefuls of delicacies washed down with glasses of local wine or sherry. It continues with multi-course meals that may run on till midnight. Seafood is often the centerpiece, sometimes topping giant platters of paella, the saffron-tinged rice dish that’s almost synonymous with Spanish cuisine.

    The Backdrop

    All of these cultural, culinary and recreational riches are set against a scenic backdrop as varied as any in Europe. To the east and parts of the west, the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines frame hundreds of miles of blue sea. To the north, the green and forested Pyrenees rise to form a mountainous border with France. In central Spain, arid brown valleys and high plateaus add dramatic contours to the landscape. And in the far south, the Andalusian countryside is reminiscent of Spain’s onetime New World outpost, southern California. Each region is wildly beautiful in its own way.

    The Spanish people enhance it all with their exuberant approach to life, much of it played out on the public stage. In cities and villages across the country, they emerge to see and be seen on their evening paseos, strolling often arm-in-arm with family or friends, typically dressed to be admired.

    7 Must Visit Cities in Spain

    1. MadridSpain’s central capital, driven in tapa culture, is filled with vibrant museums, bustling parks like Puerta del Sol, shopping stores around the famous Gran Via and many historical sites such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Egyptian Temple of Debod and the Almudena Cathedral.

    2. BarcelonaPerhaps the most tourist friendly place in Spain, Barcelona is a traveler’s favorite for the amazing architecture spouted from the Catalan modernist movement. Although the main language is Catalan and not Spanish, the city is easy to navigate and is bustling everyday with food scenes, festivals, serene beaches as well as gorgeous sunsets bleeding through the distinguishable Barcelona skyline.

    3. SevilleThis big city south of Spain is the origin of flamenco music and dancing. The narrows streets of Seville are pulsating with the passion and artistry of flamenco shows, dotted with manicured parks and topped with astonishing sites such as the Seville Cathedral, the largest gothic cathedral in the world!

    4. ValenciaThe port city of Spain is a must see for adventurers looking for architecturally beautiful sites, such as the art and science culture park, L’Oceanografic aquarium, the central market of Valencia and many futuristic museums.

    5. GranadaThis city is only a 2 hour drive from Seville and is a distinct location to travel to historically to see the fortress of Alhambra, the remaining stronghold of Arab influence.

    6. BilbaoCulture and food are the two main reasons tourists come back to Bilbao. Be sure to visit the stunning museums and bridges that encompass the city. Also, if you’re a serious foodie, Bilbao has over 40 michelin-star restaurants. The Basque country is also known for having plentiful, mouthwatering pintxo bars, which are the region’s versions of tapas.

    7. Canary IslandsThe 7 islands are an honorable mention because of its rugged, volcanic beauty, tourist friendly spots and being simply beautiful and warm all year round.

    Regional Spanish Cuisine

    Spanish cuisine is rich with history and culture. Taking a Spain food tour, covering regions from Barcelona to the Basque Country, reveals how vastly different they are from each other, especially when it comes to food.

    But don’t fret! We have compiled a list of must try foods to eat from regions of all over Spain so that you know just what to order to get the whole experience.

    Something useful to know about ordering in Spain is that there are 3 types of portion sizes that the waiter will ask for:

    • Tapas: small portion snacks offered alongside a refreshing glass of wine or beer.
    • Raciones: large tapas intended to be shared in a group
    • Medu del dia: translated as the menu of the day are individual dishes, what we would think as main courses.

    8 most popular Tapas across Spain

    1. Patatas bravas - There is no greater crowd pleaser than one of Spain’s most popular tapas: deep fried, crispy potatoes. It is served differently in every region but these delicious wedges of potatoes are usually eaten with a tomato based sauce or olive oil and chili.

    2. CojonudosCommonly found in the city of Burgos, this tapa consists of slices of blood sausage, pact full of flavor, with fried quail egg over a fresh slice of bread.

    3. Bacalaodry salted cod is a staple of Spanish tapas, and it is best served fried with batter. This flavorful dish, originating from the Catan region, is seen across almost every food market in Barcelona for a reason!

    4. Gambas al AjilloThese sizzling garlic prawns are popular appetizers at bars. Cooked usually in clay pots with garlic, olive oil and parsley, many locals chew these down with a glass of red or white wine.

    5. Pescaito Frito - Most common in the food scene of Andalusia and Catalonia, pescado frito, or fried fish, is a guilty pleasure of tapas made by deep frying white fish and tossing in salt, olive oil and fresh lemon.

    6. Jamon Iberico - This delicious cured ham can be seen hanging from the ceilings in most Tapas bars. The pungent, salty aroma is sure to make you hungry from the moment you walk in. You can eat this on its own or with a slice of bread with manchego cheese and dried tomato.

    7. Pulpo a Feira - Simplicity is key for this dish. Most popular in the region of Galicia, this tapa consists of freshly boiled octopus seasoned perfectly with olive oil, salt and pepper.

    8. Gilda - A tapa, or pintxo as they say in the Basque country, is a prominent part of the Basque identity. It is the mouthwatering combination of anchovies, olives, pickles and chillies into a bite size snack.

    8 most popular Menu del Dia dishes across Spain

    1. Paella Valenciana - Any foodie would know that you come to Spain to try paella, but not a lot of people know that the original paella, from the city of Valencia, is with vegetables, saffron and poultry, not seafood.

    2. FideuaAlso originating from the coast of Valencia, this is a seafood dish similar to paella with noodles instead of rice.

    3. Pollo en Pepitoria - Discover a traditional Spanish dish through this seared chicken favorite mixed with a creamy Pepitoria sauce with egg yolks and almonds.

    4. Chorizo a la SidraThis simple dish from the northern region of Asturias encapsulates the essence of classic Spanish cuisine by combining smoked chorizo and dry apple cider. I know, really simple, but so popular that this turned from a tapa into its own dish.

    5. Cap i PotaThis rustic Catalan stew uses pieces of veal or beef boiled with chickpeas to create a flavorful and hearty meal.

    6. Percebes - This is kind of a weird one, but Percebes is translated as goose barnacles. The region of Galicia is famous for this seafood dish and many locals swear this savory meal is the tastiest thing to order of them all!

    7. Churros con ChocolateFound all over Barcelona, this beloved dessert is a mouth watering treat.

    8. Crema Catalana - This Catalan dessert is a quintessential part of Spanish cuisine. It’s simple, sweet and rich in cream and zest.

    Top 6 Travel Activities in Spain

    1. Visit the beachesAs a coastal country, Spain is rimmed with gorgeous beaches. Catch the basking sun and clear, blue waves in postcard looking places such as Costa Blanca in Valencia, beaches of Sitges in Catalonia, Costa del Sol in Andalusia and more!

    2. Food Tourism - A trip to Spain is a culinary experience at its heart. Take food tours and travel from Galicia for the best seafood to the food markets in Catalonia to bustling around tapa bars in Madrid to what many call the food capital of the world, San Sebastian.

    3. Watch a football match - Whether you’re a die hard fan of the sport or not, Spain is home to some of the global superpower teams in the football world, including Europe’s most successful football team, Real Madrid. Many people come to Spain and enjoy watching football matches in gargantuan stadiums present in almost every city, specifically the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, an impressive 85,000 seater stadium. The energetic atmosphere and entertaining matches is definitely something many add to their itineraries!

    4. Visit wine regionsSpain holds some of the most praised and historic wineries, vineyards and cellars. Take a tour and appreciate the great Spanish wines in La Rioja, the south of the Basque country or the beautiful vineyards of Andalucia.

    5. Architecture tours - If there is anything most distinct about Spain, from just a glance, it is its architecture. A clear winner for the architecture scene is Barcelona, a city knitted with the work of Antoni Gaudi during the 19th century historic cultural movement of Catalan modernism. You will see some of the most creative buildings in the world!

    6. FestivalsFiestas and shows are extremely integral to Spanish culture. Whether it is a flamenco show, a tapa festival or the many music festivals taking place in Spain, there is always something happening all year round that makes this country the heat of cultural expression.

    Top 6 Spain Attractions for Art Lovers

    1. Dali Theatre and MuseumJust seeing a glance of the Dali museum will make you wonder if you’re glimpsing through a surrealistic world. Knowing the whimsical style of Salvador Dali, the artist that conceptualized the museum, that is probably the intended response. Everything inside the gallery was designed by him to encapsulate visitors into how he sees the world. The museum itself is where Dali chose to be buried, and is considered his final artistic project.

    2. Valencian Institute of Modern ArtHolding over 11,000 modern art pieces, this is a must see for contemporary art enthusiasts that are interested in seeing the works of artists such as Ignacio Pinazo and Marcel Duchamp. It is the first center of modern art opened in Spain.

    3. Guggenheim MuseumThe Guggenheim museum in the city of Bilbao is. in itself, a jaw dropping sight to see with its curved and otherworldly glass and titanium structure. It is the center of modern art, holding many contemporary national and internationally recognized pieces.

    4. Picasso MuseumThe museum in Barcelona holds the most complete collection of Picasso’s work, featuring over 3,000 pieces throughout his life. The museum boasts a special focus on Picasso’s formative years, including his work as a ceramist.

    5. Museu Nacional d’Art de CatalunyaA big attraction of Barcelona is the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, a place to visit to get a breathtaking look into the cultural and artistic history of the city from its medieval period to the contemporary scene today. It holds over 1,000 years of art, and don’t forget to take in the collection of Catalan modernism from Gaudi’s work!

    6. Museo del PradoMadrid’s main museum stands as one of the most visited sites in the world. This cultural hub is packed full of exhibits more than 8,000 paintings and 700 sculptures with a special focus on the royal collection, such as the painting The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch.

    Top 7 Festivals to See in Spain

    Festivals in Spain, packed with vivaciousness, color and passion, are a time to witness local culture first hand. Spain has a festival for every season, each very different from the next and never failing to deliver an unforgettable experience.

    Here are the top, unmissable festivals in Spain to make your trip one for the books!

    1. Feria de Abril (4-11 May)This is Andalucia’s biggest and most vibrant fair of the year. Located in the city of Seville, you can see people celebrate with horse-drawn carriages, music, dancing and drinking for six days straight! Get ready for a party that begins with the marking of Alumbrao, a traditional lighting ceremony.

    2. Fiestas de la Marce (Around September) - Barcelona’s biggest street festival is 4 days long filled with a pulsing concerts, fireworks, a parade of giants in order to celebrate the Patron Saint of Barcelona.

    3. La Mare de Deu de la Salut Festival (7-8 September) - This festival, located in Algemesi, Valencia is the fiesta to see for many locals and tourists, especially after being awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage designation. Celebrated by the townspeople since the 13th century, today more than 1,400 are joined into an incredible parade with music, dance and theater.

    4. Las Fallas Festival (Around March) - Also added as one of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage List, in this celebration, held in commemoration for Saint Joseph in Valencia, you can expect large parades filled with giant puppets, paper mache artworks, costumes and lots and lots of paella.

    5. Haro Wine Festival (28-30 June) - If it’s not obvious yet that Spain is a country that loves their wine, there is an actual festival that celebrates the wine harvest in a town north of Spain called Haro, located in the region of La Rioja. Perhaps the most exciting part of the festival is the Batalla de Vino, translated as the battle of wine, where locals toss wine over each other before heading for street feasts and sometimes events of bullfighting held every summer. If you’re a wine lover, this should definitely be in your list to see!

    6. La Tomatina (28 August)Perhaps the most well known festival in Spain that many travel all over the world from is La Tomatina, a ticketed event in the town of Bunol where locals and tourists run around throwing tomatoes at each other. Interesting fact: this fiesta started in 1945 when someone lost his mask at a parade and locals thought it was hilarious and began throwing tomatoes at each other!

    7. Sonar (17-19 July) - Founded in Barcelona, Sonar is one of the biggest music festivals with a massive line up of electronic artists and DJs. The techno event grows in size and creativity every year and is an extremely unique scene to be a part for an immersive cultural experience.

    Revelry and Recovery

    The narrow streets of Barcelona’s old Gothic Quarter, the now-chic antiquity of Madrid’s Puerta del Sol area, and the winding medieval alleyways of Seville’s Barrio Santa Cruz and Granada’s Sacromonte (gypsy) district are often packed far into the night with diners and revelers who see daybreak not as the start of a new day but the end of the old.

    The country’s many fiestas rachet up the festive mood even higher. July’s annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, March’s Las Fallas de San Jose in Valencia, and Easter’s Feria in Seville, among many others, all provide spectacular pageantry.

    But when do they sleep? A partial answer rhymes with fiesta: siesta, an afternoon tradition that is struggling to survive the economic pressures of modernization. Tour leaders know to plan sightseeing and shopping trips in the mornings or late afternoons since many museums, stores and other attractions often close for two or three hours at midday. Take a cue from the Spanish: enjoy a leisurely lunch and rest up during the hottest part of the day.

    Key Sights in Spain

    All roads lead to and from stylish Madrid, the centrally located Spanish capital, which combines world-class art museums like the Prado with alluring public parks and nightlife. Just south of Madrid lies the photogenic and beautifully preserved medieval city of Toledo, immortalized by the artist El Greco.

    Much farther south, Andalusia is a sunny, Moorish-influenced land that spawned flamenco and forms many people’s mental image of Spain. Seville is a maze of courtyards, plazas, bars and restaurants, while Granada is home to the Alhambra, an ornately tiled 14th-century Moorish palace. Cordoba’s 1,100-year-old Great Mosque, with its hundreds of colorfully striped columns and archways, is so vast that an entire Roman Catholic cathedral (added later) seems almost lost within it.

    Barcelona, in the northeast, is the epicenter of the Spanish revival. The old Gothic Quarter, with its jumble of twisting streets, opens onto Las Ramblas, one of the world’s great promenades, and Gaudi’s surreal architectural legacy is everywhere. To its south, vibrant Valencia, birthplace of paella and the world’s biggest tomato fight, is often overlooked -- but shouldn’t be.

    Still a good value

    While not the dirt cheap destination of old, Spain is still a good value for Europe -- especially if you consider all that it has to offer. If you haven’t visited Spain since the sleepy 1970s, you’re in for a huge surprise.

    Stride can help you find the tour that best represents what you most want from your Spanish vacation -- whether it’s a tour of the classic sights, a multi-week trek along northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago, a riverboat cruise along the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia, or perhaps a culinary tour where you can discover the secrets of making a great paella.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Best Time to Visit Spain

    If you’re looking to visit spain when the weather is sunny but not blisteringly hot, spring season (March to May) or Fall (August to September) is the best time to go. You’ll be swarmed with less crowds as tourist season is in the summer, and exploring the cities will be much more relaxing and less claustrophobic.

    Spain is a popular wine tasting destination, which is a popular activity throughout the year. The most picturesque time to visit vineyards is generally Summer through Autumn. The vines are full and colorful and wineries are buzzing with activity - in the fall it’s harvest time which is always exciting.

    The vines are not exactly pretty to look at in the winter, but this is a less crowded time in the tasting rooms. So if you’re interested in talking shop with the tasting room associates, this is one of the best times to visit - when they won’t be distracted by large groups.

    Unfortunately Spain is fairly expensive year round, even during shoulder seasons. Traveling with a tour can often help you save on food and activities such as attending local festivals.

    Weather in Spain

    Many travelers believe in the myth that Spain is sunny and gorgeous all year long. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Your trip to spain can differ depending on the month and region you plan your trip around.

    Winter: Spain in the winter is mostly dry. It actually happens to be one of the best countries in Europe to be during the cold months. The temperature usually ranges around 40 to 50 degrees F throughout most regions. The inland cities are usually the coldest and you can expect some snow, although it is more common in December or January. It is important to note that on Christmas day hardly any restaurants will be open since it is a family holiday!

    Spring: Expect outstretched sunny skies but cool, relaxing breezes, probably any traveler’s dream weather for going to the beach… or going anywhere for that matter! Spring is the best time to take a trip to La Concha, Ibiza and other beautiful coasts, with the heat staying around 65 degrees F. The only thing about Spring is that the weather can be unpredictable. Some days may be washed with rainfall, which is most likely the case for cities like Madrid.

    Summer: Although this is peak tourist season, Spain is notorious for being extremely hot during the summer. The heat basks most cities during the months of July and August, soaring as high as 90 degrees F. If you’re planning on taking a trip to Spain at this time, we highly recommend traveling to the north of Spain, like Bilbao, where the weather isn’t too extreme. Many locals flock to the coast since the inner cities get extremely hot.

    Fall: Although September is technically fall, in Spain it’s still as sunny as summer. It’s still very warm, although not as intense as August, and still considered beach weather. The next months ahead marks the best time to visit Spain’s big cities, like Madrid and Barcelona, that host some of the best events, festivals and activities for tourists.

    What to Pack for Traveling to Spain

    You can expect to do a lot of walking around the cities of Spain, on cobbled pathways. Make sure to bring sturdy sneakers or any closed toe shoes for walking around religious sites. If you’re traveling in the summer, do not underestimate the sun.

    Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, hats and dry fit clothing. Likewise, even in the summer, Spain is known to have unexpected rainfall so bring a travel sized umbrella just in case.

    In terms of clothing, Spain is a pretty religious country. It would be wise to dress a little more on the conservative end, especially if you’re planning to visit any of the magnificent churches or fortresses.

    We recommend a light shall to cover your shoulders and to protect yourself from the sun. It is also advised to bring anti-theft bags since pick pocketing is quite common in the cities.

    Is Spain Safe?

    Spain is absolutely safe for tourists and one of the safest countries to travel to in Europe. The only thing to look out for are some petty thefts like pickpocketing in large cities, especially around the summer in peak tourist period. Keep a lookout on your valuables, such as your phone or cameras, especially in party hot spots such as Ibiza.

    It is also important to mention that there is some political unrest in Barcelona, specifically around the Catalan region. That being said, it is rare than any of these turn violent or dangerous. Violent crime rates are pretty low and uncommon.

    Do’s and Don’t for Traveling in Spain

    5 dos...

    1. Do make sure your passport is valid at least 3 months after you have booked your tickets to Spain. It’s common to be denied boarding or entry otherwise

    2. Do expect very friendly locals. Most Spaniards are very welcoming of tourists and encourage spanish learners to try and speak their language. Local greetings also commonly include kisses on the cheek so don’t be shy about it!

    3. It’s important to keep in mind that Catalonia is its own language and culture, and Catalan people are very proud of it. If you’re visiting Barcelona, be sure to learn about their heritage and be sensitive to topics such as religiosity and regionalism. This is also true for the Basque region and Galicia.

    4. Make sure that if you have enough time in Spain that you don’t stay cooped up in the main cities. Madrid and Barcelona are wonderful but the real magic of Spain is enveloped in the countryside, in charming small villages and islands. Explore past the tourist meccas and you will find a truly cultural, authentic and memorable trip to Spain.

    5. Do visit the local markets! In pursuit of an authentic trip, trying out the regional hams, fresh produce and exquisite seafood in local markets is a perfect way to be more immersed in their culinary and cultural world.

    5 Don’ts...

    1. A basic rule is to wear your flip flops at the beach and only the beach. In the city, especially Barcelona, you’re expected to wear closed toe shoes for both religious and cultural reasons. It is also illegal to wear your bikini or swimsuits into some cities, so best not stand out!

    2. Don’t tip big. In Spain, servers earn a living wage, so it is common for Spaniards to leave a few changes for tip, unlike in other countries where servers rely on tips for income

    3. Do not underestimate pickpockets. It’s important that you don’t leave your bag half open while walking, or leave your wallet in your back pocket while walking around. Watching street performers is also a place where pickpockets earn the most snags, so always be cautious

    4. Spaniards are pretty laid back with time, and dinner is a good example. Don’t expect to have dinner at restaurants before 9 pm. Late meals is pretty common in this country

    5. Don’t pack too many clothes. Spain is a fashionable country and a shopping metropolis, so chances are you’re going to be very tempted to seek out their chic brands and styles.

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