Known for its rich mix of Moorish and European influences, Spain is a true cultural crossroads between Europe and Africa. Ranging from the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada to the white sandy sands on the Balearic Islands, Spain is one of Europe’s most diverse destinations. Whether you’re a history buff, beach lover, outdoorsy type, or city slicker,
Spain has something for every kind of traveler. Speak to your own Tourlane Travel Expert about crafting your perfect tailor-made Spain tour that suits your tastes and preferences. Every Tourlane Trip is fully customizable - below are some sample itineraries. Less
As most direct flights between Spain and the USA are to and from Madrid, it’s logical to start your Spain trip in this majestic capital city. During the day, you’ll want to visit the city’s leading tourist attractions such as El Retiro Park, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and Picasso’s Guernica in the Museo Reina Sofia. These art museums are truly world-class - consider booking in advance to avoid the queues, and if you’re particularly interested in art, book a guided tour. Your Tourlane Travel Expert will gladly assist you with this. In the evening, we recommend finding a rooftop bar in Salamanca or a cozy courtyard in Lavapies. Speak to one of our experts for insider tips.
With Mediterranean beaches, romantic facades, and delicious tapas, there are ample reasons to include Barcelona in your Spain tour. If you’re interested in architecture, meander the fascinating streets of the Gothic Quarter and check out La Sagrada Familia - the world’s most famous unfinished building. If you’re passionate about sport, catch a soccer match featuring FC Barcelona - one of the world’s most decorated sides. It’s worth booking things in advance to skip the queues, especially in peak season - speak to your Travel Expert for more information. Barcelona also has direct flights to the USA.
In the city of Granada in the southern state of Andalucia, the iconic Alhambra palace and fortress draws up to 6,000 visitors daily—so book in advance through your Tourlane Travel Expert. From its humble beginnings as a Roman fort in AD 889, the Alhambra became the seat of the Nasrid emirs after major additions in the mid-13th century. Nicknamed the “pearl set in emeralds,'' this iconic attraction is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a must-see for travelers with an interest in ancient history.
Seville is the capital of Andalusia, and is the birthplace of flamenco—the famous dance and music style. If you’re interested in enjoying live flamenco music and dance during your Spain trip, then head to the Triana neighborhood, which has a multitude of great venues. Back in the city center, you’ll find an impressive range of attractions and landmarks, including Seville Cathedral - the world’s largest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seville is also a great vacation destination for foodies, as according to local folklore, the city is the home of tapas.
Visit Valencia to discover one of Spain’s best-kept secrets. The country’s third-largest city is quintessentially Spanish, with a relaxed way of life, delicious food, and an impressive cultural offering. The City of Arts and Sciences is one of the biggest cultural complexes in Europe, and features a planetarium, IMAX cinema, science museum, and opera house. If you prefer to relax on the gorgeous coastline, head to Valencia’s breathtaking beach for miles of white sand and inviting waters. Less
Spain is one of the best destinations in Europe for foodies. Different destinations are famous for different dishes, although you’ll be able to find them all across the country. Valencia is famous for paella - a delicious rice dish typically featuring seafood cooked in a wide pan. Andalusia is famous for tapas - small, sharing plates typically enjoyed in bars. Northern Spain is famous for pinchos - small snacks enjoyed in bars or taverns, named after the spike that skewers them. Sangria is a popular national drink - typically consisting of red wine with chopped fruit.
Almost all towns and cities in Spain have a feria - an annual festival that involves local traditions, celebrations, and fairground rides. The Seville Feria is particularly famous and takes place shortly after Easter. Consider timing your Spain trip to coincide with at least one feria. Other popular events in Spain include the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and Falles in Valencia - a traditional celebration that takes place every March and involves live music, fireworks, and huge bonfires.
The best time to visit Spain is in the spring and autumn. In these seasons, the weather continues to hover from 60 to 80, but the atmosphere is quieter. The most popular time to visit Spain is during high summer: July through August, when the days are long and the weather hovers in the mid-70s, though in the south, temperatures may reach the upper 90s. Few visitors choose to visit Spain during the winter as the weather is cooler and many attractions are closed.
Spain is located in Central European Time (CET).
The cost of a Spain tour depends on your travel tastes and preferences. Consult your own Tourlane Travel Expert for a quote, free of charge
In Spain, the official currency is euro (€).
Spain has four official languages: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, and Galician.
Madrid-Barajas (MAD) and Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) both have direct flights to a range of cities in the USA.