Spain

Travel Guide
Plaza de Espana showing heritage architecture, a city and a castle
Sample seafood in the quaint towns and cities of this diverse country where you can explore an eclectic terrain featuring mountains, desert regions and coastal wonderlands.

Spain is a cultural haven of southern Europe. This hot-blooded country is the home of bull-fighting and tapas as well as countless pristine beaches and modern and sophisticated cities. Learn about Spain’s rich history and get a sense of its traditions in sports, dancing and cuisine.

The city of Barcelona is in many ways a separate entity from the rest of Spain. Understand its distinct Catalan culture with a trip to the city center. Appreciate its spectacular Gothic architecture. Gaze up at the unfinished basilica of the Sagrada Familia and admire Antoni Gaudí’s almost cartoonish, melted design.

Cross the northern part of Spain to reach the Basque city of Bilbao, which is known for the fascinating avant-garde architecture of the Guggenheim Bilbao museum. Visit the capital city of Madrid for its many cultural highlights, such as the Prado Museum. This gallery is known for its collection of Francisco de Goya’s works.

At the southern end of the country is the coastline from Costa del Sol to Costa Blanca. Consider a trip to Vera Playa, which includes a nudist resort hotel. Try watersports at Tarifa near the Straits of Gibraltar. Enjoy hot summers and mild winters with trips to the beaches of Marbella and Malaga.

A little northeast of the resort towns is the city of Granada, which features the Moorish palace of the Alhambra and the serene gardens of the Generalife. Head west to the eclectic city of Seville, which has the Plaza de España at its center. Watch a flamenco performance in the Triana neighborhood, which is said to be the source of this expressive dance.

This large country is in southwestern Europe, with Northern Africa just across the sea from its southern coast. It shares land borders with Portugal, Andorra and France. Fly to one of Spain’s many international airports across the country and get around by rail or domestic flights. Spain has a hot and feisty culture, with lively resorts and a dramatic topography.

Popular cities in Spain

Almudena Cathedral
Madrid
Known for Museums, Art and Theaters
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

  • Fountain of Neptune
  • Gran Via Street
  • Puerta del Sol
Barceloneta Beach which includes a city, night scenes and street scenes
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums
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

  • European Museum of Modern Art
  • Sagrada Familia
  • La Rambla
Palma de Mallorca showing a beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Beach view and Cathedrals
Scenic beaches, historic castles, museums and an aquarium make up this picturesque city on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Palma de Mallorca
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma
  • Palma Aquarium
Plaza de Espana showing heritage architecture, a city and a castle
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical and Cafes

Reasons to visit

  • Seville Cathedral
  • Plaza de España
  • Alcazar
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Historical, Shopping and Museums

Reasons to visit

  • City of Arts and Sciences
  • Oceanogràfic Aquarium
  • Bioparc Valencia Zoo
Malaga Historic Centre showing street scenes, a city and heritage architecture
Málaga
Known for Dining, Shopping and Beach view
Experience the traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums of this modern, sprawling city, where Picasso was born and the beauty of the Costa del Sol awaits.

Reasons to visit

  • Port of Malaga
  • Málaga Cathedral
  • Picasso Museum Malaga

Popular places to visit

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