Spain Travel Guide

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Visiting Spain

Ready to dive into Spain’s highlights? Read on for our recommendations of the best things to see and do.

What are the most famous landmarks in Spain?

  • Sagrada Família, Barcelona: Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, Sagrada Família, blends Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. Construction began in 1882 and is ongoing.
  • Alhambra, Granada: A testament to Moorish craftsmanship, Alhambra is a palace complex set against the Sierra Nevada mountains. Its name translates to “the red one” in Arabic.
  • The Prado Museum, Madrid: The main Spanish national art museum, the Prado Museum is home to one of Europe’s best art collections. It boasts over 8,000 paintings and over 700 sculptures, including works by Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco.

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Sagrada Familia has a new completion date of 2026, which will come 144 years after the first stone was laid.

What are the must-see historic sites in Spain?

La Mezquita, Córdoba: Originally a mosque dating back to the 8th century, La Mezquita showcases Islamic architecture. Find it a two-hour train ride from Madrid.

Roman Theatre of Mérida: One of the best-preserved ancient theatres in the world, built in 15 BC and seating up to 6,000 spectators.

Segovia Aqueduct: A marvel of Roman engineering stretching over 800 meters, built without the use of mortar.

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The Roman Theatre of Mérida hosts an annual International Classical Theatre Festival, bringing ancient drama to life in a modern context.

What are some of the best things to see and do in Spain?

  • Hiking in the Picos de Europa: Explore Spain’s oldest national park, featuring rugged peaks and lush valleys.
  • Flamenco show in Seville: Experience the passion of flamenco, recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
  • Wine tasting in La Rioja: Indulge in a tour of La Rioja’s vineyards, home to over 500 wineries producing a wide range of wines.

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The Picos de Europa is home to the Cantabrian brown bear, amongst the smallest, most isolated and endangered brown bear populations in Europe.

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Picos de Europa, Spain’s oldest national park, is great for hiking and home to the endangered Cantabrian brown bear.

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What are some cultural experiences in Spain?

  • Tapas Tour in Granada: Sample a range of tapas paired with local wines, a tradition known as “tapeo.” The variety of tapas available in Spain is endless, ranging from simple olives and cheese to more elaborate dishes like Iberian ham croquettes and grilled octopus.
  • Attend a bullfight in Madrid: Witness the spectacle of a traditional bullfight at Madrid’s Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. Despite its controversial nature, bullfighting remains an integral part of Spanish culture, with roots dating back to ancient times.
  • Attend a La Tomatina Festival: Join the chaos of the world’s largest food fight, held annually in Buñol.

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La Tomatina began as an impromptu food fight in 1945 and has since grown into a globally renowned event, attracting thousands of participants from around the world.

What are the top Instagrammable places in Spain?

Discover Spain’s most Instagram-worthy spots.

Park Güell, Barcelona: Capture the whimsical beauty of Gaudí’s creations against Barcelona’s skyline. Park Güell was originally intended to be a housing development, but only two houses were ever built, and the project was eventually transformed into a public park.

The Alcazar of Seville: Explore the enchanting gardens and intricate architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Alcázar of Toledo: Perched on top of a hill overlooking medieval Toledo, the Alcázar of Toledo is a historic fortress that also previously served as a royal palace and a military academy.

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The Alcazar of Seville served as a filming location for the Water Gardens of Dorne in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.

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The Alcazar of Seville is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Game of Thrones filming location.

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What is typical Spanish cuisine?

  • Paella: Spain’s famous rice dish flavoured with saffron, featuring seafood, meats, and vegetables.
  • Jamón Ibérico: Prized cured ham made from acorn-fed Iberian pigs raised in western Spain. It is often sliced paper-thin and served as a tapa or enjoyed on its own.
  • Churros: Crispy donuts dipped in thick, velvety chocolate sauce, enjoyed any time of day. Churros were brought to Spain by Portuguese sailors returning from China in the 16th century, and they quickly became a beloved Spanish treat.

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Authentic Valencian paella uses rabbit and snails as primary ingredients, though seafood paella is more popular with tourists.

What should I prepare for travel to Spain?

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from Spain’s Mediterranean sun with high-SPF sunscreen.
  • Comfortable footwear: Essential for exploring Spain’s cobblestone streets and rugged trails.
  • Adaptor: Pack the appropriate adaptor for Spain’s Europlug (Type C) and Schuko plug (Type F).
  • Phrasebook: Learn basic Spanish phrases to enhance your travel experience.
  • Travel insurance: Ensure peace of mind during your trip with comprehensive travel insurance, covering medical emergencies and trip cancellations.

What is the best time to visit Spain?

  • Spring (March to May): Mild temperatures and blooming landscapes perfect for exploration.
  • Summer (June to August): Enjoy the Mediterranean sun and vibrant festivals, though be prepared for crowds.
  • Autumn (September to November): Pleasant weather, fewer tourists, and grape harvest season in wine regions like La Rioja. Many museums and attractions offer reduced off-season rates during autumn.

Buying a SIM card in Spain

While traditional SIM cards are readily available, consider the convenience of an eSIM for seamless travel communication. With an eSIM, you can activate your plan online, eliminating the need for physical SIM cards and allowing easy switching between carriers and plans. Stay connected wherever your adventures take you in Spain with an eSIM, the modern solution for travel communication.

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