Spain

Travel Guide
Plaza de Espana showing night scenes, a sunset and street scenes
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 Theatres
Madrid is the stylish, cosmopolitan and bustling capital of Spain. With its vast array of major parks, museums and galleries, cafés, and ornate churches, this is a city that’s going to keep you entertained. The lively atmosphere, fascinating history, renowned museums and stunning architecture make Madrid one of the most popular cities in Europe.

Reasons to visit

  • Prado Museum
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
  • Puerta del Sol
Barceloneta Beach featuring street scenes, a city and night 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

  • Palau de la Musica Catalana
  • Picasso Museum
  • Sagrada Familia
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Historical, Shopping and Museums

Reasons to visit

  • Valencia Cathedral
  • Central Market
  • Plaza de la Reina
Plaza de Espana showing night scenes, a sunset and street scenes
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical and Cafes

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Maria Luisa Park
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao which includes night scenes and modern architecture
Bilbao
Known for Museums, Poolside bars and Walking
This former industrial city is now a major European arts center, home to cultural attractions including the famous Guggenheim Museum.

Reasons to visit

  • Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • San Mames Stadium
  • Ribera Market
Granada
Granada
Known for Historical, Cathedrals and Castle

Reasons to visit

  • Granada Cathedral
  • Alhambra
  • Calle Gran Via de Colon

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