Spain

Travel Guide
Plaza de Espana which includes street scenes, night scenes and a sunset

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 Art, Scenery and Nature
This great Spanish city is known for its art history and beautiful ancient landmarks. However, its modern architecture is equally striking, and can be appreciated immediately on arrival at Madrid airport.

Reasons to visit

  • Prado Museum
  • CaixaForum Madrid
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
Barceloneta Beach showing night scenes, street scenes and a city
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
  • European Museum of Modern Art
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Historical, Shopping and Museums
Trip time! Discover the museums, art and beaches in romantic Valencia.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de la Reina
  • Valencia Cathedral
  • Plaza de la Virgen
Plaza de Espana which includes street scenes, night scenes and a sunset
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical and Cafes
Romantic Seville is calling! Discover its monuments, cathedral, dining and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Maria Luisa Park
Granada
Granada
Known for Historical, Cathedrals and Castles
Trip time! Discover the cathedral, monuments and museums in Granada.

Reasons to visit

  • Granada Cathedral
  • Alhambra
  • Calle Gran Via de Colon
Palma de Mallorca showing a sandy beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Beach view and Cathedrals
Majorca with its beaches and coves, nightlife, history and diverse landscape is the perfect destination for relaxing.

Reasons to visit

  • Plaza Mayor de Palma
  • Basilica of St. Francis
  • Port of Palma de Mallorca

Popular places to visit in Spain

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