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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, Culture and Theatres

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Reasons to visit
  • Madrid Rio
  • Calle de Alcala
  • Lavapies
Barceloneta Beach showing night scenes, street scenes and a city
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums

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Reasons to visit
  • La Rambla
  • Passeig de Gracia
  • Placa de Catalunya
Valencia
Valencia
Known for Dining, Historical Buildings and Shopping

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Reasons to visit
  • Turia Gardens
  • City of Arts and Sciences
  • Malvarrosa Beach
Plaza de Espana which includes street scenes, night scenes and a sunset
Seville
Known for Cathedrals, Historical Buildings and Cafés

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Reasons to visit
  • Alameda de Hércules
  • Plaza de España
  • Seville Cathedral
Palma de Mallorca showing a sandy beach as well as a large group of people
Palma de Mallorca
Known for Dining, Beaches and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit
  • Paseo Maritime
  • Paseo Maritimo
  • La Rambla
Granada
Granada
Known for Historical Buildings, Cathedrals and Castles

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Reasons to visit
  • Calle Gran Via de Colon
  • Granada Cathedral
  • Alhambra

Popular places to visit in Spain

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