Spain Travel Guide
Flawless beaches? Check. To-die-for local cuisine? Absolutely. Historic cities? Of course! There’s no denying that Spain is insanely beautiful, and is an absolute must-visit for travellers searching for local experiences. We’d suggest starting your Spanish odyssey sooner rather than later.
From Las Ramblas where you can watch the world go by during the day or tasting your way through some of the best food you might ever encounter, Barcelona stands out as a must-visit destination in Spain. Most importantly, don’t forget about the Gaudí experience which is nothing short of breathtaking. The Sagrada Família, Park Güell, Casa Milà and the Casa Batlló are the standouts.
This is not your average mountain range. Standing tall along the Iberian Peninsula, these mountains separate France and Spain and is the site for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, and a base for many outdoor enthusiasts to use as a launch pad for hiking, skiing, climbing and bike riding. We’re almost certain your camera will get as much of a workout as your legs wills.
You can’t ignore the lure of The Alhambra (a breathtaking Moorish palace) when talking about Granada, however, this city boasts far more than just one-star attraction. There’s street art. Brilliant tapas bars. Lucious gardens. Intricate architecture and historic cathedrals. And so the list of things to see in Granada goes on. Do yourself a favour and visit this gem of southern Spain.
It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with Madrid, and as a capital city, it does not disappoint. For a glimpse into the lives of the royals, look no further than the Royal Palace in Madrid or check out the vintage stores and flea markets in Malasaña or the El Rastro Market in La Latina. Then, make sure you visit Chocolatería San Ginés that has been serving delicious treats since 1894.
Known for the famous La Playa de la Concha, San Sebastián is the place to grab a board and ride those waves like a pro or simply make like a beach towel and spend your day lazing horizontal in the sand. Is it the most beautiful beach in Spain? It’s definitely a contender. If the beach life isn’t for you, spend time sampling many pintxos then see what the vibrant nightlife is all about.
Step away from the mainland and venture to the sun-kissed archipelago of the Balearic Islands where Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera dominate the coastline east of the Spanish mainland. With idyllic islands and hidden coves to explore, expect to discover a blissful side to Ibiza that’s not always written about in the guidebooks.
Spain is a country in Europe, and it is located on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain shares borders with Portugal, France, Andorra and is not far from Morocco. From London, a non-stop flight is 2h 10m, and from Dubai, it is roughly 7h 30m.
Madrid is located in the heart of Spain and is the first largest city in the European Union (after London and Berlin).
Madrid Barajas Airport, is the main international airport serving domestic and international travellers. It is located in Madrid, 9km from the city centre.
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The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken across the country, however, learning a few simple Spanish phrases will go a long way.
Spain uses the Euro. The currency code is EUR. ATMs can be found everywhere in Spain, and you should have no issue withdrawing cash.
As part of the Schengen zone, most travellers can enter for up to 90 days without a visa. Some nationalities need a Schengen visa. We recommend checking your country's travel advisories in advance of booking a trip.
Electrical current is 220V/50hz meaning unless your computer or appliance is dual voltage or designed for 220 volts, you will need a converter or transformer. Spain used the types C and F plug.
You do not need any vaccinations against illness to travel to Spain, however, it would be advised to consult your doctor 6 to 8 weeks before you depart.
The phone numbers to call in case of emergency are 112 for the police, ambulance and for a fire.
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FAQs about Spain
Do you tip in Spain?
There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Spain, but it is recommended to leave a tip of 10% in a restaurant, although service charge can already be included on the bill. It is also polite to round up your bill to the nearest Euro and leave the change, as this will always be appreciated.
What is the internet access like?
Internet connection in Spain is great and you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free.
Is the tap water safe to drink?
Of course! Tap water in Spain is most certainly drinkable, however, if you do not enjoy the taste, you can boil it or buy bottled water.
Can I use my credit cards?Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Spain, and Visa or Mastercard is preferred. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
What are the public holidays?
Along with common public holidays such as New Year’s Day, Christmas and Good Friday, Spain has Labour Day on May 1, Feast of the Assumption on August 15, National Day on October 12, Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 along with other regional holidays.
Is it safe to travel solo Spain?
Yes, of course, and you will have an absolute ball in Spain! With millions of visitors that travel to Spain annually, and there are many safe hostels or guesthouses where you can mingle with other travellers or join a small group tour to meet other like-minded travellers.