Visiting Spain, tucked into southwestern Europe, is like sifting through a beautiful potpourri. Within this geographically and culturally diverse country, there are many, many layers hence why Spain is such a beloved travel destination.
Madrid, the capital, is full of delightful bars and tavernas serving mouth-watering tapas for all budgets. The La Latina district is one not overrun by tourists and where the locals still go to meet, dine, drink and laugh. Art lovers, the Prado, Reina Cofia and Thyssen are some of the best in the world, plus only a five-minute walk between each venue (it's called the art triangle). In Spain, they love their football. Did you know Madrid is home to the club that has won the most championships in the world? You can take a tour and enjoy lunch or dinner at a restaurant overlooking the famous Real Madrid stadium.
Contemplate a day trip to Toledo, once the former capital of Spain, and enjoy the city of three cultures as it was also once home to Christians, Jews, and Muslims during the same period. An overnight stay is recommended to appreciate the cobblestone streets that lead to historic stone buildings, arches, and authentic restaurants offering local wine and fresh food.
Barcelona is an enthralling seaside city with more boundless culture, fabled architecture, and a world-class drinking and dining scene to explore. Feast on a hearty, rich paella at an outdoor table overlooking the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, discover architectural treasures 2000-plus years old while the hills behind provide hiking and bike riding. At sunset, head to a terrace bar or dig your heels in the sand at a rustic beachside chiringuito (temporary snack bar). At night, music transforms Barcelona with everything from the rapid-fire rhythms of flamenco, brassy jazz to concerts and clubbing scene. Bars fill, and most are open to 3 am: perfect for the night owl.
Move away from the main cities and discover the quieter, intimate side of Spain. The Camino de Santiago walk called the "Queen of all Walks" is long, and it can be done in stages. Along its well-trodden path are Gothic cathedrals, medieval villages, the beautiful people, and more food and wine.
For the party animals at heart, go straight to Ibiza, the beach club capital of Europe. Famed for its pulsating clubbing heart, drug scene, and sunburnt revellers. Bars, restaurants, and resorts cater to everyone.
Ole and welcome to Spain! It's loving, classy, and enthusiastic.
Spain is perfect all-year-round with peak season in the summer from June to the end of August. Especially in beach communities like Barcelona and Ibiza, with the temperatures reaching above 30°C, its perfect beach time. However, Northern Spain sometimes gets cold with some snowfall.
Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit, though it's not the big beach season, as tourists are a little less and prices are generally cheaper. Temperatures are pleasant, and beach destinations like Ibiza and Mallorca are quieter. The Camino de Santiago walk is popular in May, June, and September.