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    All About Spain

    Spain is a country in southwestern Europe that contains 17 different regions. Each region has diverse geography and culture, so travelers can enjoy the infinite variety in everything from local history to cuisine.

    The best time to visit Spain is in the spring or fall months. Summer can be very hot, especially in inland cities like Madrid and Seville.

    Capital of Spain:



    Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque

    Major Airports:

    Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Málaga, Granada, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Bilbao, San Sebastián, Valencia

    Time Zone:

    +6 Ahead of U.S. Eastern Time Zone​


    Euro (€/EUR)​

    Entry Requirements:

    Valid Passport


    230-volt (Type F plug, also works with C and E)​

    Tourist Tax:

    There is a small tourist tax which is charged per person/per night and paid directly to hotels at check-out. (primarily in the Balearic Islands and Catalonia regions)

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    Regions & Areas

    Spain is divided into 17 regions. Each region has its own popular tourist attractions, but their cultural and climatic differences make for a unique and diverse experience.


    • Córdoba
    • Granada
    • Jerez de la Frontera
    • Málaga
    • Marbella
    • Ronda
    • Seville

    Balaeric Islands

    • Mallorca
    • Ibiza
    • Formentera

    Castilla-La Mancha

    • Toledo


    • Santiago de Compostela
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    Regions & Areas

    Castilla y León

    • Salamanca
    • Segovia

    Basque Country

    • Bilbao
    • San Sebatián


    • Barcelona
    • Girona
    • Montserrat


    Canary Islands

    • Gran Canaria
    • Tenerife


    The gothic cathedral of Leon in Castilla y Leon, Spain
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    Regions & Areas


    • Gijón
    • Oviedo


    • Santander


    • Mérida



    • Pamplona


    Cudillero, fishing village in Asturias (Spain)
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      Choose from authentic converted historic buildings. These former monasteries, castles, palaces, and fortresses are maintained and operated by the Spanish government.

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      Food & Drink

      There are 69 officially recognized wine regions in Spain. The most famous of which are Rioja (red), Cava (sparkling), and Sherry/Jerez (fortified).

      Cheeses and Hams
      Not to be missed are the world-famous Jamón Ibérico (Iberian Ham), which is made from the noble black Ibérico pig, and the myriad of Spanish cheeses that compliment it.

      Originally from Valencia, it is now considered Spain’s national dish.

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      Food & Drink

      Tapas and Pintxos (Pinchos)
      These small savory dishes are often ordered to share, similar to American appetizers. They can be made of everything from ham, cheese, seafood, olives, and bread… the possibilities are endless.

      Olives and Olive Oil
      Spain is one of the largest exporters of extra virgin olive oil in the world, rivaling its neighbor, Italy. They are reportedly responsible for nearly half of the world’s production in total.

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      Attractions & Points of Interest


      • Sunny and relaxing beaches
      • Awe-inspiring mountains and caves
      • Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest plains waterfall
      • Rock of Gibraltar – a British overseas territory so you will need to present your passport to visit
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      Attractions & Points of Interest


      • Antoní Gaudi’s modernist works such as Casa Batlló and Park Güell
      • Mudejar Style architecture such as Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
      • La Sagrada Familia
    • Great pond and monument to Alfonso XII at the Retiro Park (Parque del Buen Retiro) in Madrid in early Spring. Long exposure.
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      Attractions & Points of Interest


      • UNESCO sites: Alcázar of Seville, Buen Retiro Park and many more.
      • Chillon Castle, on Lake Geneva
      • Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge
      • ‘The Way of St. James’
      • Santiago de Compostela
      • Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba
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      Attractions & Points of Interest

      Arts & Culture

      • Museums such as the Prado Museum in Madrid, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Picasso Museum in Barcelona, Dalí Theatre
      • Museum in Figueres and many more
      • Cultural delights such as flamenco dancing and music
      • Dancing horses of Jerez at The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
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    Insider Tips

    • Best Time To Visit

      Best Time To Visit

      Since summer can be very hot, especially in inland cities like Madrid and Seville, the best time to visit Spain is in the spring or fall months.

    • What To Pack

      What To Pack

      Summer can be very hot, especially in inland cities like Madrid and Seville.

    • Food & Drink

      Food & Drink

      From its yummy one-pan national dish to world-famous Jamón, celebrated wines, tasty tapas, and everything in between, Spain’s landscape is as decadent as it is beautiful.

    • Travel


      A valid passport is required to travel to Spain.

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    Getting Around

    You’ll have a few transportation options to choose from when traveling around Spain.

    • Car Rentals

      Car Rentals

      The Spanish drive on the same side of the road as Americans do. However, they use the metric system so the speeds might look a little differently.

      An international driving permit is required, in addition to a valid U.S. driver’s license, for foreign drivers. Some car rental companies permit taking your rental car by ferry to the Spanish islands and others don’t, so if you plan on visiting any destinations off the mainland, let us know so we can make the best recommendation for you.

    • Private Driver

      Private Driver

      Our Chauffeur packages offer an added element of luxury for those who want to experience Spain without the hassle of driving themselves. You will have the option to book a private driver for a portion of your trip, or for the entire duration. Private driver and chauffeured services are recommended when taking wine tours.

    • Train


      Trains are a convenient and easy way to explore Spain. The fastest and most common mode of transportation between major cities in Spain is by train. They have a comfortable and reliable high-speed train service called AVE, which connects the major cities. Regional service connects the smaller towns and villages.

    • Ferry


      Ferry service is available to and from the Balearic and Canary Islands, as well as France (Corsica), the UK, and Italy.

  • Special Events

    Many festivals and events take place in Spain year-round, from Carnival in the spring and the Pamplona Bull Run in the summer.

    • Las Fallas in Valencia — Mid-March
    • Holy Week — Late March to early April (Easter)
    • Feria de Sevilla (April Fair in Seville) — End of April to the start of May
    • Carnival (various Spanish cities) — 40 days before Easter
    • Gay Pride in Madrid — July
    • San Fermín (Pamplona Bull Run) — Second week in July
    • La Tomatina in Buñol (Tomato Fight) — Late August
    • La Mercè in Barcelona — September
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