13 August 2018
With everything from spectacular coastlines to captivating history, it’s no wonder Spain is one of the most popular destinations in the world for travellers. The stretches of sparkling coastline like Costa Brava’s pine forests and the surf-lashed north Basque shore are just the beginning. Explore Barcelona’s mesmerising Gaudí architecture, from the towering Sagrada Família to magical Park Güell, and Madrid’s golden triangle of art museums, eclectic mix of 19th-century architecture and cool contemporary design. Venture off the coast to one of Spain’s sparkling islands, where you can walk in Mallorca’s Sierra Tramuntana mountains or spot whales and dolphins off the southern coast of Tenerife.
Best time to visit Spain
Featuring the warmest climate on mainland Europe, there is no bad time to visit Spain. The peak tourist season is summer (June to August), when an amazing amount of foreign visitors flock to Spain’s famed beaches. The best time to visit Spain is any time between May and October, when the weather is warm and sunny.
Recommended length of stay: A weekend away for a city break, to two weeks to see multiple cities
Local currency: Euro (EUR)
Top three experiences
Tapas tasting delights, San Sebastian
Madrid and Barcelona have their fair share of exquisite cuisine, but it is the Basque city of San Sebastian that is the gastronomic capital of Spain, with a galaxy of Michelin-honoured restaurants. Here the tapas dishes are known as ‘pintxos’ and you can embark on an adventure with a local expert who will reveal the finest establishments amongst the bewildering array of options.
Revel in the wonders of the Alhambra with a private visit, Granada
The exquisite Alhambra Palace is one of the most perfect examples of a medieval Muslim palace in the whole world. Explore the intricacies of its design away from the crowds as you marvel at the stunning architecture with a private after-hours visit.
City tour by motorcycle, Barcelona
During this brilliant twist on traditional sightseeing, you can ride around the city in a motorcycle sidecar, seeing points of interest, including the wondrous architectural works of Gaudi, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Travel out of the city to Montjuic to see the Olympic stadium and stop for a glass of Cava whilst looking out over the city.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.