Travel to Spain 2021
It's no surprise that Spain is one of the most-visited countries in the world. Visitors flock each summer to the gorgeous beaches of the Mediterranean coast. There's more to Spain than sun, sand, and sangria, though. With a rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and a variety of spectacular landscapes, Spain has something for everyone.
The top 8 things to do in Spain
1. Hit the beaches of Andalucia
We can't talk about Spain without mentioning the beaches! Some of the best are in the south of the country, where you'll find both the warm Mediterranean waters in Málaga and the surf-friendly Atlantic in Cádiz.
2. Explore the architecture of Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia is famous for its collection of stunning buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí. Don't miss the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, or Casa Batlló.
3. See the Fallas festival in Valencia
Visit Valencia in the spring for one of the country's most exciting parties. Crowds fill the city's streets to see spectacular, ornate floats set on fire.
4. Experience authentic flamenco
For a true flamenco experience, go to the south. This passionate music must be seen live to be fully appreciated.
5. Try the pintxos of the Basque Country
Some of the best cuisine can be found in cities like Bilbao or San Sebastián. A bar crawl will give you plenty of opportunities to indulge in pintxos, the Basque version of tapas.
6. Walk an ancient pilgrimage
For a more active holiday, follow the ancient route of the Camino de Santiago, which leads to the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela. There are starting points around the country, and you can do a short, mini route if you prefer.
7. Visit the museums of Madrid
The capital of Spain is often overlooked by beach-hungry tourists, but it has some of the nation's finest artwork. Check out the Reina Sofía Museum to see Picasso's masterpiece, Guernica.
8. Eat traditional paella
True paella originates in Valencia and the surrounding towns. The traditional version has rabbit and chicken, but seafood paella is also common. Just remember - never ask your waiter for chorizo!
Our best hotels in Spain
Summer in Madrid is baking hot, so you'll appreciate the chance to cool down in this hotel's rooftop pool. The Dear Hotel is on Gran Vía, Madrid's main boulevard.
Hotel Ona Terra is right in the heart of the very walkable city of Barcelona. A complimentary breakfast will get your day off to a great start.
See the best of the trendy resort town of Marbella when you stay here. These apartments are ideal for families or groups of friends.
Gran Canaria is blessed with year-round great weather. It's always a good time to explore the dunes of Maspalomas, just a shuttle ride away from this hotel.
The gorgeous architecture of this centrally-located hotel will take your breath away. It's perfect for a romantic getaway to the Basque Country.
When is the best time to travel in Spain
Spain has quite a diverse climate, so the weather can be drastically different around the country. The south of the country and central regions, such as Madrid, are oppressively hot at the height of summer but warm and pleasant in spring and autumn. By contrast, northern zones like Galicia and the Basque Country enjoy a milder summer but suffer from damp winters. The Canary Islands, far to the south, have pleasant weather all year round.
Travelling in Spain
There are airports all around the country, so it's quick and easy to get to just about any city by air. The high-speed train (AVE) connects some major cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, but does not serve the entire country. It's often far quicker to fly between hubs.
Enjoy group travel in Spain
Families will have a great time visiting the beaches of the south. For a more romantic experience, go with your partner to the cities of the north. The beautiful architecture makes an ideal backdrop for a romantic adventure.
For groups of friends, Spain can be a great setting. It's easy to split up and divide your time between the beach and the museums if not everyone's into the same thing. If you and your friends want to party 'til dawn, nothing beats the nightlife of the Balearic Islands.
Cities in Spain are usually quite compact and walkable, making them ideal if you only have a weekend to spare. There'll still be plenty to keep you enchanted if you want to stay longer, though.
The Voyage Privé travel expert's opinion on Spain
Spain is one of the world's most popular destinations - but despite that, we believe this country is full of hidden gems. Go beyond the famous beaches and you'll find plenty to inspire you and keep you coming back.
We recommend visiting various regions to see the different cultures that have come together to create the state. The food, weather, and customs of the north are a world apart from the flamenco and sunshine of the south. By going deeper into Spain, you will uncover a country with a rich heritage of different cultures, languages, and traditions.
Spanish people are often very proud of their regions, and happy to share their traditions and cuisine with visitors. Come during a festival, and you're sure to make friends. One thing's for sure: whenever you travel to Spain, an adventure is guaranteed!