Spain Travel Guides

Discover on this page all the incredible places you can visit in Spain. From popular cities like Barcelona to small charming towns and pretty villages to fall in love with.

Spain Travel Guides

Learn about what to do and see in Spain in the following outstanding locations and guides.

General Spain travel guides

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Tips for visiting Spain

Spain travel guides sorted by region

Andalucia

Almeria

Cordoba

Granada

Malaga

📌 Find all my Costa del Sol and Malaga articles here

Sevilla

Northern Spain

Barcelona

Bilbao

Santander

Itineraries and road trips in Spain

Gifts and souvenirs for people who love Spain

Quick facts about Spain

  • Continent: Europe
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Language: Spanish
  • Population: 46,789,302 as per 2022
  • Currency: Euro, €
  • Hottest month: July (average 31ºC, 86F) 
  • Coldest month: January (average 9ºC, 48F)

The best time to visit Spain

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This depends on the type of activities you love to do when you travel. If you plan to sightsee and visit cultural places, late spring (April to May) or early autumn (September to October) are the best times due to the mild temperature and fewer crowds.

July and August are the liveliest and hottest months. If you want summer temperatures but fewer tourists, travelling to Spain in June is a good option.

Lastly, if you’d like a different Christmas experience and get to know more about Spanish culture, December is your month.

Top tips for travelling to Spain

  • Eat where locals eat. It’s very tempting to stop at the first restaurant or bar you see in the city centre. However, many restaurants located near attractions or popular spots won’t offer traditional Spanish food, and you’ll be really disappointed. To avoid disappointments, research before visiting a place, ask the locals and pay attention to what type of customers a restaurant has. Something that will help you know if it’s a tourist trap is the menu is often translated into many languages, so they can attract tourists.
  • Immerse yourself in national parties and events. Spain has many regional and national events that will give you a taste of what the culture is like. Some of these events include ferias like Feria de Abril in Seville, carnival in Cadiz or national events like Cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos, the three kings parade. Check all the events in this calendar.
  • Don’t expect everyone to understand English. It’s true you can find many Spanish people who speak English in popular or coastal destinations, but there is still a high percentage who don’t. I recommend learning the basics before visiting Spain. But I must admit many locals will really try to understand you (even if that involves body language and pointing stuff).
  • Explore less-known places. Although Barcelona and Madrid are great cities to visit, there are many small towns and villages that are worth visiting. Doing some research or asking the locals are the best ways to discover these hidden gems.
  • Book popular attractions in advance. Places like La Alhambra in Granada or La Sagrada Familia are always busy. To avoid any disappointments, make sure you book these attractions as soon as possible. Some of them are fully booked for months!
  • Spaniards love meeting other people and they can be sat in a bar talking for hours. When meeting them, don’t always expect them to be on time, and remember you’ll always be greeted with two kisses.
  • The best way to explore Spain is by doing a road trip. This gives you the opportunity to visit more remote places, go at your pace and explore more destinations. However, if you don’t drive, Spanish cities are very well-connected.
  • Don’t go to a nightclub before 12 am because it will be empty or closed! Locals often eat late and party even later.

Traditional Spanish food to try on your trip

Savoury dishes

Boquerones fritos. Fried anchovies that are normally served with lemon slices. 

Croquetas. Croquettes are traditionally filled with ham or chicken. However, you can also find vegetarian options too.

Espeto de sardinas. You can easily find these sardines in Malaga. Sardines are put in skewers which are placed on a small barbeque made in a little boat.

Gazpacho. A tomato cold soup that originated in Southern Spain. 

Paella. The most well-known Spanish dish. Paella comes from the city and region of Valencia. You can find many varieties of paella – vegetarian, mixed (it includes seafood and meat), rabbit, etc.

Patatas bravas. Fried chunky potatoes topped with a spicy tomato sauce.

Pulpo a la Gallega. A traditional dish from Galicia, Northern Spain, that consists of boiled octopus served with sliced potatoes and topped with smoked paprika and olive oil.

Tortilla de patatas. Known as Spanish omelette. This omelette is made of eggs and potatoes, although you can find omelettes that include fried onion or other vegetables too.

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Sweet dishes

Arroz con leche. Similar to a rice pudding, it’s made of rice, milk, cinnamon and lemon.

Churros. Delicious fried dough that is often served with a thick hot chocolate to dip them in. You’ll find them in many cafes and churrerías (dedicated cafes that sell churros).

Crema Catalana. A must-try dessert from the region of Catalonia. Crema Catalana seems very similar to a French crème brûlée, but the process to make them are slightly different.

Roscón de Reyes. If you happen to be in Spain during Christmas time, you need to check this cake that is typically served the night before or the morning of the Three Kings. However, you can easily find them in many bakeries and supermarkets from mid-December.

Torrijas. Similar to French toast, torrijas are usually made during Easter time. But you can easily make them at home anytime!

Find accommodation in Spain

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Frequently asked questions about travelling to Spain

What are 3 things a traveller should know about travelling to Spain for the first time?

1) Be aware of pickpockets in major cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. 
2) Mealtimes are different from other European cities. Spaniards have lunch and dinner late. Don’t be surprised if a restaurant is closed at 7 pm. 
3) August is the worst month to travel to Spain. Lots of businesses close for the holidays, the coast is very busy and you won’t see the most authentic side of Spain.

What should I avoid in Spain?

– Avoid eating in restaurants and bars near main attractions. You’ll spend more money on the meal and the quality won’t be as good as in other places.
– Avoid going to the beach on Sundays. This is the busiest day as many locals don’t work on Sundays.
– Don’t take punctuality very seriously. It isn’t unexpected that many locals arrive late to places.
– Avoid travelling to Southern Spain cities that don’t have a beach in the summer months. Cities like Seville and Cordoba experience 40 degrees during the afternoon and it’s very difficult to sightsee. 
– Don’t talk about politics and regionalism. This is a very tricky topic that may lead to arguments. 

How do I not look like a tourist in Spain?

– Dress up according to the season. Many travellers wear short clothes in early spring or autumn in Spain whereas locals wear a jacket (even if it’s 18 degrees).
– Don’t walk fast. If you look like you’re in a rush all the time, it may mean that you aren’t part of the relaxing lifestyle. 
– Eat when the locals eat. Familiarise yourself with the Spanish mealtimes. 
– Don’t go clubbing before 12 am.