Spain is a country of diverse landscapes, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. The country’s main cities (Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville) offer plenty of cultural attractions, but there are also beautiful stretches of coastline and quiet countryside.
Madrid is one of the most famous cities in the world and it’s easy to see why: its vibrant streets are lined with museums, art galleries, and restaurants that will blow your mind. The Prado museum in particular is the place to go if you’re an art lover, with works by artists like Dali and Picasso. Other great options include the Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Getting around in Spain is simple and relatively inexpensive, with train services linking all of the larger cities. The RENFE network was vastly modernised in recent decades and is reliable and efficient.
The most popular way to get around is by train, but you can also hire a car or use public transport. You’ll find that the bigger Spanish cities have extensive metro systems, but in smaller towns you may need to rely on buses.
Travelling by bus is cheaper than train, but it can be more time-consuming and you’ll often have to wait for buses in busy cities. The Spanish bus network is also quite small, so you’ll want to book in advance if you’re planning to take one.
If you’re looking for some relaxation, head to the Balearic Islands, a stunning collection of sun-drenched islands off the coast of southern Spain. Visit Ibiza Town for a night on the town, or head to the northern region of the island for a quieter vacation vibe.
You’ll find a wealth of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Spain, including the Alhambra in Granada and the Aqueduct of Segovia. There’s also La Sagrada Familia, which is arguably the most important church in all of Europe.
While the majority of Spaniards are Catholic, you’ll still find a strong presence of other religions, too. There are many churches throughout the country, and Christian artefacts can be found in nearly every building.
The Spanish language is widely spoken, with several regional languages thriving as well. You’ll hear Spanish in most towns and villages, but Catalan, Basque, Valencian, Galician, and Aranese are also spoken in some regions.
Almost half the population speaks Spanish as their native language, but other local dialects are also widely spoken. It’s a good idea to know some words and phrases in these languages if you’re visiting the country, as it can be difficult to communicate in some places.
Food is a huge part of Spanish culture, so you’ll want to try some traditional dishes during your trip. I recommend trying a few different types of paella at a restaurant, but if you’re feeling especially adventurous, check out some tapas bars to try a variety of local delicacies.
Wine is a big thing in Spain, and if you’re a wine lover, it’s a must-do! The country produces some of the best red wines in the world, so you’ll want to make sure that you have a taste of La Rioja or Ribera de Duero.