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Flamboyant, charismatic and enchanting, Spain has long been one of the brightest jewels in the European crown. Combining a heavy mix of awe-inspiring architecture, mouth-watering food, bronzed beaches and lush countryside, a trip to Spain is a melting pot of sights, tastes and experiences.

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  •  Renee

Spanish Spree ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Spanish Spree
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Wow, I can’t believe how much we got done in two weeks! I felt like I really got to see and experience everything. Do you like culture and history? This trip is for you. Do you like to go out and party? This trip is for you, too. Do you like delicious food? Oh man, get ready. We even got to go Ibiza for two nights and then Gebraltar and play with the apes for a day! Prepare to be pushed to your limits of awesomeness.”

  • Lauren

Mediterranean Highlights★ ★ ★ ★

Mediterranean Highlights
★ ★ ★ ★

“Value for money was great and it was lovely knowing accommodation was sorted. I did spend a lot of food but I had never eaten such amazing food and coming home to boring English food was a serious bump back to reality!”

  • Chrissye

Amsterdam to Barcelona★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amsterdam to Barcelona
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“This tour was incredible! It was a great way to see so much in so little time! I met some great people and experienced some amazing cultures. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants a little taste of Europe.”

Things to do in Spain

Whether you’re after culture, food, history or just the perfect place to top up your tan, Spain has a plethora of options just waiting to dazzle you. Check out our top picks of things to do in Spain:

La Tomatina Festival

Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.

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San Fermin

Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.

Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and while the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavors. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!

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Primavera Sound

Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The Palacio Real de Madrid is the largest palace in Europe and official residence of the Spanish Royal Family (although it’s only used formally for state ceremonies). Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.

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FIB Benicassim

Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.

Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.

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Bilbao BBK Live Festival

Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.

Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. While Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.

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Islamic fortress of Alhambra

Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.

Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.

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Top 5 Spanish festivals

Spain loves any excuse for a party, with colorful fiestas and celebrations occurring throughout the year. From the traditional, to the contemporary, to the utterly bizarre, these are our top picks:

1. La Tomatina Festival – Held annually in in the city of Bunol, La Tomatina is Spain’s infamous tomato fight festival which sees revelers travel from all over the world to pelt each other with ripened tomatoes. Bizarre, messy, and great fun.

For more information on La Tomatina, click here.

2. San Fermin – Experience traditional Basque culture like never before at Pamplona’s world famous Festival de San Fermin, otherwise known as the Running of the Bulls. Late night parties, a jubilant atmosphere and high octane adrenalin are all served up at this annual seven day festival.

For more information on San Fermin, click here.

3. Primavera Sound – Cool beats, an even cooler crowd and a city ready to party is what Primavera Sound is all about. Each May, Barcelona proves why it’s a non-mover as one of Europe’s hottest cities by hosting one of the trendiest events on the European festival circuit.

For more information on Primavera Sound, click here.

4. FIB Benicassim – A long time festival favorite, FIB Benicassim pulls in consistently strong line-ups years after year. With past acts including Kasabian, Ellie Goulding and Lily Allen, not to mention its enviable beachside location, it’s not hard to see the appeal of this summer time favorite.

For more information on FIB Benicassim, click here.

5. Bilbao BBK Live Festival – Another strong contender on the European festival circuit, Bilbao BBK serves up an intoxicating cocktail of top musical acts, breathtaking scenery (the festival takes place on the slopes of the Arriaiz Mountains) and super chilled out crowd. Not to be missed.

For more information on BBK Live festival, click here.

Top 5 museums in Spain

From a country that’s produced some of the world’s most celebrated artists, you’d expect nothing less than some of the world’s finest museums,. Check out our top picks for museums in Spain:

1. Dali Museum – Delve deeper into the eccentric mind of this artistic genius as you wander through the museum dedicated solely to Dali in his home town of Figueres. Examine his surrealist creations close up as you learn little known facts about this much disputed figure.

For more information on the Dali museum, click here.

2. Picasso Museum – Located in Barcelona, the Museu Picasso houses one of the most extensive collections of Pablo Picasso’s work. Wander through the 4,251 pieces of work on display or take the time to explore one of the many exhibitions on show.

For more information on the Picasso Museum, click here.

3. Guggenheim Museum – An outstanding feat of contemporary architecture, the Guggenheim museum is built alongside the Nervion River in Bilbao and houses some spectacular pieces of modern and contemporary art.

For more information on the Gaudi Museum, click here.

4. Gaudi Museum – One of the undisputed Kings of the Art Nouveau movement, no trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting the Gaudi Museum. Located in Park Güell, the museum was Gaudi’s residence for almost 20 years and displays many examples of furniture and other objects he designed.

For more information on the Gaudi Museum, click here.

5. Museo del Prado – Spain’s national art museum, the Museo Del Prado is located in Madrid and features one of the world’s finest collections of European art and arguably the best single collection of Spanish art. It is considered one of the greatest museums of art in the world.

For more information on the Museo del Prado, click here.

Weather in Spain

May, June, September and October are often considered the best months to visit Spain. July and August can get very hot in the cities, with locals and travelers alike flooding to the sun-drenched coastal regions of the Costas, Northern Spain and the idyllic Balearic Islands.

The winter months can offer light relief for those searching for some warming winter sun. While Northern Spain can get quite chilly the South stays delightfully mild, offering the perfect winter escape.

Barcelona Weather

Madrid Weather

Seville Weather

Ibiza Weather

Spanish food

Fresh seafood, spicy paella, moreish tapas and devilishly delicious sangria are all on the menu in Spain. Whether eating at exclusive restaurants, hole-in-the-wall tapas bars or colorful food markets, food and drink is an integral part of the Spanish experience and one that will enrich your traveling experience. We’ve handpicked a few of our favorite dishes (and where to eat them) just for you:



Spanish festivals

Spanish festivals

Pulpo a la gallega – octopus flavored with paprika, served on a bed of potatoes. This traditional tapas dish heralds from Northern Spain and can be eaten as tapas or served as a main meal.

Best eaten at – Bodeguita Antonio Romero, Calle Antonia Diaz, 5, 41001 Seville.

Paella Valenciana – Paella originated in Valencia, so it’s only right to try the very traditional Paella Valenciana, consisting of spicy rice, rabbit, chicken and snails.

Best eaten at – El Garbi, Infantas Mercedes 92, Madrid.

Gazpacho – Originating from the Andalusian region, gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and is served cold. Sounds unappetising, but is super refreshing during the hot summer months.

Best eaten at – Enrique Becerra, Gamazo 2, 41001 Seville.

Escudellia – This hearty stew made with meat, potatoes, beans, potatoes, cabbage and sometimes pasta is Catalan cooking at its finest.

Best eaten at – Can Culleretes, Quintana 5, Gotic, Barcelona.

Churros – The epitome of sweet street food treats, churros are the equivalent of a Spanish doughnut, sprinkled in cinnamon sugar and served with melted chocolate for dipping.

Best eaten at – Chocolateria San Gines, Pasadizo de San Gines 5, Madrid.

What to pack

What to pack for Spain?

A camera and extra SD cards - You’ll be seeing the Sagrada Familia. You’ll be exploring the Royal Palace. You’ll be watching the sun set at Café Del Mar in Ibiza. It’s time to get snap happy.

A secure backpack or money belt - Barcelona has one of the highest rates of pickpockets in Europe. Make sure your stuff is safe.

Swimwear - Spain really turns on the wow factor with its beaches. i. You’ll want to take a dip in Barceloneta or spend an afternoon soaking up the rays in Ibiza, so be prepared.

Sun hat - Most sightseeing in Barcelona, Seville and Madrid is outdoors. With up to 14 hours of sunlight in the summer months, and temperatures reaching the high thirties in some areas, you’ll want to be protected.

Sensible walking shoes - Barcelona and Seville in particular have a number of cobbled streets. Ladies don’t be caught out struggling in high heels!

A voltage converter and power adapter - To make sure your electrical equipment has all the juice it needs.

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