Spain is made up of diverse and vibrant cities whose locals are among the friendliest in the world. For history buffs, Spain has many museums, galleries, and has the largest number of World Heritage Cities. For the young souls, Spain has a relaxed lifestyle – they take siestas, have incredible nightlife and host amazing festivities that celebrate their culture.
When to Visit spain
There are a lot of things to do in Spain all year round. However the best weather can be found between the months of April and October. These are the less crowded months and the weather is just right.
It’s really hot during summer particularly during the months of July to August. It is also very crowded during those months. The locals use that time to go on holiday to beat the crowds. For those who are planning a trip during these months, it’s best to book plane tickets and accommodations in advance.
How to Reach spain
Spain is made up of autonomous regions and each has its own distinct culture. Traveling to Spain is easy because most cities have international airports. The busiest is in the capital Madrid, followed by airports in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, and Malaga. Ibiza has an airport catering to mostly domestic flights and seasonal flights coming from other parts of Europe.
If coming from other parts of Europe, traveling to Spain is easy by train. There’s a high-speed train traveling from France to Barcelona and Madrid. If you are on a tight budget, taking the bus is possible too. Though trips can take longer, sometimes a day, it is much cheaper.
travel tips for spain
Expect to have late lunch or dinner. Everything is at a slower pace in Spain. If you’re on time, you’re early.
Bring some cash and coins with you. This is essential when trying out local food in streets, when using public toilet, and when using public transportation.
Try local cuisines and spend time at local coffee shops. Spanish cuisines are famous because of their delectable ingredients and unique fusion of flavors. The coffees at local cafes are incredibly good too so try as many as possible and skip the Starbucks.
Take care of your valuables. Just like in other famous European countries, there are also pickpockets in most cities in Spain especially in the top tourist destinations.
Expect a lively afternoon. They have afternoon siesta and most local shops and restaurants are closed during these times. They re-open during the evening to serve dinner.
Don’t fall for tourist traps. If it’s too good to be true, then it’s best to probably ignore it. This can be in terms of a good accommodation, a good restaurant, and even a city tour headed by local tour guides.
Typical Costs in spain
Price Range for Hotels
Accommodation across Spain is surprisingly cheaper that in any other countries in western Europe. Budget hostels could cost around €15 up to €35, depending on the season. In major cities like Madrid or Barcelona, it can start from about €25. A decent private rooms start around €40 per night in most cities.
Cost of Meal
A decent meal on a budget is about €10 to €15 and sometimes, it comes with wine as well. A complete meal with drinks and appetizer is usually about €25 and up. A simple snack of sandwich and drinks is about €5 to €7. Groceries are much cheaper at €25 per week per person.
Cost for Commute
It’s easy to travel around cities in Spain. Public transportation is excellent and very reliable. Madrid and Barcelona, two main tourist cities have an extensive (and tourist friendly) bus and metro systems. You can get tickets for both the bus and the metro at €1 to €2 per trip. For regional trips, night buses are considered cheap at around €18 per trip.
Top Places to Visit
Madrid, the capital city of Spain, is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Most bars and restaurants open late at night and stay open though the early morning. Make sure you also visit museums. A few places you could try include the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, and Puerta del Sol.
Have fun in Barcelona
Shopping and bar hopping are some of the top activities in this coastal city. There are also a lot of interesting and historic places in here just like the Sagrada Familia Church, the most visited place in the city, the Picasso Museum, the Barcelona Cathedral, and the famous markets of Las Ramblas. The beaches are incredible in Barcelona too!
Experience the nightlife
A famous destination for the beach lovers and the rich and the famous, Ibiza offers incredible nightlife experience. Most Hollywood celebrities often go here to party but aside from that, the island as a whole have such a beautiful coastline.
Visit Santiago de
This is the capital city of Galicia in the Northwestern region of Spain. It is believed that St. James the Great is buried here in the Santiago cathedral. This is also the final destination of those who are following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. There’s so much history to discover here.
A must-see in Valencia is the City of Arts and Science, which is made up of science museums and planetariums with state-of-the-art facilities. It’s also nice to walk along the streets to discover marvelous architecture. When in Valencia, it’s a must to try and eat paella because the famous dish is originally from here.
Take loads of awesome
photos in Seville
The picturesque Seville is home to beautiful churches, museums, and historical landmarks. One of the most famous landmarks is the Cathedral of Seville where Christopher Columbus is believed to be buried.
Plan a trip to Sierra
For outdoor lovers, Sierra Nevada has a lot to offer. Hiking this mountain area, especially in the summer, can be a rewarding experience. It’s also a great place to ski during the winter and there are a lot scenic towns.
Visit the Guggenheim
Museum in Bilbao
For the art lovers, a trip to Bilbao is a must because it is the home of the world’s famous Guggenheim Museum. The structure itself created by Frank Gehry is out of this world. There are a lot of interesting modern art exhibits inside the museum that people of various ages will enjoy.