Bienvenido a España: What to Expect when Visiting the Iberian Peninsula

Each year, nearly 32+ million people travel to Spain for the wonderful sights, food, and culture. It’s a country with a deep history unlike any other you’ll find in Europe. Its easy accessibility, inexpensive itineraries, and fun options make Spain a frequent addition to bucket lists.

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Are you about to embark on an adventure to the land of the rabbits? Don’t know where to go in the land of the setting sun? Bienvenido, this is your guide to Spain.

How to Plan Your Trip to Spain
Pick your favorite airline or airfare marketplace (Kayak, Travelocity, Expedia). Set alerts and time the prices to get the best deals. And, consider the following locations when flying into Spain:

• Barcelona
• Madrid
• Palma de Mallorca

Inferring your itinerary, Madrid is most likely your best choice since it places you dead-center of the country. This gives you plenty of options to get around or hop over to neighboring countries like Portugal or France.

Lodging & Getting Around
Once there, lodging is inexpensive and there are plenty of options. You have your usual set of hotels and hostels. But, you’ll also find Paradors (castles), Pensiones (b&b), or guest accommodations. Getting around is cheap, too, with public/private railways, taxis, and rental cars.

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Spending & Safety
$50 – $75 good guestimate of how much you’ll want to save/spend each day in Spain. This will provide an ample mix of lodging, travel, and experiences without breaking the bank.

Budgeting for mishaps, pickpockets, and scams is a good idea while you’re planning a trip to any major city. These events do happen and you don’t want a trip ending abruptly because you’re out of funds.

Overall, Spain is a safe country for all travelers. But, it’s good to be prepared. The same can be said for any destination.

Best Places and Things to Do in Spain
Decide if you’ll spend time at common tourist destinations. Or, if you’ll travel off the beaten pack. There’s plenty to do for everyone visiting Spain. Spain isn’t too big a country — day-trips are in order!

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Where should you go? What should you experience in Spain?
• Barcelona. A trip to Spain isn’t complete without a stop-over in Barcelona. Here, you’ll traverse a bustling, culturally-rich city within a short distance of the beach. Common excursions include visiting the Guell Park, Gothic Quarter, and Church of the Sacred Family.

• San Sebastian. If it’s beach-time you want then look no further than San Sebastian. This coastal city is a skip away from Barcelona but it may as well be a different country. Don’t privy the beach? Take a food tour, visit the Old Town, or swing through the San Sebastian Aquarium.

• Granada. Take a trip down south to visit Granada, buried in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here, you’ll enjoy a myriad of cultural change influenced by several cultures throughout its history. Enjoy bathhouses, tea, old architecture, and more while taking in amazing sights.

… and, of course, we’d recommend starting somewhere around Madrid and radiating outward. You could easily visit neighboring towns and cities through Spain’s railways. Or, join with your travel peers to do a cross-country trip!

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Be sure to add these foodie delights to your list, too:
• Sangria
• Gazpacho
• Paella

There’s no shortage of seafood, tapas, French/Portuguese-influenced dishes, and more!

Te Veo Pronto!

So, what do you say? Do you think Spain needs to be at the top of your bucket list? If not, it should!
Getting there is easy. Leaving? That’ll be hard!

Set up a few bank accounts and a Ria Money Transfer Spain account to provide flexibility if the need is there.

Check out some of our other posts when traveling the area for extra tips, guides, and inspiration!

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