Spain at a glance
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Spain at a glance
14 Day Spain Itinerary at a Glance
Come to the beautiful country of Spain to experience the diverse beauty this region of the world has to offer. You can visit some of the most captivating landscapes in the world as you journey from the shimmering coastline of the Mediterranean to the rolling green hills of Northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago. Along the way, you will visit grand cathedrals, palaces, fortresses, mosques, and synagogues. Finally, indulge in culinary delights as you crunch into savory tapas during late-night bar crawls and indulge in the sweet-salty flavors of red-crimson paella in Valencia.
Northern: Northern Spain is marked by lush rolling hillsides and quaint seaside villages. Venture to this beautiful region of Spain to drink fizzy cider in Oviedo, explore the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and embark on portions of the Camino de Santiago.
Central: Central Spain consists of low-lying plains and amber-hued fields. Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of city life in Madrid before relaxing in the mesmerizing countryside of Castilla-La Mancha.
Southern: Southern Spain is made up largely of the region of Andalusia and its neighbor, Almeria. Here, you can soak up the sun as you visit iconic Spanish historical relics including La Alhambra in Granada, La Mezquita in Cordoba, and the great Cathedral of Sevilla.
Mediterranean: The Mediterranean region includes cities like Barcelona and Valencia. As the name suggests, you can spend your days digging your toes into the sand along the sparkling Mediterranean coastline. Later, explore the whimsy of both of these eccentric artistic cities before venturing to nearby towns to explore historical relics dating back to the Roman times
Spain is considered to have a Mediterranean climate, meaning summers are hot and dry and winters are largely cool and rainy. Temperatures are mild throughout Spain during the Spring and fall months. Particularly in the south, summers can reach temperatures in the 100s Fahrenheit.
The population of Spain is about 46 million people.
The predominant religion in Spain is Roman Catholicism.
Castilian Spanish is spoken throughout Spain. Catalan and Basque are also considered national languages that are spoken in the regions of Catalonia and Basque Country respectively.
The national currency of Spain is the euro.
Where to visit
Where to Visit in 14 Days
Madrid (2 Days)
Spend two days exploring Spain's capital city. You can get lost in the fervor of downtown goings-on at the plaza my your and Plaza Del Sol. Then do some sightseeing at the Parque El Retiro, Gran Via, and the Royal Palace, in the evening, you can venture to the eclectic neighborhoods of Malasana and Lavapies for live music and tapas.
Andalucia (5 Days)
Get in touch with some of Spain's most captivating history when you take off to the southern region of Andalucia. You can hike to the entrance of La Alhambra in Granada, stroll through La Mezquita in Cordoba, and attend a live Flamenco show in downtown Sevilla. Complete your Southern Excursion with a trip to the shimmering Coastline of Malaga.
Valencia (2 Days)
Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of authentic paella along the Mediterranean Coast in Valencia. Then stroll through Mercat Central and visit the quaint shops of Valencia's downtown in the afternoon you can venture to the city of Arts and Sciences to explore the futuristic designs of acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava.
Barcelona (2 Days)
Amble through the historic Gothic Quarter in Barcelona and peruse artwork and handicrafts along Las Ramblas Boulevard. Admire the fantastical designs of Antoni Gaudi at the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell Dine dine along La Barceloneta at sunset as you breathe in the fresh sea salt air.
Northern Spain (3 Days)
Admire The Verdant Rolling Hills of Northern Spain as you visit small seaside villages and explore major metropolitan areas including Bilbao and San Sebastian. You can sample the fizzy sidra of Austrias and crunch into the savory Tapas of the Basque Country. You can even walk portions of the internationally-acclaimed pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, which spans across Northern Spain and the border of Portugal.
best time to visit
Best Time to Visit Spain
The best time to visit Spain depends on which regions you plan to visit. Throughout Spain, spring and fall weather is mild. The best time to visit Northern Spain is in summer between May and late September. The season offers the dry, warm weather perfect for sightseeing. The best time to visit southern Spain is in late spring or early summer. July and August get very hot. Tourists should avoid traveling during this time.
Some tourists choose to visit Spain during Semana Santa, also known as Holy Week. During this time of year, tourists can witness cultural and religious processions that last for the seven days leading up to Easter. However, travelers should also be aware that lines will be longer and crowds will be larger during this time.
Essential Experiences in Spain
Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona
Fall in love with the city of Barcelona as you get to know its renowned architecture and art scene. Together with your expert guide, you will explore the whimsical and fantastical designs of famed architect Antoni Gaudi. You can venture to the Eixample District to see popular tourist destinations like Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. Later in the day, you can step inside the Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudi's most impressive designs and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then in the evening watch the sunset from Park Guell as you take in panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean sea beyond.
Authentic Pulpo in Galicia
Bite into the Savory flavors of Galicia authentic pulpo, a deliciously seasoned fresh octopus delight. You will look out towards the ocean as you listen to seagulls fly overhead. In the afternoon, you can explore beautiful cities like A Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, and Pontevedra. This unique northwestern corner of the country is sometimes called the Ireland of Spain for its beautiful rolling hills and tranquil serenity.
City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia
Get to know the lovely city of Valencia as you stroll through the charming streets of the historic downtown and step inside the Mercado Central, adorned with vibrant arrays of olives and cheeses sourced locally. Then join your guide on a short walk bike ride or shuttle rides to the City of Arts and Sciences. You will surely stand in awe at the stark white, futuristic designs of renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. You can spend the afternoon exploring the premises before indulging in a traditional plate of paella nearby as the sun goes down.
La Alhambra in Granada
Admire Granada's flourishing downtown as you step inside the city's grand cathedral and stop for tapas beside Plaza Bib-Rambla. Quaint streets and narrow alleyways explode with color as vendors sell vibrant Moroccan-inspired textiles, Turkish teas, ornate lanterns, and handcrafted jewelry. The next day you can hike or board a private shuttle to La Alhambra, a UNESCO palace first constructed by the Romans in the year AD 889 and later fortified by the Moors during the 13th century.
For most travelers, it's wise to avoid southern Spain during the month of August. This month constitutes the hottest temperatures in all of Spain, particularly in the south of Spain. Summers in Northern Spain, on the other hand, are quite mild. However, winter brings heavy rain that can be unpredictable throughout the day or week.
In the case of inclement weather, there are many indoor activities for travelers to participate in, from world-renowned art museums to stunning historic palaces to trendy fashion districts and the tapas bar scene.
Travel throughout Spain is fairly easy. Most international travelers will fly into Madrid, Barcelona, or Malaga. Between cities, transportation is made easy via bus or high-speed train service. Renfe's AVE high-speed train will transport travelers between major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona in just over two hours. Within each city, taxi service is the easiest way to get around as well as major metro systems in cities like Madrid, Bilbao, and Barcelona. Most of Spain's historic downtowns are also very walkable and offer the best opportunity to see Spain's gems up close.
Travelers should consider bringing a small bag that they can easily carry since it can be difficult to maneuver large or roller bags across the cobblestone streets of Spain's historic downtown areas.
During spring and fall, the weather throughout Spain is mild. Those who plan to visit southern Spain in summer months should bring light, breathable clothing. Those who plan to visit Northern Spain during winter months should bring rain gear including a light Poncho, umbrella, and rain or hiking boots.
Spain operates on a 230 voltage, 50-hertz electrical system.
Travelers should plan to bring all prescribed medications along. The case that you must visit a pharmacy in-country you can rest assured that pharmacies are readily available throughout Spain. Hours may be limited on Sundays or other national holidays.
Businesses, including bars and restaurants, may offer Limited hours during siesta times, festivals, and on Sundays. In addition, in the south, business hours usually vary throughout the month of August as locals escape the heat of Andalucia for cooler temps along the coast.
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Flights Via Zicasso
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Making sure that you are carrying the appropriate travel documents is essential for any traveler when visiting Spain. For this reason, during your trip, you should be sure to pack the proper paperwork to ensure the most pleasant and problem-free travel experience. Listed below are some of the most important documents to have on you while traveling in Spain:
- Personal medical information
- If you have any medical issue(s), you should carry pertinent information regarding your condition from your doctor, especially including any medication that you are taking
- Emergency contact information
- Proof of airline tickets and reservations
- Customs forms and documents
- Hotel or accommodation reservations
- Travel and medical insurance (see above section regarding this)
Your Zicasso travel specialist will be able to provide requirements specific to your trip, though responsibility always lies with the traveler to ensure that all is in order. Travel requirements can and do change often to no notice, so all are wise to stay updated as your trip comes near.
Finances & Tipping
To this day, Spain operates primarily on a cash economy. To ensure smooth transactions, travelers should bring small denominations of cash and coins with them at all times. ATMs are readily available throughout Spain including in small towns and villages.
Bartering is not common in Spain.
Tipping is also uncommon in Spain. At most, restaurant-goers who have experienced excellent service may leave behind a few Euros.
For all other questions related to bartering and tipping in Spain, travelers can speak with their Zicasso trip specialist for local recommendations.
Safety & Accessibility of Resources
Safety and Accessibility of Resources
Spain is generally a very safe country. Visitors should feel free to explore rural areas and go out at night. Medical resources are also plentiful in Spain. For any specific questions related to medicine and pharmaceuticals, you can consult with their Zicasso trip specialist.
The crime rate in Spain is low, among the lowest in Europe, and continues to decline.
Things to look out for
The most common forms of crime in Spain are petty theft. Travelers can avoid pickpocketing by strowing all valuables, including money, credit cards, and passports, in a money belt or inner coat pocket.
Medical & First Aid
Medical assistance and first aid are readily available throughout Spain. In the case of an emergency, travelers can speak with their experts Zicasso trip specialist for local recommendations.
It is recommended that all international travelers consult with a primary care physician prior to travel, and this information is not intended as a substitute for personalized guidance from a doctor.
Water & Food Safety
Travelers need not take any special precautions when it comes to water and food consumption in Spain. On the other hand, travelers with food allergies, preferences, or restrictions should be clear with their wait staff when eating out as local diets may vary.
Travel with Zicasso
Travel with Zicasso
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